Rustic, Francis's Favorites
Rustic, Francis's Favorites

Rustic, Francis's Favorites

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com/
  • Phone: 7078571485
  • Hours of Operation:
    11a-9p Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Independence Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rustic, Francis's Favorites
Open for lunch and dinner Francis Ford Coppola shares his personal pantheon of recipes at RUSTIC, Francis’s Favorites, the winery’s full-service restaurant. RUSTIC’s menu embraces international as well as traditional Italian dishes, with an emphasis on family-style cooking that features fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from the property’s organic herb and produce garden. Authentic, Neapolitan-style pizzas are also a specialty. A focal point of the dining room at RUSTIC is the Parrilla (pronounced “pah-REE-jah”), an authentic Argentine grill. Manned by the restaurant’s dedicated Asador, or grill-master, it provides a true South American experience of delicious, wood-grilled meats. RUSTIC offers service in our casual dining room and on an outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards of Alexander Valley. A bar adjacent to the restaurant also serves a full complement of cocktails and an extensive wine and beer
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Rustic, Francis's Favorites reviews from OpenTable diners
439 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (383)great for outdoor dining (361)special occasion (263)great for lunch (226)romantic (215)notable wine list (186)good for groups (167)fit for foodies (163)great for brunch (96)kid-friendly (84)neighborhood gem (75)hot spot (55)vibrant bar scene (31)late-night find (17)Show More
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love the Tavola and if you haven't tried it, it's a must! Food is great and there is plenty of it! Service is excellent! Perfect for that special occasion on your list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was served cold.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had the porterhouse steak. The waiter really talked it up. We ordered it medium rare as we always do. 1. Our food came out and we did not have plates to put it on. 2. Our meat was at best luke warm. 3. Some of the meat was raw. 4. Our waiter never came back to our table to check on us until we had finished. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slowest entree delivery ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were really looking forward to Rustic for a nice romantic dinner. Started off very well with the appetizer and salad then... We waited over 1 hour for our entree! Dinner took over 2.5 hours!! Since we wanted a nice romantic view of the vineyard, we were seated outdoors along the perimeter wall of the patio. While we waited and waited, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees as it does in this part of California. Waiter was serving many tables, including a large party and came by twice to apologize during that time. Another server noticed that my wife was using her napkin as a shawl and brought her a blanket. Finally, yet another waiter came by and moved us to a table by a heater. Meal was good. Experience not so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great view and good meal outside on magnificent veranda. You take a chance eating outside for dinner--it can get chilly, and it did, so we moved inside. Best for lunch outside, dinner in. Must go. Dinner or lunch is just part of the whole experience of visiting this entire "movie set".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place to unwind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A group of us that formerly worked together met after 20 years. My friends particularly loved the museums. Our outside dining was relaxed with great service, wonderful views of the vineyards, and delightful wine selections. This was their first visit; I am a member of the wine club and have eaten here before. I thought the food was just okay, not excellent as in the past. We didn't get a glass of wine for members as in the past so wonder if this portion of the experience has been eliminated. I must note that reservations were handled professionally and were as requested.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Braciole is the dish
    MissPicky
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had been here twice before but always during the week. They serve braciole only on Sunday. This is a dish that my mother-in-law used to make years ago and I was very much looking forward to it. It didn't disappoint. Other people had the short ribs, the rack of lamb, and a chicken dish. All were very good. The desserts weren't particularly tempting so we skipped that course. We were lucky enough to get a table outside, always a lovely view and nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Rustic
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We live nearby and treat Rustic as our clubhouse, so easy to bring guests to, and always excellent. Try to sit outside for world class views with your meal. We even saw Francis himself enjoying lunch Sunday...the man knows how to live
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    When we have company from out of town or if we just want to have a nice, relaxing lunch...we always enjoy Rustic! Chris has been our server for a number of times and he is always great...very helpful and knowledgeable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Service and great food
    Kirk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Every time we entertain out-of-state friends who are visiting the wine country for the first time, we take them the Rustic for lunch. We've been there about 10 times. Every visit has been a pleasurable experience for all of us. Great food, wine, and the staff has always been superb. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine country dining
    dotdotdot
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There was a fixe prixe lunch menu but the entree choices were not as enticing as the regular ala carte menu. The three of us opt to order 3 different entrees + a salad and shared them all. We enjoyed our time @Rustic's dining room and the memorabilia galleries.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable evening
    beachprof
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Visting friends in the Santa Rosa area and we searched for a nighttime dinner at a winery. There are not many to be found, that were also available, and luckily Rustic had a table. It was so beautiful and the food was exactly what we wanted. Steak cooked perfectly, pasta and pizza both were excellent and of course the wine was delicious. The great part was the view from the patio. It was so relaxing and we had a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was good,except the chiken sauteu. Their appetizer (olives) was delisious. The portion of lamb was huge, it can easy fit 2 people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were disappointed to find that Kendell-Jackson wines were not represented on your wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Views and Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Enjoyed a great lunch on the outdoor patio. Food was perfect, service was wonderful, a great time was had by our table. We love The Rustic and bring all our friends and family to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Rustic
    Thierry
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Spectacular location, setting and view. Very professional, kind and helpful service. The menu is extremely original, and is made of personal choices of Coppola. All the dishes we had were authentic, perfectly prepared and served. We had great wines (from Coppola’s winery). Wonderful dinner! Very affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jorge
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was excellent, the entire facility is beautiful. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 10th year wedding anniversary
    Stubbs
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife and I are from Canada and were celebrating our 10th year wedding anniversary. Staff was very accommodating and winery and restaurant were perfect. Thank you for a great afternoon and evening!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dinner after wine tasting and a walk through the movie memorabilia was perfect. We were seated as requested at a lovely outdoor table overlooking the magnificent vineyard. Our server Adam was most helpful in assisting us as we selected our dinner options. The entire wait staff was efficient and friendly. Our food was excellent. We shared the zucchini and enjoyed our salads. Our entrees were the lemon chicken and the ribs and each were cooked to perfection. The dessert menu looked delicious, but we were full from this lovely meal. We were not rushed and enjoyed the ambience as much as the dinner. We were quite pleased with the entire Francis Ford Coppolla experience and would gladly return when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Rustic.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Love the zucchini fries...... We have taken all our friends and family to Rustic over the years and its consistently consistent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Rustic is our new "must-go-to" restaurant in Sonoma Valley. The food was absolutely delicious, especially the Eggplant Appetizer. Outside dining is a must. The view is stunning, looking out over a vineyard. We even had a little hummingbird join us in the flower garden next to the terrace. We are already looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with views....
    Agem
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great dining with beautiful views.....they have large outdoor dining with scenic views or seating inside. Perfect for large groups, special occasions. Tuesday nights offer family style dining with no menu ..... a roaming musician playing the accordian and singing opera ... always a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Critica de la tavola
    Gummibear
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I enjoyed the 12 or so courses, found the food seriously delicious, in fact, one dish was the best I have had, (in > 50 years of dining). The service was enthusiastic, and attentive to detail. The music added some nostaglia, the one dissonant feature was the high noise level of the setting, but it IS family style, and families make noise! For this menu, you must sit indoors, so if noise is that important, book another night and sit outdoors with the expansive rural views, to enjoy the good food. I am local so have eaten there many times, and return for the good food and lovely outdoor setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an amazing time!!
    gmassuntable
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having grown up at an Italian family I have had many meals (many, many) at my G'mas Sunday table. With 3 long tables set up in the basement, sometimes up to 30 people for dinner and the best food cooked by 3-4 little Italian women. However, nothing prepared me for the fun, frivolity, and food that was last Tuesday night!! The aroma when my sister and I walked in was wonderful and made the anticipation of each course stimulating! When my brother and his wife come out to visit us in Oct, we will be coming with about 15 in our party and will be prepared for another raucous time! Accordion player was a nice touch with an amazing voice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations
    Cali
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We expected Italian period apparel, but it was more of a speakeasy look. There is a lot of food, but it was very mediocre. We have always enjoyed the regular menu, but this fell far short.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Tavola dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Your website is a bit confusing, I was interested in the Tavola dining, even planned the trip for Tuesday specifically for that reason. From the Tavola page I clicked the link for a reservation. When I arrived at Rustic, the reservation was not for Tavola, there's no way on the on-line reservation to select A Tavola, I was very disappointed, the only reason we opted to dine there was specifically for the A Tavola experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winegal
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Always a great experience. Food, service and ambience are always a cut above most fine dining locations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    srverna
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food, ambiance and service was simple awesome! The staff was even able to get us in a little earlier than our reservation even on a very busy night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A very loud forsom next to our table. We could hardly communicate with our waiter or talk to one another, When they finally left, the noise level was fine. The food was as good as it gets. The rack of lamb was outstanding. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    ambianceiskey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the quality of the food was very good....if you want romantic...there is better choices
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    travellinglady
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I made a reservation 1 month in advance to celebrate 30th anniversary...Did this online from NY. Pictured on the website is this lovely outdoor patio..I knew this was where I wanted to have dinner. When we arrived we were told by the young ladies at the podium outside seating was full. Explaining my situation and how we were looking forward to this trip for quite sometime, our anniversary, willing to wait as long as it takes to get a table, etc, fell on deaf ears..They were not sympathetic in the least. Think this was handled poorly. How would anyone know that even if you have a reservation it does not mean you have the option of sitting outside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous view!
    AzSandy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent view, ambiance and setting. Wow! The good and wine were great and the service was commendable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choice spot
    great4lunch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outside dining is superb! The service was excellent, the personnel obviously have been taught to be very attentive to the guests. Daytime view of the valley is great even though there was smoke against the hills.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic feel with a casual side
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very romantic, special occasion feel to it. Very casual and fun atmosphere. Staff was very friendly and very informative of the menu. Great views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    What a great place! The food was excellent, view spectacular, and service exceptional. This is a place we will definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It can be great for Outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have a reservation but sadly we became a place inside, outside is great, inside is ok but we came for Diner with view. Overall its good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great night
    LTwindsorite
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have enjoyed Rustic for many years. The excellent cocktails, fantastic setting and unique grounds made in very enjoyable. I must say that our most recent visit there was one of our best ever. The restaurant has a new manager with extensive wine country experience and I think the overall consistency and taste of the food is better than ever. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great scenery
    irishdane
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    spent our 10 year anniversary here. great ambiance with excellent view of the vineyards out on the patio. Service was spot on and even gave us a special desert on the house to celebrate our occasion. Food was great and quality was great. overall, we really enjoyed ourselves and even had fun looking at the movie history stuff in the main hall as well. Go, you wont be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "An offer we couldn't refuse"
    Bandit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    First time in CA wine country, also a huge fan the the Godfather movies so we just had to eat at Rustic, Francis Ford Coppola's restaurant attached to the winery that bears his name. (For those of you who don't know, he was the Director of the movies). We asked for a scenic view and got it. We wanted delicious food-no problem. Everything was delicious! And how could you go wrong with the wine? Exceptional! The only con was that the waiter didn't seem to know much about the winery itself, but overall a very good choice and definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent food and service. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Louielips
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary by having a wonderful lunch. We sat outside where the views are spectacular! The service as well as the food was excellent and the wine list was unbelievable. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area but be sure to make a reservation in advance. Especially for an outside table with a view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.