Rustic, Francis's Favorites
A Place for Special DiningThis place is one of our favorites in Sonoma County. We recommend the entire experience, including the landscape, museum, gift shop, all the very best. We have dined there a total of 3 times, and it was outstanding every time. The staff is right there to assist you in having a pleasant dining event....We are members and will be back.
Rod Sverko and Antonia Albany5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOutdoor diningWe come here as often as possible. Weather permitting, they open up the outdoor dining area. It is fabulous! Surrounded by vineyards & roses, enjoying your favorite wine or cocktail & a plate of one of their many dishes. Most of the items on the menu are straight from Mr. Coppola & his memories of living in Italy. We've tried about half of the items on the menu & have never been disappointed. Reservations are suggested, especially on weekends. We booked the day before and had no problem getting in. Definitely request outdoor dining. Enjoy!5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful Setting!Delicious food. Great wine. We always take our out-of-town guests/relatives to impress them. Magnificent scenery. The lamb marakesh was fabulous, as always. Never disappointed. Very attentive staff! We'll be back soon.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMjust a dream!We sat between the cutest couple on the way to their prom and a couple who come regularly to the restaurant. By the end of dinner we were all pals. We were there for the first time and spent two hours soaking in the atmosphere, sipping and nibbling our way through several preliminary courses and ultimately eating every thing on our plates. it was a feast and presented simply and elegantly in an outdoor setting overlooking the vineyards. You just gotta love this place for the food, the wine, and how we were made to feel from the moment we arrived.
There is no denying that Mr. Coppola has a flare for the theatrical but he pulls it off at this very special place with aplomb.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulThe service is outstanding. The food is great. Also it's a great destination place because there is so much to see and enjoy.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful tour followedWe had a wonderful tour followed by lunch at Rustic. Having just enjoyed several wines under the Coppla house, having the inspired menu allowed us to further our appreciation for the location and inspiration behind it. We enjoyed a ceasar salad and then a pizza vesuvio and a grilled salmon entree. The service was freindly and happy. The atmosphere was bright, lively, and the view was spectacular. The outdoor patio/ terrace would have been ideal apart from the light drizzle of rain at the time of our reservation. All in all, I would recomend Rustic to anyone who enjoys fun, food, and wine!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary specialWe were celebrating our 18th anniversary. Rustics at the Coppola Winery made it even more special. The food was wonderful, the outdoor scenery was spectacular and they even surprised us with Champagne. It was an anniversary we will always remember.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and splendid vineyardWhat to say, where to begin... you sit outdoor, facing a marvelous vineyard with mountains and no sound except nature and calm. The food is good and the personnel is warm and sympathetic. Great choice of wine (obviously)... it's a must if you're in Sonoma Valley !5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMStill my favorite restaurantBrought a friend from abroad and had a great time. Great view, great food, great service. Rustic never fails me.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMa favoriteA favorite place to bring out-of-town guests - fun stuff to look at and do, along with good food, great Wine Country view and ambiance and always wonderful service.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLocal been to Rustic many timesService was excellent, reasonable prices, good food and staff5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLife on a movie setIt couldn't have been more beautiful. We had lunch outside with an absolutely stunning view, perfect weather, attentive and friendly service and the food and wine were both very good! I'll certainly go back.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMMy one objection at RusticMy one objection at Rustic is that they do not serve a good French Bread. It's hard to imagine an Italian restaurant without a good bread and perhaps some good Balsamic and Olive Oil to dip it in. They probably do this so as not to fill people up with bread which would probably keep them from ordering more from the menu. I think this is a mistake. It takes away from the pleasure of dining there.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect hidden gemWe heard this place had and awesome view, but we were not prepared for what we found. Rustic is in the middle of Copolla's vineyard. This is not an ordinary vineyard. There is a pool, cabanas, bocci ball, and awesome museum of Copolla's films.
I wish we knew what was in store. We would bring our swimsuits and hang out there for a few hours.
It is about an hour from Sonoma but so worth it!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA nice resort type restaurantRustic is a nice place to eat at the Coppola Resort / Gift shop/ Winery. We were there on a Tuesday, and the dining was "a tavola" meaning dim-sum style, where the servers circulate with many different food items and you select and pay for only what you want (with a $30 per person minimum) There were 15 items that night from Vegetarian to beef and lamb dishes. We felt the best were the Fritto Misto Fried fish (salmon) and veggies, and a delicious polenta item. The pizza was limp and disappointing, but the desserts were terrific.
The place is, well, rustic, with a great view out over the vineyards up into the hills. It was worth it, since we wanted to tour the winery, but it is doubtful we will go again, there are many other choices.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely Adult SettingI would not recommend this place for children, mainly because some parents cannot keep their children in check. We had a little boy running amok and the parents let him do it, thus irritating all the adults trying to enjoy their meal and ambiance of the outdoor seating. Other than that, the food was very good and served at the right temperature. The servers were all friendly, and efficient. All in all we had an enjoyable day.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways love going to Rustic.Always love going to Rustic. I will say I think the food has improved, very good. Service was excellentAnd you can't beat the views!!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLocal gem!!I love this place!! I am a local and always bring newbies here!!!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional. The only negativeExceptional. The only negative thing is that there were several main entree items that were not available. Out of a smaller menu to begin with, this didn't leave much to choose from.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely come for the greatDefinitely come for the great vineyard view but be prepared for a noisy time. The ceilings are high & the noise travels easily. After being seated we were presented with a white paper bag containing 2 small hot rolls. They were a little doughy but tasted good. My husband & I both had a Caesar salad which was uninspired in appearance but tasted fine. We both had a different pasta dish - mine had a delicious tomato sauce & my husband's had a mushroom sauce. They both were full of flavor but the pasta tasted like it was out of a box.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat views!LOVED the outdoor seating at Rustic! The views of the vineyards were amazing and the heaters made it way more enjoyable. It's perfect for a couple's night out or a group dinner. We will definitely be back!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA group of us gals came forA group of us gals came for lunch to see off a friend of ours who is moving from teh area. Everyone was so very friendly and helpful and relaxed!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!! George was great!!Loved it!! George was great!! The food was delicious!! it was fun seeing all of Franci Ford Coppola's movie memorabilia!!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFun. An Italian dim sun. AFun. An Italian dim sun. A total experience, like being in a movie!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server Kareem was outstanding.Our server Kareem was outstanding. Very charismatic and knowledgable. He made our dining experience extremely pleasurable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone coming in to Rustic.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the experience!Loved all of the fabulous food,service, ambiance and setting....It was windy/cool outside so we decided to eat indoors, I prefer to eat outside because the setting is fabulous and love being in the gorgeous vines...etc. The one downside with our experience indoors was the high ceilings, mid room tables are aucoustically not great for intimate conversations, so we requested a booth but turned out to be not comfortable for our party of 3. The benches for the booths are too low, I am 5' tall, friend was 5'3 and other friend was 5'7 and all of us had table at breast level, would have been scooping food directly into our mouths...tee hee!!!. So would suggest putting only very tall individuals in the bench seating booths.... Great experienc4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMKareem, out waiter was outstandingKareem, out waiter was outstanding and provided great service.
Food and environment was excellent, and we will be back.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways friendly service, alwaysAlways friendly service, always very good food (authentic Italian), very good prices, a view to remember.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA very enjoyable 35 anniversary meaThis was our third dinner at Rustic. Each time was excellent which is why we picked it to celebrate our 35th anniversary. I appreciated the call I got to both confirm our reservation and to remind me that Tuesday nights is the Italian version of Chinese "dim sum" where instead of ordering from the menu you select from a wide variety of entrees and sides that are brought past your table by servers.
We enjoyed the accordion player and his Italian songs and our server was very attentive.
We enjoyed the Coppola champagne from Monterey and your director's cut Pinot was excellent.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThe pastas and salads wereThe pastas and salads were excellent, the chicken and steak were a tad dry, and the cuts were less than expected. The pork loin was delicious. The ambiance was nice and the setting is perfect to unwind in. The staff was excellent and knew when to be present and when to back off.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways the perfect spot forAlways the perfect spot for a wonderful meal. Attentive waiters/waitresses always with a smile ~ the food outstanding and the Reserve Pinot out of this world. A favorite and very romantic place we will always enjoy going back too.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceOverall a great experience, food, wine, ambience, service. Highly recommend.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service, beautifulGreat food and service, beautiful view/atmosphere - sat outside before sunset in stunning weather!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic service, and a greatFantastic service, and a great menu - as long as you suspend your diet for the night!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the best food and serviceWe had the best food and service possible. The staff is friendly and has great knowledge not only about the food but also the wine. Could not have asked for a better experience.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is consistently goodFood is consistently good here. Wait staff is outstanding and extremely helpful. I like the personal touches they brought to the table, and was very pleased with the attention Kareem provided my elderly father. Beautiful location, great food and terrific staff, one of my fave's in the wine country.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBland SpaghettiMy party thought the spaghetti was too bland and the special fried bread was too raw. I would have preferred crusty italian bread. I was happy with the vegetarian choices.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had eight to celebrateWe had eight to celebrate a birthday. The service was outstanding. The food was very good, particularly at this price point. Given the overall ambiance and service, it's a good value.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways love RusticOne of my favorite restaurants. This time my husband and I both had pizzas, and they were great. We'll be back soon.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTake Your Friends From Out Of TownWe love it there. I get the grilled veal chop every time. The food is old time North Beach Italian with a twist. Really fun atmosphere and friendly wait staff.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat views from the porchGreat views from the porch and cool location at the winery. Great use of local produce in all dishes, and lots of flavor. Enjoyed the roasted eggplant and rack of lamb - very interesting tastes!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe arrived a bit early forWe arrived a bit early for a Friday afternoon lunch. We were seated promptly and were able to enjoy the outdoor space before many of the tables were filled. We were greeted by our server and offered menus and drinks. She returned soon afterward with our order. The food was very good and we were not rushed at all. I felt that we were well taken care of and we enjoyed our day.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service!Excellent food and service! Definitely a favorite of ours!!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time with friendsWe had a great time with friends visiting from out of town. They were impressed with the food and the wine. The movie memorabilia was also a hit with them. I love coming to this restaurant and am glad I live so near.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTips on how to orderAmazing zeppolis. They start you off with just two and you have to pay for more. Pretty disappointing if you're not willing to pay but usually I get more. :)
Outstanding food and service. Book late night since it is just so crowded otherwise!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOur our of town family andOur our of town family and us locals totally enjoyed every minute of our dining with you. Great place to bring visiting family and friends. Their comments included "you are so lucky to have this place 10 minutes from you" and we agree. Thanks so much. Phyllis Hornstein3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMVessna, Our server gaveVessna,
Our server gave us great service. She even gave us some suggessions which was very helpful. Ambiance was outstanding. The clerks around the gift shops were very friendly and answered all my questions. The hostess gave us a great table and found my on line reservation very fast. Usually, I have experienced with some restaurants when their is only a party of 2 they put you in the connor. This was not the case thank you.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are First Family Wine ClubWe are First Family Wine Club Members. so we could be a bit biased.
However we are foodies.
We have not been disappointed, with great food, sevice and atmosphere inside or out on the patio. Having been there for lunch and Dinner. From Pizza's to the main entree's, and finally made it for the sunday Brachiolle. The wife could not finish hers, so it became her lunch on monday.
When we have company in town, we always venture that way for lunch or dinner and wine tasting. would recommend for a nice day trip because of the distance.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are first family wine clubWe are first family wine club members and love visiting the winery and eating at Rustic. The food is delicious, the service is terrific, the wine is, of course, delicious. If it's a nice day, definitely sit outside and enjoy the panoramic view of peaceful Sonoma wine country. There is also a full bar, so if you aren't a wino, fear not. There is also some great movie memorabilia if you are in to Francis Ford Coppola's films, and during from April or May until about October there is pool with Cabines you can rent so it's actually kid-friendly too.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved it here! Wish weI loved it here! Wish we lived closer. I didn't want to leave such a beautiful spot!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM