Rustic House
Rustic House

Rustic House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustichousechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3129293227x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Keeley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Armitage
  • Public Transit: #8 Halsted Bus stops right in front of the restaurant at the corner of Halsted & Armitage. 5 minute walk East on Armitage from Brown Line Armitage stop. 10 minute walk from either Fullerton or North/Clybourn Red Line stops.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking $12 Tuesday - Saturday. Street Parking on Halsted and Armitage.
A word from Rustic House
Chandeliers casting low light and a brick fireplace set the mood at Rustic House on Halsted Street in Lincoln Park. This Midwestern-inspired restaurant is located just down the street from its sister restaurant, Gemini Bistro, and centers around a 1920's Rotisol French-imported rotisserie oven. Executive Chef Jon Keeley works with the highest quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish to prepare dishes that are both elevated and approachable. Executive Pastry Chef John Larson focuses on delicate desserts and pastries that reflect the chic ambiance of Rustic House. Rustic's two private dining spaces can accommodate groups of up to 36 seated guests or 40 for a cocktail reception.
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Rustic House reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (49)romantic (46)special occasion (34)notable wine list (16)good for groups (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best Chicken Pot Pie in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Such a cozy neighborhood spot. Especially romantic when they've got the fire lit throughout the winter. I love to eat at the bar and love it that the bartender remembers my drink. Caesar salad, perfect. Chicken Pot Pie, best in Chicago - puff pastry to die for. Green Beans Almondine, too tart - maybe more olive oil and less vinegar next time Chef.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Kept Secret
    ArizonaTimVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Frequently, we check Open Table for same day dining reservations and will typically find a reasonable reservation time available at Rustic House, which is amazing considering the quality of the food and the overall dining experience. It is apparently a very well kept secret! The wood grilled Octopus followed by the bone-in Swordfish Chop is to die for... And, their side known as Sweet Corn Brulee is a very unique dish that is sweet enough to satisfy even your urge for dessert. Give them a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Came highly recommended. We really enjoy Gemini Bistro. New waiter, Jason, very nice. My steak, although good, was overdone (med/well instead of med rare). Jason offered to take back, but we were on tight schedule. Jason did take off bill, which was nice. More dissapointing was our situation with the rewards program. We received $130 bill and were interested in joining the rewards program, which we did not know about. Told we had to sign up before/during meal if we wanted credit for this meal. What???? Are they new to this rewards thing? Not a huge deal, but easy way for restaurant to gain customer service points in competitive market, especially after our less than ideal dining experience. PLEASE SHARE WITH RESTAURANT
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  • Always Awesome
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We took some friends and they loved the place. They both devoured the Spinach salad and the Swordfish Chop. My NY Strip was excellent. My wife's rotisserie chicken was a little dry, however. My only critique is that I have noticed that the salad portions are getting smaller. For $10 to $12 for a salad there is no reason to be stingy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary
    LJAnn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We came here to celebrate 10 years together and could not have asked for a better experience. The food was excellent but our server made sure that our celebration was special. I'd love to say you should be able to get that any restaurant but that isn't always the case.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    Newmn22
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dut fat almonds were great but the scallops were terrible.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Like an old friend!
    Mare
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    There's a buzz of good chatter when you open the door. The smell of yummy food is the next sensation. Smiles and greetings from the owner and wait staff follow. Maybe a drink at the cute bar; possibly appetizers immediately at your table. Delicious dinner and dessert are a certainty. Charming, cheerful, a "go to" restaurant that feels welcoming like an old friend and deeeelicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A miss on this chilly fall night.
    NameVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was my fourth and last visit. While I like the layout and interior design of the space, I find the food (average) and the service (below average) challenging. The maitre d on this visit seated individuals ahead of me even though I was sitting at the bar AND my reservation was ahead of those she seated. But, something similar happened on a previous visit so not completely surprised. The Brussels sprouts were undercooked and the signature chicken pot pie looks GREAT, but has no flavor. It's completely devoid of any discernible tastes. The bread was good. :-) When a dining experience starts rocky, recovery is always a challenge. The primary waitperson was fine, but after the maitre d experience, I wasn't feeling sociable.
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  • Great meal, cute restaurant
    Mbem
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everyone loved the meal they ordered and there were more things we would have wanted to try. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner!
    Sara
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great time at Rustic House. Wonderful food, great service, and lovely place on Halstead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was having the prefix menu with two of my sisters, my mom and a long time friend. Everything about this was fabulous! Our server was perfect - food was delicious and the restaurant atmosphere was beautiful. Perfect choice!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Chris
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I recently dined at Rustic House and had a fantastic experience. The resturant is small and intimate. The decor is perfect for fall and the food is excellent. It is a bit overpriced for the portion size but the quality of the food makes up for this slight negative. Highly recommended, especially in the autumn.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night at Rustic House
    LovetoeatoutonOpenTable
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Friday night at 6:30pm. It is a few blocks from the Armitage stop on the Brown line. House was 3/4 full. It was vibrant, but could easily hold a conversation without yelling. The host greeted us enthusiastically and seated us immediately. Jimmie our waiter was attentive and made great recommendations. The Orange Mule cocktail was a perfect start. We were just 2, but we had 3 appetizers: the steamed mussels, gnocchis and octopus. All wonderful but especially the octopus. Ask for more bread to dip into the steamed mussels jus. I had a scallop special. Perfectly cooked and served with apples. My friend had the Duck L'orange and we each shared forkfuls as we could not get enough. Key Lime and banana cream pie-exquisite. Go here. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place is so cozy and charming and the food was amazing! We had the salmon and pork chops and the spinach salad which was to die for! The service was impeccable! Knowledgable server and everyone was so friendly! I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treats you like a king
    JimmyG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My fiance and I went to Rustic House to celebrate our engagement. We both love farm-to-table style restaurants and found this as an upscale version with incredible food. I went with one of their signature rotisserie options that I would give 5/5 stars! My fiance does not eat meat and there were a plethora of options for her too. I highly recommend the gnocchi as an appetizier. I expect that Rustic House might quickly become one of "our places"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in the rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating a belated anniversary. Everything was wonderful. This is a very awesome setting with lots of energy and great food options
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great farm-to-table
    Jhay
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Delicious fresh produce, unique twist on classic American dishes. Outstanding service from all points of contact, great wine list and specialty cocktails. Highly recommend and of their rotisserie items.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything great, but the food
    unpaidcritic2
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    An unassuming on outside, great street locale. Ambiance is great, cute, absorbs sounds so you don't "feel" the other tables. Service was outstanding, polite, quick not too overbearing. The food? Oh, well. I had the Rotisserie Chicken and after peeling off the skin the meat was dry and rather dull. Mashed potatoes creamy but tasteless. Banana Cream Pie good only because of the toasted coconut topping. My dinner partners had the chicken pot pie which was delicious but a huge portion and scallops which was a tiny portion and rather dull. Ugly slimy brussel sprouts the kind that made you hate them many years ago. With so many other food options in Chicago, why bother? Wine by the glass was only one per wine type, lots of bottle choices.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    AllieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place came to me recommended. It wasn't that the food was bad or we had a bad experience, it was just very overpriced for what it was. Definitely not running back here.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect for after theater
    mrswife
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    i was looking for a farm to table restaurant on north halsted for after theater and came across rustic house. the food was very good, the portions were ample and the peach tart for dessert was heavenly. I will go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Keep Coming Back
    FoodventurousVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I love this place - great for a date, feels like "home" - the staff are always so friendly and always remember us and welcome us back. Gnocchi, octopus, rotisserie, swordfish - our favorites! We always recommend Rustic House when our friends ask us for someplace to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    HAVE been many times and they continue to impress!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Birthday Dinner
    miscdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The space felt cramped, & our table was sticky. Wiping down didn't fix it. The apps were lack-luster: tomato salad was ok, the mussels were also just ok (we had one that didn't open that was still served to us). The tuna entree had a bad texture: the spice "crust" felt more like a dry rub with no crispness, and it was dry. The scallops had sand in them. They overcharged us for the wine we ordered, which was awkward. Ran out of bread at 8pm on Sat. & had to bake more (came after we paid?) Waiter told us we "had to pick a dessert" for my bday, but wasn't clear if comped or forceful sales pitch (also awkward). He was uncomfortably casual and inattentive. Overpriced & underwhelming. We left hungry. We won't be back.
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  • Great food, a bit noisy
    lemass18VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My only real issue with Rustic House was the noise level, which we found rather more than we like. But the food was great. My husband and I shared the duck and salmon entrees and we loved both of them. They also split-plated our shared appetizer, which was appreciated.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic House rules!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went to RH before seeing Million Dollar Quartet and I have to say my dining experience could not have been better! Loved the decor, the waitstaff and hostess were very friendly and attentive. After seeing what looked like some sort of pork chop being delivered to a table next to us, I asked our waiter what is that!?! He kindly described that it was their Swordfish Chop and it was the best thing on the menu but order quick because they only have 8 or 9 a night. I ordered it and I have to say it was one of the top 3 things I've ever eaten! Will def be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dinner was pleasant and the service was Excellant but the food was average. There are better options
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was amazing across the board. Would HIGHLY recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Took my parents here for an early dinner. Everything we ordered was awesome. We had the flank steak, pork chop and chicken for our entrees. All cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Just as always...great food, friendly service, good wine list, in a convenient location in Lincoln Park. Who could ask for more!!! Try the rotisserie chicken, the swordfish chop, or the NY Steak. All terrific.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pollyanna
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Enjoyed an early dinner before going to Apollo Theatre. Small restaurant with European feel and absolutely delicious dinner. The roasted chicken and pot pie were fantastic, and our waitress and the bartender were so fun and attentive. Drinks and wine...great experience and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PappadocjrVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Significantly over salted. Both diners signicantly thirsty for rest of evening
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  • Excellent
    ChicagoFavorites
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my parents to Rustic House during their visit -- they're foodies and they loved the place. Everything was superb. The lamb had an amazing sauce that included a touch of wasabi, the salmon was perfectly cooked and there was a seafood couscous dish that was fantastic as well. We split the trio of creme brulee as well -- loved the chocolate and vanilla, but the almond was just a touch too rich for us, otherwise everything was great. The wine list is impressive too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Forgettable
    AmberVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The rotisserie is the house specialty but the organic chicken we ordered wasn't very juicy. Nothing on the menu here is one of a kind and I felt like they fell short on execution with items like poached egg and spinach salad, wood-grilled octopus and the chicken. The garlic mashed potatoes were the highlight of the meal. Service is pretty nice and the space is cozy. I don't think I'd ever come back since every dish I could get a better version of elsewhere.
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    kid-friendly
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  • One of Our Faves
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, service, and wine list. Awesome rotisserie chicken, great steak and swordfish. Tremendous spinach salad. Always friendly service. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !!!
    ivan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food and service were impeccable!! I had the swordfish and my fiancée had the duck that were to die for.. Sides were amazing (green beans, corn brûlée, and potato au gratin) unbelievable.. And of course desert (chocolate banana pie) WOW!!! We will definetly be eating here again.. Thank you
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    JBChicago
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    So many unique entrees I've never seen anywhere else! Need to return to try them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the swordfish
    liz1254
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The swordfish was literally the best meal I have had in a while. My hubs got the organic chicken, he said it was amazing (but then tried my swordfish and was jealous). Second time here-can't wait to go back for a third.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Heather
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great spot before heading to see Billy Joel @ Wrigley. We had a wonderful dinner!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable evening
    Jane
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The special halibut was excellent, tho overdressed. Very good service, nice menu. We were expecting a more authentic farm to table experience as it was written up like that. To us, that means mostly locally sourced, especially in summer. Finding farm raised salmon from Scotland didn't seem to fit. Several other menu items were imported from long distances. As we don't live near the restaurant, we won't go out of our way to return as we prefer to support locally sourced businesses. This said, we did have a very enjoyable, well prepared dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Generous portions and tasty food, especially the creamed corn brulee!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate