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Rustic House
Rustic House

Rustic House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustichousechicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 929-3227
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was attentive here which I really appreciate. It is a smaller restaurant so even if it were full I doubt it would get noisy. We had one in our party select the fixe prix early dinner option which is offered from 5-6:30. She had salmon on a bed of spinach. Nicely displayed and delicious. She opted for the spinach salad. It had a great smoky flavor with a fantastic dressing. Their rhubarb crisp dessert was good and big enough to share. Great restaurant to go to prior to the Million Dollar Quartet show as the Apollo Theatre is only about a mile down the road."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Rustic House is a pretty casual place, but there is nothing casual about the food. They have a great cocktail program, which can be a great way to start your meal. Order the "Snacks" to go with them - house marinated olives, Marcona almonds warmed in duck fat, and sinfully delicious smoked bacon slathered with maple syrup. The tuna tartare was good, but we like it when it has some spice (chile) to it, which this did not. The gnocchi with foie gras and garlic was amazing - just wish that put more of the delicious broth in the bowl. One of the specials the night we were there was Prime Rib with a house made horseradish sauce - excellent. The lamb chops were also very good. The corn brûlée really should have been a dessert - very sweet."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was excellent. We had swordfish, salmon and chicken. All 3 were great. Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The hostess seated us right away, even though we were 5 min late to our reservation. The ambiance in this place was very cute, would definitely make a great date night spot. Our server was actually pretty bad, especially considering out checks came out to about $75 per person. She did not introduce herself, make any recommendations, or come by our table unless she absolutely had to (read: take our orders and drop off check). I would like to imagine she was having an off night, but it was very off putting. The food was quite good! The service of the food was timed strangely. Long wait for apps, entrees came promptly...well, 2 of them and the other 2 came out 5+ min later, then sides another 5 min later. All considered, I'd go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Rustic House since shortly after it opened and I am wondering why. The menu offers a variety of great choices, all of which seem to be worth a separate trip. Our waiter gave us terrific guidance on both the menu and the wine pairing. I will not make the mistake of waiting too long before we return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very good dinner, service and atmosphere. The food selection was outstanding and all dishes ordered was remarkable. Only complaint is waiter forgot my wife's drink and had to be reminded but it was clearly a mistake and the remainder of our experience there more than made up for that."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you have not tried Rustic House, you are missing out on a wonderful dining experience. Bar seating for walk-ins or singles and 2 cozy window tables for a romantic dinner for two. Wish the 4 middle tables weren't so close together, but that is my only complaint. Food is consistently beautifully presented and a delight to enjoy. Servers know the menu and are helpful with wine and beer selections. Nice seasonal cocktail offerings as well."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Tried this place for the first time on Friday 6/13/14 and was extremely impressed. They had a nice selection of wines and beers along with great service. The place has a nice atmosphere as well with moderate noise. The steak was the best steak that I have had in Chicago, it truly was impressive. Highly recommend trying this! The only downside is it can be pricey - but so worth it for the steak!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My mother and I split the NY Strip and we both said it was the most delicious steak we have ever had. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • " Sat night dinner out can be challenging with all the crowds, noise etc. but our food and service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Rustic. It was outstanding. The food was great and the service superb. Would highly recommend. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Four of us dined at Rustic House on a Friday night. We all really enjoyed our food, which included the rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes- so basic but totally perfect, the rock of lamb and the swordfish. All wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We really enjoy farm to table restaurants, and were so impresses with our waiter Ryan - and his knowledge of where all the food was sourced from. I loved the lamb chops and my husband loved the duck that was on their rotisserie. We will absolutely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We walked over here on one of the first warm nights. We had heard from friends about this place and were not disappointed in the food. We will definitely return here. The cocktail list was interesting and my husband and I both enjoyed a predinner cocktail. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "All the food was delicious. We shared 4 appetizers and they were all great. The best was the gnocci. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "knowledgable server, passionate about her work and attentive to guest needs, food was really great"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was an exceptional restaurant. My boyfriend and I will defiantly be going back when in Lincoln Park neighborhood. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We dined on a Sunday evening when the resturant was about 3/4 full. The server was pleasant but the delivery of service was weak and it took nearly an hour to get one of our appetizers served. Plates were slow to be cleared and dishes when they appeared were dumped on the table unceremoniously by a waiter. If you are into shared dining this is a good option. Food quality was solid but not spectacular. The ambience is good if you can tolerate a noisy enviroment. Not for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went here last minute with some friends for dinner Friday night....food was out of this world! We had the prime rib, duck, and tilapia- all great choices! Definitely going back! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We love Rustic House. Great food, great, friendly service, nice wine list, and a convenient location in Lincoln Park. Try the rotisserie chicken, the swordfish chop, and the NY steak. The spinach salad is also quite tasty. The NY steak is as good or better than anything you'll find in a top steakhouse."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The dishes are Beautifully presented, lovingly prepared and served in a charming and intimate setting. Casual or dress-up, last minute dinner or special date night, alone at the bar or a table of 8 catching up, you will not feel out of place. It is a Chicago gem!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed a very nice meal. I would have enjoyed seeing the rotisserie full of birds and meat, but it was a Tuesday night and not very busy. Atmosphere was very laid back. Service was great. The rotisserie duck was outstanding - crispy on the outside and very tender under the skin. Pork was a little over cooked. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Food is delicious. The wait staff seemed to take a special interest in us. Everything is really fresh. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a special, out of the ordinary night out."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went for dinner with a group of 7. We each got something different on the menu. Everything was fine but nothing was special. A couple flavor profiles didn't quite work. But service was friendly and atmosphere cozy."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The ambiance is nice and the service was very good through out. I had the hanger steak and was very good. My GF had the rotisserie chicken which was dry. My only real complaint was the skimpy wine pours. I ordered a Chardonnay that was $12/glass or $42/bottle. I ordered a glass and was shocked when it arrived! It was only about 4 oz. What a rip off!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I actually have an issue with Open Table. I made these reservations on-line and it a was a 1,000point res. After we dined, I only recieved 100 points. Please correct this."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We tried the 3 course fixed menu, which was reasonably priced for what we got. I would, however, include an main course option that is not fish as this was quite limiting. Dessert and cocktails were the highlights, with a strawberry rhubarb crumble, 3 kinds of creme brûlée, and a very solid old fashioned."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Rustic House was exceptional, from the food to the service to the decor. I took my mom to Chicago to celebrate her birthday and a friend of mine had recommended this place. I'm so glad she did! The snack trio with the duck fat roasted nuts and maple peppered bacon were delicious! For the main course I ordered the flat iron au poivre and it melted in my mouth. My mom ordered their signature roast chicken and she loved it. Our waitress Arleta was sweet and on top of everything. She heard that it was my mom's birthday and gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne. For dessert, the strawberry rhubarb crumble is a MUST. If I'm ever in Chicago again, I will surely make a stop at Rustic House. You should too!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Well, based on viewing the menu and seeing pictures on the website, I figured this would be an incredible place to dine. However, we were seated at a tiny table pushed in a corner at the front by the window. The waitress seemed to forget about us completely--It took 15 minutes for her to come back and take our order. Additionally, the noise bounced off the room and made it impossible to hear my husband talk at all. We could hardly hear the waitress list off the specials. The food was mediocre. Apparently they are known for their chicken, but it was nothing special in our book. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Rustic House and we are definitely going back. The ambience is great and the dishes delicious (specially the octopus, spicy seafood, and duck). I would absolutely recommend it for date night, night out with friends (small group), special ocassions."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Ok - I had never been to Rustic House but it was recommended by a couple of friends for a first date. It's darker, cute & intimate which was perfect. Bar is small but the bartender was the fastest pourer this side of the Mississippi and attentive. We shared a few apps which were fresh and not over seasoned which were wonderful but the service from our adorable waiter was even better! He and the hostess were so sweet and wanted to make sure we felt taken care of - recommend sitting in the back by the fireplace. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went for dinner with the girls but this place would be great for a date as well. Service was fabulous. Our waiter was very knowledgable as I eat gluten free. Food was very tasty. 2 of us had the rotisserie chicken, it was so moist and flavorful and the mashed potatoes served with are a wonderful addition. I will be back and hopefully soon! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "A good place for dinner to go to off of Halsted street. Great options for dinner and the food was good. Had a nice ambiance and was nice to be at with friends or family. The staff was friendly and kept out water glasses full. Try it out!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great food but our waitress could have used a lot more training... The wood-grilled octopus was phenomenal, the rotisserie chicken was good but uninspired. My wife's dessert was a decadent delight."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 8:00, we were seated at 8:40. Also, when I reserved the table it was a 1,000 point table on Open Table but I only received 100 points. Other than those two issues, it was a fantastic experience with great food and great service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was definitely a nice departure from the standard fare found in many restaurants. The salads were unique with a lot of flavor and interesting pairings: poached egg with spinach salad and a side dish of sweet corn brûlée, as an example. It is a great place for foodies and a cosy place for couples to meet. The only negative, the menu did not have a great choice of desserts. The strawberry rhubarb pie left a lot to be desired--it was too sweet and tasted more like a morning breakfast bar. More chocolate desserts would enhance the dessert menu."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommend to me by a friend. I wanted a Farm to Table Restaurant in Chicago. We got an excellent Farm to Table Restaurant, specializing in American food with a French twist. The quality was amazing. Everything was delicious. The incredible pluses for the restaurant include the rotisserie oven and the incredible mix drinks. The decor was fun and open. The wait staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. It was easy to get to by bus. I would like to come back the next time I am in town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went to Rustic House because we had heard good things, and it exceeded our expectations. The cocktails were great, we had wonderful waiter, and the food was well prepared, creative and delicious. Our entrées included scallops, duck, and pork each was cooked beautifully. Thanks for the great experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The most oustanding steak in Chicago at Rustic house. I would recommend this to everyone."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went to Rustic House when it first opened. Good but not great. Now we think it's great...food, service, ambience...all excellent. Highly recommend! Now one of our fav places in Lincoln Park."
    Dined on 4/4/2014