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Rustic House
Rustic House

Rustic House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustichousechicago.com
  • Email: info@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
Joining it's Michelin Bib-Gourmand winning sister restaurant Gemini Bistro in Lincoln Park, Rustic House features classic American cuisine utilizing fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. We provide urbanites with fresh Midwestern dishes – many coming off an imported Rotisol French rotisserie – in a warm, intimate environment. Seasonal ingredients are served along with Gepperth's Meat Market meats and other carefully selected components to create exciting, updated dishes. The warm décor features natural raw materials including weathered barnyard walls, burlap wall treatments, Travertine tiled floors and artwork by local artists. Rustic House'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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Great food and atmosphere! Everything that we had was delicious! The waitress was very patient with us answering all of our questions and making great recommendations. I had the veal and my significant other had the lamb both were great, I look forward to my next trip to rustic house."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Quaint and flawlessly executed. Everything was very well prepared; each plate could have been staged by a food stylist for a print ad. I cannot speak highly enough!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Rustic House, but definitely not the last. The food and service were terrific."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A small gem that seems to be a favorite of the locals. Menu is varied and eclectic. Sides were all delicious and of surprisingly large serving size, as were the entrees. Small, quiet and dark. Rustic House maybe seats 40 people, max, unless there is a secret room in the back. This place provided a nice break from Chicago's hectic, loud and bustling "popular" restaurant scene."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 42nd anivesary in style. The meal started off with a complimentary glass of champaigne for the special occasion ( nice touch) and continued on to be one of the best meals that we have had in a long time. My salmon chop was simply outstanding with a generous portion and awesome flavor. My wife's meal was outstanding as well. The night ended with a excellent desert. I would recommend this restuarant for any occasion, special or casual."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Notably different take on familiar foods ultra high quality in a very comfortable setting."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere, look forward to coming back soon!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had not been for a while because of a not so good experience. This visit, however, was like the opening days experience. Staff was great. Food was even better. Tables are a little cramped I though."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went during chef's week as Rustic House had the best menu by far. We had the hangar steak for an entree and the only criticism was it was a bit tough, yet it was very flavorful. Service was great."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I've been scoping this place out for a while but I'm happy to have checked this place off on my list! He ordered the lobster bisque (smooth, rich and good lobster flavor), scallops and risotto (he's not a big fan of truffles, but the black truffle taste was quite slight and the risotto was rich and creamy). I ordered the chicken liver mousse (creamy and sweet) and the rack of lamb (mushrooms and green beans had a nice smoky/char flavor, lamb was a good medium rare.) My glass of Sancerre was disappointing, but that was probably the only thing I disliked! My overall experience was very comparable to Balena which I liked very much as well. I only wish it was closer so I could come back for their daily pre-fixe dinners!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The four of us each ordered something different. All of us were very pleased with our meals."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a variety of plates and starters including suckling pig, duck and sea bass. All were excellent and the rotisserie duck was one of the best I have had ever. Sitting by the rotisserie was a nice way to warm up on the cold early March evening. The mixed drink were well prepared and all portions were good sized. Services was god without overbearing. The decor is upscale rustic - think wood planks highly polished and lantern and candle lights. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food did not live up to the outstanding reviews online. Was in town for business and took clients here, but it was definitely not work the long trip from my downtown hotel."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a place! My wife and I went here for Valentines day, and I don't have a single complaint. We had the Au Poivre, Duck l'Orange, an absolutely fantastic caramelized corn brulee, and two very nice cocktails. Perfect for a date night or small group, this place is small but has a lot of atmosphere. I had a great time and will return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner this past Sunday evening at Rustic House. The restaurant was not busy, so we had our choice of tables and proceeded to dine in peaceful quietude. We started the evening with a delicious creamy soup and an arugula salad with pear slices. For entrees, we had the swordfish chop and a special for that evening, roast cod. Both of the starters and both of the entrees were quite delicious. The swordfish dish was the best swordfish that I have ever had. The dishes were enhanced by the wine we chose, a roussanne from DeLille Cellars, one of my favorite Washington state wineries. This was our third visit to Rustic House, and we have enjoyed each one. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I was surprised by the size of Rustic House and the layout. We sat in the room towards the back and it was quiet, romantic and relaxing. However, I noticed when leaving, that the front area of the restaurant was a little louder, lively. Most likely this was due to the bar being in the front too. Loved the ambiance and the warmness of the decor. It was simple and elegant. Noticed that some early diners brought a little one and for early evening dining, I think this place would be ok for kids. Probably not during main dining hours (7pm or later). The food was savory and unique. I had the scallops and they were tender and balanced out nicely with the black truffle. My husband had the special suckling pig and he ate every last bite."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Been to Rustic House two times prior, had great experiences. Our third visit was our last to Rustic House. Will definitely not recommend to anyone. Two of us ordered the swordfish and three ordered the flat iron steak, all ordered cesear salad. The restaurant was not busy, possibly 6 tables sat. Salads used old lettuce, brown and wilted. Corn Brulee, potatoes, and brussel sprouts, highlight of the meal. Swordfish had bones in the fish; mine came out in three pieces, two pieces were cooked very well, the third was basically sushi. Completely raw. The sauce on the fish was nice. Flat Iron steaks were tough and lacked anything special. Service was rushed, five of us with salads and one round of drinks were in and out in around 45 minutes."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This was our second time and we loved our first experience so we brought a group of 6 for our Son's birthday. We were not so thrilled! The salmon was buttery and the two that ordered it did not eat much. The chicken was also buttery. My son had the lamb and seemed to like that although the green beans were awful. They never even acknowledged the birthday. All in all it was a disappointing meal!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "It's a new restaurant and the staff and the kitchen seemed totally overwhelmed on a cold Tuesday night in late February. I would recommend giving them a couple of more months to get settled in before trying the place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner, attentuve service, varied interesting menu nice ambience with fire in fire place. We will return and tell others Ann Millman"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Rustic House is easy to reach via train (Brown line) or bus (#8 Halsted). We sat in the back which was a bit more quiet than the front area. The service here was friendly, engaging, attentive but not overbearing during our visit. The dishes we had were a shared started of Gnocchi with Foie Gras that was wonderful. Use the bread to dip up the sauce that comes with the Gnocchi. For the main I had the Jumbo Scallops and my wife had the Duck L'Orange. Both were exceptional and big enough to share multiple bites. For dessert we ordered the mascarpone cheesecake was so good. Beer selection was average with a couple local beers with a mix of belgians and stouts right now."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had octopus and rotisserie duck Both fabulous. My wife had the swordfish was perfectly cooked and nicely piquant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was fabulous. I had the Scallops which were beyond delicious. It was that kind of "stop and savor every bite" kind of meal. My husband had the Prime Rib special which was equally delicious. Wonderful roasted brussel sprouts for a side. Scrumptious Peanut Butter Blondie for dessert. Service was great Will plan to go again to this wonderful spot!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "we had a nice time. restaurant is tiny, really no good tables. house cocktails good (shirley templeton and rustic nail). wood grilled octopus great; grilled oysters meager. chicken liver mousse kind of sweet and liquid. short rib special very deep and syrupy. mussels tangy. dishes actually could have used more salt. we enjoyed the crème brulee trio. service started out good but became hard to find and not solicitous as evening got busier. my wife could not get over $22 for a roasted half chicken! Ha!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Rustic House is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago - its food and excellent service never disappoints. The absolutely best mussels anywhere -worth the trip alone. Swordfish is amazing - perfectly seasoned and prepared. Love the chicken pot pie and wood roasted oysters also. Service is personal, helpful and friendly but not obtrusive. Relatively small space, so most nights reservations are a must. Only one complaint - no valet parking on Sundays; and with all of the snow, it can be difficult to find nearby parking."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My husband and I love Rustic House - the food is incredible, and the staff both attentive and kind. I would recommend this spot to anyone who enjoys delicious food in a quiet, atmospheric restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's day - as we walked in, we were greeted by lovely hostesses, a warm and welcoming atmosphere and even a rose for the occasion. The service was excellent and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Love this place! Its a lovely, romantic little restaurant without being too stuffy or pretentious. The food is fantastic - I keep coming back for the Chicken Pot Pie - its seriously amazing!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "THe scenery was absolutely beautiful. Staff was friendly. Place is perfect for a romantic dinner, or special occasion with your significant other. My husban and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there and we enjoyed our time. Very nice selection of wines. I would definitely reccomend this place. Nice chinmey too to keep the guests warm."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The name Rustic House is spot on here. You get walls covered in reclaimed lumber in both the front and rear dining room, the latter also having a fireplace that creates a very warm and comfortable environment. The menu feels like a "Best Of" list, as though someone asked everyone in America what is your favorite gourmet comfort food. From a three hour cured Salmon that was moist and full of flavor, to the Maple Duck, to the Chicken Pot Pie, everyone at the table had praise for their main course. The Lobster Bisque was rich without being overpowering, and the Spinach Salad with the poached egg was great. Definitely a place you can eat at more than once due to the variety of options on the menu."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Another fantastic Rustic House experience. Had a group of 6 and everything went wonderfully. Can't wait to get back."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "First time here although we live right down the street. Sizable bowl of mussels with an excellent sauce that was scooped up with the fabulous bread offered. Friends had the wood grilled octopus and both of them raved. I had the duck l'orange, crispy skin and moist inside, the sauce had a hint of orange and was not overpowering or too sweet. The side of baby carrots were tasty and not overcooked. Both of my friends ordered the salmon, we were all impressed at the portion size and all took home leftovers. We all agreed the meal was delicious and we would return."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I took my mom, who was visiting from out of town. There aren't any restaurants like this where she's from. The food was amazing and the service was great. I've been to Rustic House before, and it continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 2/1/2014