Casa Rustica Restaurant

4.5
1612 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Casa Rustica is Boone"s authentic Italian restaurant since 1981. We offer a wide selection of entrees including fresh pastas, chicken, veal, seafood and steaks. Our nightly specials complement our menu and our homemade desserts are not to be missed. Visit the La Bouca Lounge where the menu offers original sandwiches and flat-bread pizzas. Casa Rustica provides a cozy atmosphere in a log cabin setting. Come for romantic fireside dining or bring the whole family and enjoy our friendly and prompt service.
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Jen was an excellent server. Very pleasant personality. I ordered the broccoli cheese soup for the app and the eggplant for main course. The soup was watery and was offered a replacement but declined. the eggplant was much more "bready" then I am use to. I did not say anything as this was a mother daughter night out and did not want to spoil the evening. Neither one of us live in the area but I would not recommend.

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LorenzinoS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The names of the dishes are not the traditional ones of Italy. Example Arancini, parmigian Veal, etc. The food had a lot of salt in it.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. If you haven't tried the Caprese Stack salad, you need to.

It wouldn't hurt to add cushions to the chairs in the extended dining area, but this minor detail won't have any impact on my wife and I dining at Casa Rustica as often as we can.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good! It’s not a big place so definitely not an intimate setting. Server, Jack, was fantastic. Made recommendations and they were all appreciated. Calamari was delicious as well as the Asiago pimento dip which was our favorite. Had pasta for main entree and it was delicious as well. Highly recommend but definitely make reservations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and nice waiters! Gets busy there

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MariaC
Savannah
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have eaten here a few times and been very happy. I think it was just an off night because of it being Thanksgiving weekend and very crowded and busy. To start I ordered a dirty vodka martini and I received a dry gin martini. I did not send it back. My son ordered a gin cocktail and was told the bar was out of gin! We ordered salads as a starter and waited too long for them. Literally 2 minutes after we were served the salads our main course was delivered. I ordered a dish I’ve had before and thoroughly enjoyed AND was looking forward to but it was seriously lackluster and of course cold because I ate my salad first. This was my birthday dinner. I made a reservation in October. This place was so seriously busy that staff in the kitchen, as well as servers, could not keep up. I’d rather see more attention to detail than to packing the place with too many diners that cannot be appropriately accommodated.
I’ll give it one more try but definitely not around the holidays or on a weekend.

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Wendylee
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We were SO disappointed in our first visit to CR. The menu looked incredible! And we were hoping to find our "go to" Italian place in Boone. I do allow for the fact that they had been closed for the three days before to allow the staff to be with their families which I thought was a great idea! We were celebrating my daughters 22nd birthday. So perhaps the poor service and lack of items can be attributed to a slow start back? We began by ordering drinks. They were completely out of gin so I ordered something else. My mom ordered a certain vodka and they brought something but it was the wrong kind and we sent it back. My dad ordered a glass of wine which was also not the correct kind. We stopped correcting the server/bar tender at this point. The capreese salad was very good! The other dishes were just ok. We did not order dessert. As soon as I got home, I was sick for about an hour. I ordered the chicken and prosciutto. DON'T order that! Later, my daughter called me and she was also sick. I really wish I could say more positive things. The cannoli was very good. Sorry CR, you lost this customer.

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laurelb
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

service was great had a reservation and got sat right away. Food was just okay, got the bruschetta and vodka pasta. Got a free cannoli for birthday and that was super good.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff was so kind and accommodating.

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BeccaH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Parm was delicious! We all loved our meal, and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back.

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Fred
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed another wonderful meal at Casa Rustica. Only disappointment was with the Seafood Purses dish. Tortellini had been substituted for the purses. The meal was very good, but not the same as before.

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scottb
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food and great service! Do yourself a favor and go!

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ColleenK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I made reservations 2 wks ahead of time for my birthday celebration dinner with 3 friends. We arrived on time and the restaurant was packed, so we had to wait ~15 minutes for our table. No big deal - we sat at the bar. However, we’re lucky a table left during that time or no telling how long we would have had to wait, so I’m not sure if having a reservation even mattered. Our waitress was friendly and served our appetizers and drinks relatively quickly.

From the time we ordered our entrees, it LITERALLY took 1 1/2 hours for us to get them. Meanwhile, we’re watching others get seated and served ahead of us during this time. The 4 of us (all females) were drinking, laughing and having a good time, despite the long wait. We’ve all been, or currently in, the restaurant service industry so we’re very familiar with being in the weeds and certainly the current staffing shortages.
We were not being obnoxious or overly loud when we had another waiter come tell us that his table (who were seated and eating after us), wanted us to turn the volume down. This was not done in a professional manner, and quite frankly should have been handled by the manager. Granted, we probably came across louder since the restaurant was less full than when we arrived, but certainly nothing that warranted another table asking their waiter to intervene.

Finally, the food comes. Some of the entrees were cold. We asked for boxes, the check, and to speak to a manager. The manager came over about 10 minutes later and we told her our concerns. Her lack of concern or effort to even pretend that she cared about our business, is what ultimately led me to write this long review. No discount for a 1 1/2 hour wait (we did not ask for one), and no apologies for the bad experience.

The long wait for food and lack of readiness for our reservation is not why I wrote this review, but their lack of customer service is. BTW - the bartender and waitress both got tipped well.

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ASM1125
Wilmington
39 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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JaniceK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was awesome. I had the shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta. It was incredible. My husband had the chicken Alfredo. He said it was delicious. Definitely recommend.

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HolJon
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Soup of the day was Tomato Gouda and better that I could have imagined. We both had the lasagna and it was outstanding. Can not wait to go back!!

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CabinFever
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh pasta dishes; dessert was EXCELLENT

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tammys
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the best bread. You could ask for the garlic olive oil dipping at no cost and the seafood dishes were full of seafood. Will be back next time we are in the area. Juan was an excellent waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. They were able to deliver on the table we requested.
The music on Thursday is always great.

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SteveC
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was four of us and we all enjoyed our meals. None of us finished- too much.

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MaryannF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our dining experience. Aubrey was an attentive, friendly, and welcoming server. Food was fabulous and birthday cannoli was a delightful surprise
Thank you so much

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Bill
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time! One of my favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was exceptional. The whole experience was actually. The waitstaff was attentive and prompt. The food was phenomenal and very delicious.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hospitality and food was great! We appreciated the free dessert for our anniversary!

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AnnetteH
Fort Lauderdale
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacationing in Boone. Food was very good. When we are in the area we will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have dined here many times and the experience has always been great! We will continue to enjoy Casa Rustica on all our visits to the Boone area.

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vipSuzanne
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food, good service.

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CaryD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Shared dinner with friends. Top notch service. Good is always good to great. Busy this weekend. One of our favorite spots in Boone.

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Gambrillsgirl
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Boone, first time at Casa Rustica. Everything was delicious, service friendly and prompt. Very reasonably priced. Lovely interior with a fireplace, good on a chilly night! If we’re back in Boone again soon, we’ll dine here again. Highly recommend!

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vipJDM225
Orlando
82 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was really good. Great environment. Would frequent again on next visit to the area. The appetizer selection was great and the red sauce is something to try for sure!

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Travelqueen1
Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The linguini with clams had very few clams and onions ? My husband’s eggplant parmigiana was very bland. The service was better than the food but a non-memorable meal overall.

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vipclls
Jacksonville
33 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant to find in the midst of tourist season up here in the mountains of North Carolina! The weather was awful, blowing torrential rain and cold. We were seated right by the fireplace, which was wonderful! The food was beautifully plated and was so good-the antipasto salad huge and more than enough for two. My husband’s seafood pasta entree was outstanding. Service was outstanding. What a great find on a cold, miserable night!

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AshleyB
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We stayed in Boone for the night after visiting grandfather mountain. We made a reservation for 9:30 because it was one of the few places that had a reservation left. The place had a cabin feel and had a cool atmosphere. Im not sure if our server had just been through a long, busy night and since we had come towards the end, he was just tired, or just had a not so great night. Unfortunately our food didn’t come out hot and the shrimp scampi had very little flavor. We felt like a nuisance being there, but like I said, we had reservations at 9:30, so we probably were considering how late it was.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! I can’t wait to go there again.

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Lovetoeat
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience and I would recommend this restaurant.

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Ollie
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casa Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants, especially on Thursday nights when there is music in the dining room. Food and service are always outstanding.

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LFul
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Excited to visit for the first time while on vacation. Have been by the restaurant in years past. Made reservations for a date night out. Placed upstairs in the corner in front of a window air conditioner blowing cold air in October. Below satisfied for ambience. A Musician played downstairs. Couldn’t enjoy this experience due to be placed out of the way. Not sure why you make reservations to receive a table such as this. Light out above table. I guess the seating was for overflow but again, reservations were made ahead of time. Food was excellent though and the server was really nice.

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DavidG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and server was very attentive.

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vipperfect
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We're still trying to figure out the disconnect between the rating on this establishment and our experience.

From being met with the ridiculous (and just shy of rude) sign plastered on the door with mask commands, only to be standing with 17 (!) other masked guests in a tiny vestibule two feet from tables where diners sat at tables two feet apart from each other sans masks, the entire evening was baffling.

We sat with our coats on as a heavy draft from above was never addressed. Emma, a new server was warm and friendly and did everything she could to make our evening enjoyable. While the brown waxed paper on the tables may be easier to clean, it felt more appropriate for a BBQ joint.

Had Emma been able to get our entrees warm, they would have been so much better!

The vodka sauce is flavorful and creamy, but was so cool it had to be sent back. It arrived still chilly the second round. I don't know if the pan used to rewarm it was cold, or it was simply put in a clean bowl, but it never got warm and the pasta was overcooked and mushy from the beginning. Guests at the next table had the same problem.

Salad greens were fresh, but the chopped tomato on top was past its prime. The Ceasar salad was well, ordinary.

The zabaglione dessert was odd. Warm and pourable in a parfait glass and topped with canned whipped topping, it fell flat. Fresh fruit under a spoonful of the zabaglione would have made a much nicer dessert. Unfortunately, the cheesecake lacked flavor.

After driving over an hour to get to the restaurant, it was a HUGE disappointment and it's unlikely we'll return. Sadly, it's a missed opportunity in many ways.

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Casa Rustica Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 262-5128.

Casa Rustica Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1612 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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