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Cucina Rustica - Montrose

4.2
140 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant has now reportedly closed.

A famous getaway, Cucina Rustica of Montros is an Italian cuisine, which prepares some of the best Italian pastas in town.

It has been holding the certificate of excellence from the year 2011 to 2015. A commendable thing about this place is that it actually keeps goat cheese, which isn't normally kept by other Italian cuisines. Their spaghetti Bolognese, fettuccini shrimp pesto, and lasagna are cooked at just the right blend of perfection. The ambiance is pretty spacious from the inside, and has a bar in the very middle of the site.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Closed on Sunday
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Phone number
(818) 248-1881
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Cucina Rustica offers catering in the Lacrescenta, La Canada, Glendale, Burbank areas.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ocean View Blvd
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Parking details
Large public parking lot in the back of the restaurant
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 17, 2014

Very enjoyable! Delicious food, lovely service. Beautiful decor.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2014

We love dining at Cucina Rustica. The food is consistently good and there is always a dish that blows our mind. This most recent visit it was the mussels. They were amazing and so big! The bread wasn't as good as I remember and I missed the variety of gelato cakes, but that's okay, we still love the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2014

This place is terrific. We are regulars, at least twice a month for lunch. This time around we have a new waitress. They messed up on my order and the waitress removed it form my bill. It was not necessary, but I'm glad they take great care of their customers.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Tasty food here but our last 2 visits were disappointing from a service perspective. Just not on the ball. The wait staff are all nice but can't seem to get things going one seated.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2014

Such a great restaurant! Food is super fresh. For a change we started out with an appetizer. We had bruchetta. Their version has cheese on it and it was excellent!! As usual their mista salad (garden salad) crisp & crunchy! Kids got pizza and pasta -- didn't hear a peep out of them :) We tried something off their special menu. Both we're great. It was a Sunday afternoon so it wasn't crowded. Service was excellent and just a great time overall. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

I had the shrimp/scallop primavera pasta special. The scallops were over cooked, but the rest was delicious. Just enough of a nice light white wine sauce and tasty veggies. I would order again without the scallops.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2014

Stop at Cucina Rustica for a meal. The food is good, not great, with a nice selection. The staff is terrific and are most willing to make substitutions so you can follow your own food plan. Had ceaser salad and mussels. Mussels were small and not tender enough to my liking. Salad was good but not great. Portions are large...good for sharing.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2014

Great Food, friendly and attentive staff. Always check out the specials... they are very special! HIGHLY recommended... Gary was fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

Food is consistently good. Service is outstanding. Jessie is a gem.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

A late night snack of pizza and Ceasar hit the spot. The salad was perfect and the Margarita Pizza simple with a crunchy crust, just the way I like it!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2014

Nice ambience, friendly staff, in a very nice neighborhood, and definitely some very fresh bread that came with our meal.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2014

We have been to the restaurant many times and have enjoyed the food and ambiance every time.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We spent $79 for the two of us and the food was just ok. I am fine with spending money on dinner but it has to be worth it.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Limited menu for Valentine Day, not previously announced. Very limited. Confused staff. Mess hall quality food. Begnin neglect from the servers. No future visits in my future.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2014

Always such an inviting atmosphere, great people, great service and great food. Love the bruchetta, the best anywhere! They are always willing to accommodate special requests and will make you what you want if they have it on hand. My favorite Italian restaurant!!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2014

Tried something new this time...the Linguine Shrimp Pesto...loved it!! So tasty. My husband also tried something new, the baked ziti with eggplant, he ate almost all of it which means he loved it. Can't wait to heat it up for leftovers today!!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2013

A nice, upscale restaurant in Montrose. Reminds me of the many good Italian restaurant gems in Manhattan. Wines are reasonably priced and food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2013

I had a really nice meal here. When the entree had an unexpected ingredient, they remade it for me at my request quite graciously. Loved the ambience, good food & wine.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2013

Cucina Rustica is a welcome addition to Montrose. The ambiance is great as well as the food and service. I would recommend this little gem of a place to all.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2013

I have been going to Cucina Rustica since it first opened. Dining with a friend, we thought we'd give it a try. We were delighted by the quality of the food and the ambiance (which has improved dramatically since those early days). Recently, I had long-lost relatives in town and I knew we wanted to enjoy great food in an atmosphere where we could talk and be heard. This restaurant at lunchtime is the perfect place. My guests loved their meal, the surroundings, and the dessert! Their regular menu, always exquisitely prepared, is enhanced by their excellent daily specials. Their wait staff has greatly improved over the years, which I am really thrilled to see.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2013

I frequent Cucina Rustica often and I am always amazed to see that the food is always well-prepared, the staff is attentive, but not overly so. There ;is a lovely wine list. It is wonderful to see the return customers---a sign that this place is quite a find.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2013

Always a great place for lunch.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2013

Consistently good. You cant go wrong with this place.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2013

Always love Italian cuisine and this place will never disappoint you. Went there with 3 of my girlfriends. The waiters never got who ordered what straight when they delivered the dishes. One of the waiters offended my friend when he tried to remove the plate when she finished eating but the others still working on theirs. Other than that, the experience was good! I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2013

Absolutely excellent!! This place is consistently great! I recommend that you try something off their special menu, too. The salad mista is my favorite starter. Really fresh. I had a pasta with artichoke hearts and marinara and my husband had ravioli stuffed with mushroom in a creamy sauce that was too die for (that was on the special list). I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2013

Went on a Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Restaurant had other patrons but was quiet. Service was attentive and warm. Food was good. I ordered gnocchi which were thankfully light and well made; not like the leaden dumplings I have been offered at some establishments. My brother ordered lasagna which he enjoyed. We both agreed it was not haute cuisine but well executed comfort food. If that is what you are in the mood for this is a good place to go.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2013

Food was excellent and the service from the staff was exceptional

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2013

I ended up an hour late meeting my friend for a six pm dinner reservation (leaving them sitting at the bar for that long), and yet the wait staff worked diligently to accommodate us as if I'd been on time, and we actually ended up with what I consider the best table in the place. But then, every employee I encountered in the restaurant--bartender, hostess, waiters--all had a smile and exuded a willingness to serve. Our meals came out of the kitchen in a timely fashion and were tasty.

This was my first time here, but I would definitely come back and recommend it to others. Some of the high-profile restaurants in Los Angeles could learn something from the warm, welcoming Cucina Rustica.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2013

Tried the bruchetta for this time. Wow!! excellent!!! it was different than the ones we had before then added a little something to it!
Everything in this restaurant is very fresh and tastes great. My only suggestion to them is that they consider a kids' menu. Even though there are things to choose from the menu, it would be nice. I would definitely come back. Cucina Rustica NEVER disappoints!!!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2013

Love this place!! It is always good. I love that in addition to their regular menu, they always have a chef's special menu as well. It's nice to go and try new things. This time I had the chicken picatta. It was excellent! Another special was the beef wagu ravioli. My husband thought that was excellent too!! This time we brought our twins. They were nice enough to split a pasta for them -- they do not have a children's menu. We had a great dinner. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2013

Mike is great as always. He takes great care of us every time. We don't even need to remind him as to what we like, he already knows!!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2013

A bit loud for a romantic dinner but the food was delicious and the ambiance perfect for our family dinner! I think we discovered a new place to frequent!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2013

It is a great find when you can take your teenage children to one of your favorite spots and they love it too. The pasta is excellent, we all have our preference on sauces, and each is our own favorite!! So many choices and all so good :)

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2013

Love this place! Excellent service, food and ambience!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2013

While normally excellent, this time the food was somewhat of a disappointment. Two of us ordered the special pork shank rissotto, and it was rather ordinary. There was no complexity to the flavor, and just generally lacked pzazz!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2013

I tried a new dish tonight, The eggplant/baked ziti, it was the best. I will order this again!! So good to see Alan back, we are thankful he is recovering as his presence adds even more joy to such a wonderful place :)

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2013

Delicious food, every time!
Don't bother going anywhere else in Montrose / LaCrescenta / LaCanada for Italian food. I've eaten here about 5 times now, and I'll drive over from South Pasadena - it's that good.

The wait staff is great. Even though my favorite appetizer gnocchi has disappeared from the menu, they whipped it up for me anyway - which I think is really above and beyond.

Great bread, fresh salads, pizza is divine, every entree is carefully prepared & delicious. There was a group of about 20 people celebrating a birthday, and a lively bunch of about 8 at a table next to us. This is not a quiet, candle-lit spot and definitely might be a challenge for the hard-of hearing, but it's really beautiful and comfortable

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2013

As usual our server Mike was outstanding, remembering what we prefer.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2013

This place is always a winner!! I love that they have specials that change weekly so you can always try something new or stick to your old favorite!! And as usual their salad mista is always fresh and crisp. Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2013

This is a very nice local restaurant. The ambiance is clean, simple, uncluttered with an air of sophistication. Prices are moderate and the food choices ample. There is something for everyone from pastas, individual small pizzas, bruschetta, nice salads (the burrata al pomodoro was wonderful). Service was attentive, although a little slow (we were there on a Tuesday -- what would Saturday be like). At least we knew the time was being taken to prepare our food well. I would definitely return to this restaurant the next time I am in the Montrose area.

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