Our first time, but certainly not the last!
We decided to eat in the bar and had the best time! Not only was our server Chris, a nice guy, he made suggestions that were delicious. Even the house salad topped with salmon becomes a party on a plate here - yum.
The scottish salmon is as good as I have ever had at other fine restaurants...to die for!
Excellent service and accommodation though our party arrived 25 minutes prior to kitchen closing. Server "Oscar" was awesome!!!! Loved the red sangria and mushroom rosemary flavored flat bread. Surprised by the generous loaves of fresh bread to go!
Great food. Service was slow despite not a busy night
Had pasta with marinara and chicken. Pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce and roasted chicken were full of flavor.
I've never had a bad meal here.
Friendly service with good recommendations. Portions were pretty huge. Loved the pizzas & the pork chop with risotto was outstanding. Pasta dishes were tasty too but I’d hold back on starters cause they are pretty big.
The gelato is among the best we’ve had; very flavorful; I had chocolate and pistachio and they were both exceptional. Prices were really affordable on deserts & also we bought two loads of bread to take home (very good and very cost effective).
Enjoy this place. It’s worth a trip.
We have been going to Pane Rustica for 20+ years. Besides their wonderful lunches, they now have terrific dinners. It can be crowded and you should consider making a reservation. We had the grilled salmon entrée and wahoo special. Both were excellent and delicious. The atmosphere is always very active with a very lively bar area. The restaurant proper can be very loud but the dining room off the bar area is much quieter and pleasant.
The greeter was great and our table was ready on time. The bar was wonderful, energetic and friendly. The table was spacious but it was a loud dinning room.
By far the standout was the food- it was EXCELLENT- from appetizer, to salads to entrees, I was impressed with each meal.
The service, however, was absent at best. We had to flag down the male server each time we wanted everything. He never explained the dishes and quite honestly he took so long we just wanted to order.
Hopefully he is new or anomaly ...but he bummed out what would be an exceptional meal.
Once again Pane Rustica DOES NOT disappoint! Our waiter Jared was exceptional again. Thanks to the Manager, Brian, for the heads up on the table assignment. Drinks, dinner and dessert were incredible.
Excellent food, wonderful lunch, and amazing espresso cookies. Too loud for decent conversation at peak times.
Was underwhelmed based on previous reviews. One in our group really liked his dish but other meals were pretty average. Not vegetarian friendly - basically only one pasta option. Although we typically like lively restaurants, the acoustics could be improved to make communication a little easier.
This place was recommended by a friend. We live in Sarasota, we were staying in downtown Tampa, it was St Pats day, so was good not to be in the hoopla. We had a wonderful evening. The food was great. The server, Alexa, was attentive without hovering or interfering w our conversation and paced the food well.
Pane Rustica has an unusual and varied menu. We had 4 starters...some large enough to be entrees.
Will definitely do again
Recommended by local relatives when we needed an Italian-type food fix. Their own on-site bakery was a plus. No negatives for the entire experience and we had two kids and a teenager in the mix. Jared the waiter was exceptional.
We live in Tampa and we always enjoyed coming here until this meal. We were told we were not spending enough money for our 2 hour dinner. In the end, the manager agreed that we should spend our money somewhere else. We decided never to come back to Pane Rustica.
Stopped in after an event, we were a little late to reservation but there was no problem even though they were pretty packed. The food was excellent and the ambiance was great. The server was attentive to details and made the night fun.
They continue to impress us with their menu choices as well as their service. We had 'Todd' this time and he had big shoes to fill from Jared's past service. He did a great job. The manager explained why our request to have Jared as our server couldn't be met and made it a point to have Jared stop over and check in. Service from the TOP DOWN and incredible food is hard to come by these days, yet Pane Rustica continues to outshine everyone else in Tampa EVERY TIME!!!!
Great food. Little slow for entree’s to arrive. Ask to be seated in back to avoid noisy bar noise.
The food was very good but the noise level was quite loud
Fantastic as usual. I have never had a bad meal at Pane Rustica. The daily specials are always unique and delicious. Bar service is top notch. Highly recommend.
The food is consistently excellent-- interesting but not weird. The service is very good--I sat in the back room so it wasn't very noisy---which it is in the main room.
Been there many times. Always great food and service. Best flatbreads ever!!
Pane Rustica continues to serve some of the best food in town. The daily specials are varied and well prepared. I strayed from my usual fish choice, and ordered the steak special- so glad I did! Our server, Alexis, was very attentive, providing us with great service. The constant challenge in this restaurant is the noise- as we were seated next to a large, HAPPY group, we had a hard time having a conversation.
Scallops were divine. We had a number of scallop dishes and every scallop was perfectly cooked.
Awesome service, food wasn't the most exceptional but we did arrive quite close to kitchen close and our waiter was still very helpful in cocktails and menu items:)
Food quality is high and taste is great. Best bread in Tampa. Service is excellent. We always find this restaurant consistent. Very fairly priced for what you get.
The pastries and baked goods are made from scratch! They are heavenly! Everything we had here was delicious, from homemade truffle chips and pizza to the filet mignon! Comparably priced for other restaurants in the South Tampa area
We always enjoy Pane. The staff is exceptional and the food never disappoints. The menu is different each time, so there is always something new to try.
Good food, good service.
Pane Rustica continues to impress every time we return. Once again, Jared, was incredible on his suggestions and recommendations. Pane Rustica is accommodating with alternative selections.
Our server was excellent. Made several suggestions re food and wine and was spot on. The food was excellent. We ate at 6pm and the noise level was low. It could get louder later in the evening. Had a great bar area. We will try it the next time in.
Phenomenal evening. Just what we were looking for. The ambiance is very nice. Dimly light, beautiful tables, candlelit dinner. My wife and I both ordered the gnocchi, and it was spectacular.
Wonderful food. A real fine-dining restaurant with a creative menu. Server was excellent. A very nice experience.
New specials every day, always creative and well-prepared dishes. A casually elegant atmosphere with fine dining. Excellent.
Had best pizza in my life, and I'm 71!
We had great service and the food was very good. My husband loved his scallops (some of the best he’s had) and my pasta special was very tasty. This bakery/lunch spot by day looked cozy at night. My only issue was some of the tables (including ours) are really outdoor bistro tables and I would have preferred a tablecloth.
We tried this for the first time and were very happy with our food. The service was good, but it's definitely not quiet. It's a decent date place.
Always good food and good service. Very clean
Must go. Options are incredible. Like eating in wine country