Pane Rustica

4.8
955 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Pane Rustica is a Zagat-rated restaurant and artisan bakery featuring handcrafted baked goods, savory lunch items and enticing dinners. Lunch customers can choose from hearth-baked pizza, sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere. In the evening, the menu and service style elevate to fine dining, serving unique wood-fired entrees, appetizers and small plates. Our wine and drink menu offer delicious choices to pair with our menu items.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I can’t wait to go back. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. The menu was quite big and everything my table ordered was delicious. Dessert was fantastic! Highly recommend!

EJ
vipEricJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was fabulous, as always. Menu always updated with new and interesting items and excellent wine list makes for an always delightful experience!

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vipBarbara
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was great as always!!

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ChuckS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chocolate martins are to die for. Burger is delicious and juicy. Salmon is slightly charred on the outside which adds to the flavor. Our server already knew what we wanted to order since we are regulars. And it's not too crowded. We plan to go back next week.

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vipLoriR
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were seated in the room behind the bar. It was very nice with social distancing in place. Our waiter was very nice. I told the waiter from the very beginning that I was Celiac, gluten allergic. I mentioned this fact at least 3 times while questioning what to order and while ordering. After an appetizer, I ordered the Cioppino. I reminded the server once again that I was gluten allergic and to please leave off the bread. The waiter said that he understood. The Cioppino was delicious. Fantastic even. But the dish was served with bread in the broth!! UGG. Back to the kitchen.
Was the bread just removed or a new dish provided???
My point is, dispute the deliciousness of the food, if you have food allergies, than beware.

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vipCourtni
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The food was incredible. The drinks were great. It was a nice place but they still had something for our 4-year-old to eat. We'll definitely be back.

EJ
vipEricJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious steak, great service as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great !

TG
TampaGirl
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food but the lighting was dim enough that the menu was hard to read. Excellent service. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent, drinks were fantastic and service was perfect.

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Susan
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Haven’t been here in a while but, WOW, they did not disappoint! I had the snapper in a lovely broth which was outstanding (I’m quite a fish snob), my husband had the bolognese-never disappoints, and my friend (our-of-Townes) had the seared scallops, which she said were the best she’s ever had. Service was a bit slow, but understandable with a smaller staff.

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vipJimS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Delicious food! This was our 2nd visit and will be back many more times

JG
vipJohnG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and the food was delicious again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always! This place is a neighborhood gem! Never a bad experience here!

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vipfroggies98
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband and our friend. Everything was excellent- beautiful menu, great drinks, impeccable service and the nicest birthday dessert with candles! It was a perfect evening!

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vipCoach
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu!
Veal Chop Milanese was to die for! Tender, meticulously seasoned and delicious.

My wife had the Stuffed Pacchieri which turned out to be another winner.

We started the evening sharing the Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms. Absolutey great dish!

Michael provided us with friendly, informative and attentive service.

Looking forward to our next visit. Kudos to the chef!

MD
vipMDante
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived all over the United States, but I am originally from the Northeast. I have lived in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. Overall, the best Italian food in the country is in the Northeast hands-down. Every once in a while you find a place that is just as good and this is the one. I’ve been there twice now and I would say it is the best Italian food I have found in Florida by a huge margin. They know how to make real bread and real pasta and sauces. Also, their desserts are fantastic. Since I now live in Florida, you can be sure I will visit this place quite often.

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vipJennifer
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful date night spot! Good food, wine and service!

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vipWoodyville
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I gave this two stars only because I’ve been there before and they managed to correct mistakes and the service was good, this trip everything was abysmal.

We arrived 5 minutes early for an 8:30 reservation on Saturday (they close at 9) and were aware they were closing - we were ready to order. It took a while to get the bartender to take the order, not sure why, there where only 4 tables in the the rest of the restaurant. Although the booths at the bar were taken the bar itself wasn’t full and people were leaving.

We ordered the Rustica salad and a pizza (my wife) and tagliatelle with clams for me. Salad was fine, the pizza was a light in color but ok (hot out of the oven) but my pasta was pretty much cold and the noodles so undercooked they were actually hard and some of the noodles actually had stiff bends in them that were so rigid they held that shape when I picked them up.

I had my wife try one and she agreed they were cold and very undercooked so I called the bartender over and he took it back. He came back out and told me the kitchen said “that’s the way it’s served in Italy”. I honestly didn’t know what to say to that so I said I would just have some of my wife’s pizza and he left. Now, if I ran a restaurant and a customer had a problem with his meal and he left without eating I would be concerned, not here though.

I drove 40 minutes to get here and all we ended up having was a salad, pizza (not a great one) and water. We come here quite a bit and often, not every time but often, the food is cold or something is off and the bar staff (usually Pate or the lady bartender) get it fixed immediately. Not this time. The food here can be inconsistent and the bar staff used to make up for it, now that aspect is gone this place simply isn’t worth the trip.

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vipMarcTampa
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Meal was excellent as usual. Charred Octopus was great, and the seafood pasta was excellent. I do enjoy this place and recommend it.

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vipCharleys
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Very limited menu for dinner, with not many choices. Did not eat there because cldnt find something i would like.
Way too dark. Will try again maybe for lunch. Service was excellent though. (ANNIE was an absolute sweetheart)

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AnnC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great as always. Tables were distanced well and waitstaff was appropriately attentive and following good hygiene practices.

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vipdebbiem
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pane Rusticate is ‘social distancing” with tables spread at least 6-8’ apart and all staff in face masks. The food is the best in town, always excellent and consistent. They do an amazing job at this restaurant. The servers are very attentive.

MB
MikeBTampaRealtor
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pané Rustica will never leave you disappointed. The food is always amazing, the service and servers (bartenders too - Mike was amazing!!) are always attentive and on point! Best of the best. To be clear, when I marked the noise as moderate, I did so as it's not quiet (not boring), but it's not loud either. There is an ambience that is lively, yet comfortable and engaging (is that the right word?). Pané Rustica (and Dué at Armature Works) are fantastic and I have for the last 13 years felt that Pané Rustica is the best restaurant in Tampa. All around. You can go eat at one of the chain restaurants or you can have made from scratch 5-star (rated by me) food from a couple of highly trained and experienced restauranteurs!! Kevin and Karen are amazing people too (owners)!!!

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vipArnie
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My overall South Tampa favorite. Excellent service and food. Great cocktails. Always a great experience.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice experience. I wish we lived closer, we would dine here more often.

BJ
vipBJK6
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good,food was wonderful

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vipcbeckens
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We frequent Panè at least twice a month. We usually don’t mind at all being seated in bar area, but with Covid and all, we really didn’t want the exposure. They have the seating spaced out, but the patrons at the bar didn’t wear masks, didn’t social distance, and were so bunched up near the people eating that we were forced to wear our masks when we weren’t actually sticking a fork in our mouths.

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vipMSMAP
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was phenomenal. From appetizers to expresso martinis! Delicious. Our server David was so attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was outstanding! Service likewise. They have been among the best for many years, and they never let their standards drop. I can’t say enough good about these folks. They are just terrific.

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vipolivia
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great servers and atmosphere. All the employees are very friendly and professional. The management tries hard to maintain a very safe environment in difficult times for all patrons.

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BobAndDaughter
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, good portions and value.

NC
NancyC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and our service was perfect!! We will for sure be back!

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vipTimpano
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduate dinner- amazing service and food too- always great! Miss the bust vibe with all the social distancing but this too shall pass! Go and enjoy!

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vipmmmmmm
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job distancing tables and it was quieter thank usual. Food is always on point.

JH
vipJohnH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

MD
vipMDante
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food. I’m from the north east and I would say so far this is the best Italian food I’ve had in the bay area. It’s not a fancy place and the service was a bit slow but I believe they were lightly staffed because of COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wonderful experience as always!!

DD
DeboraD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oscar was very pleasant. The food was good. I don't live in Tampa but it's one of my favorite restaurants in the area.

FAQs

Pane Rustica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 902-8828.

Pane Rustica is rated 4.8 stars by 955 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.