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About Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica is an Italian restaurant serving the standards of Northern and Southern Italy in a charming restaurant steeped in tradition. The inside of the diner looks as if it could be some small café in Sicily in the 1930s. Everything from the place settings to the decor add an old-world ambiance. In addition to wonderful food, Cafe Rustica has a weekly wine tasting where guests can sample wares from some of the finest vintners of the region.
The menu consists primarily of pasta dishes and thin-crust pizza made in a traditional brick oven. Cafe Rustica serves its dinners with a fixed price menu, where guests pay a set amount and then select a set number of courses (usually three or four) from the menu options. The portions are on the small side so guests can sample as many dishes as possible before filling up.
Great Neck, NY 11021
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: Private parties only; Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Cafe Rustica Management and Staff
eagerly await the opportunity to assist in all
your party planning needs. We offer complete off-premise catering. Please ask our Staff for copies of our Party & Catering
Menus or any other information concerning
our facility and services.
Both street parking and public parking lot are available. Entrance to parking lot is on Embassy Court. Elevator and stair case available from parking lot to restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Café Rustica serves up fresh Italian Cuisine that's both innovative and traditional. Our skilled chefs, and courteous, attentive servers make Café Rustica the perfect place for a private social or business event. Come dine on delicious cuisine while basking in our beautiful atmosphere.
Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (855) 780-8656
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Rustica Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I have been coming here for at least two years and it's always a treat! Friendly service by knowledgable waiters await you. Amazing homemade hummus and infused olive oil are served with the bread and crostini. We like the salmon, broiled to perfection and the chicken dishes. The steamed or sautéed veggies are always fresh and delicious. Go there, you'll really enjoy it!
Don't expect a culinary delight, but Cafe Rustica is a nice place. Service was dead-on, food was fine, but they ran out of their only Italian beer (which I found kinda silly), and their wine list was weak. REALLY LIKED their pesto-chicken pizza... plenty of pop and was cooked perfectly... crispy, but still gooey. Wife liked her pasta and she's a tough one to please. We'd go back.
Casa Rustica has been a long time favorite of ours. Our last visit was during Restaurant Week which may have caused some mishaps. The food was wonderful as usual, but the service was not up to par. Our waiter seemed to be confused at times, and they ran out of Italian Bread!
Make reservations, we went at dinner hour and it was packed. The room is open so the noise level is not bad, we were able to have a conversation. A big platter of hummus and a basket of bread was brought to the table. You can make a meal of just that. They have good menu choices. They have a gluten free menu as well. Everyone in my party agreed, everything was delicious. The desserts we were okay. Our water glasses were filled quickly, our orders were taken at a timely manner and delivered to our table at the perfect time. We did have to wait to get the attention of anyone for the check. Our waiter was great but maybe spread too thin between tables. Maybe they should hire an extra waiter or waitress? An enjoyable meal.
Had reservation. Walked in and 2 staff members behind bar were too busy to acknowledge us for quite a few minutes. When finally acknowledged our party, they acted like they were doing us a favor. Unsmiling, unfriendly entrance to what should be a pleasant experience when dining out.
Food definitely declined in quality. Even tiny portions for dessert. Server would loudly interrupt our serious conversations repeatedly instead of waiting a moment until we finished out thoughts. Servers reach over in front of you with long arms and elbows to serve and take away food instead of behind you. A not pleasant time at this restaurant.
The food at a Cafe Rustica is mediocre at best. What distinguises this restaurant is the all around awful service. It took about 10 minutes following our seating for someone to come over to our table to ask if we wanted drinks. The service was basically downhill from there. Definitely not worth the $225 for 5 people.
Been to Cafe Rustica many times, This time was terrible!! First, my husbands drink came out with 75% ice, next drink after mentioning that they gave him 75% of a glassful and said that was the right combo for the drink (?) Next, I asked if the shrimp were fresh, and if the crab meat real, yes to both, so I ordered stuffed shrimp. The crabmeat was infinitesimal, if even an ingredient at all - instead it was all breadding - so I pushed it around my plate and didn't eat the entree. The salad was boring and the dessert was not worth the calories.
The Manager walked around asking how everything was, but he didn't pay attention to anyone's plate or he would have gotten a big response from us!
We won't return to this restaurant!!!
Ambiamce was great but the service could use a little bit of improvement. Menu was great for choices but when our order arrived looked good but lacked taste. My husband orderes the Chilian Sea Bass which needed salt and the veggies had no flavor what so ever.
Celebrated my daughter's birthday with dinner at Cafe Rustica and loved it! She has celiac disease and was able to eat gluten-free pizza that tasted good. The staff was wonderful and the atmosphere relaxed. We have been coming here on Christmas eve for years and plan to continue that tradition as well as other celebrations.
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