Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Ruscello is a full-service restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu is bold in flavor, focusing on great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, pastas, entrées and housemade desserts. Guests can choose to sit in the dining room or enjoy a drink and food offering in the bar area.

Ruscello is located on the third floor of Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, on the corner of Bristol & Sunflower.
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for meeting friends for lunch when you live in North OC and friends are in South OC

DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at very reasonable prices. Music a little irritating but otherwise a pleasant dining experience.

m
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Happy Hour very poor ...drinks, food choices, food quality & service lacking! ...won’t be back!

LW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoying coming here for lunch or dinner with friends. Food is always great and we can have a pleasant conversation!

ET
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch spot! The food and service were amazing. We all had the salmon nicoise salad and will definitely be ordering that again! Hidden gem inside Nordstrom

t
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to have either lunch or dinner. The food is good and the service is good as well.

HB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very surprised, amd pleased with our experience. The food was great, hot, and served in good time. Very original and unusual. Our server, Brendan was great! He was attentive, knowledgeable and accommodating. I would definitely recommend.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is impeccable here. Was with my nieces: 3 and 1 and the server brought fruit for them without me asking, before I had even buckled them in high chairs. Food is always spot on but service puts it over the top.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there many times. Never disappointed in any aspect. Food, service, value . . .outstanding. Noise slightly more tolerable than most restaurants. Still, ASK kindly to have the music it turned down a little bit. We did. They did. How rare is THAT?

LD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hostess. Good food. Arrived early and enjoyed a great lunch.

RS
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was fresh and flavorful. Service was great. A bit noisy, but it was expected for a lunch crowd.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and delicious food! I got the shrimp arugula salad but since I hate arugula I was able to substitute for romaine instead. It was light and refreshing and every ingredient tasted fresh, including the shrimp! I do wish they were a bit bigger or a couple more of them, however.

JG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weather was beautiful. Party of 7, our group sat outside in the patio and the server was attentative. The manager, Chris?... was extremely helpful and also attentative. He visited our group multiple times to make sure we had enough silverware, plates and our drinks were refilled. Great experience. Good prices and food was delicious.

JL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Ruscello is our go-to place before the theater. The food is always great and the service, always excellent.
Selfishly hoping the crowds that go to the theatre as we do, don't find out about it TOO soon.
I highly recommend it!

CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The cilantro lime chicken salad is usually my "go to." But this time the chicken was so dry that I couldn't eat it and the salad seemed to be only lettuce and corn .Very Disappointing,

ES
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Service was excellent and food delicious

MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made the reservation for party 3 thru Open Table. When we arrived at the restaurant the host took us to two seat table. One of my friends could not make it to the lunch after all but the host should have aware that my original reservation was for party 3, not 2.

CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, feels very open with lots of windows to the outside. Food was excellent.

TR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have excellent service, and great food. Good for children as well.

t
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruscello's is always a great place to have a meal whether it is lunch or dinner.

s
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I found my steak to be lukewarm and not charred enough for a steak. also for the price it only came with broccoli.
Also the lighting there can be garish and annoying. I felt I was under a spot light at the table. Very uncomfortable and too glaring. They need to lower the lighting and keep it consistent. Also I hate waiting for a table when the place is nearly empty. I miss the previous resteraunt where we ordered our own. I’d rather wait in line.

A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We were rushed and while we were still eating the waitress drop the check. We wanted to have more drinks. Even she wanted us to pay quick and keep coming to the table

DS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Our server, Shelby, was THE BEST!

D
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch before going to play at Orange County Performing Arts. Worked out perfect and walked ove4 to play. Very convenient.

y
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fresh and hot - Service was excellent - Shelby our server was quick, responsive and very pleasant.

S
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Asian chicken salad was good, the Asian dressing was a little too gingery. Should be priced less than it is, but this is Nordstrom’s.

s
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seymour was the best! Sad to see him go!

MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jesse was our server, he was very helpful and attentive without being too much. We very much enjoyed our dishes, we were unfortunately too full to try dessert but maybe next time we'll go specifically for dessert and coffee.

CW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"Ruscello" at Nordstrom located in South Coast Plaza shopping mall is new and exciting. Upon entering the dining area, the bar with its nature of materials is welcoming with lots of bar seating. Lunch in the dining room was outstanding. Our pizza was fresh and served promptly. Our server was kind. The weather was warm and he checked our table frequently to offer additional water and soda refills. "Ruscello's" Maitre D' enhanced our entire dining experience as she welcomed our dining party. She is a perfect diplomat!

KW
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many healthy options & great wild salmon!

K
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I tried Ruscello for the second time. I would describe it as an upscale Nordstrom Cafe. It is very nice although quite loud. It was difficult to have a conversation with my table mate. Food is very good, so overall, I would definitely recommend it.

MC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service has gone downhill for some reason. It could be because management gets constantly changed !

The last two visits I have order and the waiter hasn’t listened to the order !

A couple weeks ago I ordered the Salmon Nicoise Salad with no-capers, dressing on the side.

It came covered i n dressing, drenched with capers and the salmon was raw !

The waitress took the order back and after I waited 25 minutes, she returned with another salad completely drenched in dressing ! I sent it back and told her to forget about it. Going hungry while my partner had already finished. No sorry, no asking if I wanted anything else. The waitress acted like I was the problem.

Also the price has gone up quite a bit in the last few years and the portion of salmon has shrunk !

The last visit I ordered the same thing and this time the waiter got everything right except the drenching of the salad with dressing. I informed what appeared to be a manager who delivered the food and he asked if I wanted it made over. I declined as I was starving !

I might go back, I might not ! Ever since they changed the restaurant from a self-serve to full service ! It has gone downhill. The service is better at the Mission Viejo restaurant and at Brazilla in Nordstrom Fashion !

N
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic and the food very good. Very enjoyable lunch. Will do it again soon.

AS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I ordered the sausage pizza and side salad. The service was wonderful.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Edson and Chris were terrific!
Food very tasty, fresh and visually pleasing.

RC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Salmon. Coffee is the best in the world.
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A
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always order the white-chocolate-topped bread pudding. It can't be beat.

J
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice respite from the hustle and bustle of South Coast Plaza. Great service and good food. Music was a bit distracting and unnecessary.

MA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have been to Ruscello several times and have not been disappointed. As indicated above, we've enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Eating outside is lovely as long as the weather is fine. We have already recommended Ruscello to many friends - the feedback from them is uniformly excellent. Ruscello also reflects the impressive Nordstrom philosophy and practice of excellent customer service and product .

W
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

5 friends meeting for an early dinner ( 5 p.m.) in a quiet place with good food, so we could get to the South Coast play without a concern.
Made reservations ahead of time; arrived on time, given a "quiet table spot". Server Jamie was knowledgeable and checked often on our happiness. Yes, we were happy! We'll come again next Friday!

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