Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza
Ruscello is located on the third floor of Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, on the corner of Bristol & Sunflower.
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.
Great ambiance, feels very open with lots of windows to the outside. Food was excellent.
Ruscello's is always a great place to have a meal whether it is lunch or dinner.
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.
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
Food was outstanding. Our server, Shelby, was THE BEST!
Had lunch before going to play at Orange County Performing Arts. Worked out perfect and walked ove4 to play. Very convenient.
Food was fresh and hot - Service was excellent - Shelby our server was quick, responsive and very pleasant.
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.
Seymour was the best! Sad to see him go!
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.
"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!
Many healthy options & great wild salmon!
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.
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 !
Service was fantastic and the food very good. Very enjoyable lunch. Will do it again soon.
The food was delicious. I ordered the sausage pizza and side salad. The service was wonderful.
Edson and Chris were terrific!
Food very tasty, fresh and visually pleasing.
Great Salmon. Coffee is the best in the world.
I always order the white-chocolate-topped bread pudding. It can't be beat.
Nice respite from the hustle and bustle of South Coast Plaza. Great service and good food. Music was a bit distracting and unnecessary.
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 .
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!
Lots of moms with babies...that’s ok. But maybe better for that life moment than a quiet business space where there needs to be more focus.
Update to a previous review - ate here with my husband after shopping. He had a sausage pizza, I had a panko chicken salad. Both were delicious. Had a glass of wine. Food is good value as portions are quite large, quality is good. Pleased with the experience.
Just lovely! The food was amazing, nice view and I loved that the waitress was so friendly. I love when a venue is upscale, but down to earth!
Quick, attentive and friendly service, nice ambiance, delicious food, good wine list. Although we arrived early for dinner and the restaurant was enjoying a peaceful vibe, a number of families with babies and small children seemed to arrive all at once. Since we had tickets to a show at the Segerstrom we finished our delicious meal and did not linger over our terrific dessert and coffee. This restaurant is a lovely gem on the third floor of Nordstroms.
Great food... just had a heck of a time finding it!
Pleasant atmosphere. Menu is limited when it comes to healthy dining.
We had yet another fantastic meal at Ruscello's, and Bryant was an excellent, funny, and generous server - all the staff there are brilliant, and it is our family's top choice for dinner in Orange County.
EVEN THOUGH OPEN TABLE TOLD US THAT THERE WERE RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE UPON ARRIVAL WE LEARNED THEY WERE CLOSED!
Good Food ! Always Consistent ! Good Quality ! Portions are not huge & Prices have constantly gone up over the years, so it is not that reasonable any longer !
Usually this is a perfect stop in the middle of a long day of shopping. Perhaps the holiday rush took some of the shine off this time. The service was slow at first and then got going. The coffee which is usually wonderful was pretty bitter. The Margarita pizza was not their best effort (and I may never order it again).
I made a reservation expecting a huge line but it was pretty empty at noon. Strange. Maybe it wasn't the holiday after all that caused the decline.
terrible cooking skill - salmon overcooked & salty; risotto undercooked, we could chew the hard risotto!!
Noise level way too high. Restaurant was crowded because of the holidays.
The gals at the front desk were overwhelmed and not very efficient at checking-in diners with reservations.
We had a great dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We made a reservation and when we arrived we saw many people standing around. I walked up to the hostess podium and gave them our name and they seated us right away. Very nice service.
My second visit. Good for meeting friends in the OC. Outdoor dining is beautiful for Southern California in November. Food is great. Lots of choices for all food situations: one diabetic, one vegan, one with recent dental work :-). I had a daily special "tri tip sandwich" that was wonderful. I will visit there frequently.
I liked it better as Nordstrom Café. Not as many options and too expensive for what you get.