Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza

4.6
90 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 90 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
t
Orange County
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
s
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 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.

Report
Helpful
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

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

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

Report
Helpful
D
Los Angeles
56 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.

Report
Helpful
a
Orange County
5 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.

Report
Helpful
S
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on August 27, 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.

Report
Helpful
s
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seymour was the best! Sad to see him go!

Report
Helpful
DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 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.

Report
Helpful
CW
Orange County
5 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!

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

Many healthy options & great wild salmon!

Report
Helpful
K
Orange County
18 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.

Report
Helpful
MC
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 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 !

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

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

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

Great Salmon. Coffee is the best in the world.
Ssssskkjhhbbhhbbhhbbhhhbbbhhbhhjjjhvvbbbbvvvvvbbhhhhh

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
MA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 29, 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 .

Report
Helpful
W
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 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!

Report
Helpful
MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
SK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
JJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food... just had a heck of a time finding it!

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

Report
Helpful
FD
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant atmosphere. Menu is limited when it comes to healthy dining.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

EVEN THOUGH OPEN TABLE TOLD US THAT THERE WERE RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE UPON ARRIVAL WE LEARNED THEY WERE CLOSED!

Report
Helpful
MC
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
m
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

terrible cooking skill - salmon overcooked & salty; risotto undercooked, we could chew the hard risotto!!

Report
Helpful
O
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
GC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
C
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
CV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I liked it better as Nordstrom Café. Not as many options and too expensive for what you get.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3