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Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza

4.5
4.5
121 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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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.

We are open for dine-in service and outdoor patio dining and to-go orders with Curbside Pickup. Call (714) 850-2510 to place your order.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (714) 850-2510

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Soups

  • Lobster Bisque

    • Cup$7.50
    • Bowl$9.50
  • Roma Tomato Basil**

    • Cup$5.00
    • Bowl$7.00
  • Signature Housemade Soup

    • Cup$5.50
    • Bowl$7.50

Starters

  • Simple Salad$7.50

    organic baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese, dijon balsamic vinaigrette

    • Crisp Calamari$11.75

      sweet and spicy peppers, jalapeño basil aïoli

      • Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata**$10.00

        grilled sourdough croutons, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil pesto

        • Brussels Sprouts Frite$9.75

          spiced cashews, lemon, honey

          • Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos**$8.00

            lettuce, yellow pepper, tomato, cilantro lime vinaigrette, queso fresco

            • Chicken Meatballs$10.00

              rustic marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, grilled baguette

              Signature Salads**

              • Little Gem Caesar$13.00

                little gem lettuce, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese crisp, white anchovy

                • With Flat Iron Steak*$21.00
                • With Roasted Chicken$16.00
                • With Wild Pacific Shrimp$18.75
                • With Alaskan Sockeye Salmon*$17.75
              • Cilantro Lime Shrimp$18.75

                organic baby greens, jack cheese, heirloom tomatoes, grilled corn, tortilla crisps, cilantro lime vinaigrette

                • Crispy Panko Chicken$16.75

                  organic baby greens, bacon, egg, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, grilled corn, cilantro, honey dijon dressing

                  • Warm Asian Glazed Chicken$16.75

                    organic baby greens, julienne vegetables, crisp wontons, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, cilantro, ginger sesame dressing

                    • Wild Salmon Niçoise*$18.75

                      organic baby greens, herb roasted salmon, green beans, kalamata olives, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, potatoes, egg, capers, dijon balsamic vinaigrette

                      Entrees

                      • Wild Salmon & Cauliflower*$21.00

                        peperonata vegetables, creamy parmesan polenta, lemon honey gastrique

                        • Chicken Parmesan$22.00

                          marinara, kale salad, pine nuts, parmesan cheese

                          • Grilled Flat Iron Steak*$26.50

                            8 oz flat iron, crispy parmesan potatoes, calabrian chili butter, arugula

                            Signature Sandwiches**

                            served with choice of salt & pepper crush french fries and kalamata olive aïoli or side salad

                            • Roasted Turkey & Avocado Club$15.50

                              Natural turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, peppercorn aïoli, toasted country bread. (1100/740 cal)

                              • Nordstrom Burger*$16.50

                                Lettuce, tomato, red onion, sharp white cheddar cheese, roasted garlic aïoli, toasted artisan bun. (1500/1140 cal)

                                • With Beyond Burger Patty (1340/990 cal)$20.25
                              • Prime French Dip*$17.75

                                Warm roast beef, sharp white cheddar cheese, toasted parmesan baguette, au jus. (1400/1050 cal)

                                Pasta

                                gluten free penne available

                                • Spicy Wild Shrimp Pomodoro**$18.75

                                  spicy tomato sauce, baby spinach, heirloom tomatoes, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs

                                  • Penne Bolognese & Meatballs$15.50

                                    chicken meatballs, spicy italian sausage, red bell pepper, tomato cream sauce, parmesan cheese

                                    • Portabella Mushroom Ravioli$16.00

                                      oven roasted tomatoes, basil, parmesan cream sauce

                                      • Lobster Gnocchi$23.50

                                        ricotta gnocchi, tomato cream sauce, truffle parmesan, chives

                                        Handmade Pizza

                                        cauliflower pizza crust available (gluten free) $3.75 (300 additional cal)

                                        • Chef's Featured Pizza$14.00

                                          • Margherita$13.50

                                            roma tomatoes, garlic oil, basil, mozzarella, parmesan and aged provolone cheese

                                            Last updated: October 21, 2021

                                            What 121 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                            4.5
                                            4.5 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.5Food
                                            • 4.5Service
                                            • 4.1Ambience
                                            • 4.2Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. SP

                                              SimplePalate

                                              San Francisco

                                              19 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on August 28, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great. Glad they’ve reopened with outdoor dining

                                            2. HB

                                              HarrietB

                                              Los Angeles

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on August 21, 2020

                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                              My turkey sandwich was delicious With plenty of turkey on crispy wheat bread. Instructions regarding an allergy was heeded. Outdoor dining was so appreciated .

                                            3. FO

                                              FOODIEFORLIFE

                                              Palm Springs

                                              62 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              62 reviews

                                              Dined on August 6, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              We were shopping at Nordstrom and decided to try Ruscello for lunch. Their outdoor patio was very nice and set up for social distancing. Menu choices were abundant with excellent service. I like their tomato bisque soup and Burrata Cheese salad with heirloom tomatoes. Its worth a visit if you are in the area.

                                            4. L

                                              Lunchlady

                                              Orange County

                                              19 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on July 25, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is a great place for lunch. I highly recommend the Small Gem Caesar and Asian Chicken Salad. The service is excellent and sitting on the patio is very pleasant!

                                            5. SP

                                              SimplePalate

                                              San Francisco

                                              19 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on June 26, 2020

                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                              Celebrated their opening to walk-in dining. Did need to make reservation (thanks Open Table) and limited menu. Service was excellent, especially considering the circumstances. Felt safe from the virus there since adequately distanced, staff wore masks and were careful, and cleaning was conscientious and thorough. Pasta was very good and the freshly baked dinner rolls are a treat as usual Unfortunately, they are closed again thanks to the idiot maskless ones who are assaulting the public with virus and with their crazy delusions and attitudes

                                            6. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Los Angeles

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience2

                                              They could tell we were celebrating a birthday but did nothing to acknowledge it, not even a “happy birthday” Ambiance is fair Big booth was nice Food was pretty good

                                            7. CF

                                              CynthiaF

                                              Orange County

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              My reservation was not in Ruscello’s reservation system, however we were accommodated in a timely manner. Service is always great!

                                            8. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Hawaii

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 9, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Nice food, reasonable prices and friendly staff.

                                            9. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Orange County

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on February 7, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Never eaten there before and didn't know what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised. Crisp delicious caesar salad and delicious chicken and pasta dish. Prompt service so we could get to the symphony on time.

                                            10. JC

                                              JulieC

                                              Orange County

                                              8 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on January 14, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Perfect place for ladies night out/ birthday celebration because we were not rushed out and it was wonderfully quiet for us to have conversation.

                                            11. KW

                                              KevanW

                                              Los Angeles

                                              32 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              32 reviews

                                              Dined on December 27, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great tasty food!

                                            12. SW

                                              ShirleyW

                                              Los Angeles

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on December 16, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I would definitely recommend Ruscello - you can eat a great lunch and then go shopping at Nordstrom - nothing better than that!

                                            13. BC

                                              BettyCR

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 7, 2019

                                              overall3food5service2ambience4

                                              Our service could have been better. Our server never came back after she picked up the signed receipt. We didn't get a refill on our coffee. The food was really good.

                                            14. J

                                              Julia

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on November 17, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              So authentically Italian. It reminded me of a friend’s cooking from the old country.

                                            15. C

                                              Chrisfromsb

                                              Orange County

                                              37 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              37 reviews

                                              Dined on October 18, 2019

                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                            16. DS

                                              DeborahS

                                              Los Angeles

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on September 7, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            17. m

                                              mikem

                                              Orange County

                                              33 reviews

                                              vip
                                              2.0

                                              33 reviews

                                              Dined on August 9, 2019

                                              overall2food2service2ambience2

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

                                            18. LW

                                              LeeW

                                              Los Angeles

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on August 2, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            19. ET

                                              ElsaT

                                              Los Angeles

                                              5 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on July 31, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              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

                                            20. t

                                              terrib

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on July 13, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            21. HB

                                              HBres1

                                              Orange County

                                              9 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on July 4, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              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.

                                            22. j

                                              jthogg

                                              San Francisco

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on June 8, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              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.

                                            23. JM

                                              JoyM

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 1, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              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?

                                            24. LD

                                              LinDen

                                              Orange County

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 25, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            25. RS

                                              RichardS

                                              Orange County

                                              17 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on May 9, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

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

                                            26. F

                                              Foodie88

                                              Los Angeles

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on May 1, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              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.

                                            27. JG

                                              JulieG

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 7, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              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.

                                            28. JL

                                              JudiL

                                              Orange County

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 8, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                              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!

                                            29. CL

                                              CarenL

                                              Orange County

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 27, 2019

                                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                                              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,

                                            30. ES

                                              ElsineS

                                              San Francisco

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 29, 2019

                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                              Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Service was excellent and food delicious

                                            31. MS

                                              MSMKUM

                                              Orange County

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 19, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              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.

                                            32. CC

                                              CCAT

                                              Orange County

                                              5 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on January 11, 2019

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                            33. M

                                              Madarin

                                              Orange County

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on January 6, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            34. t

                                              terrib

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 28, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            35. s

                                              suzy

                                              Orange County

                                              31 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              31 reviews

                                              Dined on December 18, 2018

                                              overall3food3service5ambience4

                                              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.

                                            36. A

                                              Ash11

                                              Orange County

                                              4 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 3, 2018

                                              overall4food5service1ambience4

                                              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

                                            37. a

                                              anon

                                              Orange County

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on November 30, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                            38. D

                                              Dine90740

                                              Los Angeles

                                              66 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              66 reviews

                                              Dined on October 14, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            39. y

                                              yearofthecat

                                              Orange County

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on September 26, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                            40. S

                                              Syls61

                                              San Diego

                                              92 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              92 reviews

                                              Dined on August 27, 2018

                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                              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.

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                                            Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza is rated 4.5 stars by 121 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.

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                                            Google Map for Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza

                                            3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Costa Mesa

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
                                              Fri, Sat 11:00 am–7:00 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Mediterranean, Italian

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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