Rustic Root

4.5
678 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Signature dishes complement a unique menu of craft cocktails. Our multi-level space includes a 500 square-feet downstairs patio that opens to the main dining room on the lower floor as well as the only rooftop restaurant in the Gaslamp.

*online reservations are not available for the rooftop tables*

Complimentary Bottle of Champagne with all brunch reservations from 9:00am - 10:30am in our downstairs dining room. 1 bottle per 6 guests. Please mention offer to server to redeem.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Grill
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Late Night Cocktails: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(619) 232-1747
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Marcel Childress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
*** Please note new updates to weekend parking on 5th Avenue ***
Parking is prohibited at all meters on 5th Avenue from L Street to Broadway from 8pm - 3am on Friday & Saturday nights.


Closest parking garage is "Park It On Market" located on 6th Avenue and Market Street. Horton Plaza also offers garage parking for the Gaslamp.
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Entertainment
Live acoustic music compliments our Sunday brunch in the downstairs dining room from 11am - 2pm.
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Special events & promotions
Please email events@rmdgroupsd.com to inquire about Private Events.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Gaslamp’s only Rooftop Restaurant featuring Rustic American Cuisine, with a spotlight on house-made ingredients.  The trendy multi-level space features a street level patio that opens to a spacious main dining room, and an iconic Rooftop Lounge that overlooks the bustling Gaslamp Quarter.

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Sun 9:00AM - 9:30AM
Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 9:30AM

What 678 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I have been to rustic a few times before but this time the service was horrible.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing! I had the pork chops, which was heavenly! I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Was great the whole way around!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

A nice casual setting for a couple of drinks and light business with a client. Chris was very knowledgeable about what was on tap and helped me make the right selection. I requested a rooftop reservation in advance, but it it was closed to a private party, so that was a bit disappointing.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Cute and Cozy Location. Was looking forward to dining on the rooftop but it was entirely too hot. Luckily, Sundays are festive and they feature live local performers in the main dining! I will definitely return again.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The experience at Rustic Root was good and so was the food. Our server Frankie was great! However, later I checked my bank account and was overcharged my card by $54. I called the restaurant and it took 3 attempts to connect with a manager. Long story short, they can't fix anything until the transaction processes. A bit annoyed that it's so easy to charge my card but not as easy to refund it.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Delicious food for a decent price! We had brunch in this open air restaurant. The rooftop patio opens at 10am. Moncy waited on us and she was friendly with a warm smile. Take a look at the monthly specials! July had yummy coconut pancakes topped with tropical fruit compote, kiwi flavored whipped cream, and dried coconut. The July drink was a star spangled spritzer! Champagne, moscato, vodka, peach schnapps, white cranberry juice, with strawberries/blueberries for color. Excellent way to cap off brunch!

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was disappointing and the service was as well. We have been several times but this particular Sunday for brunch was not up to normal standards. I tried to order my “usual” and the waitress argued with me that they didn’t have what I was describing (omelette/frittata with a side salad). She insisted they have no omelette/frittatas with a side salad. Overall not a good experience unfortunately.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Visiting from KC & looking for something with neighborhood charm. Nothing exotic on the menu but everything we ordered was tasty! Enjoyed sitting by the sidewalk to people watch. Standout service. Would be a good place to meet friends.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

This is really a 4.5 star review. The service was excellent. My steak was a bit over cooked but it still tasted really good. The restaurant was fairly empty so it is hard to gage the noise level but there was someone playing music (it was good) so it did make it a bit louder and harder to have a conversation. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Amazing vibe, music, food, and drinks. Celebrated my 21st there. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great ambiance,friendly staff

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food took a bit too long to come out but other than that it was great. Food was amazing. Our waitress was great as well. Awesome place. Would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Wonderful staff, great ambiance.
It’s a little loud, but a good time and great location. Check your tickets and card charges carefully as the staff gets busy/a little careless with credit cards.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Mark was fantastic. Fully knowledgeable about all menu items. Great atmosphere and very good drinks. Highly recommend to all!!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I, along with my guests were happy with our menu selection. The service was fantastic and very accommodating. We ate outside and enjoyed watching the crowds go by.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was borderline terrible. Ordered the short ribs which came as 3 little pieces of “meat” sitting on 3 little squares of polenta. Was amusing on presentation but even worse on taste. All 3 little pieces of short ribs were filled with grizzle and fat. Think I got in 2 bites of meat for $36. Ridiculous. Atmosphere good as were the cocktails. Go for drinks and pass on the food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great experience. Table was a bit loud due to being under a speaker and a large table next to us but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The ambience is great for a date night. The food was delicious and came out incredibly fast. Definitely recommend the scallops

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We travelled from Corona for the 2 day 4th of July holiday. Our daughter, her husband & our 2 month old granddaughter took the Amtrak from Fullerton. We all met our niece & husband (who live near Gaslamp) for breakfast. Rustic Root's location is so convenient...our daughter & family walked from the US Grant hotel, our niece & husband walked from their condo. We drove from the Westin Gaslamp (as I am somewhat disabled). Wanted a venue with a rooftop patio or a dining room in a high rise...couldn’t find either on a mid-week Wednesday (even though it’s a holiday). We originally had reservation for the rooftop patio, however, the patio didn't open until 10am & our daughter & family had to catch the Amtrak that left @ noon. We were cheerfully greeted by Gabby who found us an excellent table outdoors near the sidewalk. We had lots of fun people watching...especially the guy blasting music out of his black Mercedes as he cruised by very slowly...over & over again. Evan, our server, was very efficient & entertaining! Everyone enjoyed their meal selections...the servings were so generous that we wished we could’ve taken the leftovers back to the hotel to enjoy later.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Loved the food. The service was terrible and very disappointing. In 2 hours, our server showed up 2 times at our table. We had to hunt him down for another drink and he acted put out when we asked for a different hot sauce.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Everything was wonderful besides the odd tasting elk sausage, which was like fish. Our waiter and manager took care of it promptly.
We would go back again regardless. All other items tasted amazing.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great Place! Food was tremendous! I would encourage anybody who wants good food and a fun time to go here!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great food and drinks and wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great brunch music 🎶 David Shyde

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Me and my girlfriend made reservations and our first experience wasn’t a good one. I had a Padre Jersey on so I wasn’t allowed to go up stairs. However I could take it off and wear a white tee shirts that was underneath.????? What kind of dress code is that! Don’t open shop a few blocks away from the stadium and make that a policy I understand if it was any other team but that’s a horrible idea. I’ll take my business elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Our server Darius was absolutely amazing. I do not give compliments lightly so he did a phenomenal job! Give that man a raise! ;) Our experience at the restaurant was wonderful. From the hostesses, to our outdoor table, to all of the amazing food and dessert, each portion of dinner was wonderful. Couldn't have asked for a better evening! This was our first time here and we will definitely recommend! Thank you!!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The place is very well designed, food and staff were great!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The ambience is casual with refined elegance. The food was delicious and well prepared, and nicely plated. Service staff was attentive and on-point the entire evening. The manager, Dana, even checked-in and we appreciate the extra attention. It was a great evening and meal.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch. Nice.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We did have to check the rooftop to see if there was space for us. Or else we’d get seated inside. We were able to sit at the top and the view was nice. Open, Laidback, moderate noise, nice servers, great food. It went well. I’ll be back here.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Pancakes are to die for! The music was refreshing.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Definitely, try to get seating on the terrace patio. Reservations are for the lower level only. Food wasn't too bad but pretty much all the 4 things we ordered were excessively rich (read oily). I wouldn 't go back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing service, food was outstanding as always. Made a last minute reservation for 5 on open table and by last min I mean 40 min before we sat down on a Saturday night! Thank you RR!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great experience at Rustic Root! We had reservations but we're 30 min late but they still got us a both immediately. Food was very tasty. We had the sausage and peppers for a app, I had short rib and she had salmon. Service was very good and quick. All and all, a great dinner on a Saturday in the Gaslamp. I would definitely come back and it would be a cool place to bring out of town guest.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Server was very attentive and let me taste beers which was nice because i'm not a craft beer fan. She also recommended the pork belly BLT which was delicious. Portions are huge so i could y have split it. Il go back next year

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food and service was good but the cigar smoke from the neighboring store ruined it for us.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great brunch. Salmon salad very good!!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Hosted a work group here. The onsite staff was just super. Had to adjust party size up from 10 to 14 a couple of days prior. Scheduling discussion was less than optimal with a requirement to the change my reservation to 45 minutes earlier and that my entire party (of 14?!?) would need to be present prior to seating. All of this became a moot point upon arrival with the welcoming staff and lovely service throughout the night.

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