Rustic Root

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 a rooftop restaurant & lounge. *Reservations for any rooftop tables must be made on our Rustic Root - Rooftop profile. Please note that our rooftop space is not dog friendly. Guests with dogs are more than welcome to sit on our 5th Avenue street-side downstairs patio.* 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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Sun 9:00AM - 9:30AM
Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 9:30AM

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place to sit back and enjoy some appetizers and drinks! Every staff is there to take care of you!

LP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food quality as always. Staff is always friendly.

B
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The crab bisque tasted rather fishy. The lamb that appeared (stew with bulgur served in a pan without a plate?) was not what I had imagined when reading the menu. The lamb itself was on the chewy side... At 30$ for the dish, clearly a disappointment. I was never asked whether I wanted dessert, coffee... Will not go back. On top of that, two tv screens on a sports channel.

IT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was good. We didn't realize that they were going to add a tip on to the bill prior to paying. Not a big issue but odd being that there was only two of us.

CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for New Years Eve with a group of 6. Server was outstanding, everyone loved their food, ambiance was super cool without being too much.

v
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband and I been coming to this restaurant few times now. I never expected new year's eve menu to change to 90$ per person. No heads up before arriving, nothing. Overpriced and the food was not what we expected. We took the chance due to our past experiences with the restaurant. We spend 300$ for small portions not worth what we usually spend during our visit. Dont go to this place during holidays, save your money and time.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My boyfriend and I went for New Year’s Eve dinner. I thought it was way overpriced due to the food wasn’t that great. I understand it was a holiday but if you’re going to charge that much it better be good food. The service wasn’t that great either. We got our first course before we even got our cocktails or a glass of water. If anything I learned to not over pay on a holiday

TG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish we lived in San Diego so we could dine at Rustic Roots more often!! We had a fabulous meal with terrific service. You will truly miss out if you don’t dine here!! - Back to Seattle

B
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue and great food

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Like always!

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

CO
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The food was extremely bland and it tasted like it had been sitting out all day. Extremely disappointed in this meal and we spent over $200, as it was a fixed menu for Christmas. We were so excited but left feeling like we wasted money. The server was also slow / nonexistent and wasn't busy at all.

LS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, very good food, with excellent supporting service.

C
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dinner started off great until a table sat outside. So the server left the door open. This made the restaurant very cold and uncomfortable. I asked 2 different servers to close the door and they would and then another would leave it open. Also at this time it got busy and we were left sitting for quite some time. Empty glasses and plates on our table. Quite a few people walked by but no one helped us. Most of the meal was great but the lobster pappardelle was not all that I hoped it would be. The filet was fantastic. The firecracker shrimp, the bread with garlic butter were also fantastic. The holiday cocktail was wonderful. The pasta was sad and didn’t have much lobster. Would have sent it back but he was almost done with his dinner by the time someone came back around. I understand it was busy and Christmas Eve but no excuse for that.

SE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. We made a reservation on Opentable and when we arrived we were sat immediately. Our food came out promptly and we all enjoyed our food. I had the salmon Benedict which comes on a potatoe latke instead of English muffin. My family had the gingerbread man pancakes and the lemon meringue French toast. All was great!

W
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darius was a great server!!! Stellar service and some great food in the gas lamp! Definitely a great brunch!

d
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All servers were nice and all food was delicious!

VS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Server was excellent. Disappointed that the menu online didn’t match what was on the menu when we got there.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner while on vacation in San Diego. Delicious 3 course meal with many options. All of it was so good!

AZ
Fargo
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was exceptional, my only complaint was that the regular menu was not available (even after checking and being told it was). That said what we did choose from Thanksgiving menu was delicious.

SL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! We were in town and chose to come here for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was comfortable and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be returning to check out the rooftop next trip.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

MM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for 4. We really enjoyed ourselves. We went for the Thanksgiving dinner 3 course meal. We were a bit dissatisfied that the vegetarian dish price was the same as the other entrees, but other than that it was tasty and filling.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food tasted good, but my food was warm/ cold when it arrived.

MJ
San Diego
103 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really nice filet mignons, and delicious lobster pasta (though with less lobster in the dish than a Bostonian would want). All told, quite enjoyable.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Way too loud

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service!!

f
Detroit
185 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charcuterie board was awesome. Lovely wines by the glass. Great service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to San Diego Gas Lamp District; first visit to Rustic Root - it was wonderful. Thank you.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wish there were more Vegan options. Seems it would be easy to do with the quality ingredients already presented in their non-Vegan menu items.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the power went out, they still took care of us the best they could

AP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration-everything was great! Look forward to trying the rooftop next visit.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for Sunday brunch from the mimosa platter to any menu item, you will be thoroughly impressed! The patio is great for people watching while the staff are friendly and welcoming. I’m a forever fan of Rustic Root.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Everything was soooooo slow and for the price point I thought the food would be much better. The cocktails and the coffee were the best things about the meal.

FT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

This restaurant has reservations and table selection bias. My firm booked twice and was subsequently booted out as they resold the space to a higher bidder. When I went personally, they put me on a high top rather than a perfectly good and empty table a few yards away. Food was good, service was good. Too bad about management.

JB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The name fits the food. Every dish we had was amazing. The lamb sausage was the best I've ever had. Rustic and refined.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super friendly and helpful. All recommendations were incredible... well actually, ALL the food was incredible. The smoked tomahawk was perfection 😍. When the waitress heard it was my boyfriend’s birthday, they offered him a shot instead of a tacky scoop of ice cream with a candle in it which I thought was awesome. After dinner we wandered up to the rooftop bar section for drinks. All around, this place is amazing and we will be making this place a regular stop when we’re in town!

b
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helena, our server, was excellent.
She anticipated our every need.
Thank you Helena and Keith!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a large party, the