Rustic Root

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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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Join us for our regular a-la-carte dinner menus for Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a three course $60 Christmas Dinner featuring dishes like our Herb Roasted Prime Rib and Truffle Risotto.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
97 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
184 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
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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible from the ease of making the reservation through open table to getting seated, the food and service were the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food, but it seemed like everyone in the restaurant was yelling due to the acoustics of the room and our main waiter seemed distracted every time he came over to our table. The rest of the staff picked up the slack and made sure we were taken care of though. Overall a good experience as the food was well worth the trip.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I choice this restaurant as our " nice meal" while visiting SD on a weekend getaway. I based the selection on the location, menu, prices and reviews. I was thinking that we would like a roof top table, but decided against because of the limited menu upstairs. We made a reservation as most reviews suggested. Got there and was seated immediately. We loved the decor and the fact that the front of the restaurant was open, so there was that open air effect. We are from Texas, and this would not be possible to do. I almost asked to be seated in the side walk area for the people watching. The Downtown area was full of people in Halloween costumes...very entertaining! Our server was very nice and helped us navigate the menu. We didn't order drinks or wine, so I cant comment. The bar is very prominent in the restaurant, hindsight I should have tried their old fashioned. Our food was great! The presentation, the taste and the service. I would definitely return with no hesitation.

KH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Overall it was a horrible experience. The best thing we had was the wedge salad. My husband sent his catch of the day back because it was really overcooked. When they finally returned with his meal it was still overcooked. The waiter asked if he wanted an entirely different meal, but by that time the rest of us had finished, so he declined. His meal was taken off the check. I had the roasted chicken, which was dry. After already sending a meal back at the table, I just chose not to eat mine. The rest of the meal we were actually ignored! We sat with our entree plates in front of us for at least 15 minutes before they were cleared. The best part of the meat was the company, certainly not the food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was great brought out a treat for us for my friends engagement

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dragon was our waiter he was on point with everything extremely helpful. Food was great too

J
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. The server gave wonderful recommendations and we had a perfect meal!
I had the wild boar pasta. We split the meatball app. Others ordered the halibut and also the scallop orzotto. All dishes were phenomenal

SF
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opted to do brunch in the downstairs dining room this morning.

Talk about service with a smile...everyone from the door host that seated us, to our server, food runner, busser and even the bartender who kindly turned.on the Raiders game.for us...they all did it with a smile and made us feel welcomed!!

I had the cinnamon honey coffee...wow what a treat. We split the fried rice and chili verde...clearly the best items.on the brunch menu.

We will be back SOOOOON!! We promise to try out the Bubbles and Berries...a beautiful tray with 1 or 2 bottles of bubbly, fruit, juices and purees...

SB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch. Staff was super attentive. Food was fabulous,

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible, super noisy very expensive for what they served. Very few options. Overall won’t recommend it or go back

MR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service there is amazing. The waiters and even the managers on duty are very detailed and look at everything. They kept checking on us making sure everything was good. The food was delicious. Everything is filled with rich flavors. Our waiter recommend plates to our liking.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great! Cocktails could be stronger though.

S
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend - this was a win, across the board! Made reservations for a work dinner, started with drinks upstairs in the open air/rooftop bar, very cool, and creative drinks as well. Dinner was downstairs and from the outstanding service through the entire meal, it was a fantastic experience. Shout out to the lesser recognized side salad, which was incredible, perfectly dressed greens to my main course, the bolognese, which was amazing. Desserts were exquisite and our dinner wine was superb. Music from a really good female singer and a guy on a guitar set the perfect mood ... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great experience during brunch, atmosphere was great and our waitress was awesome. Their music genre of island reggae was the best

Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GO TO THIS RESTAURANT AND ASK FOR KYLE TO BE YOUR SERVER. It was truly an exquisite experience - Kyle is spectacular. My brother and I both have food allergies and Kyle was the most diligent and caring waiter we have ever had in our lives. Also the food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and great food. Highly recommend the lamb t-bone!

MP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable and good. My side dishes were not good. My greens were so salty that I couldn’t eat them and some my potatoes were burned so badly that they were black.

AS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We got seated in a table that was not really in someone's station which ended up hurting the service. However the manager did a good job of trying to work through the situation and the food was excellent

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here for my friends going away dinner before his deployment. Server gave us a free dessert on the house. She also went above and beyond when my friends dietary restrictions were put into place.

Highly recommend this place.