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

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J
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Cocktails could be stronger though.

S
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

NH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, absolutely amazing service. Waiter Appears at the right time, not ever overbearing. Great recommendations for food and drinks. Ask for Darius! You won’t be disappointed in anything.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat downstairs - Great food and loved the catch of the day and other seafood dishes. Most menu entrees are a la carte. Sides were solid but extra. Would recommend, but may try something different at the price level of $25-40 per entree.

Rustic Root
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi! Thanks for coming in! We appreciate the review and hope to see you back soon!

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BM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience! Food is too notch, service was definitely 5-star. Jessie was our server and he rocked! Everything from the moment you are seated, this place has such a fun vibe. There were 6 of us and couldn’t picked just one dish to review on as everything was mouth-watering.

Rustic Root
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi Brandon! Thank you for coming in and taking the time to leave a review. We will pass on your kind words to Jessie! Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place for anniversary dinner. Live music was perfect to set the mode. Restaurant furniture was really comfortable. The food, drinks were terrific and our waiter Kyle was very knowledgeable when it came to the menu.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was sooooo amazing and yummy.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Upper and lower level seating. We ate here for brunch. I had chicken verde, husband ordered Californian Eggs Benedict. For brunch dessert, we had their seasonal Belgian waffle with apple strudel and ice cream. We have had a lot of waffles, but this one is the best we have ever had. Spicy Bloodymary and Froze Rose were crafted by b as bartenders who know how to make an excellent drink. Highly recommend!!

Rustic Root
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi! Thanks for coming in for brunch! I'm happy to hear you loved the seasonal waffle...it's one of my favorites as well! Hope to see you back for dinner! =)

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Loved the mimosa tray!

Rustic Root
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi! Thanks for the review. We take our mimosas very seriously! =)

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

30. Yes 30 days in advance of our anniversary trip I made rooftop dinner reservation onOpentable. 24 hours before our arrival I receive a phone call to confirm my reservation but toldbecause I used Opentable my rooftop request would NOT be granted. We loved our dinner and food. But the experience that I reserved was stolen from me. I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed we were.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very flavorful , server was great & the drinks were the best. P

SS
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch, particularly the light eats. Very reflective of the cuisine in San Diego.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner for my bachelor party. Food and service was outstanding. Great dinner setting.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service yummy food

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience food was delicious!

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice place. Was trying to sit outside near fire pits but that didn’t present as an option when I arrived so I just sat at the bar. The female bartender was very enthusiastic and friendly. I had the meatballs which were very unique and nontraditional in the sense that they are in a delicious whisky cream sauce. I also had the broccolini and the bread pudding. I normally don’t like bread pudding but this was very cake like and DELICIOUS. I love a good sipping tequila so it was very disappointing to find out that they don’t offer large cubes. With such an expensive liquor list, it’s really a necessity. Nonetheless I would recommend this place to friends for dinner

FR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very original menu. Great food, fresh and delicious. Nice open not crowded feeling and the service was good, everyone helps each other which makes for even better service. Can’t wait to go back again!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our first experience (downstairs dining). We were celebrating my husbands birthday and did not want dessert because we were so full from the amazing food. Our waiter then said he would comp a glass of wine. Very generous and not expected at all! We went back the next night for drinks on the patio. Would definitely go back again!

Rustic Root
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi! Happy Birthday to your husband! Thanks for choosing to celebrate with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Every bite was orgasmic. Didn't look around too much because I was mesmerized by my date, but the overall ambiance was nice

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch. We took advantage of the free bottle of champagne that you get with making reservation on opentable before 10:30am. I had the California eggs Benedict which I enjoyed. My friend ordered the avocado toast which I like better than mine. It had more flavor and a nice kick.

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places, if not best place to dine in the gaslamp if you want a great overall SD experience. It has it all plus best rooftop deck in town!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

My Yelp review says it all. We requested a rooftop table, but because of a private party they would not give us one. I made the reservation days in advance and no one bothered to call us to let us know that they could not meet my request. This also happened to a group of my friends back in December 2018. The hostess had zero empathy and just wanted to be done with us, and it took forever for anyone to greet our table and take a drink order.

I don’t care how good the food or drink is, that’s not acceptable. The prices are too high for what is being offered, and I am still furious that no one bothered to let ya know we couldn’t have a rooftop table ahead of time.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service....very loud crowd! Will come again!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice, food is good, but really loud and strange decorations.

OG
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for casual dining, great ambiance, excellent food

AC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the great food, great service, great atmosphere & fun decor!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming to Rustic Root. AMAZING food!

V
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The waiting list is very long. So be ready to wait at least 30 min

AC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Little loud but it was good. Food good on an average level but the area is great for tourists. (took my Canadian friend)

MA
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent and unique cocktails, and great service!