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About Rustic Root

Signature dishes complement a unique menu of craft cocktails thoughtfully created by our Consulting Mixologist, Garth Flood. 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.

535 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Grill

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

Cross Street:
Market Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 232-1747

Website:
http://www.rusticroot.com/

Entertainment:
Live acoustic music compliments our Sunday brunch in the downstairs dining room from 11am - 2pm.

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.

Executive Chef:
Marcel Childress

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please email events@rmdgroupsd.com to inquire about Private Events.

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Sun 9:00AM - 9:30AM

Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM

Sat 9:00AM - 9:30AM

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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.

Rustic Root Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
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Hot Spot (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
People Watching (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Fun (13)
Casual (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Romantic (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Scenic View (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Music (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

I had heard mixed reviews, but have been wanting to try Rustic Root. Service was top notch and food was amazing. I had the special Chilean Sea Bass which was highly recommended by our server. My date had scallops. This dishes exceeded all expectations. We will be back. The ambiance was unique but perfect. Rustic Root is a must try.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service! Will definitely go back

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

The environment and look of the restaurant was unique and inviting. I loved the interior decor but the service was just average. I went based off a recommendation & the positive reviews. However, it wasn’t an experience where I could say the service stood out to me enough to want to come back. This was my first time ever coming in to dine here with my fiancé and we both loved the food. The cocktails were also very good and we loved the wine list. Our server took extremely long to follow up with us and I had ordered a second glass of wine and he took extremely long to bring that second glass. We had already had our plates picked up and finished our meals and still had no sign of our server or my second glass of wine. For the price and the reviews given I just expected more out of our service. Overall there were positives and negatives, so I’m 50/50 about it.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was fine. I ate the deer. It honestly tasted like my mom's pot roast so I was pretty bored. I'm a cheap date though so it's probably just me. I'd rather have a double cheeseburger and some good fries. My girlfriend seemed to like the shrimp pasta. Nice restaurant for a date.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A bit too noisy. Food okay. Interesting menu. Server quite nice. Too expensive for what it is

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

stumbled on this place almost by accident....had been looking for slightly different menu choices and a decent bar list...and we scored a bullseye. I had the rabbit (excellent) and my colleague had the Wild Boar Bolognese (almost excellent)... great bottle of wine (@ 1/2 price); great service from the wait staff. so no prob recommending this establishment. upstairs is a rooftop bar which is almost pretty cool and looked to be a hip hangout for locals and tourists alike (we were on 5th ave after all)

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Really cool vibe - lovely atmosphere and would suit a date or a group of friends. Great find

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

First time to Rustic Root and was very impressed. The fish special was awesome as were the other meals people with us had. Reasonably priced drinks, delicious fresh food. Would highly recommend and we will definitely be back! The only drawback would be parking can be challenging in the Gas Lamp but it was worth hunting for a parking space on a busy Saturday!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The table service was atrocious. Baffling, given all the other good things about this place. We were seated for 30 minutes, literally, with no server coming by at all to take our order. Finally we flagged down another server who took our order, and when our original waiter came back with the food there was no acknowledgement or apology.

The food was great. I had chilaquiles, which was delicious. The coffee was very good. Decor is great. We sat downstairs to have the full menu, since the rooftop menu is limited.

The hostess who seated us was very nice and gracious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fun
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food .went for Sunday brunch and the French toast we soooo good !!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was your average downtown restaurant with its own twist on its own food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Disabled Access
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place with unique food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

it was so fresh and good. You could taste the tomatoes and bread and everything was so amazing. I was there by myself but with the great live music and the helpful staff - it was a brunch that I'll never forget

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Restaurant week was amazing! Will definitely have to come back to try other items on their menu

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a great experience with the service and meal. Each dish was amazing and we savored every bite. The music was a little too loud so we had to shout our conversations but the food was well worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for a birthday and the bonus was restaurant week menu. Food was excellent. The restaurant was very loud so conversation was difficult. 1 dessert came out before the other 3, and we waited over 20 minutes for the other 3 desserts. Server was polite, but it took too long for dessert and our check. Overall it was a nice evening, and a fun place for people watching.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great all the way around, Food, drinks, service, ambiance. We went for restaurant week and was by far one of the best ones we have ever tried. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

As always, food was terrific and serving portions were more than adequate. Service, however was painfully slow and while the manager asked us how things were about five minutes after we sat down we never saw him again. We were going to have another round of drinks but gave up and went across the street when our waitresss disappeared on us for over ten minutes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Enjoyed our first visit for breakfast...it was delicious and the wait staff was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First time lunch here with my wife. I had the burger with egg and fries and my wife had the lobster roll which she really liked. Price was reasonable, especially for being in downtown are. Fries were really good, not too garlic-y but just enough w/pamasean. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I sent two friends form out of town for her birthday. The hostess said there were sooooo many so many reservations. They said it was very weird. They also said they did not bring waters to the table. I am extremely disappointed in the service provided for our friends while we had a funeral.

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·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great. Service a little slow. Rooftop bar amazing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Disappointing overall. The upstairs bar was nice. The décor downstairs was nice. Party of 10 downstairs, we couldn't hear each other talk. Had a pushy waitress trying to get us to order more than we wanted, pushing her favorite dishes. The plating was inconsistent. Some dishes had the sauce, some didn't. Messy plates. Meat wasn't cooked to what was ordered. Not the appropriate restaurant for a business dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great wild meat find, it’s hard to find venison done well bravo to this place great food we will be back!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

very loud when we were there but the food was outstanding.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went there for my son's 21st bday dinner n drinks! Chris was our waiter and he was the best! The crab cigar appetizer was delicious as well as the shrimp fire sticks. Our family of 5 each ordered something different and enjoyed each dish. The salmon, sea scallops, braised rabbit, and blackened ahi were yummy, but the lobster parpadelle w a cream sherry sauce was to die for! For dessert we tried the butter cake and creme brûlée chocolate cheesecake, both delicious. After dinner we made our way up to the rooftop bar for some Moscow Mules! It was a great evening thanks to waiter Chris! :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service, three visits and zero disappointment

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great atmosphere and service! The meatballs were recommended and were a perfect start to our meal! We ordered several items to try between 3 of us - the special spare ribs and tuna were nicely prepared, very tasty and great presentation! Finish off with the creame brûlée cheesecake!!
Would definitely return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good but seemed a little overpriced for the amount of food. Very well-done, though.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a good place to go to if you want a medium-priced (for San Diego's Gas Lamp Quarter) dinner and you enjoy shouting so that your friends can hear what you are saying. The stuffed pepper appetizers were really good, the rabbit ($26) was dry, and venison ($28), though tasty, was also on the dry side. Drinks generally appeared some time after the food did, which is unfortunate when the food is dry.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Blown Away!
Great food! Fantastic Service! Amazing Drinks!
We had such a fun time talking sitting outside drinking and eating with a fire pit right by us to keep us warm.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Romantic, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing dinner and service! Little dark but overall amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was perfectly executed and super flavorful! I had the lobster roll and it was very generous and delicious. The fries were irresistible and the veggie skillet was also a great dish.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Hostess was unprofessional. She had a group of about 10 standing outside so I patently waited behind them to be seated. She looked upset and took about 15minutes to seat them. After she sat them I said I walked up to her and said had a reservation and she told me that why I haven’t I walked in and why did I wait. My reservation didn’t matter and that it was open seating.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

They called me 3 times to confirm my New Year’s Eve reservation and to ask for a credit card number to hold the reservation—but never mentioned the mandatory fixed-price menu for $125 per person. When we arrived on New Year’s Eve, we were notified of the high fee and limited menu, and it was too late to go somewhere else—we were forced to pay the $500 fee (not including drinks) for the 4 of us. They absolutely should have told us about the $125 mandatory fee ahead of time—especially since they called to speak to me 3 times.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had the veggie scramble and it was AMAZING. We wanted to eat there for every meal Of our trip. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was good but the noise level was a bit too much. The steak frites and the firecracker shrimp were very good. Service was attentive.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal and service.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We just had apps. The Firecracker Shrimp comes with a great sriracha aoli and light sweet & sour sauce. Also had the Mac n cheese. Too much bacon. The crab cigars are good in thought, tough to concur.
Great ambience and decor. Service was on top of it for everyone!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Rustic Robot's dinner was amazing!!!

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