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Rustic Root

4.5
595 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 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.
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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

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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 595 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 15 hours ago

French toast sampler was great!

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5.0Dined a day ago

The food here is amazing and I love the atmosphere.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Was not impressed by the food. I think this is yet another SD restaurant that has nice ambience but sub par food.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a good experience. We had reservations at 11:00 and we waited about 10 minutes to be seated. They African American girl that was at the entrance seemed confused and a little stressed. Our waiter was great! We were celebrating 2 birthdays and he accommodated us and we was quick.
We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great place to get together with friends and enjoy brunch! The food was so yummy and service was great. Love the decor and feel in the the main restaurant! Definitely recommend

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Yummy food, good atmosphere, great drinks! Perfect for our Girl’s Night!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Terrific food. Everything was just spectacular. We had salads, vegetables (asparagus & mushrooms), the crab cake and the firecracker shrimp. Nothing was less than a 5 and the service was friendly and competent. We will definitely come back the next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

There for a bachelorette celebration dinner, service was excellent, drinks and food (though pricey) were unbelievably good. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was looking for a great spot on the gas lamp district with good food and ambiance. Rustic Root turned out to be a great choice. We were here for Easter brunch. The Eggs Benedict were delicious. My wife tried a cuscus egg dish that was also very good and nothing beats the Cajun Bloody Mary. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came for a friend’s get together and had a great time! Were immediately seated at the time of our reservation and drinks came quickly. Our best dishes were the pork chops and the scallops.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very nice place and the food was amazing. It gets busy but that is usually when there's a big sporting event.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food taste very good, but portions were small.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Rustic Root doesn't disappoint, and our experience this time around was no exception. Great food, great location, great ambiance. Service can be a touch slow, but it's easy to overlook. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We both loved Rustic Root. I found you on a google search for the Gaslamp District and you had good reviews. We originally wanted to sit upstairs, but it was quite loud so we moved downstairs. Everything was wonderful. Great service, lovely ambiance, and the food and cocktails were divine. Thanks so much! Looking forward to bringing my mother here in August when she visits... she will love it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing venue! Great menu and perfectly cooked steak. Perfect blend of fine dining, great food and lively atmosphere. Headed to the upstairs level after dinner to continue the festivities - awesome outdoor area, fire pits and areas to congregate with friends. Wonderful overall experience!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were here to celebrate my best friends bachelorette weekend. The drinks here are great. The food was amazing. We didn't get a chance to try out the rooftop deck - but it looked great.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Conference

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had the lobster & pappardelle and it was very good, the whiskey basil cocktail was excellent. Great job place to grab a bite in the Gaslamp district. Service was personable & quick!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Pros:
good selection of items on the
attentive and friendly server
fun ambiance
price/food ratio is decent

Con:
a little loud
hard to talk across the booth ( we had 5 people)

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great ambiance and very good vibe. Tried to have dinner on the rooftop but it was full, plus they only serve tapas on the roof. But next time we’d like to try it. Instead we ate in on the first floor but since it’s an open air restaurant it was wide open to the gas lamp district scene. The food was great, especially the meatball appetizer. The hostess was extremely helpful and friendly, as were the wait staff. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went for brunch. It was great! Live music was nice too.

I had been to Rustic Root before for drinks and apps and the food wasn't that good. I'm glad I went back to try brunch though, it was much better this time. Only con was they didn't have non-dairy options (ie almond or soy milk) for coffee. Was surprised by that since we are in California.

Would definitely go back for brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food and great service.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was too fussy and complicated. Service was good, but mechanical.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Porter house steak was amazing! The presentation was incredible. Mac n Cheese was so good. First time there. A little pricy but good food, service, and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We were greeted right away and the hostess accommodated our seating request as best as she could making our family occasion an even more happier one. Food was delicious, creative and served at right temparatures and at the right intervals. I was very happy to have chosen Rustic Root.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Our team came here after an event. We started with cocktails on the rooftop bar - great cocktails but it was pretty loud so hard to hear/converse. We had reservations downstairs for dinner, which was more mellow and conducive to talking. Everyone loved their food - we had the lobster parpadelle (great flavor and good portion), steak + frites, scallops, rabbit, salmon, and grains salad. Will definitely come here again!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

came here with a few friends for my birthday and it was so incredible! the food, the champagne platter, everything was SO great

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was a great way to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday! Amazing food and drinks❤️

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great time as always at Rustic Root

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a reservation at 8:15pm and didn’t get seated until 9:00. The Food and atmosphere was great but we needed up spending more $$ on drinks because of the wait.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent food and table service. However, the hostess was very incompetent. We had a reservation for 1:15, arrived early about 12:50. When we approached the hostess stand we were greeted appropriately and were told we might be sat early if there was an open table. We all have many years of experience in the restaurant industry so we understood having to wait until 1:15 if there were no open tables. We decided to wait by the bar until our table was ready, after waiting about ten minutes we saw multiple open tables that could easily seat 5 people. When we approached the hostess again she asked us again who we were and if we had a reservation, once again we informed her of our reservation and she told us it would be about 5 more minutes, people proceeded to walk in and were sat immediately, we approached the hostess again and she asked if we had been helped yet and what our name was.... again.... for the third time.... when we were finally seated it was at a table that had been open since we had arrived... seriously debated leaving after the lack of competence when we arrived given that the start of our experience was so poor. Glad we stayed though, our server was great and the food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My boyfriend and I took my mom here for her birthday and she loved it!! He got the braised rabbit (he liked it but he eats bigger portions so he was hungry still lol). My mom and I shared the 16 oz tomahawk steak and it was amzingggg!!! I don't remember our servers name but she was great and super sweet!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Loved the vibe and LOVED the menu. I will come back as the service, food, and atmosphere exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I ordered the Steak frites and it was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Was like cutting through butter with a warm knife. Service was truly outstanding. Very attentive waiter and staff. Manager even stopped by to see how everything was going. I wished I lived in the San Diego area just to make this restaurant a weekly stop. Great for business, date night or hanging with friends to have a great meal. Best place I went to while in San Diego for business. Thanks to all the staff there

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

There was a snafu at the hostess stand. I checked-in early for the reservation and asked them to let the rest of the party know we were at the bar. That message was never passed on and I found my guest waiting in the drizzle outside, unaware that we'd arrived.

I checked in again (since the first time didn't "go through"??) and she confirmed a reservation for 7. I said, no, it's just for 6. She said the "computer says 7, but this is no problem." I made the reservation for 6 via the Open Table app and had it confirmed via text an hour before the reservation (for 6). Not sure where 7 came into play. Not a big deal, just an odd inconsistency.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

food was amazing, I recommend their eggs Benedict & hash browns! service was kinda slow but I know it was because it was busy. It’s also kind of loud inside when it’s full but overall really great!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

In addition to an eclectic menu there was live music on a Monday evening. This particular evening we were told that a bottle of wine was 50% off. Our waitress, Carly, was excellent.

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