Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant
We came back to try it again , because last visit was not good. We were happy that this visit was better. PROS: beautiful decor, versatile menu, excellent service by Dave. Tasty salmon appetizer and crispy artichokes, salmon with bok choy was delicious. CONS: despite an awesome drink menu the bartender does not execute the cocktails as listed and this is an ongoing issue there. For example my husband and I ordered two totally different drinks and yet they looked and tasted the same. Too much sugar syrup and not shaken properly. A good martini has to be shaken for 30-60 seconds and these were not. We gave up and ordered beer/wine. Wine list is STILL not expanded as promised. We do enjoy this place overall for the location and vibe.
Great atmosphere, beautiful and cozy place; amazing food; restaurant was packed; service could of been a little better, but not bad
Everything was good except my sister in law NY strip steak was tough. The waiter took it off the bill. I would definitely go back
Great date night restaurant!
There was only one server on duty, the restaurant was not busy. The drink I had ordered was incorrect. I ordered the Dirty Hot Martini and specified my vodka preference. It came with no bleu cheese olives, none of the hot peppers it stated in the description, and the vodka was not changed. We asked to speak with the server of which it was 15 minutes before she came back over. I asked them to remake it and I was brought the same drink, just with bleu cheese olives added.
I ordered the filet and no glazed carrots or Brussels sprouts came on the plate as stated. I got the filet, potatoes, and 1 slice of tomato.... why a tomato slice I do not know.
The restaurant was FREEZING. The fire place we sat next to did not work. It was very unpleasant sitting there being so cold. We overheard the staff tell another table the pipes were frozen and the restaurant had no hot water.
The first front door remained propped open the duration of our stay with the fire/heater which could have been shut to help alleviate this issue.
Overall we were extremely disappointed and would not return nor recommend.
Great service; amazing food; cozy atmosphere; fire place
Despite the food, the service was poor and the bartender was rude.
Bartender was both tending to the bar and serving to the tables.
We have been to Rustica several times and loved it each time. It is warm, friendly, beautifully furnished (you should take the time to look at the artwork on the walls) and the food and drinks are wonderful.
We are wine drinkers and I love the Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon (and its price!) Some of my favorite foods are the salmon scallopini, the orchiette, the fried artichokes (a starter), the greek salad, and, in the lounge at happy hour, the flat bread mushroom pizza. And I love the cups that the cappucino is served in. Mostly, though is that Rustica is so comfortable. The chairs, the banquettes and the lounge area are all so comfortable. You just feel like spending time there. And then there's Frank, the manager and bartender, who makes you feel so welcome. And did I mention that several nights there is live music in the lounge! And there is parking! Rustica is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a good drink and a good meal.
Went here w/ a friend for their first visit. We had been twice before & although we loved the food found the service disappointing. This time however, it proves third time is a charm. Service was exceptional & everything was perfect for us to celebrate the holidays with a good friend. Certainly recommend this place to anyone looking for a comfy, enjoyable place to eat. Always great food & wonderful choices. The drink menu is also good & plenty of good options for anyone to choose from. Tell your friends & go give it a shot. Seems like the bugs from initial opening have been more than well ironed out.
Great staff, great food, and great atmosphere. I felt so good that I did not want to leave.
Plush seating, old world charm.
Frank was a delight
Food was delicious
The food was pretty horrible. The "banana pancakes" were actually plantains pancakes. It was gross. We were served quickly and they were nice. Pretty restaurant. Bad bad food.
food was good...server was a new...she was forgetful...had to flag her down to order a second cocktail and couldn't take our full order .....only apps ..then came back with menus for dinner order....first cocktail was not what i ordered or my dates.....i will go back for the food...but will not have this server at my table...go practice on someone else
Lovely warm and friendly Italian focused menu. There was a singer and flutist that was quite wonderful while we were there. We especially loved the appetizers and pasta. Fish was mediocre.
Then food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The ambiance is amazing and the vibe is incredibly cool. It’s a hidden gem!
Great place...service and food
Great new local restaurant. Our waiter David was excellent. Food was good. Will definitely try it again.
It was an amazing location, great flavor and the staff was friendly. My only displeasure was I hoped my server was more attentive. Not sloppy service it could have simply been better. My husband enjoyed us dinner. Next visit I hope is improve. But it’s a recommendation!!!
Came for my birthday & the food, service & ambiance was really good.
The atmosphere was amazing and food was decent, but it couldn't make up for the atrocious service. We waited nearly an hour for our appetizer and the people next to us were seated 15 minutes after us and they had their entrees before our appetizer even came out. We will not be going back.
They still need to get their footing. But great potential.
I'm sad that I couldn't give this a better review .We have been to rustica 3x since they opened . The first time we loved it . Creative delicious drinks , interesting menu with solid food and a beautiful ambiance. The second time was so so because the menu was different , removing some gluten free items i really liked. We decided to wait a bit and let them iron out some things.
Last night only the ambiance remained , thanks to beautiful decor and Mark and Ted for live music. There was one waiter for everyone . He was very nice but couldn't keep up. My martini, which I had 2 x before was nothing as described and in a margarita type glass. When I had it before it was a beautiful pink "blushing vine" with an edible flower. This time it was watered down and had no distinct color , flavor or presentation. My husband's drink was terrible with 3 ice cubes nothing like what he's had prior . They promised they were upgrading their wines , but they haven't. When we saw the limes were dry and looked a few days old we were worried .
The food was not good . The only thing we liked was the crispy artichokes they made gluten free . Both the crab cakes and lobster bisque had a very fishy odor that was off putting . The bisque was salty and way too thick. My dinner came out breaded after I said several times no gluten. Dry chicken breast for my son and my husband told me the chicken Francese was salty with no capers and no lemon flavor.
I don't like to give bad reviews but when a chef sees full plates being returned you don't question this? A beautiful place means nothing without the food and drink to back it up. They could make this into a fantastic local spot but it's missing the mark. I won't go back unless I hear there has been changes.
Beautiful room, comfortable chairs, but only fair food and service.
The Food is great , good atmosphere but bad service.
Great food and atmosphere. Chairs are very comfortable and the food is delicious.
We ordered a 55.00 bottle of wine and the waitress never let me first taste wine before pouring , appetizer was fair had a meatball special .. Entree came out we ordered halibut and Branzino mind you that both where specials, the halibut was like eating my belt I’ve never eaten a piece of fish so dry in my life with no taste taste like my belt the brand Zeno which the assistant waiter or the head waiter for lead for us at the table those old bones and it did not know how to do it so overall for $155 I don’t think I would return.
Dissapointed to make a reservation and with a kess than half full restaurant be offered a seat in the bar area or by the front door. Food was good but server not very attentive.
The Restarant is beautiful, the decor is impeccable. Good was excellent
This was our second visit...more patrons here this time..nice energy. Beautiful restaurant. Friendly service. I had the vegetable risotto (which I had ordered on my first visit...different veggies this time).. lovely place.
The service and ambiance is great. The appetizers were really good. Main course wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Had salmon and it was overly salty.
Beautiful place, lovely atmosphere, great food and drinks, BUT I was very disappointed on the service, the waiter was rushing us the entire time, from ordering the food to cleaning up the table while we were still eating, he was standing very close to our table he made us very uncomfortable
I never write reviews but this place is fantastic!!! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Excellent food, very quiet chill spot. A bit pricey but I guess that’s a good thing because it was not too crowded. Valley parking is a plus
Great new place
What an awesome dining experience! Food was amazing from start to finish. The decor is unique and fun. Highly recommend this place
Beautiful decor...elegant yet comfortable. New restaurant opened 5 weeks ago. Excellent crab cake appetizer. .delicious vegetable risotto...great linguine with shrimp. A wonderful dining experience.
Interesting decor. good service. Food was good. Good menu, fit on two pages and has a good selection to choose from. Only real gripe is it’s a touch pricey.
Beautiful decor, smooth ambiance and friendly staff. The food was fantastic as well.
New place - staff is still figuring it out - but the food, drinks, and service were spot on. Great ambiance, owner was a real schmoozer and treated us very nicely. Would definitely go back.
its brand new and so far great. as restaurants mature they figure out better ways to organize and provide service. this restaurant is definitely on the right track.