Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant

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47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
With 20 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chefs are excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us.
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R
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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a
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, beautiful and cozy place; amazing food; restaurant was packed; service could of been a little better, but not bad

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night restaurant!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

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a
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service; amazing food; cozy atmosphere; fire place

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HA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Despite the food, the service was poor and the bartender was rude.
Bartender was both tending to the bar and serving to the tables.

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i
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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CB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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RD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food, and great atmosphere. I felt so good that I did not want to leave.

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JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plush seating, old world charm.
Frank was a delight
Food was delicious

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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

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EM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Then food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The ambiance is amazing and the vibe is incredibly cool. It’s a hidden gem!

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MC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place...service and food

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l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great new local restaurant. Our waiter David was excellent. Food was good. Will definitely try it again.

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OD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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!!!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday & the food, service & ambiance was really good.

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

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.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

They still need to get their footing. But great potential.

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R
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

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.

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b
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful room, comfortable chairs, but only fair food and service.

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MV
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The Food is great , good atmosphere but bad service.

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NC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Chairs are very comfortable and the food is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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BS
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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HK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restarant is beautiful, the decor is impeccable. Good was excellent

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New York Area
400 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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MI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews but this place is fantastic!!! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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KB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great new place

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LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What an awesome dining experience! Food was amazing from start to finish. The decor is unique and fun. Highly recommend this place

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New York Area
400 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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IJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, smooth ambiance and friendly staff. The food was fantastic as well.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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