Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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Thu - Sat 4:00PM - 7:00PM

What 86 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food, excellent service and live Jazz music rounds off a perfect dining experience. Decorated in Art deco style, this place has old world glamour you don't see in many places anymore, truly a special and unique space to have a dinner party.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is really beautiful inside and the food was very delicious . Plus on top of that they have live jazz on Friday Night

JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place Live soft jazz blend in. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed from start to finish. Definitely on the revisit list.

MT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had no idea this place existed until I drove by.Great Restaurant by all means.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, food was delicious and the staff were great and accommodating, feels very cozy , drinks are amazinggggg. try the Butterfly Martini and the Green Tea Martini!

OB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best in New Jersey. Decor is second to none. Its like a walk in the art museum. Every corner has hand made art. Filet mignon came with right temperature- medium rare Seafood tower was well portioned. Service was attentive. If i have to, only thing bothered me was they didn’t have my favorite wine.. the manager was nice enough to came by the table to apologize and assured us that he would try to add it to wine list next time. Over all very satisfied. Highly recommended..

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I’ve been looking forward to going here and sadly, disappointed by the poor quality food, service was forgetful and inexperienced (though nice enough when you were able to get their attention) and the value for the experience overall subpar. The servings were decently sized, but everything was either flavorless or too salty. There were too many missteps to count- also, adding a 20% gratuity is quite obnoxious. We had at least two uneaten entrees and were recipients of a number of errors, so to give themselves a 20 percent tip for delivering terrible service is why we would not recommend or return here.

It’s a shame. I rarely rate anything poorly, but I hope they learn from this feedback and are able to improve their restaurant.

i
New York Area
237 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Inventive fresh salad, delicious main course, great wine, good dessert, great service, complimentary valet parking and a fair NJ price on a Saturday night.

NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

My husbands appetizer came out first while my appetizer came out around 20 minutes later. We never saw our waiter again so my husband had to get up and go to the bar himself to order us more drinks.

W
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

My husband and I dine often in NYC but since we live locally we always like to try new places. After reading some good reviews about your restaurant we went with some hope - only to be disappointed. The space is big and overly decorated to the point of being comical. Seriously...green and red velvet couches?? Nothing authenic - fake wood, fake tile, fake art, even fake fire (enclosed mini fire sconces scattered around). Bar is wide open and loud, not at all cozy or romantic, even with fake fire! There is only one stall in the ladies room and I had to wait 10 minutes and the place was pretty empty. Can't imagine how long the wait would have been if the restaurant was full. As for the food - completely unexceptional and not prepared in any original way. The trouble with this place is it doesn't know what it wants to be. The name indicates possibly a great pub with food to match but in trying to be a high end restaurant, it fails miserably. Although this restaurant is only a year old, I'll be surprised if it's still here next year.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is magnificent!! The food very good and the staff is very accommodating!!! Love it can’t wait to go back !!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends and I honestly loved that place since I arrived. His American Italian style reminded me of my grandmother's house in my childhood. The atmosphere is calm, pleasant and sophisticated. I recommend it one hundred percent.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for brunch. Server was incredibly sweet. The menu was a ‘new’ selection from chef. I didn’t get what I ordered but I ate it because I didn’t want to wait and the server was so kind. When I told her after we were done with our meal, she apologized as she was still understanding the ‘new’ menu. She offered me a dessert on her which I polity said no thanks. Once she brought the check tho, she said my meal had been removed from the bill. Excellent customer service. The food is very good. The atmosphere is amazing. I will go back.

i
New York Area
237 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rustica and go for dinner,happy hour in the lounge, brunch, special occasions. Inside the place is so beautiful and cozy. The food, from steak to fish to pasta is excellent. The plate presentation is beautiful. The wine choices are good and not expensive. The staff is friendly. I especially love the shrimp cocktail. My other favorite is the cup the Cappucino is served in. Special.

H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, had some unique choices, and prepared well.
Ambiance was quite unique, though charming with interesting Art on the walls.
Service was very good, an overall good Dining experience.

m
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the food, service and décor were lovely. But the prices were too high for this type of restaurant in its location by about $5.00 to $10.00 a plate.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went the other night after a spa day for treating my girlfriend, as soon as we entered we were welcomed with open arms. Go to sit down and the power went out (due to the weird weather we’ve been having). Moments later half the restaurant comes back on. The owner comes over and apologizes, and asks if we want anything to drink while we wait, jokingly I ask if it’s ok to stay here or do we have to leave? Immediately says the kitchen and everything is ok, just the main lights are out. Luckily we were sitting under working lights. The food and service was excellent, even due to the power outage everything came out promptly, and everything was delicious. After eating, we were unable to get a check due to the machine being out, so I told him to give me a menu and I would give him cash for everything I got. For the inconvenience on us, he comped half our bill. I will definitely be going back there, mainly so I can experience the full ambiance of the gorgeous interior, and obviously for the exceptional service and phenomenal food

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service every step of the way. Lovely ambience and decor. We ordered several appetizers to share and we enjoyed these. My favorite was the fried artichoke hearts. The ravioli with filet mignon was delicious. My husband and I had a great evening.

JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great dinner here. Ordered the orecchiette pasta dish with clams. Very good. Pork chop was good but the veggies were too soft and over cooked. The burrata was good. Desserts were many options all looked delicious. I love the ambience here and now I know the food is pretty good as well.

H
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. The interior makes for an exciting meal. The food has a a good menu but there is no excitement to the menu and it does not get to the table hot. The butter was to frozen.
Conclusion they need to spend more time in the kitchen to perfect their outcome of food!!!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place, the food was amazing, perfect size of food. Deserts where great, Bartender was amazing, the beverages were really good. Totally recommend coco margarita :) We definetely be back.

OU
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice location and decorated in a nice trendy environment. Plenty of seating and a well stocked bar area.
The food was not what I would have expected from this restaurant. Ordered Mahi-mahi and was over cooked and dry. My wife ordered the stuffed pork chop special which was again over cooked and dry.
The service was very good, prompt service and wait staff was very friendly.
I was disappointed with the food that was a bit on the high side. Like anyone else, I don’t mind paying more for a meal but, it has to be good.

GF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

This was my second time going to Rustica. First time it was quiet and the food and service were good. Second time was Mother’s Day brunch, it was crowded but not overly, we had multiple servers, none of which got our orders right, mine wasn’t what I asked for and 3 of us ordered omelettes and each of us got the wrong order (hard to decipher until we all took a bite). Some side dishes ordered were not received either. I like this place but the service was atrocious.

R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s a very nice restaurant with a good menu and romantic ambience

LO
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Someone came to give us special, then we saw no one.
Had to get our own water.
Other tables had cloth napkins, we had psper
Other tables had candles, not our no big deal

Guy behind bar came over to apologize and offer dessert on the house.
Waiter was horrid.

Food bland and over priced

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A party was going on at the same time as our reservation for 9pm. We didn’t sit upon arrival even though it looked like there were available tables. We were ok with it and went to the bar. After about 20min we were seated. Our waiter took a little longer then average to take our order and didn’t ask us how we were or if we needed anything. For an expensive dinner, the service should be better. The food was great and we did enjoy the DJ on Saturday night. Overall, it was a good experience and I would go back just to see if the party was monopolizing the service of the staff.

Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 13, 2019

hi, Foodie. Thank you for sharing your experience. Your notes will be shared with management to help with similar situations in the future. We are happy you liked our food and hope to see you soon again at the restaurant; we promise to provide exceptional service and ensure a 5 Star Rating.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I went to this restaurant on Easter with my family. The food and dining service were both good. Unfortunately, upon leaving my mother’s car keys were missing and the valet worker had left. The restaurant didn’t seem to care or even help look for them. My uncle finally found them on top of the car, unattended. The car could have easily been stolen. After my brother expressed his disappointment with our experience- the owner contacted me and offered a gift card. I still have not received anything even after reaching out to the owner a few times. I will not return to this restaurant due to poor customer service and lack of concern/compassion.

Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 13, 2019

Please accept our deepest apologies for the delay in getting your gift card to you; please send us your mailing address and we will expedite it. We can assure you that we truly care about every diner's experience. Respectively, we contacted the third-party valet company to ensure this would never happen again, as we agree that this was unacceptable. We hope that we can remedy this situation and invite you back to give us a second chance. Warmly, Management

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Rustica to celebrate my birthday. Ambiance, service, food, all EXCEEDED our expectations. Plenty of delicious options vegetarians. The filet mignon was excellent. Cannot wait to go back here again.

W
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Very attentive service and food was delicious!

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We ordered 3 appetizers and 1 mussels entre. The mussels were undercooked inedible.
The waiter was robotic to the point he made me uncomfortable.
A waiter should be warm and inviting not robotic.
Would not return.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Geat ambiance and food! The service was excellent! Highly recommend!

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Beautiful decor. Food not so great at all , staff very friendly

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our waiter, who was working his first day, was very helpful and found answers about food choices when he did not know about them.
Main issue, we we still working on our appetizer when they appeared with our main course and started to remove plates. Not wanting cold food some of the appetizer was not eaten. My duck special was cold including the sauce on the side. The risotto was bland, the vegetables cold. I have had much better duck. My companion said her lamb chops were good.
Neither of us were impressed, and felt for the price the value was not there,

F
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. The menu is extensive with lots of options. The waitstaff was very attentive. As it was. Friday night there was a dj. Actually considering having a party there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I was there for valentine’s day dinner and both my husband and I were very unhappy with the experience. The atmosphere was nice but all the food we ordered were really really bad... i read few poor reviews about the food but since I’m usually not that picky, just decided to go (it was one of the few availabilities left at the time) and regretted so much for not listening to them. It is my first time leaving a review, that’s how bad it was. The tuna was just so salty, foie gras was definitely not very fresh (smelt), could not even finish half. The black ink linguine was not fully cooked that it felt like I was chewing on the dough... the tomato sauce on top had no taste, tasted like mash tomatoes mixed in plain water. The filet mignon was tough although we ordered medium. Basically all the food we ordered were bad and it’s really my first time not liking restaurant this much. They should seriously consider switching the executive chef. Only thing I liked about this restaurant was the interior and the rose and the small gift they provided for valentine’s day.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Worst food ever. Couldn’t even finish half of our meal we ordered

R
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

2
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

We really enjoy this place, food is good, it's cozy and so close to home, but they really have to pick up on the service. It's hard to find anybody to get anything.

a
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

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