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RustiCucina, San Diego, CA
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RustiCucina

4.5
4.5
665 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Welcome to Rusticucina, where locally sourced ingredients, seasonal dishes and a warm ambiance reign supreme. We are named to reflect the merging of two cultures; American and Sicilian, since our owners are straight out of a small town in Sicily. We invite neighborhood dwellers and visitors to experience our farm-to-neighborhood restaurant unlike any other. Aperitivo, a traditional Italian-style happy hour, leads the way—think sensational small bites, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncello. We also offer a full bar and carefully curated craft cocktails, along with an impressive beer and wine list. Our food menu, boasts hearty, rustic cuisine, with pasta made in-house, from scratch, as well palate-pleasing entrees and a slate of pizzas and flat breads. Our tableside service offers a one-of-a-kind, dedicated experience, and their outdoor space is the perfect landing spot for dog lovers and sun worshipers. We even offer a pet menu for furry guests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 310-5291

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Marco Provino

  • Private party facilities

    RustiCucina welcomes the opportunity to host or cater your special and corporate events. Please give us a call at 619-310-5291 or email us at ocean@rusticucina.com to host your next event!

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Cross street

    Essex

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 665 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. D

    David

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item of food we ordered was outstanding. Pastis were delicious and done perfectly all Dante. The Caesar salad was fantastic. Service was warm and welcoming.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night spot. Ambiance was fantastic and food was delicious. The siciliano appetizer was a perfect starter, really fresh cheese and large juicy tomatoes. The pesto fettuccini was light and fresh, and the cheese wheel was exactly what we imagined it to be!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t snooze on the grilled artichokes! So good! Fantastic food, superb service. My wife and I will be back!
  4. AU

    AnjanetteU

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Rusticucina on Sunday brunch/lunch and enjoyed the great flavors of Sicilian dishes. Each appetizer, entree, and dessert were absolutely mouth-watering. Priscilla, our server provided excellent service and great recommendations from the menu. Every dish on the menu is mouthwatering!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time and we will go back. Enjoyed very much.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, and on a busy night! It took our server a few minutes to get to us initially but that was to be expected with how busy they were. The food was great, and the staff kept checking in on us throughout the meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
  7. DL

    DavidL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was indifferent. Not bad, just indifferent. Pastas are wonderful. The Filet is tragic. Bland and overcooked by design. Stick to the pastas and you will be pleased.
  8. L

    Luvitaliano

    San Diego

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, service was excellent. A bit disappointed when I asked for bread and got a $9.00 dish of two pieces of “garlic” bread.
  9. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I've been here 5-6 times. This time it was not busy but the staff seemed to be having a little trouble keeping up and there was a different waiter for each time by the table it seemed. But the main negative was that the Risotto of the day was quite dry and not the usual great Risotto. I'm still a fan though and will be back. .
  10. D

    Drea

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cheese wheel never disappoints. The drinks are always so yummy.
  11. DF

    Di9Flaca

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect last-minute find. Wanting comfort food on a cold raining day or a date; this quaint Italian restaurant is perfect! They have their parking, too. They make fresh pasta or shipped from Italy; they serve generous portions, and you can definitely share it or take it home for the next day. They offer a small but variable wine selection from Italy and US. A great place to come back
  12. NW

    NWSkier

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food! Lasagna was the best! Outstanding service - a rarity in SD!
  13. JD

    JimD

    Central Coast

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food was excellent along with the service. We look forward to our next dining experience here!
  14. DS

    DeanS

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had reservations for 5:30 pm but arrived early and we were immediately seated. Priscilla was our server and she was amazing. Though there was a set menu since it was New Year’s eve, we were told we could order items separately if we didn’t want to order three course meal. Amazing choices made it difficult to decide but everyone in our party agreed food was phenomenal. Everyone very kind and service was exceptional. Will definitely return. Thank you and compliments as well to the chef and kitchen staff.
  15. JS

    JerryS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was great. Servers and staff did a great job, considering how busy it was.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was terrible. Ordered a cacio y Pepe and it tasted like a burnt butter sauce. Someone at the table ordered the same exact dish and it tasted completely different.
  17. MA

    MichelA

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    great service, cocktails well prepared, but surprisingly high cost for the table-side cheese wheel pasta dish…
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was great! Only complaint was salad price was high, but it was very very good.
  19. SD

    SanDeeCal

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    RustiCucina is a nice cozy spot. The service/waiter was excellent, the pasta portions fine, but the flavor was blah. Two if us had different pastas and the sauces were just not seasoned like typical Italian pastas. Just blah. Another guest had a roast chicken dish. Again, not flavorful and the plate looked lonely. This is a pleasant restaurant with friendly waiters, but it needs someone independent to analyze what’s needed.
  20. A

    Atxvisitors

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was spectacular, food was amazing. The kids and are I were surprised by how amazing every dish was, we typically anticipate some hits and some misses but everything was delicious from the appetizers, main course, to the desserts. We didn’t drink so I can’t speak to the cocktails but I’d assume they should be amazing considering the quality and focus they place on service and food. Wonderful evening here with customer centric team.
  21. H

    Hungryhunter

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This is a nice quaint restaurant. As stated, parking is a little difficult. The food quality was actually very good. Really the only negative aspect was the price. Was there Dec.25th and they marked evrrything up by several dollars. I thought the prices were already pretty steep for italian food so that was dissapointing. I didnt mention the fact that we got our food, but had no silverware or napkinga to eat with. I chalked that up to them being busy. Overall, if your good with paying about $120 +tip for two for italian food then I'd say this is a great place to go.
  22. CU

    CynthiaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional and the service spot on. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great dining experience from the service to the food!!!
  24. JW

    JoyW

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve
  25. R

    Rachella

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great neighborhood restaurant this is. Great service, and even though their menu changes have not been updated on this app, plenty of delicious fallbacks to the lobster lasagna, which is no longer on their menu. The artichoke starter was a fabulous start and the table side cheese wheel pasta is yummy theater. Highly recommend this place!
  26. S

    Stevenr

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sicilian food! Lobster lasagna is the best! Fantastic drinks and the service is excellent. Highly recommend. Is one of our favorite restaurants currently.
  27. AD

    AliciaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my absolute favorite places to visit! No matter the occasion- birthday, anniversary or just a girls night out - Thai restaurant always delivers. The food is ALWAYS spectacular
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing. I enjoyed everything from appetizers, dinner, to dessert. I missed Italy and this brought me back. Servers are kind and give great recommendations. Things to get Mama's Ragu, the cheese wheel, garlic bread, crispy burrata, brussel sprouts, tiramisu, limoncello cake were my favorites. Everything we had was good but those took my heart.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our dinner so much! The ambiance was so beautiful! The burrata was to DIE FOR! Didn’t get dessert, but next time for sure !
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Holiday dinner with friends was lovely with warm cozy environment and excellent pasta and wine! Good times!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    I came in with my family to celebrate my 24th birthday. It was everyone’s first time including myself at this restaurant. The food was delicious! We got seated fairly quickly with my reservation. The service we received could’ve been better. We were a party of 11 and have received better service elsewhere. I do understand we were a big party but overall it was a great experience with the food and ambience. Definitely will be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Our server after brining our appetizer and finishing took about 20 min to bring our food, it definitely took longer to get our main plate. After getting our entre our pasta was not good at all. You can tell the pasta had been cooked for awhile because it was stuck together. The chicken had a lot of fat, overall our food was not good and definitely won’t recommend or go back.
  33. c

    cirewells

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    I think the pasta is some of the best I have ever had. I did the lasagna and it was excellent. I was surprised that they don't serve bread You have to buy garlic bread.
  34. MS

    MelSay

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was attentive and very friendly. They sat me on time and the food was delicious. Loved the atmosphere. This is a hidden gem!
  35. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Every time I visit, I have the idea that it will be better than the time before. It's not worse, so there's that. There was a time when I wouldn't have gone anywhere else in the neighborhood. The food is not bad but the quality of the food products they use could be better. Not everyone will agree with me, as I'm sure there are loyal patrons. The quality of food is lacking, and it's probably due to less expensive food products used. There's quality and quantity. Step up your game!
  36. TB

    TinaB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, cozy ambiance, and excellent service. Doesn't get much better! Signed up for reward points because we WILL be back!
  37. SB

    SeanB

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Service and food was excellent.
  38. PD

    PietroD

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very friendly place
  39. M

    Missy

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking was tough~but, we’ll worth the struggle! This small spot packs quite an Italian experience! Just visited Italy last month & Rusticucina offered all of the favored fare fixed beautifully. The burrata bruschetta was an excellent start-and could have served four! The pastas we tried were nicely done, the arugula citrus salad was excellent. Finished the meal sharing a cannoli! Brava!
  40. BZ

    BobZ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great food.

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You can order delivery directly from RustiCucina using the Order Online button. RustiCucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 310-5291.

RustiCucina is rated 4.5 stars by 665 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for RustiCucina

3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Essex

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marco Provino

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 310-5291

  • Private party facilities

    RustiCucina welcomes the opportunity to host or cater your special and corporate events. Please give us a call at 619-310-5291 or email us at ocean@rusticucina.com to host your next event!

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