Great ambiance and amazing service and food. A must go to
when you are in the area. I felt like I was in Italy
Usually come here for amazing dinners with amazing staff, but it was our first time for brunch. The meat lover's omelette was great & the bottomless mimosas were great. LOVE THE PATIO. The owner Nino is amazing and always so kind. Vegan menu is great too!
Amazing! Best food. Great staff!!
Thanksgiving dinner was very special with the ambiance and quality of food and service at RustiCucina. The heat lamps provided adequate warmth and the food presentation and taste was exquisite! Me and my two daughters enjoyed our time together at this chic restaurant. Thank you!
Regular menu is probably better than Thanksgiving menu. Nice outdoor area, service was pleasant enough.
We have dined at Rusticunina twice for dinner and twice for lunch. Each time we have eaten something wonderful. The owners/staff are all Sicilian. And although the menu seems pretty standard Italian/American fare, it is much more on the palette. Each dish has it's own unique Sicilian twist. Everyone there is gracious, helpful and charming. All dining is outside, well spaced, covered and heated if needed. Rusticucina is our new go-to place to dine.
One, this place is adorable! Two, the service was amazing. One of the owners waited on us and was fantastic!! Three, the food. Four, the food. Five, the FOOD!
Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Great food and service.
Food was tasty but a bit pricey. Nice interior with friendly service. It did take a while to get our entrees.
Excellent food and great service! The arancini was my favorite thing and great pasta selection.
horrible service....they had no other party on the patio and told us to sit anywhere. we sat beside each other and were told we could not do this! I asked why and was given a lame response that made no sense as tge place was empty. We left and had a great meal at Camp Cuchina (Cuchina Urbana's new out door spot. Highly suggest it for an excellent meal and service! BTW, this was our 4th trip to our neighborhood dinner spot.
Another lovely experience at RustiCucina. This was our second dinner. We’ve also had brunch there. Because the owner/staff are all Sicilian it feels like we are back in Italy. They are gracious and attentive. The food is more Italian than just Sicilian. But they have some very unique dishes that I’ve not had in other Italian restaurants. This is our new go to restaurant to take special friends.
RustiCucina is my go-to, favorite Italian restaurant, and this was a special truffle-inspired dinner that was out of this world. I come here a lot because it's close to my condo, but this truffle menu with wine pairings was something very special. A BIG thank you to the guys who own and run RustiCucina! It's the best!
My friends and I went to RustiCucina to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere is so pleasant and the service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Thank you for making my birthday so special!!
So good! Best authentic Italian/Sicilian food in all San Diego County!
We had our daughter's s 18th birthday dinner here. The customer service was exceptional!
The food was good. We sat outside; the ambiance was very nice.
We were not impressed with the food here at all. Our appetizer, the crispy burrata came out cold. Flavor-wise it could have been good, but from a texture and temperature standpoint, it was a partially-defrosted mozzarella stick. Our entrees, a bucatini with pesto and a bucatini cacio e pepe, were both off. The pesto was watery and didn't seem to have any cheese in it, which is an ingredient in pesto. Not sure how they made it but it was mostly water. The cacio e pepe was almost entirely butter and barely any pepper, again not sure how they did it but I don't think it was right. Maybe we just went on a bad night but we were next to a table of people speaking Italian (which we thought was a good sign) and they seemed to like their food, but ours just missed the mark unfortunately. Not sure we'd go back.
Best dining experience in a long time. From food to service.... overall excellent!
Native to SD and I’ve been to a lot of Italian restaurant, but this is now my favorite!
The service here was incredible. Everything we ate was delicious and it was hard to choose because everything on the menu looked so good. Our waitress was kind, attentive and everything came out quickly. I’d highly recommend
The food and the service were both AMAZING! We could not have asked for better!
Great service, unimpressive food.
First, the positive: great service. Our server was tentative and knowledgeable, did a great job selling the menu and specials, including wines.
Now, the food:
Crab stuffed mushrooms lacked flavor and more importantly, crab.
Lobster lasagna lacked....lobster.
Gnocchi was mushy.
Chocolate “lava” cake was solid, dry cake all the way through...no lava.
Deconstructed cannoli was just a cannoli shell broken up on a plate with dabs of filling.
Can’t tell if this was poor execution or just low standards for the food they’re choosing to deliver.
Prices far too high.
Overall there are many superior choices throughout San Diego.
Dinner was good, garlic knots nothing special. Service was mediocre. We had to ask for dessert options after he brought us the bill.
My second experience here was nowhere near as good as my first. Service was poor this time and food not at the same level unfortunately. They ignored my reservation request I made on open table
Food was average, pricey for what you get. There's definitely better Italian food to be had in the area.
We loved RustiCucina! The patio was adorable and well shaded. Our waitress was amazing and so knowledgeable about the menu. She provided great suggestions! The food was excellent and we felt the pricing was appropriate. We'll definitely be back!
Loved the service, food and wine! Awesome experience and great ambiance
I came here with two friends for dinner to celebrate one of their birthdays and it was amazing! The outdoor patio is decorated so cute and they had an old black and white movie projected on the side of the building. All of the waiters were great and super friendly and funny. Definitely try the crispy burrata appetizer and the papardelle short rib pasta. Also the drinks were strong which we liked lol
Restaurant needs to follow COVID-19 guidance more carefully than what I saw last night. Hostess asked a couple dining if they minded squeezing in an additional couple where there originally wasn’t seating (they had to add chairs and it was closer than the 6ft. Guidance). Waiters wore their masks incorrectly with their noses exposed. They just seemed lax with the rules. The food was fine, service was slow, and pricing is a bit high.
Overpriced , inattentive service and small portion
Great food and service! Staff is always friendly and attentive.
It was a great experience, great birthday, Mario was super attentive to all details, great experience
The food was very tasty and delicious. The staff was very attentive and gave us excellent service.
Got seated right away at a patio table. Could hardly converse with my husband because the speaker was blaring 1940s style vocal music. The Chianti was great, and we started with the mushrooms which were delicious. My pasta was slightly undercooked, it was an effort to chew, but the flavors of the pesto were good. The lava cake dessert was amazing.
Great meal! Excellent service! Happy to support a small business navigating this uncertain reality.
Absalutley amazing, John Carlo was absultley the best server I have ever had. The ambience, service, and went ABOVE AND BEYOND for my birthday. It is true italian food with sicilian and italian cooks and servers. It reminded me I was back in Italy. I highl recommend the Chefs choice, the cheese pasta mixed in the 6 month cheese served at your table.
So much flavor and love in each dish! Grandma's ragu is outstanding!
3 of us went for dinner. We started with the stuffed mushrooms and fried burrata. Then we had the scallop special that was mixed in a wheel of cheese, papardelle, osso bucco. Everything was phenomenal (except I would pass on the mushrooms). We ended the meal with the lava cake. The staff was friendly but not intrusive. Wonderful evening! Highly recommended!
Great service and the food was delicious. Sat outside with our dog and had a great time and meal. Will definitely be back! Highly recommend it!
Much more quiet and less busy during the early afternoon, we were seated immediately, served our food quickly and service was great. It was my first time trying a flatbread and that prosciutto/fig was amazing! Their flatbread crust is so light and delicious. I will definitely be back to try the other flatbreads or maybe just order multiple as an appetizer next time we go for dinner.
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 4.7 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.