RustiCucina

4.5
237 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.
What 237 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChristianN
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had father's day brunch there. Very affordable, good food and good service.

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HappyFamily
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful meal with excellent service and beautiful ambiance. This is our new favorite Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was fantastic!

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ChaseB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner and drinks were great! Would recommend for large parties.

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vipReviewer
San Diego
79 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s funny… This restaurant isn’t the best of any one thing but it’s the best of everything combined. Truly one of our favorite over all restaurants. Nothing specific stands out but when you put it all together we always walk out of here saying “that was just a great meal.” We’ll be back again, and again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was bland and the service was poor.

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ZacharyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Had really great food and the employees were very kind.

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GeorgeB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The noise level was way too loud and kept increasing, The food had to be sent back as it wasn't as orders. The device was terrible trying to get a waiter took contacting 2 or 3 employees.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was wonderful! Overall we had a great time here and I will definitely be back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was terrific. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, ad super friendly! Will be back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal with the family. Great service and yummy food.

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Winchester
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered the stuffed mushrooms and calamari for appetizers; calamari was great, and the stuffed mushrooms seemed like they were missing something, according to my sister and friend. For my main dish I ordered the make your own, with fettuccini and the Grandma Ragu sauce. I loved the texture and quantity of the dish, but I felt like the sauce could have used a bit more flavor, or salt. I tried my friends Gnocchi with a white pepper sauce, and it was pretty delicious. This friend had also raved about this place prior to. My sister ordered the Zucchini Spaghetti, and regretfully did not like it, but ended up loving the Spaghetti and Meatball that she got in exchange. The drink I got was pretty strong, and tasty. The service was awesome and the servers were more so. the ambience was great: a bit noisy outside, but you are not too close to others, so you felt like you had your own private bubble with the hum of others in the background. I would definitely like to try this place again, just try all of the other dishes.

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vipELENA
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere

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FrancescoR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food.

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WillC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have enjoyed many dinners over the past several years at Rusticucina. This visit, dinner was a disappointed. Our dinner consisted of bruschetta, stuff mushrooms, romaine salad and for me, chicken parm and my wife fig-goat cheese ravioli. The bruschetta bread was a bit over cooked (burned), stuff mushrooms were under cooked, the romaine salad was good, fig goat cheese ravoli was excellent, the chicken parm was under cooked. We will go back and hope this was an anomaly.

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Joanna
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great unfortunately my food was cold which was disappointing.

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BrianP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Friendly, if inattentive, service. Food was good, and the scene was lively. We had a great time, although our server was a bit scattered in order taking, and forgot at least one of our drinks. Overall, we would return again.

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vipPaul
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall the food was good but it wasn't as good as we expected based on the reviews. The balsamic dressing they use was absolutely delicious and the barrata was also good. The meatball I ordered was not hot in the middle but they did give me a new one which tasted much better. I was disappointed with the chicken parmesana, nothing special about it.

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Raymond
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Got the carbonara there. The sauce and bacon were great, but the pasta was undercooked and way too chewy. It ruined the dish.

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Lorena
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolute perfection. The service was great. Drinks were outstanding. Vibe was casual yet chic. It wasn't too loud, which was great. We had a lovely time and will be coming back!

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Monica
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great! Could have been served a pinch warmer but everything we had was really good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot was absolutely wonderful! Had an amazing lunch with delicious cocktails! Will definitely be back and would most certainly recommend to anyone looking for a great spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was okay, the amount of sausage in my wild boar pasta was depressing. Service by Vincent was exceptional—he was handling multiple tables all at once abs tended to our every need. I’d go back simply for his quality of service, but not for brunch—the menu was underwhelming

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome place, great food, and our waiter made the it the perfect dinner. The menu is perfect for an adult night out or a family dinner (our case). Our waiter offered to fill the kids' order first if we preferred. We definitely will come back!

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vipviaixtapa
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great discovery for us. Authentic Italian. Good menu. Very good food (although both of our risottos were a touch under done). Amazing molten lava cake. Noise level was unpleasant due to two overly loud tables of partying females and challenging acoustics. We moved tables which solved our problem. Would like to see more California wines on the list. Still, a good experience and we will return.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, friendly employees, fantastic food and tranquil ambiance. My mom and my daughter couldn't stop raving about how much they enjoyed everything we ate. The three of us will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RustiCucina was absolutely delicious, loved everything about the restaurant from the staff to the food. I loved that they were accommodating for my toddler, giving her a high chair and bringing her food out first. I would definitely bring my family back again. 🙂

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djfoodie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, friendly ambiance, delicious garlic bread!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario is amazing!!! Food is delicious.

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Qbert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time here celebrating birthdays with family! Service was excellent, from hostess to bartender and server. Food was delicious! Try the garlic knots and artichokes for apps. Eggplant parm and gnocchi with pesto. Yum we'll definitely be back. Thank you!

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vipRyanD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, there is definitely better Italian in the city. Everyone was nice but our server seemed disinterested almost as if we were a nuisance. Pretty loud place.

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TomMarquis
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it great staff, very warm and accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere was good for a get together with a friend but I was really expecting for the food to be good. It didn’t meet my expectations. I just had one piece of my flat bread and we also order the garlic twist and didn’t really like them we had high expectations from this place.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Expected more from the food. Calamari came out first time overcooked second time was delicious. Artichokes swerved Luke warm.
Entrees (salmon/ravioli) were nice, but nothing remarkable.

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vipTomD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place with really tasty food and wonderful service. Great atmosphere and an ideal date night establishment. We’ll be back.

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AlexA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an overall great experience. Great food, great atmosphere & excellent customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good food, great service !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

While my meal was great the service was not. We were not checked on despite our waiter chasing on everyone else. Some of our meals were also forgotten and delivered cold.

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BrendaG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service! Took my mom for Mother’s day and I would go back anytime!

FAQs

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 237 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.