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RustiCucina, San Diego, CA

RustiCucina

4.6
4.6
619 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 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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 619 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service!!! Will definitely be back
  2. TS

    TedS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time dining experience. Very great dining experience all around. We’ll certainly be back to explore more if the menu!
  3. JD

    JimD

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyable meal! My dish was prepared at the table. Great attentive friendly service. Highly recommend
  4. SI

    SamIt

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for Thanksgiving night. From greetings from the host to services from our waitress, everything was exceptional. Not to mention food quality and tastes were excellent. Ambience was great even in outdoor seating. Though there was occasional cigarette smoke smell. It didn't bother us too much. I would highly recommend Rusticucina!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks Giving dinner. Service and food was amazing. Thank you.
  6. H

    Hanako

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service by the waiter for my table was superb.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Went for Thanksgiving. Calamari felt like a frozen entree from the grocery store. The food was ok, but for the price, I felt that I had better options in San Diego.
  8. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice dinning experience with delicious authentic Italian.
  9. BW

    BW80

    San Diego

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was awesome, and the carbonara was incredible. You have to try the artichoke appetizer. Great drinks, great food, and great service it's a keeper.
  10. KY

    KevinY

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in Palm Springs and were looking for a different place to dine and good Italian food while visiting San Diego. Well, we've found it!!! This IS the place if you're looking for authentic Italian food! First the interior is so well done, traditional with a modern twist! The food was amazing along with the service! And as a plus, most of the staff is Italian including the owner! He came by to check on us and was very charming and gracious! We will definitely going back to this treasure!!!!
  11. F

    Freddy

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service in a pleasant atmosphere and excellent food!
  12. MC

    MariaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has a great atmosphere and the best staff! Incredible environment and the food was amazing
  13. BM

    BevM

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The restaurant is very lovely but very noisy. Our food was good except for the ribeye which was very fatty and overcooked.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Waitress was hard to catch. She was polite and nice but she passed in front of our table three times while my drink was empty. I tried to get her attention but so hard to have eye contact with her. Food is amazingly good very quick to searches. Drinks took a while to be served. When the restaurant got packed, it was very noisy only from people talking. Overall it was great and I’m planning to go back for more food. Limited parking available next door for early time. Otherwise, it will be street parking.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!!
  16. WC

    WildCatchEric

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time dining at Rusticucina and we loved it just as much if not more. It is perfect for a date night or simply a night out with friends. The service is very kind and the food is even better. My lovely partner ordered the Build-Your-Own Pasta and could not stop talking about how good the sauce was. I had ordered the Wild Catch Salmon for the second time and also could not get over the sauce, It is just too good. I highly recommend joining the kind people at Rusticucina for a meal.
  17. T

    Tara

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was a bit slow but the servers are very friendly and professional.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner and experience! Authentic Homemade Sicilian.. was there visiting my daughter at college and we had a great time.
  19. LF

    LeslieF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here with my friend to talk about our businesses. We had reservations for when they opened right at 4PM. It was very quite and there were only two other groups in the restaurant. This place doesn’t get busy until later on in the evening. The Crispy Burrata is a MUST! It is so delicious it’s what keeps me coming back along with the delicious pasta! I got the Wild Boar Sausage with there Gnocchi OMG the most amazing combo. MUST TRY!
  20. RT

    RichT

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time at RustiCucina. Food and service was excellent.
  21. WC

    WillC

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I believe we are at the point where inflation has caused value to cross the line. We had a good meal but as a 3x per year visitor, I can see the dramatic price increase.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single staff member was kind and friendly. Ambience was perfect for date night. Our dishes were good portion sizes and completely delicious.
  23. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I have eaten here several times as it's close by. The food is good and the service was almost too much. We ordered a bottle of wine and a couple of apps. Trying to enjoy that, we had to tell the waiter more that 3 times, we needed a few minutes to enjoy the wine and apps as he kept politely coming back to take our dinner order. The three of us felt rushed especially when the waiter tried to take my dinner plate before I was finished. We spent 80 minutes there from start to finish. All in all they are consistant. The food is good and we enjoyed our time.
  24. M

    Mapi

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The place is open late so that's quite convenient. But it is packed and music is loud so we had to yell to hear each other and that simply ruined it for our group. Food is fine. Nothing out of this world, but not bad either. Service was disappointing but again that may be because it was so loud we could not hear the waitress. All and all, we will not go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute little date night spot!
  26. SM

    SaraM

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food was nothing special. But the disappointing part was the service. Our waiter just wanted to turn the table - he gave the bill when I had just started to eat my meal. It was for a birthday- no offer of dessert or anything for the birthday celebration - Didn't need to be free - but at least ask if we want a menu or something. Wine was awful. We felt rushed and unwelcome. Like we were bothering them by paying to eat at the restaurant. We won't be back.
  27. AL

    AngieL

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing & the service was spectacular! We did the pasta in the cheese wheel served at the table. So fun!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It's was amazing
  29. TA

    TomAndersonPecus

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Really disappointed the menu change and no longer serve chicken parmigiana:(
  30. W

    Wawa722

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First I loved the atmosphere. Not to bright and not too dark inside, it was perfect. The staff were so nice and helpful. The food was amazing. I loved how the appetizer wasn’t huge and the size of a meal, I could enjoy it and still have room for my meal. The ribeye steak I order was cooked perfect and it was seasoned very well. I will definitely return here for another date!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Place is small and loud, servers are hard at work. Food is good, but not incredible. Will probably not return. Overall 3.5
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Not sure what happened this time, but service was poor, few dishes came out cold and the server was not attentive. Previous visits were much better.
  33. t

    tonir

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter and other staff were incredibly friendly, well-informed, and joyful. The atmosphere was fun, well-appointed, and not overdone. The food was incredible!
  34. C

    Cary1247

    Las Vegas

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was out first time dining at RustiCucina and we really enjoyed it. Although the pasta dishes were really good, the Caesar Salad was a bit underwhelming and lacked taste. Also, I asked for a blue cheese stuffed olive for my Martini and was informed they "don't do those."
  35. LH

    LindaH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Rusticucina has been our fav go-to Italian restaurant since they opened a few years ago. The food, service and experience have always been 5-star. Sad to say that last night was barely mediocre. While the service was outstanding, the food and its presentation were lacking. Of the 5 of us, we ordered 2 orders of the chicken pasta in the Parmesan wheel. We’ve ordered this many times and it’s always been delicious and full of the parm flavor. But last night, they just didn’t do it right. They served the other three meals first, then waited about five minutes before bringing the wheel to our table to quickly throw our pasta in and warm it up. By then the other three meals got cold and our two meals were barely warm and lacked flavor. Hopefully just an off night.
  36. AW

    AngelinaW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was to die for!!! Definitely recommend getting the cheese wheel. It’s an experience all in itself. And the ambience is so pretty, definitely my cup of tea!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely dinner experience. Service was attentive and the cocktails nice and strong. We started w/ the crispy burrata which was full of flavor and a cheesy delight. Followed with the lobster lasagna which was an explosion of flavor! And the MP cheese wheel was not only fun Instagram content but truly incredibly fantastic!! We’ll be back w/ friends & family.
  39. G

    Graham

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very unique and delicious food. Loved it! Was a perfect date night.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect place for a date. We love the food and the overall experience.

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 4.6 stars by 619 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 15 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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