RustiCucina

4.7
183 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was too good! Our experience as a big party was amazing! The staff was very attentive 10/10

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RodrigoA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place with good food and outstanding service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RustiCucina consistently offers fantastic service and delicious food. Gianna, our server, provided excellent service! This is our favorite local spot for authentic Italian food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good time. awesome waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and drinks.

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vipTable24
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, charming lovely staff! So glad you are in the neighborhood!!!

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Barbra
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Great place ! Excellent food and service!

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casey
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is authentic Italian as are the wonderful servers. I've eaten there at least 10 times since they have opened less than two years ago and I'm never disappointed.

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vipSoph
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow- the food. is. SO GOOD!!! Pasta from scratch? Sign me up. You MUST get the cheese wheel. Ambiance is so beautiful and simple, we had such a great time. Def brining my mom back here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Cute place and very attentive service but food was very poor.

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vipCristina
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just went for the first time: extraordinary pastas and very attentive friendly service. Will go again!

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MichelleC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We randomly found this place on OpenTable and we are so happy we did. The menu is not super big but everything we ordered was AMAZING. We had the garlic knots, lasagna, rustica(?) flatbread and and the pork entree they have. The decor is beautiful and absolutely Instagram worthy too haha Definitely going back !

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RafaelB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!
The ambiance is beautiful and well decorated. The music is great and the service overall is really good! I’ll come back for sure!! Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough good things about Rusticucina. It’s become our go-to place in Hillcrest. Great food, great drinks, and a very welcoming staff all come together for a memorable dining experience.

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Johnny
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Decided to come eat here for a celebratory dinner with the girlfriend. Menu looked great. We ordered both the artichoke and clam/mussel appetizers. Artichokes were straight out of a jar and the seafood broth was straight out of a box, despite costing close to $20 each. I inquired about the Caesar salad dressing curious to know if it was made in house only to be told by the server that unfortunately, no it is not. The 3 thin and tiny slices of bread that came with the mussels were old and stale and again, not baked in house. We asked for more bread to soak up the broth but never received any. I don't normally leave reviews, much less bad reviews...but this dining experience was so disappointing that we asked for the check after the appetizers so that we might enjoy and celebrate our evening somewhere else.

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TiffanyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I make it a point the come here once a week because it is AMAZING. The service is outstanding and the food is even better. I lived in Italy for 4 years and this is AUTHENTIC Italian food. I recommend this place to everyone because it's more than good food, it's an experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is amazing!! Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Lasagne was very tasty. Tiramisu was great, light and delicious. Very accommodating staff and beautiful decor.

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EricaJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego.
I’ve been here twice and can’t wait to go back for a third time, forth, and many more times to come.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn’t a single bad thing I can say about this place, it was beautiful, the food was great and the service was phenomenal

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Tyke731
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food an service were amazing! Take my advice and get the "cheese bowl" special!

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RebekahS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic food. Family friendly - treated us and our young children wonderfully. Highly recommend!!

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DaralynH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario was our server and he went above and beyond to provide an amazing dinner experience for us! Everything was perfect, from the food, to the service, and ambiance! Will definitely come back to enjoy again!

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AngelinaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. I was surprised there were only two waiters working but I believe they’re related and are the only waiters for the restaurant. They were really good at their job considering they had a lot of people to take care of on top of a 9 person party. If you asked for something they got it to you right away.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Upon my reservation, i checked off the box that it was for a birthday celebration and not once was it mentioned the whole time there. It seemed like the waiter was trying to rush us out the moment we sat down. She didn’t even mention that there were specials and the only reason I knew there were specials is because I overheard her tell 3 other tables near us. The chicken parmigiana lacks flavor yet the lasagna was great. I’m not one to complain but the waitress made this experience not the greatest. I love Italian food but won’t be coming here again, I do not recommend.

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vipMarc
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and we enjoyed it as much as our first. We had the seafood pasta special which included a generous 1/2 Maine lobster, calamari, scallops and mussels in a carbonara sauce. The only fault was the carbonara which lacked taste and depth and as a result, made the papparadelle was very bland. Seafood was lightly cooked to perfection making everything very tender.

Highly recommend

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EdwardJ
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and his crew was simply amazing. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was incredible.

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vipHeidiM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for all. True Italian hospitality and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have fallen in love with Rusticucina. The food is fantastic (make sure to get the info on the latest “Cheese wheel” dish), the drinks are very good with some twists on the classics, and the staff are all very welcoming and accommodating.

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salc
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a home cooked meal...Excellent quality and Taste

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Calamari, meatball appetizers....Flatbread pizza, ravioli and chicken parm dinner Fantastic! Just a few too many people in the "outside" dining area.

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KeepITclassy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for family or a romantic date. Awesome food and service !!

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vipKevin
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy you made it through the year. Great to be back. Wonderful menu and wine at decent price points. Many thanks.

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AlyssaC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We really enjoyed our evening out at Rusticucina. We made reservations a week in advance and met friends at our reservation time. The restaurant was very busy and we had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. I was a bit turned off that we had to wait for a table when we had a reservation, especially since smaller parties with no reservation seemed to be seated more quickly, but I understand and was happy to see the restaurant getting business. We were seated in the back corner of the outdoor patio. It was very loud and a bit difficult to hear the other people in our group talk. Because it was so busy, our service was a bit delayed but our server was apologetic and checked in on us frequently. We were very pleased with the food. We had the lobster lasagne and the fig flatbread.

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JohanE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was mediocre at best, very slow service (we barely saw our server)

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. The food, drinks and ambiance are spot on.

A must try for anyone looking for good Italian in a great space.

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Roxyy
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

This was my first time coming to this restaurant and the only reason I decided to come here was due to the great reviews and how romantic it looked. Sadly, this place is only good for the looks and not to mention the great service as well. I want to have the benefit of the doubt and think the chef that night was having an off day. The New York steak was overcooked, grey, tough, and bland. It came with truffle fries no truffle. The lobster ravioli extremely salty and the sauce it came with was so thick, greasy, almost like tar and it had a terrible after taste like burnt plastic that did not leave your mouth and the waxy texture. I didn’t say anything because I’m that person that hates confrontations and will just sit there and eat it instead of asking for a different meal. It is a cute restaurant for date night but the food is questionable.

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MargaretR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to this place. They are always so attentive and friendly. They have updated the patio and it looks marvelous. The food and wine was exceptional as always.

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SeanR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This location has seen many a restaurant come and go, to the point that it feels like one of those 'cursed' spots. RustiCucina seems to have broken that spell, as they seem pretty busy most times, even during this (temporary) "new normal". I say that's due to the exquisite, fresh quality of every menu offering. I implore anyone reading this who has a hankering for fresh, authentic Italian food to just say YES and try RustiCucina. They SO deserve every success and the opportunity to flourish!

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was efficient and very good.
Ambience was cozy and nicely handled.

Food was just good.

Crab stuffed mushrooms: They tasted nice but if it didn't say it on the menu, I wouldn't have known there was crab. I even tried it without the mushroom and it was still just toasted bread crumbs.

PORCETTONE: This was very disappointing. I have had porchetta a few times. It is usually very moist and fatty with strong flavors coming from the stuffing. Mine was some what dry and flavorless. It needed the sauce and the mash potatoes just to swallow.

I would normally have sent it back or informed the waiter of my displeasure but it was my first restaurant date in a year. Your restaurant is right around the corner from my house so I thought I would give it a try.

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 4.7 stars by 183 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.