RustiCucina

4.6
207 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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Qbert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it great staff, very warm and accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good food, great service !

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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!

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Monicav
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Reservations asked if I wanted brunch or lunch menu. I selected lunch, once at the restaurant they told me only brunch was available. The menu had few options, food was ok.

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vipAverage
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mother's Day brunch menu was very, very limited. About 6 choices, one being a "meatball". After seeing the brunch menu on line everyone in the party was disappointed. Considering at the time we showed up there were maybe 4 other parties in the restaurant, so it seems they would be able to serve their full brunch menu. Won't be going back to brunch there.

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KaseyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved our mother's day brunch here, all the food was great and the service was top notch! I can't wait to go back and try this place for dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous service and food. We’ll be back for sure.

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MigV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambient and the food was delicious! The service was outstanding!

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vipDowntownGirl
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

On Saturday evening while dining on the outside patio it was extremely noisy. There were 4 of us dining together. All other diners thought their dinners were very good. My fish was extremely dry. The martini I ordered tasted like nothing but water. The waiter brought an extra shot of vodka so it had some substance. Not sure if he charged for the extra shot.

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AikoB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome service! Mario was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The service was slow, it took about 30min to get our drinks after we ordered. Drinks were not very great, had to send back the mimosas for flat champagne. But everyone seemed

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vipOlivia
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

“Brunch” was nice. There were very few brunch items, so I’m not sure I’d qualify it that way. The food was good, and drinks were good, if not a bit small. Service was just okay, we felt ignored most of the meal. Overall, I’d definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love love love!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Ambiance. Service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
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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Ashley
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really busy night and I am pretty sure that our server was the only one working the VERY busy patio. In result, service was a little slow but he was very nice and apologetic and the bartender even came out to apologize and check in before we left. The food was excellent and the patio was really pretty. I am looking forward to returning in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a great experience dining here. I met with friends from out of town that had their dog with them, which was a non-issue because this restaurant allows dogs on their patio. It was a nice evening; food and drinks were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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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RodrigoA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place with good food and outstanding service!

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LovelyLisa
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The service was great. The ambiance was lovely. We ordered appetizers, entrees and dessert. All of it was terrible. The food wasn’t seasoned well, one dish was too salty, the others were bland. The chocolate lava cake had no lava, the creme brûlée was runny.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good time. awesome waiter

OT
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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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 207 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.