RustiCucina

4.6
368 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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our experience here! Waiter was very personable, very quiet (we went on a Sunday night) and food was delicious!!

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LindaH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really fun Birthday dinner with a fun dessert!

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

We went for thanksgiving dinner but the service was so memorable. Our waitress was epic and honestly, definitely a place to come back next time I come back to San Diego

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

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jane
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived about 20 min early and was seated right away. Staff extremely pleasant. Food was OUTSTANDING! We had the Thanksgiving dinner. My son had the turkey plate and I had the beef short ribs and we both had the lemon cello cake. Very diverse drink menu also. I also had a honey basil margarita. Delicious!!!

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MichaelK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable Thanksgiving visit. Service and food excellent. A varied wine list. We (two of us) had their holiday special dinners, one turkey and one catch of the day (opah), both well-prepared, with tasty starters (appetizers - pumpkin ravioli and beet salad), and limoncello cake for desert. Supertuscan wine was a bit light, but tasty. The noise level was moderate, outside, and the dining area could benefit from some baffling on the hard surfaces (inside noisier). We'll be back.

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vipEllie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I think the thanksgiving dinner included canned cranberry sauce and frozen vegetables/ It looked like a Swanson's TV dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment is very beautiful and soothing. And the food was great.

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vipDineAllTheTime
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Friendsgiving Dinner here last week, and I am in love with this place. The food is excellent, the presentation was wonderful, and the staff goes above and beyond! Get the cheese wheel pasta special; you won’t regret it!!

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AliciaW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, dinner and service. Highly recommend!

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StevenZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!

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eastvillage13
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and amazing food! Looking forward to going back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Food was even better! Will definitely go back.

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Fernanda
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheese wheel pasta was incredible. Such a filling meal and its fun that its table side. My server Nickolas was so great and attentive. Lava cake was to die for and wine selection was exquisite. Will definitely bring the whole family next time.

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Starchy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A favourite.

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Monty
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the service was good. We will return again soon

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was OUTSTANDING!! I had never been or heard of this place and decided to make it our date night and WOW…Can’t wait to go back again!! If you like smoky drinks try the Il Fumoso 🤤🤤

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Dallas and were craving Italian cuisine to celebrate my best friends birthday. Nino was extremely helpful and kind to us. We started things off with the artichoke appetizer which was so delicious then the stuffed mushrooms. They blew my mind! We proceeded with a veggie flatbread which tasted like a warm hug and ended with the cioppino which was also exceptional!
Seriously the best! Definitely check it out if you are looking for good Italian cuisine *chefs kiss*

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vipTerryP
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. We started with beef carpaccio which we had with their Copper Fig and Aperol Spritz drinks which were delicious and had us asking for "another please". For dinner my husband had cioppino, my daughter had the cheese wheel pasta and I had the spicy shell food pasta special. All were fantastic! Mine had a spicy bite to it and was full of lobster, clams and mussels. The service was polite and attentive and all our questions and needs were taken care of quickly. We can't wait to go back to try other menu offerings

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved our experience! Our shrimp was over cooked, but otherwise was, everything was amazing

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valerien
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Despite the reservation, our table was not ready and we had to wait 20min - it seems that they overbook

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PamelaM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is wonderful and it is a restaurant that will meeting both daily experience or a special occasion. The outside patio is warm and cozy and the inside is bustling with people yet the noise is contained. Service is really food and accommodating- Reservation definitely recommended or arrive early.
Only recommendation- The short rib is tender and full of flavor. However, I was really looking forward to a full bodied creamy tasty polenta and this was so non-distinct that it was mistaken for mashed potatoes. A yellow polenta wit cheese and blended flavors. would step up the experience of this dish immensely.
Definite will frequent this restaurant often.

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vipMirandaF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration

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vipJosh1003
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta ever!

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ToddM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was acceptable, but the food flavors and quality were mediocre. We got the fried calamari appetizer - the pieces were cut too think, so the rings were large and too chewy. The drinks were small cocktail glasses, filled mostly with ice. There were 3 people in our party, and none of us are likely to return.

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HankP
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was fabulous, the wine great and the atmosphere terrific. Sicilian owners and waiters and everyone was so friendly and helpful. Will definitely go back.

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johnj
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice low key place. They actually had the vision to put sound dampening on the ceiling to reduce annoying echo's so that you can have a normal conversation with other people. Food was fantastic.

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viplisab
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Alex made our evening so special!

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dennism1176
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had seafood pasta and the sea bass special. Food was perfectly prepared and hot! Friendly and engaging waitstaff just the right balance. This is the 6th time we’ve been here and consistent excellent food and service seems to be the hallmark.

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vipIlovesushi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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RhondaG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Cold bread dipped into cold marinara. No butter no salt no pepper. Loud concrete room. No one could see menus so everyone had to be on their phone trying to see. Garbonzo soup tasted like from a can. Server was an absolute delight!! I can’t return just for them tho. Too pricey for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian good and excellent service. Booked for a last minute get together for 6 and it was an amazing evening.

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kats
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sooo yummy! great, well rounded menu options. had a great time in the corner booth <3

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we had! Get the table side-prepared specials for a treat. I found this place on open table and the people we were visiting in SD had never been and now have a new place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and beautiful ambiance. We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good pasta. Sauce is heavy.

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vipJoyO
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent but we waited almost an hour for the mains to arrive unfortunately.

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vipMike
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Server was great as well but service itself was a bit slow.

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duyothang
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice, quiet and quaint restaurant. The employees were professional, attentive, and friendly. We had a great time, and would probably come back.

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stacyn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious build your own pasta dishes, as well as other menu options. The atmosphere is wonderful outdoors and in, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about both the dishes and wine list.

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 368 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.