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Rustic Kitchen - Permanently Closed

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1508 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rustic Kitchen in Boston, Massachusetts is a bistro and bar that features locally sourced dishes, many of which are based on what is in season. You could begin with tuna tartare or oysters on the half shell, veal meatballs or lemoncello shrimp cocktail. A variety of salads is available as well. Rustic Kitchen offers a selection of comfort food like the veal meat loaf, slow braised pork shank and a variety of pasta dishes like shrimp & artichoke spaghettini and egg noodles with savory meat sauce. Seafood lovers will enjoy dishes like the roasted mustard crusted salmon, maple mustard glazed halibut and pan seared diver scallops. You might also try a steak cooked to order or a hand-made pizza at Rustic Kitchen.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-5700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Kelly

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private function space. Please call for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District

  • Parking details

    There is valet as well as a parking garage on site at 200 Stuart St @ the Revere Hotel. Restaurant validation brings parking price down to $10.00

  • Public transit

    MBTA Arlington

  • Entertainment

    Home of "The Cooking Show" airing now on Xfinity! Every Friday evening live from our broadcast kitchen studio, Chef Liz Bramwell hosts an intimate and lively live cooking show for 22 guests. Tickets must be bought in advance @ www.TheCookingShow.tv

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BB

    BobtheBuilder

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I wasn't expecting much, me and a date went to dinner before a show at the Wilbur. The food was okay, typical of a chain restaurant.
  2. F

    Foodie22

    New England

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went to Rustic for an early dinner. Dining room was very comfortable. Service was excellent. Food was very good. Try the pear martini!
  3. BF

    BrianF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, reasonable price, decent portions, low-key atmosphere, good location in theater/South End district. Highly Recommend!
  4. OD

    OpenDJ

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here to catch up with some friends over dinner, and the atmosphere was great for that. The tables were spaced fairly well and seemed to be built so that you didn't really notice who else was there. No need to worry that our private jokes would be overheard or misinterpreted. The food was quite good (and cooked perfectly), though the menu is pretty limited and fairly traditional. The staff was attentive, but also good at giving us our space while we caught up. There's a pretty big bar area as well if you're looking to catch up over drinks.
  5. s

    steveg

    New England

    325 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    325 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went with out I of town friends. Food was very good ( ample portions) as was the service....... very friendly and accommodating. We had a combination of appetizers and entrees which were well prepared and seasoned
  6. LS

    LeighS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love all the entrees I have tried. Highly recommend and go there every time I am in town.
  7. s

    suewagn

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice cocktail menu and wine list, friendly and helpful servers. Plenty of menu options and lots of seating so definitely a good option for a group. We went before a show at the Wilbur and got our food in plenty of time to enjoy our meal (even though we'd cut it a bit close ourselves).
  8. JU

    JessicaU

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate dinner here in a trip to check out Boston and it was fantastic. Absolutely delicious meal and tasty cocktails made a wonderful addition to our evening.
  9. AD

    AnnaD

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I reserved a spot at this restaurant before attending Boston Calling. I should have known better. My boyfriend and I grew up with Italian families, so it takes a lot to impress us if you're going to make a pasta based dish. I often don't even order these dishes out (nothing compares to my mom's sauce). The food was mediocre for the price paid. We honestly would've been better off going to a fast-food place. (We didn't grow up with fast food, so we're more likely to enjoy this!) That said, I don't want to give Rustic Kitchen an entirely bad review. All of the wait staff was highly attentive. The decor was soothing yet unique. And the general atmosphere of the place was lovely.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was very good, my only complaint was that one person our party orded the Hanger steak and because she ordered it medium well it ended up being too chewy for her to eat more than a few bites At the end of the meal I did bring this to the attention of our server and she seemed to basically just consider it a learning opportunity on our part and offered us nothing beyond that little lesson
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Try the pear cocktail!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rustic Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The wait staff is always amazing and they are always so accommodating. The food is wonderful - especially the Mac and Cheese and just about every appetizer. The drink menu is fun and there is something for everybody.
  13. S

    Steineken

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We visited Rustic Kitchen before a show and found it to be a very romantic spot with ample room between tables so as not to be disturbed by other diners. The staff were pleasant and the food was very good. The eggplant involtini and Caesar Salad and Sauce Bolognese was delicious. We didn't order dessert as we were so full after splitting the above mentioned. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  14. S

    Scott

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service made for a wonderful evening before a show
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really excellent meal at Rustic Kitchen before a show that night. We told the waitress we were on a bit of a schedule and they were very attentive to us. The food was outstanding. We all ended up getting a different fish dish and all three were cooked perfectly and the presentations, flavors, accompanying vegetables, portion sizes, etc. were all just about perfect. I highly recommend Rustic Kitchen - we will be back.
  16. U

    Underwhelming

    New England

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 4th or 5th time at Rustic Kitchen and it just keeps getting better. My dining partner and I had a hard time deciding what to order. The menu has a great variety of interesting choices- just enough, not too many. We opted to order our favorite dishes- crab stuffed haddock (real lump crab!) and pasta with shrimp, capers etc. My friend ordered the pasta gluten free and said it was the best she'd ever had. We splurged for dessert and had grapefruit sorbet.. 3 huge scoops.. a perfect ending to another outstanding meal.
  17. C

    Cris33

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food lived up to it's reputation! Had appetizers dinner and dessert. Everything tasted fantastic.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Fine mid tier restaurant. Should be compared with other like restaurants. Open Table needs to categorize restaurants better. We booked based on reviews and the menu but overall it wasn't what we were looking for. It's a 3 star restaurant that would rate 4 stars against like restaurants.
  19. JG

    JoeG

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants. Food is always perfect....
  20. AH

    AmberH

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ate here before a 7:30 show and we were not disappointed. We started with drinks, beer and my pear martini was really good. For food we ordered the spring roll appetizer, the baked stuffed haddock and the diver scallops. Everything was incredible. I will have dreams about the diver scallops and mushroom risotto! The staff left a little to be desired, got the job done...but not super friendly.
  21. LD

    LadyDye

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We chose this restaurant because it was in the theater district and because we had theater tickets for 5 pm and wanted to dine prior to the show. Many restaurants didn't serve until after 5 pm. We had a wonderful time and the food was wonderful. The seafood tower for one was only $24 and it had 3 of every type of seafood: oysters, shrimp, lobster claws (2) and more. We were very impressed by the culinary presentation and flavors. They even have a cooking show on Friday nights that we will be sure to check out some time!
  22. D

    Doug46

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Appears to be three restaurants in one - the bar area (which is large), the dining room, and the on-air studio. We ate in the ding room. We split the Harvest Salad (roasted squash, kale, cranberries) which was wonderful and dressed to perfection. My wife got the speghattini, which was very good but need a little extra 'oomph' (more garlic?). I ordered the ahi tuna, and it was outstanding, served over wasabi mashed potatoes. Service is friendly and unpretentious, and the decor is quite cool!
  23. N

    Nipsi

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here a couple of times and EVERYTHING we've had has been cooked to perfection.
  24. C

    Chuck

    Cleveland

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    OK for lunch
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed an excellent meal here. The quality and flavors were top-notch. The diver scallops were wonderfully paired with a mushroom risotto. The flavors blended well. Service was friendly and attentive. The bar room dining was a little crowded but the service and fabulous food more than made up for the cramped feeling of sitting next to the bar. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  26. P

    Peter

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding, their selections for appetizers, entrees, wine list and beers was awesome. I'd definitely go back.
  27. E

    Ellie

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I made a reservation based on reviews I read. When we arrived early for our reservation we enjoyed a drink at the bar . The bartenders were pleasant. The restaurant was a bit less crowded than I like so I was wondering that maybe it wasn't as good as reviewed . When we ordered with a very nice waitress, everything was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  28. TD

    TeddD

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I rarely will give a restaurant such a superlative review as it should be reserved for the truly special. That said, the Rustic Kitchen is an amazing restaurant. Their menu is innovative, the food is outstanding, the pricing is fair and the portions are large. Although we are from out-of -town we will certainly visit the Rustic Kitchen the next time in Boston.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My mom and I were rushing to a show... Our waitress was great about getting our food right out to us so we would be on time!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the baby spinach salad!!
  31. KN

    KarenN

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really outstanding experience all around
  32. IN

    INDIRAV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rushed here after Boston marathon for delicious lunch before heading to airport. Was surprised it was not jam packed with runners. The salmon dish was one of the best I've had. Very convenient to the parking garage and our hotel. Appreciated that they did not say anything about still being dressed in running attire.
  33. BG

    BeachyGirl

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Was in town to run the Boston marathon and wanted a place to have a pasta dinner the night before. They had a "special" menu to include pasta which is why I made reservations here. The portion was small, pasta overcooked, marinara sauce thick all for a hefty price of $24. Perhaps pasta is not a typical menu item for the Rustic Kitchen, but if you are going to offer it, make it good and if not, then at least make it cheaper!
  34. EZ

    EricaZ

    New England

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu was limited due to the Boston Marathon weekend. This was very disappointing, because my restaurant selection was based on viewing the menu online. Things that we planned on ordering were not available that evening. There should have been a warning about this on their website, or at least at the time of reservation. Otherwise, the service was excellent, and the food was good.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We can here as our pre-race Boston Marathon dinner. Perfect amount of food, great staff and we all left satisfied. We never had to wait for service and we were in and out quickly leaving us time to go back to the hotel to rest.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for 7:30 which we were seated immediately. The waitress was amazing in helping with drink selection and allowing my boyfriend and I to sample a few different wines.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wait staff was very knowledgable and kind to our delayed dining schedule ( old friends catching up and forgetting to review the menu)
  38. EM

    EllenM

    New England

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I have eaten at the Rustic Kitchen a few times before and have always enjoyed it, but it has been several years, so maybe they are not so good anymore? ...Maybe it was just a bad night. We sat at the bar for a light supper. We ordered the mussels, which were good. We also ordered the Mozzarella salad, said to be local mozzarella. The salad looked beautiful, but was flavorless. That was disappointing, but the worst part of the evening was the service......it just wasn't there. The bar was only 1/2 full, but the bartenders seemed distracted and paid no attention....Not such a good experience this time.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Pasta dishes excellent, appetizers came out quickly, service was good
  40. K

    Kenny

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Nice crafted food and attentive staff.

FAQs

Rustic Kitchen - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 423-5700.

Rustic Kitchen - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 1508 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is valet as well as a parking garage on site at 200 Stuart St @ the Revere Hotel. Restaurant validation brings parking price down to $10.00

  • Public transit

    MBTA Arlington

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Kelly

  • Entertainment

    Home of "The Cooking Show" airing now on Xfinity! Every Friday evening live from our broadcast kitchen studio, Chef Liz Bramwell hosts an intimate and lively live cooking show for 22 guests. Tickets must be bought in advance @ www.TheCookingShow.tv

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-5700

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private function space. Please call for more information.

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