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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

4.3
4.3
1088 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar located in Santa Monica. The regularly changing menu consists of Farmers' Market-inspired dishes along with a unique selection of boutique wineries from around the world. Rustic Canyon offers twenty options by the glass that rotate on a regular basis and an expanding list of small production offerings by the bottle. Every time you visit there will be something new to try!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 393-7050
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jeremy Fox
  • Private party facilities
    Rustic Canyon can be rented out for special events and gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Anastasia Smith: (310) 393-7050
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    11th
  • Parking details
    Valet and street parking.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,088 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 0.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,088 Reviews
  1. CaitlinT

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. We felt we were a bit misled about how much to order (too much). When it's all about sharing, some plates are more filling than others and the best servers do a good job of explaining that and helping with decisions. But I would go back now that I can judge for myself.

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  2. WallyG

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I was At the restaurant a year ago and really enjoyed the food. Was disappointed this time wasn't impressed by the main coarse options.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was excellent except the fact they forgot it was my partners birthday after calling then twice to remind them 2 days prior.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gr at variety of dishes styles and flavors. Attentive service not intrusive. I ter sting cocktails and wines

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  5. William

    Los Angeles

    355 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    355 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    the ricotta dumplings and the chicken were very good but the service was not as attentive for fine dining.

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  6. Gray

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the pre-fix menu on New Years Eve. A perfect 8 course meal with wine pairing. Not a bad dish served and pairings were perfect. Favorite dishes were the Pâté, Poached Oysters, and Root Vegetable Au Gratin, and Bananas Foster.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience was top notch BUT we were there on NYE and I don't believe OpenTable communicated that it was a $125 Prix Fixe menu. The app DID require a credit card to hold the reservation so felt a bit lured in.

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  8. HLvF

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A wondrous tasting menu on New Years Eve is what drew us in. We were celebrating our 25 anniversary and wished to do so quietly, thoughtfully and with flavor luxury. Rustic Canyon's service held us very gently, with kindness and care. The options on the menu were many and wondrous. And--bowing with thanks to the kitchen--despite being a tasting menu, servings were generous: fun and easy to share without feeling sad you're not getting enough yourself! Plus the wine pairings: inspired and helped us to meet some new things we haven't tried before, which is always fun. LOVE. THIS. PLACE. [PS: Pozole, Pozole, Pozole.]

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  9. DenaC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent attention to detail in food, service and wine pairing. Highly recommended. A special, "night out" experience.

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  10. WilsonJ

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, but our server was terrible. Luckily, the other fellow servers picked up his slack.

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  11. JCSLGD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Love the tapas-type menu.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu. Service delay between mains was lengthly.

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  13. Foodle

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time at Rustic Canyon, and it was as wonderful as the first. The menu is diverse and surprising, the food is exceptional--creative without being overly challenging. My friend chose a polenta dish that had the two of us swooning, and I'm no polenta fan. The staff is lovely: friendly, exceedingly helpful and enthusiastic, but never intrusive. It's a warm, relaxed and delicious experience, from start to finish.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was generally good and unique , but noise level was out of control , it was hard to have a conversation with friends sitting across the table.

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  15. NikkiS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the porky chop, probably the best I've eaten. Endive salad was excellent as well

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  16. CindyM

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find in SM! We love it and will return

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  17. NicholasW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish we ordered was absolutely perfect, the way an expensive dinner should be.

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  18. Jess

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly an exceptional meal. Our server was helpful and each course that came out was a blend of extraordinary flavors. The food was different and inventive and ever so tasty. Lovely, clean lined decor and plenty of space between tables. Wow!

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  19. mestrotE1

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gotta try the honeycomb "ice cream"! It's ethereal.

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  20. ezescamilla

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect place to celebrate a birthday! Great food and service.

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  21. Cherie

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food. We loved the dumplings and the duck breast! Wonderful chicory salad. Excellent wine choices. Expensive, but worth it for an occasion.

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  22. dtaylor059

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entrees were next level cooking. In particular, the roasted chicken with creamy polenta was out of this world - savored every bite!

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  23. Judy

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! We love it here. It's always tough choosing what to order because EVERYTHING is amazing!

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  24. Rebeccak

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dinners were amazing! Great experience

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  25. AG11

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always think of RC in the fall, as I (for some reason) think more about eating seasonally then, and they did not disappoint. After getting some suggestions from our friendly and helpful server, we split the lavender almonds, an endive salad, a delicious spicy chicken stew, the cauliflower (slightly overcooked but still tasty), the duck, and (for dessert) the griddled brioche, and we enjoyed it all. PS - The wooden chairs get a bit uncomfortable over time, so try to get a booth -- think those seats are cushioned.

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  26. LADD

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good as always. Way too noisy--difficult to talk. Tables in middle are not good when restaurant is crowded. Acoustics Are bad. Only good on side, back Or in booth. Could not carry on conversation.

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  27. MiEv

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was very good, but there was one thing that kind of spoiled the evening. IT WAS SO COLD. I told the to turn off the AC and they did (for 10 minutes, and then it was on again) I had my jacket on the hole evening. I will probably not return again, I hate freezing.

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  28. lisac

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Noisy, but if your priority is outstanding food I highly recommend it. We were a party of four, and every single thing we ordered had us in awe.

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  29. HannahD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    MY HUSBAND AND I WENT TO RUSTIC CANYON ON A LAST MIN DATE NIGHT!! THE SERVICE WAS SO GREAT! FOOD WAS AMAZING! SO UNIQUE AND EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC. THE WINE LIST IS WONDERFUL!! GREAT SPOT!!!

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  30. LFfoodie

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, but very pricey. The portions were tiny.

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  31. AndreaB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, pleasant service, on the pricey side and really expensive glass of wine!

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  32. EandV

    Atlanta Metro

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Limited menu selection and very slow service. We had a party of four - our first course came out 20 minutes after ordering AT DIFFERENT times. Two of us got our appetizers at the same time, then the 3rd one came 10 minutes later. The last appetizer was served after the 3 of us finished our food. Poor timing from the kitchen!!! We waited for another 25 minutes before we got our main dish. The manager came by to apologize for the slow service...but did not do anything extra (e.g. complimentary dessert or side dish, etc.) to compensate for their inadequacy.

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  33. beenthere

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a very nice restaurant, some of the dishes were very good and some not so much... They had two dishes that were gone already by the time we've been there. we came with vegetarian friends, so we ended up ordering all the vegetarian options in the menu (beside the cheese plate), for 4 people, we needed to repeat two dishes to satisfied our belly :)

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  34. SMdiner

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I hadn't been to Rustic Canyon in many months and had forgotten just how good it is. We went pretty deep on the menu and ate way too much but everything was expertly prepared. Still thinking of homemade pasta with mushrooms....

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very good! We had the focaccia with burrata, Pazole, duck, lamb sausage, polenta and a passion fruit tart dessert. Only feedback Id say is the rice with the duck was too salty, and the lamb sausage wasnt that great. Otherwise I was a big fan!

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  36. occdoc

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    very disappointing and we tried 3 times but I have found the LA times restaurant critic unreliable

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  37. AlexanderL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Best meal I have ever had - food was incredible - great service and nice ambiance - only drawback is that it is very loud - but the food is so good that it overcomes the noise factor. The broccoli and braised greens had an amazing and savory flavor - the salmon was cooked perfectly - the potato purée and snap peas were a wonderfully tasty combination. I loved it!

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  38. Jackson

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service in cool neighborly setting. I loved it.

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  39. Arts

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So much better than I remember. Service and food were excellent. Quality of ingredients unmatched. Noise level is high, must shout to be heard.

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  40. lmcdowell

    Jackson Hole

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I ate at Rustic Canyon with some friends this last weekend. We shared the chicken, which was outstanding, the pork, a side of polenta, broccoli, the beet salad, and a bread and burrata dish. We shared the honeycomb ice cream and the macadamia nut brittle ice cream (also outstanding). Everything was delicious, the service was warm and prompt, and the ambiance was casual, woodsy, and welcoming.

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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 1088 OpenTable diners.

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1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    11th
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet and street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeremy Fox
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 393-7050
  • Private party facilities
    Rustic Canyon can be rented out for special events and gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Anastasia Smith: (310) 393-7050
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