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About Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
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!
(For party reservations larger than 5 people please contact the restaurant directly)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and street parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Rustic Canyon can be rented out for special events and gatherings.
Private Party Contact:
Anastasia Smith: (310) 393-7050
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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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