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Permanently Closed - Rustic Kitchen

4.1
1508 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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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
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Phone number
(617) 423-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Kelly
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Private party facilities
We offer private function space. Please call for more information.
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Private party contact
Lauren Stellato: (617) 423-5700
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Neighborhood
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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
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Public transit
MBTA Arlington
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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
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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3.0Dined on June 11, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

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).

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Food was excellent! Try the pear cocktail!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Great food and service made for a wonderful evening before a show

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is always perfect....

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

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!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

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!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2016

OK for lunch

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2016

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!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Loved the baby spinach salad!!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2016

Really outstanding experience all around

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2016

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!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

Pasta dishes excellent, appetizers came out quickly, service was good

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2016

Nice crafted food and attentive staff.

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