Rustica Ristorante - Chester

4.7
940 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Authentic Italian Food!!!


UNDER THE STATE LAW DUE TO COVID-19, RUSTICA RISTORANTE HAS IMPLEMENTED HEALTHY AND SAFE PRECAUTIONS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS. OUR OUTDOOR SEATING ALLOWS YOU TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER SAFELY

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 940 people are saying
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Jimmy
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and cocktails. They have COVID petitions so you feel safe.

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Wrightshouse
Mobile
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt welcomed. The food was very good, and the service was faultless! Two couples celebrating the guys retirement. A very nice evening!

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MariaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, attentive and accommodating waitstaff. Dinners were excellent!

JD
JosephD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve me and my husband

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Robin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening
Food was delicious
Covid precautions in place
Staff fantastic

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KennethR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

a pleasant surprise, restaurant was comfortable, noise level was reasonable, with a full house. wait staff was very good, considering under staffed due to Covid. we had a very good Manhatten, a very good appetizer and two delicious dinners. the ravioli was light and delicious, perhaps the best I've ever had. the sword dish was very good,with a unusual preparation. All in all an excellent dining experience.

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MaryP
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food, outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal !
Andres was his usual genuinely charming self .
Our waitress was outstanding

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vipMetroreviewer
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants- with good reason. The food is consistently excellent, the service is friendly but professional and the noise level allows for quiet conversation.

For those of us who don’t live nearby, it’s a little bit of a drive, but well worth the effort. Highly recommend.

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vipElizabethW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have reviewed this restaurant before and it never disappoints. The fresh pasta is always hot with superb sauces including meat or seafood. The waitstaff is so knowledgeable and professional, a real pleasure. Rustica has the best covid precautions with clear, clean partitions that separate but do not isolate.

My advise, go as often as you can. I definitely will.

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the fish as main entree and it was fresh, delicious sauce and well presented. I highly recommend as an appetizer, the eggplant parmesan and the salad of shaved Brussels sprouts with lemon marmalade was unique and very good. I will be back soon. My friend had a great meal, as well. The woman who waited the table was a delight, very engaging and attentive. This was one of the very best dining experiences I have had in Connecticut.

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EmeliaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

If planning to eat in the bar area on a Saturday night, prepare for a healthy level of noise! Food and service was great!

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RobertaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What a terrible experience. We never even had dinner. Arrived at our 4:45 reservation 15 min early and was asked to leave and come back in 30 min. We asked to wait at the bar and we’re told it wasn’t cleaned and we needed to wait in our car or come back. We came back at 5:05, we’re seated and was immediately told by the server that we were late for our reservation and she would be hurrying us through dinner as our table was reserved again at 6:30. So unprofessional. We ordered wine. When she came back with it she proceeded to knock over every glass and my family and I were all covered in red wine. Not one person helped. Not one person apologized. No manager came over and one of the employees stood there laughing. Nobody even gave us towels to dry ourselves. We grabbed our coats and left without any apology. The entire attitude of the staff from asking us to come back at the beginning to the mess they made of us was unbelievable. I will never return! How an establishment with such lack of customer service stays in business is beyond me.

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SkiandScubaFan
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. Food was tasty and delivered quickly. I loved the shaved Brussel sprouts salad. The pasta was good, too, just a bit too much cheese on my gnocchi (who would have thought there could be too much cheese, but they were a bit too drowned for my taste). We enjoyed our meal overall. The interior of the restaurant was a little sparse, not sure if they were between decorations because there were empty hooks on the walls where you'd expect paintings or other framed decorations. I guess ambiance has to be put on the back burner these days, as tables are isolated by plastic dividers, keeping everyone safe. Just the new normal. Overall a good place to go for some tasty Italian food.

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very impressed with the food and the service, everyone in our group of 10 enjoyed everything too, and we’re Sicilian so I was a bit nervous how they would like it but we were all impressed! Thank you

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LORIC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Menu with wide selection. Staff very friendly.

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vipEmmgeegee
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere! Lovely Italian wine list with lots of great choices. Thanks to Matt and Andreas!!

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AlanD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

great food, great service - very close to Goodspeed

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Daruma
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family restaurant; the mother actually cooks in their kitchen. The place was packed (Sat night) with an enthusiastic crowd. I have been going there for years, and it is better than ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!! The pasta carbonara is a must!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, did not disappoint! Everything was perfection and a true Italian experience.

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KathyMcD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants. You are treated like family. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. The food is lovingly prepared from scratch and beyond delicious! Rustica has a nice variety of foods for every palette from the heartiest meat eater to the vegetarian and everything in between. We have been many times and suggested Rustica to many friends and family. We love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was lovely, attentive and happy to be serving us, we had an excellent evening with really delicious food.

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skigirls
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great appetizers. Eggplant & rice balls. Entrees were delicious.

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Paul
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We both tried a pasta dish, since our server informed us that all of the pasta is fresh and made by the husband/wife team in the kitchen. My fettuccini di mare was notable in that the various seafood items—large shrimp down to tiny bits of squid—in the sauce were all cooked properly, nothing tough or undercooked (the very thin fettuccini was slightly overcooked, however). A small restaurant but very quiet even with every table in use. The desserts are made on premise, the bread (not great) is not. We’ll definitely return to try other entrees, this is a serious little restaurant with high standards. Service was very good, helpful and not overbearing. Everything came out on time and hot.

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sharbear
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our friends dinner with our attentive servers. Good variety of wine by the glass and bottle.
Salads and starters were enjoyed although the Caesar was too light on the dressing. The homemade pasta was delightfully light but overcooked for one of us. They have a full complement of specialty coffee to sip after the meal. A nice option is homemade biscotti yet it was a recipe that didn’t feature a crisp dense cookie that we were hoping for. They have made good accommodations for dining indoors with ongoing Covid concerns. The lighting is just right and the noise level allowed us to converse well.

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ElizabethM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Huge disappointment for all 3 of us
I don’t understand all the great reviews

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Dean
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Disappointed in Open Table. Special arrangements were not kept.

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PeterF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, piping hot. Staff were friendly & helpful. The flourless chocolate cake is to die for.

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EmeliaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always. Rather quiet ambience.... caring service.

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DaleG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food make Rustica a great place to dine. I'll be back.

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JOHANNEG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and we will definitely go back. Great food and also great service.

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vipFoodie
New England
54 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Highly recommend!

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Librarian
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the somewhat uninspiring location, this husband & wife-owned restaurant should not be missed. All handmade (except the bread), the starters, pastas, salads, and entrees are delicious. My husband and I somehow found room for dessert, also made in-house, and we were glad we did!
The service and decor are just right for a not too upscale Italian dining experience as well.

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JudyH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a treasure and a real favorite of mine. The setting is lovely and relaxing, with attention to Covid spacing, and the food, the food! Last night I ordered the Linguine di Mare, which featured a variety of shellfish (shrimp, scallops, etc.) over the lightest, most delectable home-made pasta I've ever eaten, finished with a home-made red sauce. The husband and wife owner-chefs really know what they're doing in the kitchen, and I highly recommend this restaurant if you love good food.

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viprowayton1
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Spectacular service! Espresso martini delish!

DB
DaveB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, great menu and a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very unexpected to find such a high quality restaurant, whilst driving back from the coast. The food quality was incredible and we were especially impressed by the freshness. And then there was the dessert that we shared, which was heavenly

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vipAlanF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first time, really enjoyed it, we will return!

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vipMetroreviewer
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service are excellent and it’s a great value. Worth visiting — and coming back again. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Rustica Ristorante - Chester offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 526-9021.

Rustica Ristorante - Chester is rated 4.7 stars by 940 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.