Rustica Ristorante - Chester

4.7
930 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 930 people are saying
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EmeliaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
46 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
25 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
2 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!

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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
52 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Highly recommend!

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Librarian
New England
34 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!

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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
25 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.

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Michele
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Karin was wonderful, food great!!!!!!!!

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vipBarbara
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

2 couples out for a nice dinner. Restaurant was full so we Had to sit in bar area at high top table which was more comfortable than expected due to nice bench seating on one side. Chairs also reported comfortable. We had a variety of apps, salads, entrees and desserts which all of us enjoyed. The veal chop was outstanding. Despite the full restaurant we had a relaxed delicious dinner with very attentive service. It’s a bit noisy in the bar section but not unpleasant. Will definitely return.
We had not visited this restaurant since the Covid shutdown and we’re very happy they have survived and thrived!

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Dean
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was exceptional. The server, Mat, was there for any wishes we may have had before and after dinner. He was never intrusive, and we were never forgotten about. Our meal was prepared to our requests. We both had Veal Chops, that were very, very good. There was ample garnish with the meal, but not overpowering. We can not adequately describe how pleased we were with Rustica Ristorante, Chester. We will be back and with friends.

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Thomasp
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent value. The food is fresh, cooked to perfection and the staff could have been nicer. They offer a proper selection. My wife and I frequent the areas best restaurants and found this experience a pleasant surprise. Well done.

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vipAmyB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We have gone to this restaurant twice in the last few weeks. The first time we thought the food was good although our waitress was rude to us. We tried to order an app with our drink while we decided what to order for dinner and she immediately told us we had to order all at once or not at all and walked away. Other tables were able to order in steps but not us. Then last night we waited 45 minutes and never received our first drink but the waiter came over and wanted us to order food and said our drinks should be ready soon. Then told us we needed to be patient! The service you receive in a restaurant makes or breaks a meal and this one was awful! I definitely do NOT recommend going here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our food was delicious and the owner and all the staff are wonderful

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CDL50
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and friendly. It became very busy towards the end of our dining, but staff did a great job

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chris
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Will return.

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Deedeecc
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place with very nice people. The outside is deceiving but the inside is very rewarding. Each interesting dish was prepared perfectly and presently beautifully. The fig appetizer was a surprise and a true delight.
Small, intimate and COVID sensitive dining room provides ambiance and ( imagine this) you can hear yourself think!! Andreas makes delightful cocktails and Matt serves dinner with style. I did not catch the chef’s name ( Andreas’s mother) but I can honestly say I would love to have her be my friend—- such a lovely person. And boy, can she cook!
Prices are on par with any good restaurant and every thing made fresh in house. What more could anyone ask for??!

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RichardD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience. This is a nice little restaurant that is a hidden gem. A unique menu, food was nicely presented. Delicious! The staff was very attentive. We will be back.

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vipDelicious
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender is always super friendly and fun to talk to.

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 930 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.