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  1. Distance: 4.30mi
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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 4.30mi
  2. Distance: 4.46mi
  3. Distance: 4.52mi
  4. Distance: 4.83mi
  1. Distance: 4.30mi
  2. Distance: 4.46mi
  3. Distance: 4.52mi
  4. Distance: 4.83mi

About Rustica Ristorante - Chester

Authentic Italian Food!!!

189 Middlesex Turnpike
Chester, CT 06412
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Tue-Sat. 5:00 pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 526-9021

Special Events & Promotions:
We are closed for lunch but will open for private events only for parties of 6 or more.

Rustica Ristorante - Chester Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
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Special Occasion (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Casual (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Cozy (14)
Romantic (13)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fun (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent pasta dishes. Especially liked that a they serve half portions. The soup and their special carbonara were excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner was good but way overpriced for portion size. Will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Never fails to live up to expectations - cozy but sophisticated decor, good service and fabulous food - a simple salmon, spinach and wild rice dinner was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great dinner before heading to the Goodspeed. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was delicious and well prepared. A bit expensive for a weekly dinner out, but great for a special occasion or pre-theater.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

When we first arrived, we had a drink, waiting for another couple. You did not have a very common wine that I asked for. We were served two meals and five minutes later served the other two. The meals were definitely not worth the price, nothing special, and the portions were small. My gnocchi was just mush. We asked two people for more bread, and never received it. The waiter never checked back with us after we were served. Extremely disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food!! Terribly slow service hour to get appetizer 40 minutes later entree disappointing as again good atmosphere amazing

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

excellent service-attentive waitress. Wonderful pasta . Many dishes can be had in 1/2 portions. Loved the eggplant parmigiana (1/2 portion) and linguini carbonara. Good Italian wine list. Good place to eat if you go to the Goodspeed Opera House.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday and we were not disappointed. We chose Rustica's rather than a restaurant at the casino because we wanted a quiet, charming place to dine with good food and an excellent wait staff. We found the restaurant to be even better than we remembered. We are still talking about when we can go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Mediocre food and they rushed our meal through every course. We ate here once before and it was fantastic. Quality of food and service was disappointing this time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first Rustica experience, it won't be our last! Creative menu, top notch service, outstanding presentation and quality, an overall exceptional dinning experience,

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

You'll never go wrong eating at Rustica!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What an Italian gem! Homemade ravioli, pappardelle......and gnocchi which we will try next time! Wait staff was spot on. Perfection. Asked owner to stop by our table, he delightfully accommodated. Delish dessert and coffee, we will be back! Found on open table, new to area. Thrilled with entire meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a reservation for 6 pm and didn't leave until 8pm. Service was extremely slow and it seemed there was one waiter for the entire restaurant. The food portions were small and overpriced. Would not go back again.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

$$$ wine by the glass and appetizers but the duck and lamb were worth every penny. All dishes wonderfully seasoned to highlight the flavors of the pasta or meat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our first time will not be our last! The gnocchi Alfredo was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The duck breast with cherries was perfectly prepared. The coconut cake with caramel sauce ended the meal on a high note. Excellent food, service and perfect for after the concert at Chester Meeting House.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Outstanding experience in every way. Fresh and delicious food. Wonderful staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 7, 2017

October 8, 2017

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food and good service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was delicious, service was wonderful. Fresh, authentic ingredients - looking forward to going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food and service for our party of 12!!! Unique blend of flavors! Pasta was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Just outstanding

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Perfect as always!! So consistent--We don't hesitate in making Rustica a regular visit!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was excellent can't wait to go back. The homemade pasta was so delicious The restaurant is very quaint and the service was very good

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Ww often go to the Goodspeed Opera Housei in East Haddam. It is but a few miles from there to thr restaurant just outside oChester. The menu is Italian with an emphasis onNorthern Itallian. The wine list has an excellent selection Italian wines. The food is fresh. The service we found to bebothfriendly and excellent. The food is reasonably priced. The 30 percent reduction in the price of wine on Wednesday makes a good value even better.

Tags: Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Rustica never disappoints! We have had dinner here for New Year's Eve, birthdays and date night. Andres is always so attentive and welcoming. We sat in the bar at a very nice high top table on our last visit. It did get a bit loud but that may have because of the group sitting right next to us. The food was excellent and the portions are just right. We are looking forward to going again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Overall nice experience and the food was very good. The service was on the slow side and the server forgot to bring bottled water. Air conditioning was turned up too high so we all felt a bit chilly and the noise level made it difficult to talk without straining. Would definitely give it another try, esp if we were going to the Goodspeed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. Dessert was phenomenal and service was excellent. Definitely will return

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Very courteous owner/partner/waiter. Willing to accommodate special requests .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food with great staff! Would highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived but eventually our waiter took our drink order and everything else was good....
Our cocktails were awesome as was the Brussel Sprout salad though it was a tad sweet and would have been better with more tartness of lemon juice. The Antipasto Rustica was very good. Our entrees were also great and it was comforting to see they were able to accommodate a change by having the Ricotta Gnocchi served with the Funghi instead of Bolognese.
Dessert was goo (Afforato) as were the Espresso and Cappuccino coffees.
It definitively was a bit loud in the main dining room and it might be good to get more sound absorbing materials in there but we sure would return again when back in the area!!

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The was our first time dining here. It was nice that they gave us a great table for 4 and we were only 2. Hunter was our server and he was wonderful. The fig appetizers were delicious and so was the calamari. My husband had the scallops and I had the cod. They were both served with spinach and rice so they were nothing special. We had the check paid at our table just waiting for Hunter so we could thank him again when one of the white shirt guys comes over and asks us if we could leave as the 7pm party is waiting. I thought that was rude as it was exactly 7pm and we were leaving we just wanted to say goodbye to our server. Well we walked out and did wave to Hunter across the room. Sorry we will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Service not good.We waited 30 minutes to get bread and had to request lime for our water 4 times before it was brought to our table. Once we were greeted by the owner,he was disinterested and never bothered to check on us. Food was delicious but the early slow service affected our overall experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Always 5-star food and service. Authentic scratch made food is seldom found in today's restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Unexpected find. Love Vincente and Conchi; they are hard workers and it pays off in the food they serve to their guests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Special Friends

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great restaurant and amazing food and service !
We live in CA in the winter and this restaurant is as good as any we have eaten at in San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food never fails to deliver--you will not be disappointed!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We ordered off their fixed price menu and loved it. The portions were perfectly sized and high quality. Service was excellent. We were dining pre-theatre and the timing of the meal was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The service at Rustica is outstanding and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Meatballs melt in your mouth! Karen was our server. Attentive, friendly, efficient. Homemade pasta with cauliflower was delicious. My husband had the one with mushrooms. He said it was great. Eggplant delicious

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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