Rustica Ristorante - Chester

4.6
690 reviews
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Authentic Italian Food!!!
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OT
London
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Rustica delivers — quality food, an approachable wine list and excellent service. Thank you!

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WS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed this time around. Bartender did not tend to his customers very well. Took his time waiting on us. Could have said I’ll be right with you but instead ignored us tluntil he was ready. After we were seated our waiter was great but it was hot in restaurant. We were sweating by the time we left. Food was good but nothing riduculously special for the price you pay.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Rustica/Chester is always a pleasure. The food delicious and the service is attentive. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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PW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu, great staff, good wine list. Try the octopus appetizer, it's really really good.

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CM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find near the Goodspeed Opera House. The food was delicious, especially the eggplant appetizer. The staff was very attentive and you never wanted for water. The menu had so many options I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day

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L
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointing especially compared to earlier visits over many years. No longer up to their glory. Portions small and bland. Wine pours short. Desserts which used to be great were disappointing too. Sad used to be a favorite.

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PY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited several times, and sent friends. Everyone has been happy. The restaurant is very consistent. It's a great alternative for pre-theater meal.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ravioli Bolognese and veal saltimboca (with veggies and potatoes ) were both delicious. Also some excellent red wine selections by the glass.

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MW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warmly greeted at the door by the hostess. Great service by our waiter Hunter and a delicious meal. We will continue to go to Rustica as part of our Goodspeed show experience!

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BS
New England
99 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Great food and great service. Totally worth the drive to go to Rustica!

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SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure with a group of 9. Food continues to be great!

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KM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustica is our favorite restaurant. The food is fabulous and very nicely presented. The owners greet everyone and make you feel as if you’re family. They remember you from visit to visit. I can’t say enough about the staff, all are very knowledgeable, Accommodating and professional. We will return again and again!

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M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

STILL Wonderful after many, many visits. You will never be disappointed

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GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The NY Strip Steaks were top shelf! The Seafood pasta dishes were average, they could have used more seafood in them for the price. The 2 red wine choices we made were excellent and the bread for the table was heavenly. We also had the calamari appetizer and it was very good. Overall very happy except the lack of enough seafood in the servings of Pasta Dela Mare.

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n
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal here after the Goodspeed, terrific homemade pastas

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F
New England
36 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! Great tomato sauce and meatballs! Highly recommend.

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BT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently great food at a great price! I had the seared tuna and my wife and I shared a salad and antipasto plate of cheeses and meats..It made for a wonderful evening

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Rustica! The staff is friendly, responsive and kind. The food is first rate for Connecticut. The atmosphere is pleasant. One of our favorites!!!

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RD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and Exceptional food.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful date night out at Rustica. The food is all homemade and delicious. The service was excellent! We will come again and again!!

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MS
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Love the meatball and the eggplant apps.
Good wine list.

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h
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was gracious and food outstanding. We had a 6pm seating on a Sunday in late February. This was a romantic quiet time for wonderful food and wine!

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d
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was our first time here and based on the reviews we had high expectations. The first thing I noticed when we drove up was that the lights in the dining room seemed very bright. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine because I believe that the lighting is so important. They definitely needed a dimmer to increase the ambiance and create a cozier atmosphere in the small dining room. My other pet peeve is having to wait, and wait, and wait for someone to take a drink order. I was a server for years and know that no matter how slammed you are with tables, rule #1 is to get water and drinks to the table immediately. I literally had to approach the hostess to ask if there was a drink menu and to let her know that no one had approached our table. She was kind enough to get us the menu AND take our order...and bring the drinks to the table. Finally the waiter came to greet us, apologize for the wait, and tell us the specials. Now I’m happy ! The food was good. Crab cake appetizer, beautiful fresh salads and crusty bread. My husband ordered the parpardelle with ground sausage and vegetables and I had the grilled Salmon. Here’s the weird thing to me. The salmon was served with Quinoa and sautéed spinach...I’m in an Italian restaurant...and that’s the only option. It was just so ordinary and pedestrian. Surely the Chef could have created something a bit more interesting...I could have made that at home any night of the week. I noticed that the yellowfin Tuna was served with the same sides. The whole menu just seemed rather ordinary. We each had a glass of wine, finished our meal with cappuccino and a shared dessert. There were some gaps in service after the first debacle but nothing major and the staff was very friendly. The whole tab....before tip...was $170.00. A lot of money for an ordinary meal. Eating out is so expensive these days that I want to be WOWED! So disappointed that I wasn’t

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is made there except the bread and it’s delicious!!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh, original and great. Service was great as well. Looking forward to our next visit

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was delicious. Very fresh ingredients. The service is terrific.Waitstaff is very attentive. Love this restaurant!!

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KA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience as always. Great food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe we just caught them on a bad day??? So my wife and I wanted to revisit Rustica for a Valentine's Day dinner. We've been there on two other occasions and with that I'm not really apt to be too harsh this time since our prior visits were well above expectations. But none the less, this time everything was really off. The apps were clearly rushed and pale at best with the Polpette seemed undercooked and lacked flavor and the Carciofi in Padella was simply off all together. Our main dishes were also a let down with both the Ravioli di Formaggio being mushy and the Pappardelle Cavolfiori e Salsiccia being way south of al dente with an almost broth like consistency lacking any real flavor. Thankfully our waiter was mindful since we not only had to wait an exceptionally long time for our dishes to arrive, but maybe he caught our faces as well. He was kind enough to comp our bottle of wine which to us means that they knew they were having an off night as well. Will we be back to Rustica again? Absolutely. Restaurants are allowed to have an off night. The reason why reviews are helpful is it gives the feedback needed to correct the ship. With that we just hope the next time we dine will be back on par with the first two times we dined with them.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Nice atmosphere and staff were friendly. Food was good and well presented, but not great. Was surprised to be seated up against a wall, so it was a little uncomfortable.

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KM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! The food is lovingly prepared and as beautiful as it is delicious. The service is beyond our expectations always. After you go there a few times, the staff remember you. You are treated like family every single time. We will return again and again!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was all spectacular and the owner is friendly.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, great atmosphere and great service.

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This our favorite restaurant in the area. Congenial service combined with excellent food. The freshly made pasta is wonderful in all its forms. All four diners in our group were more than happy with their choices. The filet of beef was especially well prepared with a demi-glace sauce.

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great, the only thing I would change is the lighting. It’s too bright in the main dining, felt like eating in a cheap cafeteria. Simple solution... dim the lights to make it more of a nice upscale special restaurant. You already have the food down, match it with the atmosphere.

Make it sexy. Lite the candles that are sitting on the tables and dim those lights!

Go a step further and always keep some cheater glasses in the back for that older crowd if they can’t deal with lighting.

You have great food but who wants good food in a cafeteria:(

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food on the Prix Fixe menu with one glass of wine. The food was good, the service fair but the price too high. We might consider again for a special occasion...

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Everything was excellent. Will definitely be back

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful find! Charming people....amazing food....delightful evening!
We will be back!

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HG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love visiting Rustica, fresh homemade food made with care. A family owned gem, their pride in their food and service is clear. The espresso martini was the best I have ever had, save room for dessert! Being able to make reservations via Open Table has been easy and seamless. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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DD
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has exquisite food and the staff is top notch.

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