Fathers Day lunch was good- but when we booked the reservation we were hoping for an actual brunch menu with eggs and some sweet options, but what we ordered was still very tasty. Just so happened that we were there at the same time as a large bridal party so it was a little loud and our food took a little longer than normal because it came out after theirs. Completely understandable in all regards but overall it was good food and we left happy.
We took our daughters for my husbands birthday. We always rave about the filet mignon so all 4 of us ordered it but we were told there were only 3 left. So my daughter settled for the pork tenderloin which was very DRY. Service was ok but our server didn’t seem to care that we were unhappy with the pork.
We have stopped and enjoyed dinner at Rusticos for many years now. It is a convenient location. I felt this time the food and service were not as good as they once were. It was ok but not great. I hope they improve soon.
Another exceptional experience of fine Italian dining at a reasonable rate. Service and atmosphere tremendous.
I wish they had more vegan/vegetarian options other than salads. The food was very good and we always enjoy the ambience.
Very good food and excellent.service . I'll be back
Outstanding food and service in a great setting and location.
We went for Mother’s Day’s special menu. Everything was delicious. And as a mom, I got a free glass of prosecco! The restaurant (and entire island) experienced an unexpected power outage. We were still able to finish our lunch and pay by credit card. Overall, it was a great way to celebrate.
I booked the reservation on the website for Mothers Day Brunch for 8 people. I received a text to confirm. This part went very smoothly. I reviewed the menu ahead of time to make sure it was suited for all invited. I was very disappointed when we arrived and found out there was a very limited fixed menu for Mothers Day. We had planned to have a light brunch, but we had no other choice but to have a heavy 3 course meal instead. If the menu will be fixed like this and the booking is done 100% electronically it should be obligatory to make the customer aware of the menu change with the confirmation. The food, atmoshphere, and service were excellentn but the experience was not what we had planned for the special day. It seems very irresponsible or almost deceiving to make this change without making it abundantly clear to your reservations ahead of time. I really like this restaraunt and would really like to come back more often but this is a big miscue for such a generally nice place.
All was good, but one problem...one diner at our table has Celiacs Disease, so we confirmed with our server what dining options were Gluten Free. The meal arrived, and the fish was GF, but the side dish was NOT GF. We inquired and our server confirmed the side dish did indeed contain gluten, and quickly offered an alternative. When a diner has a serious condition that requires a special diet, servers are key in preventing foods being served that will trigger an ill effect. Her willingness to amend the situation was appreciated, but had we not questioned all that was on the plate, a trouble would have ensued.
I went with my daughter and we had a delicious and delightful dinner.
Food was good as usual (I’ve been there several times), and our waitress was well informed and efficient. Only negative was that our tablecloth was soiled with what I think was two scratched out blobs of candle wax. I found that to be a turnoff. I want a crisp, clean tablecloth on my table when I eat.
The baked Brie was delicious as always, and we all three tasted the fried green tomatoes appetizer and enjoyed it. The penne vodka was very good and just a large enough serving for me for lunch. The chocolate truffle cheesecake was outstanding.
Food was very good. Quiet atmosphere. Wonderful service.
Excellent meal, from the bread and olive oil to the salad to the grouper and the rockfish.
Nice wine list.
Attentive, friendly service.
Both my friend and I agreed: it was the best dinner out we had had in ages!
The waitress was polite and helpful, the food was extraordinarily good,
and the ambience was warm and upbeat.
My friend had never been there and when we came out, she said,
" Now, that was an excellent place in every way!"
Well done, guys!
You made a cozy restaurant with superb food at good prices!!
Superb Italian cuisine served in a very comfortable space. Service is efficient and friendly.
The food was amazing. Great wine selection, a hidden gem . Not very culturally diverse but welcoming. The food was hot, fresh, cooked just right and tasty. The bread was fresh and the bruschetta was so delicious. Nice lightening, very Zen vibe and even though there was conversations it wasn't overly loud. Sincerely recommend this jewel of a restaurant.
Food was great!!! I was very disappointed with the fact our dinner was a surprise birthday for my husband. I made reservations online,
But my surprise was ruined!!!! When text confirmation was sent to my husband's phone...how did you even get his number???
All reservation info was mine not his.
So I called and asked about this, was told someone would contact me...and of course it never happened
Fabulous meal and great service! Will definitely keep returning
Had lunch here for mother's 80th birthday. Nice waitress who was friendly; food was great ( salads with shrimp and pasta); and the little town was charming. I would definitely go back!
Our family "Go-To" for excellent cuisine and atmosphere.
Still--in my view--the very best restaurant on Kent Island. Wonderful food, an excellent wine selection, an intriguing location (in the heart of downtown Stevensville, but with sheep often grazing in the pasture across the street), and knowledgeable servers.
Cute Italian bistro with a chef who is delivering Italian food that is hand crafted with genuine warm service
WE scheduled at 7 pm on a monday. the restaurant was surprisingly busy. We were seated quickly but the drink order came after the appetizers, we had to ask for more water and the sadly my entree was cold and had to be sent back which is not like me. i have eaten here before for lunch and had a great experience.
Our third time to Rustico--and this time was not the charm. The others were enjoyable experiences with great food. Tonight's meal was a lousy experiencee.
First, our party of six was put in a side room with a family of six--with 4 toddlers. I'm kid friendly--except when fine dining with a reservation made days ahead. Add to that, the table was next to the office and we enjoyed a frantic manager running past our table frequently.
Next, our server would have been good at a Chillis/Applebees/etc--but not up to the task of making a fine dining experience.
Third, the kitchen was overwhelmed. It took an hour for our entrees to arrive after ordering. The service staff was not up to the task with the wait--we were left without drinks for long periods of time during the wait for food.
Last, most of the entrees were great and cooked properly. Avoid the rack of lamb--it was tough, slightly under cooked, and slightly cold. The steak knife accompanying the lamb was extremely dull. Had to resort to using a butter knife untill our server came back 20 minutes later when food was mostly eaten.
Summary: the Rustico is better than most chain restaurants--but also charges significantly more. Not worth the bill tonight.
We stopped here after being stuck in traffic for an hour and a half just to grab a bite to eat on a whim. As soon as we walked in, we were so surprised at how fantastic everything way. Make sure you try the baked brie and all the pasta was incredible. Not to mention, it was a super cold and windy night and we couldn't have found a cozier place to have dinner. Would go a million times again.
Our Book Club had the best time ever! Our server was attentive, and friendly, and just perfect!
The dinners were amazing and the wine was divine . . .we are looking forward to another evening at this wonderful restaurant! Thanks for a memorable evening out with friends!
We spent our weekly Tuesday Ladies night out at Rustico. It was a very pleasant experience, food was delicious and our Waitress was exceptional.
Always dependable. One of our favorite restaurants for a special night and quiet dinner. Food and service have always been good.
Went for Valentines day. Had a very nice prix fix menu.
We enjoyed the Valentines Day special menu. The salmon and seafood fettuccine were delicious. I really enjoyed the Red Velvet Cheesecake. We will be back!
Excellent service and the food was great. I had the steak and it was very tender. The grilled artichoke hearts were so good. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
Simply delicious! A great surprise at just how great the food and atmosphere was!
Our first time there. We’ve been hearing about it and finally made it. The calamari was perfect-crisp but not dried out. Fried green tomatoes were amazing! I had the linguine with clam sauce, which was great although a touch too much oil for me but it was certainly authentic. The linguine was perfectly al dente. We will be back!!!
Great Christmas Eve dinner with family. Local carolers came into restaurant to sing some carols before our meal.
The service and food was great! Our waitress Marian took very good care of us. I will highly recommend this for any occasion.
Reliable good food and atmosphere in a historic downtown Stevensville building. Has been there for years and is always dependable and friendly. Food is always good. We went for our annual family Christmas eve dinner.
For a fun weekend visit the antique shops next to and across the street and then finish with lunch or dinner at Rustico's.
Our family enjoyed a nice dinner before Christmas. We all enjoyed our meals and the service was great! We even left room for desserts which were great too!
We have been to Rustico a few other times before, but last week's visit was truly top notch. We went to celebrate the holidays, just the two of us, before traveling to see family. Food, service and ambiance were really fantastic.
Two of us at an off time...2:00 pm...so we were all alone .....our waitress was wonderful...very attentive without being overbearing ...she ran out after us when she discovered I had left my iPad on the table.
We each had a delectable crab bisque....flavorful and smooth with just the right consistency. She informed us that it is always made to order. We shared a sandwich of fresh ingredients...ie crispy dark green lettuce......
We look forward to returning with more friends...