Rustico (Westlake Village, CA)
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - Close
We celebrated an anniversary here and we were thrilled with the food and service, both some of the best we have ever experienced. The mushroom risotto was the best I ever had (it tops one I had in Venice, Italy) and my husband had the short rib which was delicious! The service was exceptional, we were given a beautiful table and a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Everyone wished us and it felt like celebrating with people who truly cared! We will be going back very often, sincerely one of the best dining experiences we have ever had (we have been to some of the best around this world). This place is a hidden jewel. We heard about it from another family, who raves about it the same way and now we understand why.
I took my friend here to celebrate her birthday and it couldn't have turned out better. The menu, heavily Italian but with lots of other choices and a superb wine list gave us lots of options and everything we had was delicious and nicely presented. My friend had one of the pasta dishes and I had succulent spare rib with risotto. We shared a beginning salad of shaved apple, pumpkin, arugula and pine nuts is a lovely vinaigrette dressing. At the recommendation of the owner Roberto we chose a full-bodied, complex Italian Amarone which paired well with both of our dishes. The service was as helpful as needed and prompt. To enrich our experience we struck up a conversation with the engaging couple at the next table who made a great recommendation for future wines and generally were a convivial two. Only when we were on our way out of the restaurant did our host tell us that the couple was Sergio Mendes and his wife!!! What a wonderful, friendly and engaging couple. He is performing in Northridge very soon. Rustico was everything we could have wished for and more!
Great food and service , the combination of their ability in preparing a perfect dough and cook in a good wood oven makes possible that they have the best pizza in the area.
This is my husband favorite restaurant. We live by LAX and it’s worth the drive. It has because all of our favorites.
Never disappoints. Don’t let the exterior deceive you this place is a gem!
Our server Ersan was fabulous, helpful and patient. Great place for a celebration. Food is always perfect, chicken soup was delicious, pumpkin ravioli and Brunello wine fabulous.
Fantastic food and value. Was the first time for my friends - they were really impressed.
We selected Rustico for a group of friends to get together. Fredde took care of us and always makes us feel special, even when he is super busy on a Saturday night. The food is always good, we selected the special cannelloni trio and loved it. Our friends that had never been before ordered the Brussel sprouts, braised short ribs, and the special filet mignon pasta - they loved it. We really enjoy Rustico and having a round table for six made it super easy to converse. Fun evening.
Food was fantastic! Tortellini amazing... flat iron steak delicious!
As always spectacular food and service. Every dish is great
We had not been to Rustico in almost a year and we were disappointed in that we remembered the food as being better than it was this time. Maybe it was an off night, we will try again another time.
Once we got past the hostess who tried to sit us at the worst table when the restaurant was only about 25% full, we were fine with a better table. It was my wife's birthday and she loves their branzino. The fish came overcooked and dry, not at all typical of our many previous experiences. I had the pasta special that was very good. Our waiter, David, was very helpful and attentive. Unfortunately, I can not say the same thing for management who never seems to know who we are or acknowledge we have been there many times. Other restaurants seem to want our business more.
We live nearby and have been coming to Rustico for years. Excellent food and customer service. The specials are always very extensive and sometimes hard to remember by the time your server finishes telling you what they are. Sometimes we have to have them repeated. You won’t be disappointed.
Wonderful food, terrific staff, always a great dining experience. Loved the Mediterranean octopus appetizer. We had a fabulous birthday dinner.
Our favorite. Always perfectly prepared and delicious food. Friendly environment excellent staff.
Loved every bite! The waiter was terrific and brought out extra of what I ordered.
Had not been there in many years. It was better than expected. We will drive/Uber the 30 minutes and become"regulars".
Another wonderful meal at Rustico with our good friends, this time to celebrate our anniversary. I had the filet of sole special with lemon/butter sauce and sauteed spinach: it was fabulous. My husband had a chopped salad to start with and then the veal cutlets for his main dish, which was also steller. Our friends had a half-chicken dish and a mixed seafood dish, and they both devoured their meals too. We all enjoyed our dinners and had a very good time, including one bottle of wine between the 4 of us. So glad we went to Rustico instead of somewhere else!
My duck was cooked perfectly and my wife said her sand dabs were also excellent. I have never had a mediocre meal here, and have previously recommended it to friends who also enjoy the quality and variety in the menu.
Rustico restaurant has been our family favorite restaurant for years. The food is excellent service is good as well.
This is one of my favorite restaurants, consistently good in all categories!! Don't miss this neighborhood gem!
The experience at rustico was great. Excelent customer service, friendly staff, delicious food!
First time coming but not last.
We were celebrating a friend who recently got engaged, the staff brought her a champagne glass and dessert on the house. They wery accommodating to our requests, oir server was on point, professional and very likeable overall the restaurant surpassed our expectations. Good job!
Always excellent service and wonderful food.
The restaurant is very busy and there is NO personal attention. he food came and it was bland and Luke warm to cold. The portion sizes were good on some of the food and small on others. We had five main courses and two were good.
Everything was Delicious. We love dining here. It is our go to neighborhood restaurant. My husband had the octopus salad that was a special that night and we shared the sea bass on a bed of lemon risotto. So yummy. The wait staff is always very attentive.
Been coming here for years and they never disappoint! Haven’t been in a while, but decided to splurge for our anniversary. Food was delicious as always and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend!
Best Italian food in Westlake, our go to place. Alway fresh and good
Rustico is a fantastic restaurant with a perfect combination of great food and ambiance. You can't go wrong!
The food was delicious. I enjoyed it very much. It was my friend’s birthday and she enjoyed it. My only criticism is that there were not enough appetizers and what they had were not too interesting.
I was visiting friends in California and we chose Rustico based on its location and ratings.
The service was outstanding! Our waiter, Philip, was cordial and attentive. Our group of 5 arrived separately, and every time someone new came in, Philip and his assistant made sure we were provided with water, bread and bruschetta as well as any other beverage choice. Philip was well versed in the specials offered that evening and steered us towards the best choices.
The food was delicious and perfectly seasoned. Our party chose soup, salad, pasta and dinner entrees. The portions were more than sufficient and quite satisfying. Philip explained that most menu items could be adapted to the diners’ tastes.
We enjoyed our time at Rustico and I hope we can gather here again in the future.
We were one of the first at the restaurant and we did take our time in ordering, but once we did order it took a long time to get our food. Additionally, I indicated that our lunch was a birthday lunch, but no mention was ever made of it
Excellent food and service! Will be back again and again!
Great restaurant. Always consistent good food and service
We chose Rustico for a special dinner without out of town friends. Everyone enjoyed the evening. It is a local gem, intimate ambiance. The service is always exceptional, we love to dine with Freddy or David, they're friendly and appropriately attentive. The food never disappoints, and the daily specials are MANY. Homemade soups here are always excellent. The imported prosciutto is sliced perfectly, served with a creamy burrata or sweet in-season cantaloupe. The fish entrees were exceptional. If the Chef has the ingredients and it is nothing overly involved or time consuming, he will honor special requests. Honestly, this is one of our very favorite local dining establishments. Thanks to the entire staff for always making our dinners so enjoyable. If you like Brussel sprouts -OMG!
Seating was excellent. Staff attentive. Food was excellent.
Authentic Italian food. Excellent service. Reasonably priced.
Food fantastic! Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Large noisy group needed their own room. Difficult to hear our own conversations!
Bus guy interrupted our waiter who seemed new and should have waited. Wasn’t as professional and smooth as our past dining experiences!
Consistently of the food, choices, and presentation still a 5!!
Had the special, seared scallops dish with a little bit spicy spaghetti. Delicious dish!... great flavours! Thank you Rustico!
Pleasant ambience, good food, good service. Nice experience.
A long-standing local gem. Nice ambiance, very good service - we always try to dine in Freddy or David stations. Chef Mauricio turns out excellent food. The menu has many fantastic staples including fresh pizzas and the daily specials are always a good choice. Desserts are very good here but we never have room after dinner. Bartender makes a nice cocktail, wine list is good and the corkage fee is always an option.