La Rustica

4.8
293 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
We are proud to breathe new life back into the oldest Italian restaurant in Doncaster – formerlly known as Villa Romanas & before that Carlo's. Our aim is to deliver quality, affordable Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary twist – all served in a unique & relaxed environment.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 293 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Really friendly service from our waiter Ecu, nothing was too much trouble! Food was great for value. Will visit again.

La Rustica
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much for this, it is much appreciated. Ecu never fails to give diners a good experience. We look forward to your next visit.

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DennisS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Arrived on time and waited 30 minutes to order then watched customers arriving after us getting served with there main meals before us. A party of 4 who arrived 20 minutes after us got there meals and finished before our meals arrived. We kept asking the staff when we getting our meals and got the same reply won’t be long. In the end I payed for our drinks and left.

La Rustica
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this Dennis. As was explained to you on the evening the two tables you mentioned had pre-order (one via phone and one upstairs whist having a pre dinner drink). We believe you had your starters, it was an issue with your mains. We prepare each and every dish fresh and we do have a wait time at busy period which MOST of our lovely guests know and are patient with. We are obviously not for you but wish you well in your future dining experience.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere.
Friendly staff.
Nice drinks, lovely food but not much choice.
Menu should be changed every couple months

La Rustica
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thank you for this lovely review and rating. We take on board what you are saying about the menu. We are looking to change it soon. The only issue with having a more extensive menu is the stock. All of our food is prepared fresh to order, so to keep costs down we offer a smaller menu.

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Belle1902
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Requested a table for 4 in the upper dining area rather than the cellar as had 2 party members with disabled mobility issues. On arrival the table had been allocated to someone else (party of 2) which meant there was only 1 other table available which was for 2! The front of house apologised and pulled 2 round tables together into a space suitable for 3 (max) which left 1 person between the door and stairs. I sat in that position but spent the whole time either cold or with people squeezing behind me and talking over my food.

The food was ok, garlic bread was gorgeous and deserts were lovely. Mains were a bit bland but filled us up! A pretty ‘meh’ experience!!

La Rustica
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this. We are sorry that we could not sit you where you wanted but other diners were already sat there. If we had had more notice then of course, we would have accommodated your request. You were asked several times if everything was OK and the response was positive with no complaints, so to see a review like this baffles us. If you don't like something you are eating, tell us, we will change it, no fuss.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and Great quality food with lovely staff.
Never fails to please❤️
Thank you!
Never took any photos but had fillet steak with vegetables & crème brûlée for dessert was unreal.

La Rustica
Responded on 16 October 2021

🙏🙏🙏 Thank you from the whole team 🥰

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super friendly staff and the food was amazing

La Rustica
Responded on 9 October 2021

🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant with delicious food🤤 great staff and my favourite Latino music ❤️

La Rustica
Responded on 8 October 2021

Thank you very much we are glad you enjoyed the whole experience. We like the music to be upbeat and lively, our Team love to give that party vibe. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Disgusting service… 2.5hrs we waited. They forgot to take our order and we had to leave due to hunger. No apology or reduction of the drinks bill. Very much ruined our Saturday evening

La Rustica
Responded on 9 October 2021

As you have chosen to be negative on other social platforms, we have chosen to only respond once in full. Please refer to your other scathing inaccurate (in our opinion) review.

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NatalieM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service and excellent food would recommend

La Rustica
Responded on 8 October 2021

Thank you very much. We hope to see you again soon.

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LisaC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Visited here for the first time for a family birthday celebration.
We were made to feel most welcome and the restaurant made a huge effort to ensure we were happy with every aspect of our meal. The food was gorgeous- we had a variety of foods- garlic breads, pizza, salmon tagliatelle, calzone and meatballs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We had a variety of well made cocktails too. Strawberry daiquiri highly recommended!
Nice touch from the restaurant and a complete surprise was birthday confetti on the table and balloons.
A total surprise was the staff rendition of Happy Birthday to my son who took it in good spirits even though he nor us were expecting it!
We will be back!

La Rustica
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you very much indeed for this glowing review. The Team absolutely love to share celebrations with our guests and do it with gusto. It is safe to say, if you are shy and retiring, don't let them know it is a special occasion😉 On this occasion we are glad that your son took it with the spirit it was given. You tried a lot of our menu, so it is great that everyone enjoyed their meal. We love the fact that you will be back and hoe it is soon.

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CarolB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and great selection of wine. Staff are friendly and helpful.

La Rustica
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you very much, we hope to see you again soon,

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit to this place. Couples date night for us. Friendly from walking into the place and checking we were happy throughout the evening. Lovely Kameron our waiter was so friendly and helpful he’s an asset to the place. Steak dish was lovely and the chicken dish also. Very good portions and good value for money, not expensive at all. Hot food, nice atmosphere so definitely visiting again

La Rustica
Responded on 28 September 2021

Thank you very much for this lovely review and for acknowledging Kameron's hard work. We will certainly pass your comments on to him. We are glad you enjoyed our food and the service. Thank you also for choosing us for the all important date night, it is much appreciated. We look forward to your next visit.

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JamesH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. We took our 2 grandchildren and they couldn't do enough for them

La Rustica
Responded on 21 September 2021

Thank you very much. We are glad that both your grandchildren and you had a lovely time, We do hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and good service

La Rustica
Responded on 21 September 2021

Thank you very much, we hope to see you again soon.

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DaveP
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and surroundings , great menu and food was fantastic , good value for money too

La Rustica
Responded on 13 September 2021

Thank you very much for this review and rating. We hope to serve you again soon.

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Denno
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quite busy, but service and food was excellent and very reasonable, staff were very polite and helpful.

La Rustica
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us, it is much appreciated.

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markr
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food, great service, great ambiance, great place!

La Rustica
Responded on 13 September 2021

Thank you very much. We hope that you will dine with us again soon.

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ClaireC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and staff were lovely. Will definitely be going agai x

La Rustica
Responded on 10 September 2021

Thank you Claire, we look forward to your next visit.🥰

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RussellT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service as ever, throughly recommend.

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much. It is our aim to provide excellence as standard so to know we did, make us very happy. Many thanks and we hope to see you again soon.

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NicolaG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, fab service, great effort for a birthday!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

You are very welcome. Thank you for choosing to share a birthday with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you very much. We hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brought my friend who was visiting Doncaster for the first time here, we absolutely loved the food and the service and has said if she visits Doncaster again, she will be back to La Rustica! Amazing service as always too!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for choosing us to take your friend to. We are so glad she had a good time. We hope that she will visit you again soon. Until then, we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at La Rustica, and we loved it. What a fantastic place with excellent staff that go above and beyond, everyone really friendly and welcoming, and the food was absolutely amazing, authentic Italian dishes that tasted delicious. We will definitely be going again and we highly recommend it as well, special thanks to Cameron that served us.
Be seeing you soon

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review us so highly. We are glad you enjoyed the food and we are thrilled that Kameron served you so well. He is new to our team but has blended so well, it is like he has always been there. We are much blessed. We hope to see you again soon.

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JordanV
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab service, quick service and the most amazing waiter was so friendly and made our experience!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for this. We hope that you will dine with us again soon.

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ElaineH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Friendly staff very attentive. Nice atmosphere.

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

We are nothing without our amazing guests so to know you enjoyed our food and service means a lot. Thank you. We hope to see you again soon.

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LeanneC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely meal as always had suck nice food and lovely friendly service

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you very much for taking the time to rate and review us so highly. We hope to see you again soon.

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Daisyb
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really delicious food. The service was quick and attentive and we felt that they genuinely wanted us to enjoy our visit.

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We will look at our services and aim to get 5 stars next time.🥰

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Evening date night for myself and partner. Second time we have been and it certainly will not be the last! Absolutely gorgeous food and the staff were so attentive and helpful!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Everyone needs a date night. We are glad you enjoyed our food and service. It means a lot to the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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Ronn
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. The pizza and pasta was beautiful. I would definitely visit again. A taste of Italy at home!

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for this amazing review. We can't match the Italian weather, but we are thrilled we matched the food.🙃 We hope to serve you again soon.

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MichaelS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice enough food , drinks , great fish main and good bruschetta starter for myself and my wife had the pasta ,desserts were good apart from the creme brûlée . Service was relaxed but good and not in a hurry or pressurised and similar to Actual service if you eat in Italy . The only downside was cleaning around us getting the tables ready for the next day which is a big no in my book as it makes you uncomfortable if you are among the last in the resteraunt and feel,like you have to hurry up . Apart from that , all very good .

La Rustica
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thank you for this candid review it is much appreciated. We are sorry that you felt pressurised, it is never our intention for any guests to feel they have to leave especially at the end of the evening. We replenish tables as they are vacated as a matter of course, but please never feel that it is an indicator that we want you to leave. We do hope you will dine with us again.

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RachaelD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, fantastic ambience and friendly, enthusiastic staff. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and come again!

La Rustica
Responded on 26 August 2021

Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us. It is very much appreciated. We look forward to serving you again.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Quite expensive for what you get. Children's menu very minimal.
Had no cutlery when starter came out

La Rustica
Responded on 26 August 2021

We are sorry to hear this. It is very strange that you had no cutlery as our tables are normally laid out ready for service. We do have a limited children's menu but are happy to adapt any of our dishes to suit. We are renowned for our excellent service and are very proud of it. We are sorry that it fell below your expectations on this occasion. Thank you for dining with us.

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Lina
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, friendly staff, delicious food and highly recommend

La Rustica
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to rate and review us like this. It is our pleasure to serve. We hope to see you again soon.

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ClaireC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic first time experience, food was delicious and staff was very friendly and attentive, will definitely be back xx

La Rustica
Responded on 25 August 2021

We hope to see you many more times. Thank you for the lovely review.

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CherylR
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Lovely food, worth the money, large portions but did have to wait a long time

La Rustica
Responded on 25 August 2021

We are sorry that you felt the service let us down on this occasion. We hope that you will visit us again so that we can show you our usual standard of service. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the food though.

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EmilyS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time returning to La Rustica since covid, 100% recommend, lovely atmosphere and welcoming vibes. Food was as lovely as I remember and can’t wait to come back! Highly recommend

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

From start to finish the service, food and delivery was second to none, if I have to complain about anything it was waiting 40 minutes for out main but this was soon forgotten when the quality of food arrived, the service we got from Megan was excellent and nothing was to much trouble, a credit to your staff.

La Rustica
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you so much. We are sorry that there was a delay on your main course. We cook everything fresh but even so it should have been a shorter time than that. Megan is a gem and we are very lucky to have her.

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PatsyP
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steaks were perfectly cooked. Holly as always looked after us and is excellent at customer service, attentive but not intrusive.

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KatieW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely atmosphere, was celebrating my friends 23rd birthday, gave us complimentary shots and a bottle of Prosecco! Honestly 10/10 food was amazing and you staff are so Lovely

La Rustica
Responded on 25 August 2021

It was absolutely our pleasure. Thank you from Team La Rustica! 😉

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic friendly service. We were made to feel very special! Food was incredible. Thank you all.

FAQs

La Rustica offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01302 363475.

La Rustica is rated 4.8 stars by 293 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.