Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza

4.6
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116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Casual
Afternoon Coffee
Ruscello is a full-service restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu is bold in flavor, focusing on great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, pastas, entrées and housemade desserts. Guests can choose to sit in the dining room or enjoy a drink and food offering in the bar area.

Ruscello is located on the third floor of Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, on the corner of Bristol & Sunflower.

For the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities, we are temporarily closed until further notice. We hope to see you again when we re-open.

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4.6
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

They could tell we were celebrating a birthday but did nothing to acknowledge it, not even a “happy birthday”

Ambiance is fair

Big booth was nice

Food was pretty good

CF
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My reservation was not in Ruscello’s reservation system, however we were accommodated in a timely manner. Service is always great!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice food, reasonable prices and friendly staff.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Never eaten there before and didn't know what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised. Crisp delicious caesar salad and delicious chicken and pasta dish. Prompt service so we could get to the symphony on time.

JC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for ladies night out/ birthday celebration because we were not rushed out and it was wonderfully quiet for us to have conversation.

KW
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasty food!

SW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would definitely recommend Ruscello - you can eat a great lunch and then go shopping at Nordstrom - nothing better than that!

BC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Our service could have been better. Our server never came back after she picked up the signed receipt. We didn't get a refill on our coffee. The food was really good.

J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So authentically Italian. It reminded me of a friend’s cooking from the old country.

C
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for meeting friends for lunch when you live in North OC and friends are in South OC

DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food at very reasonable prices. Music a little irritating but otherwise a pleasant dining experience.

m
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Happy Hour very poor ...drinks, food choices, food quality & service lacking! ...won’t be back!

LW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoying coming here for lunch or dinner with friends. Food is always great and we can have a pleasant conversation!

ET
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent lunch spot! The food and service were amazing. We all had the salmon nicoise salad and will definitely be ordering that again! Hidden gem inside Nordstrom

t
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great place to have either lunch or dinner. The food is good and the service is good as well.

HB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were very surprised, amd pleased with our experience. The food was great, hot, and served in good time. Very original and unusual. Our server, Brendan was great! He was attentive, knowledgeable and accommodating. I would definitely recommend.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service is impeccable here. Was with my nieces: 3 and 1 and the server brought fruit for them without me asking, before I had even buckled them in high chairs. Food is always spot on but service puts it over the top.

JM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Been there many times. Never disappointed in any aspect. Food, service, value . . .outstanding. Noise slightly more tolerable than most restaurants. Still, ASK kindly to have the music it turned down a little bit. We did. They did. How rare is THAT?

LD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent hostess. Good food. Arrived early and enjoyed a great lunch.

RS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was fresh and flavorful. Service was great. A bit noisy, but it was expected for a lunch crowd.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service and delicious food! I got the shrimp arugula salad but since I hate arugula I was able to substitute for romaine instead. It was light and refreshing and every ingredient tasted fresh, including the shrimp! I do wish they were a bit bigger or a couple more of them, however.

JG
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The weather was beautiful. Party of 7, our group sat outside in the patio and the server was attentative. The manager, Chris?... was extremely helpful and also attentative. He visited our group multiple times to make sure we had enough silverware, plates and our drinks were refilled. Great experience. Good prices and food was delicious.

JL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Ruscello is our go-to place before the theater. The food is always great and the service, always excellent.
Selfishly hoping the crowds that go to the theatre as we do, don't find out about it TOO soon.
I highly recommend it!

CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The cilantro lime chicken salad is usually my "go to." But this time the chicken was so dry that I couldn't eat it and the salad seemed to be only lettuce and corn .Very Disappointing,

ES
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Service was excellent and food delicious

MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I made the reservation for party 3 thru Open Table. When we arrived at the restaurant the host took us to two seat table. One of my friends could not make it to the lunch after all but the host should have aware that my original reservation was for party 3, not 2.

CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance, feels very open with lots of windows to the outside. Food was excellent.

M
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have excellent service, and great food. Good for children as well.

t
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ruscello's is always a great place to have a meal whether it is lunch or dinner.

s
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I found my steak to be lukewarm and not charred enough for a steak. also for the price it only came with broccoli.
Also the lighting there can be garish and annoying. I felt I was under a spot light at the table. Very uncomfortable and too glaring. They need to lower the lighting and keep it consistent. Also I hate waiting for a table when the place is nearly empty. I miss the previous resteraunt where we ordered our own. I’d rather wait in line.

A
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

We were rushed and while we were still eating the waitress drop the check. We wanted to have more drinks. Even she wanted us to pay quick and keep coming to the table

a
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was outstanding. Our server, Shelby, was THE BEST!

D
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had lunch before going to play at Orange County Performing Arts. Worked out perfect and walked ove4 to play. Very convenient.

y
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fresh and hot - Service was excellent - Shelby our server was quick, responsive and very pleasant.

S
San Diego
89 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Asian chicken salad was good, the Asian dressing was a little too gingery. Should be priced less than it is, but this is Nordstrom’s.

s
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seymour was the best! Sad to see him go!

MM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Jesse was our server, he was very helpful and attentive without being too much. We very much enjoyed our dishes, we were unfortunately too full to try dessert but maybe next time we'll go specifically for dessert and coffee.

CW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

"Ruscello" at Nordstrom located in South Coast Plaza shopping mall is new and exciting. Upon entering the dining area, the bar with its nature of materials is welcoming with lots of bar seating. Lunch in the dining room was outstanding. Our pizza was fresh and served promptly. Our server was kind. The weather was warm and he checked our table frequently to offer additional water and soda refills. "Ruscello's" Maitre D' enhanced our entire dining experience as she welcomed our dining party. She is a perfect diplomat!

KW
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Many healthy options & great wild salmon!

K
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I tried Ruscello for the second time. I would describe it as an upscale Nordstrom Cafe. It is very nice although quite loud. It was difficult to have a conversation with my table mate. Food is very good, so overall, I would definitely recommend it.