Rustico

4.5
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327 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Delicious Italian & Spanish cuisine celebrating regional flavors of The Mediterranean in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foodies24
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was my first time eating here and we sat outside, it was a beautiful night and the place was very busy. It’s always nice to see a restaurant busy and bustling. We started with a few appetizers, a beet and scallop salad( it was a special) and a classic Caprese salad. They were both very delicious. For the entrees, we had the salmon stuffed ravioli, Affumicata Pizza( Smoked mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, chicken,scallions) and the Costilla (Braised beef short ribs, skin-on mashed potatoes, carrots, celery,crispy onions, red wine reduction). Everything was amazing and I would have given them 5 stars, but by the end of the meal, our waiter got lost helping the pretty women at the next table and it was very difficult to get his attention, I’m not blaming he though. He was also helping the bar tender, I’m not sure if they were short handed or if he was simply helping get to get the drinks for the “pretty” table.

All in all, it was an extremely delicious meal and I will be going back!

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vipLudka
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was amazing but the server wasn't to attentive . He visited our table only to take our order and then to bring the check. Not happy with that

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Paulm
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service & food, did a great job in an outdoor setting, followed covid protocols

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McCallan18
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gabriel, INCREDIBLE chef! Lamb chops are a must. The best in OP.

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Derek
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to dinner here for our anniversary. Being new in town, we took a chance and it was lovely. A bit on the pricier side for us but it was perfect for a special occasion. The outdoor seating was very nice, too.

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ElizabethN
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful outdoor eating area. Social distancing & masks inside a must

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vipJcole
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely outdoor lunch with a friend. We shared a few items off the tapas menu and they were all delicious. I especially recommend the mussels. They are light and perfectly prepared.

The service was great and the restaurant followed all the protocols for Covid. So nice to get out and enjoy our local restaurants.

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AlyssaS
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rustico is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Oak Park. Everything from the food to the service NEVER disappoints and it where I am happy to take any friends from out of town when they visit. Highly recommend.

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vipTawney
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were pleased to see tables inside staggered to allow for social distancing, and staff thoroughly sanitizing the chairs and tables after each guest left. The waiters were attentive and informative (and patient, they spaced out our tapas order specifically as requested). The food was outstanding, some standouts were the fresh Sangria, paella (large enough to share), and short rib crostini. Hidden gem in Oak Park, was my first time there and look forward to coming back!

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Donalyn
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another phenomenal dinner. Every course was better than the previous. And Gabriel is one of the most welcoming owners/chefs I have ever met.

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kerbster
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Tapas are big enough for a meal. 2 was plenty for 2 of us for lunch, didn't even touch the salad we ordered

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Teeksmom
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Stumbled upon -was fantastic Service & food was excellent

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Rita2ready
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Father's day/birthday dinner for my husband and father in-law. Due to COVID19, dinning was outside seating. They had a great setup for this. The focaccia in the bread basket is soft and delicious. I had a cocktail called the Ayala, it was like pink lemonade and perfect for the day and meal. The pork shoulder dinner was delicious, tender and juicy. My husband had a combo plate of lamb chops, scallops and beef medallions. They were cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Dad had the branzino fish. He liked it and cleaned his plate. Great meal. A bit pricey, 2 drinks and 3 dinners was $150, but it was very yummy and for a nice occasion, we will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good for outside. Ordered a medium rare steak- got a medium done steak. For $45 I hoped for better. Great service.

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vipJonathanH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was friendly, food was absolutely delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good restaurant, great experience

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vipSummer
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dined with the family! Was seated and greeted by the hostess upon arrival. Ordered the house salad and it was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday so I brought the whole family here. Never been here before so we want to try it. Everything was great. I love that not only they have tapas menu but also a regular dinner entree menu. Their tapas portion is really good.l, just right. I’ve been to some tapas place before and their portion is so little but this place is awesome. We ordered almost all the food on the tapas menu. For entree we ordered seafood paella, Rustico ribeye, and chicken saltimbocca. Their sangria is phenomenal too. For dessert we ordered the tiramisu, banana caramel, and chocolitsm (lava cake with hazelnut ice cream) Even though place was packed and there 11 adults and 4 kids on our table we didn’t feel that we had to wait too long for food or for service.

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ChristieS
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic—service was excellent—desert was delicious! Already planning our return visit with friends🙌

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ClaudiaH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

The paella was bland. Absolutely tasteless. The beets salad was delicious!

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RobnTeegsMom
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was superb. We started with the fried calamari & shrimp from the tapas menu - tender and delicious. Next we had the costilla (braised short ribs) and the bacalao (codfish and clams). Both were perfect. Amazing flavors - generous portions. We finished with the creme brulee and cannoli. Again, generous portions and amazing flavors. Excellent red sangria too. The service was on point! At one point I accidentally dropped my napkin. Our server was nearby and saw what happened. I had a fresh napkin in less than a minute. The entire staff was welcoming. The restaurant itself is warm and inviting. We can't wait to return and try some more enticing items from their varied menu.

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BobS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Had lamb and soup. Conversation is loud but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Our sever wasn’t very personal. He seemed very rushed, never even told us his name. The food had potential to be great. The meatballs were a little dry, almost as if they sat on the line. We ordered the bistec Rustico medium rare and it came out medium if not medium well. We were celebrating a birthday and I asked our server if they did anything to celebrate and he said he would put a candle in dessert we purchased. We asked the server which flavors were included with the seasonal gelato and he told
us vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. When it came out, there was no candle and the flavors were vanilla, chocolate and pistachio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great local spot!

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vipMichaelK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The brawl sprouts are some of the best I’ve ever had. My dad got the frutti di mare but the pasta was over cooked. A little pricey but very good spot!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cozy atmosphere. Attentive service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first time here and had three seafood tapas which were very good. Service was very prompt and food came out lightning fast. They were moderately busy for a Friday evening. Will definitely return to try other dishes.

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TomK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food that is unusually good. Very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service personnel.

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Mila
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice casual place for a Friday night. Great service. Friendly staff. And the octopus dish is delicious...

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JackD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed the fish special I had. Paired great with the Alexander Chardonnay. Most in the group enjoyed their meal; the gnocchi was very garlicky. Had two children in the group who were distracted with a coloring booklet. Nice casual atmosphere. Would eat there again.

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Eener
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had two different paellas, the seafood and the Rustico, both fabulous with fresh seafood. The Rustico also had delicious chicken and a spicy sausage. The breads on the table were fresh and yummy. We were too full for dessert!

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SusanR
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the diversity of the menu! The tapas choices are great. Service was excellent. Definitely recommend

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vipKent
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and meal.

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vipYvette
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went New Year’s Eve. Wait staff is pleasant and we were treated to champagne toast. Very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised on our date. Food & service were great. A welcoming restaurant. We will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really impressed with meal! Would definitely like to dine there again. Delicious! Service was outstanding!

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LorenaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the perfect date night restaurant! The food is delicious and perfect for sharing and their wine list is outstanding. We are definitely adding this to our date night list!

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Shestokas
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The six of us each had a different entree and each was so good we all shared with each other. The sharing started with the tapas appetizers and continued when the
main courses arrived. Food and service was spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently have had delicious food & drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful holiday dinner with my family. Food, drinks and service were top notch.

FAQs

Rustico offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 948-7855.

Rustico is rated 4.5 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

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