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RustiCucina, San Diego, CA

RustiCucina

4.7
4.7
560 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Welcome to Rusticucina, where locally sourced ingredients, seasonal dishes and a warm ambiance reign supreme. We are named to reflect the merging of two cultures; American and Sicilian, since our owners are straight out of a small town in Sicily. We invite neighborhood dwellers and visitors to experience our farm-to-neighborhood restaurant unlike any other. Aperitivo, a traditional Italian-style happy hour, leads the way—think sensational small bites, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncello. We also offer a full bar and carefully curated craft cocktails, along with an impressive beer and wine list. Our food menu, boasts hearty, rustic cuisine, with pasta made in-house, from scratch, as well palate-pleasing entrees and a slate of pizzas and flat breads. Our tableside service offers a one-of-a-kind, dedicated experience, and their outdoor space is the perfect landing spot for dog lovers and sun worshipers. We even offer a pet menu for furry guests.

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2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 33 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 310-5291

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Marco Provino

  • Private party facilities

    RustiCucina welcomes the opportunity to host or cater your special and corporate events. Please give us a call at 619-310-5291 or email us at ocean@rusticucina.com to host your next event!

  • Area

    Hillcrest

  • Cross Street

    Essex

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 560 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. G

    Greg

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food was outstanding and certainly worth it; however, the service was absolutely abysmal! The server checked in on us once and when our food was served, there was at least a 5-10 minute wait for all of the people on our party to receive their meal. After the one check-in, we never saw her again. So, if you don’t mind bad service and want great food, this is the place!
  2. MJ

    MarylyneJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staff was amazing and so nice. Came by to ask if we need or want anything
  3. PC

    PCarlsbad

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    neighborhood spot. parking's tight but there is a paid lot at the south end of the block. Outside covered area is nice but inside is really good. Menu changed but still one of my go to places near Balboa Park
  4. TG

    TenaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and cocktails. The service was really good even though it was really busy. We enjoyed everything.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife and I love Italian food and wanted to come in to try this spot as it was recommended to us from a friend. Everything was incredible the food was amazing, we got fried Burrata as an appetizer and wished we got two. The service was great, our waiter Nicholas was extremely helpful and gave GREAT recommendations. Will definitely be returning!
  6. L

    Lisa

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent. The Carbonara was amazing as was the Pesto. The cheese wheel pasta was excellent, too. I definitely plan to return.
  7. JG

    JorgeG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best Italians restaurants in town, great food, ambiance & service!
  8. CW

    CieraW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tiramisu was delicious. All of the staff was friendly. Had a great time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    RustiCucina is a great spot with amazing food! My personal favorite is the lobster lasagna and the garlic knots. Shout out to Vincent for the amazing service on our most recent visit!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Not sure why we bothered to say it was for a birthday, no one cared. Not even a happy birthday. I felt like we were between servers so we didn’t get service from anyone. Everyone else got the specials shpiel & what they are known for talk. We got nothing. Food was delicious. Service was good.
  11. S

    Shonna

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and exceptional service. Beautiful ambiance. Fair prices for the incredible experience you get. We had the chefs special served in the cheese wheel prepared table-side, the waiter helped us select a perfect bottle of wine to pair. Best pasta in San Diego, tiramisu was the best I’ve ever had, limoncello cake was excellent, crispy burrata appetizer was in a vibrant fresh tomato sauce. You could taste the love put into that food, and the freshness in the sauces from the local fam to table produce. Absolutely excellent experience. Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a unforgettable dining experience n San Diego, be sure to get the cheese wheel pasta, no matter what it is! I promise you wont regret it!! Thank you RustiCucina for making my birthday trip so much more memorable! It was the foodie experience I hoped to always cross off my bucket list, and it was well worth traveling to San Diego, Just to eat there! We will certainly be back!!!
  12. AP

    APatron

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Not that great. Calamari very chewy and tough. Garlic knots doughy. The other in my party liked the lasagna and tiramisu… my meal was bland and dry.
  13. s

    salc

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    New owners or chef. Had previously had great experiences!
  14. P

    Pegs

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Husband said the lobster lasagna was one of the best things he’s ever eaten! Cool vibe
  15. OS

    OliviaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    I will start with the good - the food was so so good. Delicious and the place itself is beautiful. However, I made a reservation for a bachelorette party dinner and they knew that. We were all dressed up and my friend the bride was excited. However, after our entire party sat down, it was 20 minutes before any server came to our table to take our order for drinks. I had to ask staff TWICE for our server to come to our table. Not only that, it took 20 minutes before everyone’s plate was server. The poor timing on the part of staff put a damper on an exciting occasion.
  16. c

    cathym

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service at start was great, very friendly staff, very nice atmosphere, food was very good, they do not serve any bread with pasta an that was a little disappointing, we asked for bread but it never came an was told they don’t have bread but the he said I can bring you garlic bread, but we were already done with our food, also the water tasted like tap water an not cold, or any ice an it was a warm day, Otherwise very nice
  17. JB

    JustinB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service here at RustiCucina! Took my lady here for her birthday for some delicious Italian food and this place did not disappoint at all.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic authentic Italian food. We just got back from Italy and still the lobster lasagna was up there with some of the best lasagnas we’ve had this year. Cute place. Not too hectic like some of the places in little Italy. Looking forward to eating there again soon!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time they were pretty busy and still had great service and were in and out in less than 2 hours. The fig ravioli was amazing
  20. AA

    AerA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table side cheese wheel is a must!! Pick your own pasta and sauce allows for a multitude of choices.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I have enjoyed in a long time. The servers were attentive and efficient. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the great ambience. Highly recommend.
  22. M

    Matt

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation dinner with in-laws. Stayed nearby so walked to restaurant. Absolutely charming restaurant with incredible food, atmosphere and service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here for a family birthday lunch, everything on the menu was divine and service was great. Ambience very cute. Only one small thing was that the AC wasn’t on at the time we went so it was a bit warm. Other than that awesome spot 👍🏼
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible meal and tried many different dishes to share family style, but the pasta cooked in the cheese wheel was the main reason we came and it didn’t disappoint. Great meal, service and atmosphere.
  26. KG

    KatherineG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was DELICIOUS! The only issue was their sangria. It was extremely watered down. Other than that, we enjoyed our meal.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make sure to ask for Marcello he is great, food is even better from the last time I was there.
  28. KJ

    KayJay

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends with 2 kids at RustiCucina for a Sunday night meal. It was a little scramble to get a high chair and they don’t have a specific child’s menu, but we did get a high chair and they can do many of the dishes in child size portions. Easy schmeazy. Overall, the food was superb! I ordered the Lasagna and followed it up with the Tiramisu and my husband got the Grandma’s Ragu and followed it with a Cannoli - we absolutely loved it! I’m a dessert person, and that Tiramisu alone will drive me back to the restaurant. We have been there a number of times before, however, (and noticed they changed the menu at some point), but the experience is never a let down. We sat on the cool patio surrounded by a lovely rustic ambiance. It was kind of busy on the patio, but our party was easily able to have lively conversation. It was a lovely evening with good friends and good food!
  29. CS

    CarlosS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have a delightful lunch. I highly recommend RustiCocina.
  30. DS

    DonS

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent real deal Italian haute cuisine worth waiting for. Great place for meal with friends or family. Interesting dishes. Great wines. Busy place but good times. As everywhere now be patient. Service is very good.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, great and fast service. My husband had the pollo siciliano and I had the lobster lasagna both were wonderful We are coming back for sure.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went on a Sunday afternoon at about 3pm. I’m surprised that it was empty on such a nice day, the ambiance, food, and service was amazing! I got the risotto with the salmon and the flavors were so satisfying! I definitely see myself coming back in the future^^
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect 10/10 experience
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time dining at RustiCucina, I came to celebrate my 29th birthday with my friends. The ambiance is beautiful and the service was great. For starters we had the garlic knots, burrata bruschetta and the charcuterie board and everything was WOW amazing! For the entree I had the Tartufo ravioli which was absolutely delicious! I had a really amazing time here thank you to the staff for making the night so special ❤️
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Excellent food. Good Value
  36. c

    ccgg

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pasta and mandarin salad! I'll have to try the cocktails next time!
  37. 4

    4the2ofus

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend and OMG it was fanastic! The Chef's Cheese Wheel Pasta is a "MUST" get!!! We will definitely go back.
  38. HP

    HenryP

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The real deal!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat a ton of Italian at home and this place is awesome!
  40. k

    kberg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I made last minute reservations and we were amazed how good the food was. The menu was great as well as the service. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will come back for sure again!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from RustiCucina using the Order Online button. RustiCucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 310-5291.

RustiCucina is rated 4.7 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for RustiCucina

3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Essex

  • Area

    Hillcrest

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Marco Provino

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 310-5291

  • Private party facilities

    RustiCucina welcomes the opportunity to host or cater your special and corporate events. Please give us a call at 619-310-5291 or email us at ocean@rusticucina.com to host your next event!

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