Rustica Ristorante - Chester

4.7
807 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Authentic Italian Food!!!


UNDER THE STATE LAW DUE TO COVID-19, RUSTICA RISTORANTE HAS IMPLEMENTED HEALTHY AND SAFE PRECAUTIONS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS. OUR OUTDOOR SEATING ALLOWS YOU TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER SAFELY

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 807 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service as usual

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ChrissyC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The Carbonara is not listed on the menu, but you can get it anytime! It's fantastic!

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LoriN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The last two visits are very different from earlier times. The service has changed remarkably from a few years ago not in keeping with the price. The waitress we had on this trip was inexperienced, not well trained and better suited for a chain restaurant. The appetizer was delicious as always and the dinner fine but not extraordinary. A disappointment from past experiences. The type of music being played is obtrusive and not appropriate for the level of style/pricing

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Cottontop
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Rustica this past Sunday. It was quiet with a just few other tables occupied. Our waitress was very friendly and the food was excellent. It had been over a year since our last visit and we did not know what to expect post COID. Pleasantly surprised!

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AlyssaW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

Definitely order the coconut cake for dessert! It was DELICIOUS! The homemade pasta was delicious as well - we tried the carbonara and puttanesca. The portion sizes of our main meals were perfect. We would not recommend the Caesar salad - it was a bit too small to share and had hardly any dressing at all on it. We also ordered a couple of cocktails that were just okay - would recommend sticking to wine here.

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vipChefMike
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Went early on Saturday night (5:00PM reservations) to sit outside (in heated tent). We had a party of 4 (one person was a first time visitor to Rustica Ristorante). We all enjoyed appetizers or salad, fresh baked bread with olive oil (butter upon request) as well as our entrees (2 Pasta Di Mare, 1 Ravioli, 1 Rack of Lamb). We had no room for dessert but enjoyed coffee, tea and espresso. We will be back again soon.

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RobertC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a reservation and got waited on right away. There wasn’t much business at the time since we had an early reservation. The waiter was very friendly and informative. Our meal came at a leisurely pace. My companion has a Panzanella salad which was delicious and I had grilled octopus which was fantastic. For entrées I had the halibut with quinoa and spinach it was cooked perfectly. The other meal was I roasted chicken with roasted potatoes that was flavorful and delicious. All in all we recommend this place and will come back again

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

All was very tasty and service was attentive. A bit of road noise but not too bothersome. Only negative was calamari appetizer— somewhat chewy.

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vipqueenmother
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!
Even the tent has some ambiance!!

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bhtheaterrat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had our favorites for dinner. Shaved brussel sprout salad for me with fettuccine carbonara ( not on the menu but always available and delicious!) my husband had the linguini di mare, also delicious! We ate outside under the tent. They’ve worked very hard to make it welcoming. Thank you, Rusticate!

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CarlM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Rustica always delivers with outstanding food. A great choice for a special meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, best homemade pasta and the freshest ingredients. A hidden gem in the CT River valley. The desserts are also all home made and are amazing. This family run business is a must if you enjoy fine dining in a comfortable friendly atmosphere.

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KathyMcD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Upon arrival you are treated like family. The food simply couldn’t be any better. The staff are attentive but not overly. There is no hovering. This restaurant is one of our favorites, a lovely date night restaurant. It can be casual or dressy as you’d like. I just can’t say enough about this wonderful dinner spot. If you haven’t eaten at Rustica, make a reservation right now! You will not be sorry!

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vipLovegoodfood
Naples
146 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We opted to safely eat outdoors, however with vehicles speeding by on Middlesex Turnpike, it made having any conversation difficult. The tables, while amply spaced apart, are too narrow to feel socially distanced from someone you might not know that well sitting across from you. The food was better than an average Italian joint but nothing exciting on the menu or, sadly, on our plates. They really need to address their bread, it’s dreadful.

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vipangg
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service at Rustica is always amazing! Loved my mushroom risotto!

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vipNathanG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu and dishes

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TerryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food at Rustica is always delicious! The staff was great. Due to covid the restaurant has done the best that it can but unfortunately I was unable to give a better rating for ambience and noise level. We chose to eat outdoors and the space was somewhat unattractive and noisy as on a main road. We do however highly recommend Rustica for their delicious food!

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vipRobertW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice...will return

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IreneM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food. My husband and I shared the mushroom risotta, which is creamy with several types of mushrooms. My chicken dish was so juicy it could have melted in my mouth, seasoned with fresh herbs which were well blended. My husband enjoyed his pork chop dish. We were too full for dessert, will save room on our next visit. Rustica was well set up for COVID dining, lots of space indoors or under the tent.

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CleoE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food here is great and the servers friendly and efficient. The accommodations that have been made for COVID are well done - with good distancing, covered outdoor seating. The lower marks for ambiance are because the tented seating area is in the parking lot in front and there is some noise from passing cars. BUT if amazing, authentic Italian food is what you're after, the less than perfect atmosphere shouldn't be an obstacle. I will add that their interior dining and bar set up are delightful and provide the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or gathering of friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food as always

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IreneM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and professional service. Outstanding food. We enjoyed a homemade pasta seafood dish and mushroom risotto which was creamy and cooked perfectly. Main courses were tuna, I chose the garlic aioli prep very rare with great flavors and my husband enjoyed his scallops over beans. The sauces complemented the dishes; did not overpower!!

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vipDanL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rustica was suggested to us by friends. So we finally had a chance to try it out and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable of all the food on the menu and made great suggestions. Drinks were also delicious. If you find yourself reading this review please take my advice and get the meatballs. They are to die for. All the pasta is made onsite and was so lite. Ate my whole meal and didn’t feel uncomfortable. Rustica will definitely be on our list of go to restaurants from now on. 40 minute drive but we’ll worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden gem in Chester

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vipTambo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service! Food was well prepared and so delicious! Love this restaurant! Risotto was fabulous.

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vipmcfarlin
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We l,ove Rustica and sitting in the bar area or at the bar itself. Great place before the Goodspeed opera house.

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Kimber
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the food and the atmosphere. My husband had the lamb and I had the linguine di Mare and it was amazing. I can see this turning into a go-to place for us.

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murraythek
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This is just a comfy congenial spot in beautiful Chester Connecticut. The service is truly outstanding, no hobnobbing interference but someone is always watching, appearing to efficiently fulfill needs almost before you think of them yourself. You know the kitchen knows what it is doing on the first bite.

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TylerS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience!

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islandgirl
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As always, the food was incredible. Worth the drive! The bar was a bit noisy, so they easily accommodated us in the dining room. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night out! Tables are very close together, would be my only complaint. Wonderful food and service!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was incredibly slow. They took our card to check out and kept it for over 20 minutes while we waited for our receipt. Took over 15 minutes after we were seated before they brought drink menus and another 15 before they came back to take our drink order.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good experience!

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CarrieB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant!!! Perfect for date night

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Pete
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Bus staff was excellent however waitress was not very attentive that’s why the rating and very noisy

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ChetK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

At least the wine was good.

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CarrieB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant! The food is perfect and the owners and staff ore too. The carbonara is to die for and the wine selection is outstanding.

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FoodieOma
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great restaurant with homemade pastas, but also a variety of fish and meat dinners. You can't ask for better service, attentive but not rushed. Great cocktail selection too! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing from start to finish Owner came out who is also the chef !! Service was fantastic Matt was attentive and on point. Food was outstanding!!

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AnneH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was delicious! I am not sure how we missed this restaurant since we live in the next town over. Service was excellent. Ambience was perfect! The food was amazing. Everything tasted so fresh. We will definitely be back. If you haven’t been there yet-do go!

FAQs

Rustica Ristorante - Chester offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 526-9021.

Rustica Ristorante - Chester is rated 4.7 stars by 807 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.