RustiKo Soho

4.0
58 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighbourhood Gem
RustiKo is an independent boutique that sets itself apart from the chain eateries that is so often seen in modern day Soho. Located in the heart of Soho, Rustiko serves a home made Italian soul food menu "the way mamma used to make it", in a rustic interior. All food is complemented by a funky playlist, a carefully composed wine list, and a cocktail list crafted by our expert bartenders.

Our bar prides itself as a neighbourhood retreat- relaxed, friendly, and exuding a particular family vibe. This is epitomised by our downstairs cocktail lounge, The Shed. Expect comfy sofas, quirky decor, a polaroid wall, and even a rocking chair!

The RustiKo philosophy is to bring the vintage Soho experience back to London, and we look forward to sharing it with you!
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London
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

This was decent Italian food with large portion sizes in a great location near the Palace theatre. The food is nothing special but it is tasty and very little was left by our table. The service was quite slow.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was absolutely delicious, however, the customer service was terrible. We had a reservation but had to wait 40minutes to get seated. The starters arrived quite quickly but then we had to wait forever for the mains even though it was not busy. The staff member was rolling their eyes when we refused to pay service charge.
I would like to reiterate that the food was amazing and affordable. I would definitely go back if it was not for the poor customer service.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

A tad disappointing really. very noisy , starters very disappointing , mains good. Service excellent.
More like a café than a Soho restaurant... Sorry

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great pizza and attentive service - thanks very much!

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SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, atmosphere was lovely and service was top notch!

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AM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Went here for a early lunch and the food was excellent, service was attentive and relaxed and we had a really great time. Excellent value for money.

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EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Placing our order was very difficult, the waitress got things wrong several times. We arrived at 8.20pm and got our mains at 9.45pm, meaning we had to rush to finish before we had to leave. When the food did arrive, it was not all correct and a couple of dishes had to be taken back to be "fixed". Food was OK, nothing amazing. Overall, service was very bad, food ok. The only good thing was the music, it was great so that made waiting for the food a little easier.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, really good service. Goat's cheese starter and panna cotta dessert were lovely, pasta main was perfectly fine but nothing special. My diet coke was a bit flat. We had a shared starter and dessert and a main each plus a coffee and bread, came to £25 each so definitely recommended for value.

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TT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The only place that has availability, a complete disappointment. Would not recommend to anyone.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great food and great service!!

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PD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, truly rustic and great quality and flavour. We loved it,
the perfect meal before the Dita Von Teese show!

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R
Hertfordshire
28 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had pre-theatre lunch with our grandchildren. We had reserved our table. We were greeted straightaway by name and seated quickly. Our server checked that we were going to a theatre matinee and took our order promptly. She chatted to the children and called them by name throughout the meal.
The food was lovely, all freshly made and well presented. We will definitely come again.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Good value for money in such a central location. That is probably the only positive comment I can make. Food was okayish, nothing exceptional in particular but definitely edible and with good size portions. Cocktails were good, wine selection good as well. Problem was the staff. Very slow service, difficult to reach, and also quite rude. It does make a difference when you want to enjoy a meal to have so grumpy people around you. Such a shame for a nice otherwise place.

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FS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RustiKo Soho - Great Spot for Lunch or Dinner in the heart of London's Soho Area. RustiKo is one of our two favourite restaurants in London. Great food choices, a good selection of wines and consistently good, attentive service makes for a delightful lunch for dinner. Whether you are seated on the main floor or upstairs the restaurant is casual, comfortable and and very centrally located in London's gay Soho area. CEO Kalam Chan and hist staff go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. The menu is extensive and their wine selection offers a good variety of wines at reasonable prices. A spot we love to visit when we are in London. Cheers!
Fernando and Mario, Toronto, Canada.

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v
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good and staff was very nice.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Our waitress was lovely and food was good. We were served the wrong meals which sat in front of us for some time before they realised their mistake. The meals were then taken over the other table. Personally I would not have accepted food that was getting cold and which had been sitting with other people. Pizzas and pastas were good. Wine was extortionate for what it was - around 40 pounds for a basic chianti.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was pretty good all round, and good beer selection although none on draft but the main issue was the house wine at £30. We were pretty surprised when the bill came to around £50 per head (3 courses with wine) but the quality didn't really reflect this I don't think.

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JT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Decent restaurant for Italian flavour food. Not widest of menus but enough to provide enough variety for everyone. Wine is very pricey.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent evening in this atmospheric venue. The food was superb and the only disappointing thing about it was the lack of pasta layers and the meat between the layers of the lasagne, to much cheese and sauce.
One of our party was vegetarian and the chef prepared a spaghetti carbonara without the ham for her, which she absolutely loved.

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LT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food was quite bland therefore I was disappointed by my meal. Cocktails were the best bit especially as we got there in time to take advantage of happy hour.

There was a draft coming through the closed window that we were seated by upstairs and it was very cold so we had to ask to move tables. The waitress didn't mind and she even put the heater on for us. Service was good - shame about the food!

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PG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We popped in to Rustiko some weeks back just looking for somewhere quick to eat. The pasta was so good and the service so friendly we have now been back three more times.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of six ate before a show. Good food, good, if relaxed, service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and cocktails - what more could you ask for . Will definitely be back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Went here for a birthday meal post theatre, and the staff were very attentive even late into the evening. A little bit of miscommunication when it came to my Dad asking whether service had been included and the waitress said no but it had... Food was delicious, the garlic bread was dreamy and they made a real effort with a desert birthday plate which was perfect!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Very quiet.

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MB
London
127 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Small restaurant with a chill room on the lower ground. A good range of options on the menu, shame the specials board wasn't highlighted to us though.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Their website stated genuine homemade Italian food yet their menu was very questionable? There were 5 of us and we all something different from the menu and we all felt the food was very bland and lacked flavour/seasoning, it lacked authenticity which was why we had chosen this restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The food was nice but it was overpriced and had no atmosphere (empty and no music). I wouldn't warn people off it but equally I wouldn't recommend it either. All round ok experience.

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SA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We were pleasantly surprised to be able to get a booking for f
a Friday evening in Soho. The decor is rustic as the name and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and wine.
Very good value for the quality odf what we were served.

I wouldnt go here for a quiet meal as there is music but the 1st floor dining room room wasn't too crammed with tables and felt very laid back fro Soho Friday night.

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NC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited on a Saturday night and it has a nice bustling atmosphere. The menu had lots of choice and the lasagne was gorgeous! We chatted to the owner for a while who was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Will definitely be back for a return visit.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Service a bit slow though this was Saturday night and they were very busy. Whitebait tasted overcooked, Lasagne I ordered wasn't really up to scratch and seemed swamped in tomato and cheese without much meat. A ready meal would have been cheaper and would have had the same quality. That said my date seemed happy with her Lobster pasta dish. Good wine and they were helpful enough about that. I think the need to look at food quality more and be a little less frugal with the meat.

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GW
London
29 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian with a modern twist. Great bar downstairs for Italian tapas

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting London and happened upon this place. Lovely dinner.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I organised a small birthday dinner with some friends. The food was great and the staff were friendly. The vibe is relaxed and lovely with nice soft lighting and the food is great - delicious, authentic Italian. Exactly what we were in the mood for, though the menu could have been a little more diverse in terms of pasta dishes. Quite good value for money when reviewing the menu and booking. There is a gratuity added at point of payment that I wasn't previously aware of but this may be common in the UK (in Australia there is not tipping).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

I expected the restaurant to be a bit quieter than it was, we were located at a table close to the bar where customers were stood. I had expected the table to be in a similar setting to the pic on the Rustico website!

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and they really were very kind in accommodating my friend's birthday, including prosecco! Service was a little bit off at the start as our booking change hadn't been accommodated for (from 2 to 3 people) and we were made to feel a bit bad about making that change, even though we did it online and in advance of the reservation time. However, aside from that it was really nice. Pizza was excellent and cocktails were unusual and great value.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RustiKo is fast becoming a firm favourite - equally good for a catch-up with the girls as it is for a date. Gorgeous food (if a little pricey) and delicious cocktails made creatively and with love and attention.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Absolutely fantastic food - best lasagne I've ever had

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k
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The restaurant wrote the review on my behalf after the meal.

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k
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Cool interior design of the restaurant especially downstairs (karaoke bar space).

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