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2 / 1 King Street | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
+61 49293333
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 114
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely Food but Atmosphere Lacking

Beautifully located, Rustica has great beach views and is very large and spacious. The food is lovely and reasonably priced, however, I find the restaurant crowded and very noisy. The service is ok, but rushed. I think this restaurant would be a lot more inviting if more attention was placed on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Nat-Jono
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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261 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Beautifully located, Rustica has great beach views and is very large and spacious. The food is lovely and reasonably priced, however, I find the restaurant crowded and very noisy. The service is ok, but rushed. I think this restaurant would be a lot more inviting if more attention was placed on the diners instead of the amount of people they... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Rustica has a magical atmosphere and excellent service as well as a delightful location overlooking the beach and surf. The food is well presented and reasonably priced to the top end. We found the air conditioning to be a problem as it was set too low and, even though the hostess assured us that it would warm up when more... More 

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Crescent Head, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A table by the window on a stormy night was just perfect. Lovely view of the ocean and huge ships waiting near the horizon. Dinner on Saturdays is done in two sittings, in by 6 or 6:30 and out by 8:30 ready for the second sitting. This was not a problem, excellent, helpful service by all the wait people so... More 

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Newcastle
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We have enjoyed Rustica a number of times and it is always excellent. In fact I am surprised that it is not higher rated on Trip Advisor. The food is fantastic, the decor gorgeous and the atmosphere great. Highly recommend the Banquet which is incredible value at $45 for 6 dishes. Have been there for a romantic for two and... More 

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Salisbury North, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Holidaying up the North Coast, next stop was Newcastle. Found Rustica and really enjoyed it. The menu has something for everyone Tapas, small plates and large plates, regional plates & share plates. Good value and good meals, friendly staff. What more could you want.

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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went here on a Monday night, had the Zucchini flower fritters filled with toasted almond, basil and ricotta,tomato jam and aioli and the Half shell scallops grilled w/ brown bread butter, lemon & bacon as an entrée. Very nice portion size, very tasty. The mains we chose were the Char grilled Cape Grim rib eye, café de Paris butter, pommes... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

After admiring this restaurant for so long we finally made a reservation on a Saturday night for our wedding anniversary. We asked for a window seat which is what we received.This place has amazing decor and is in a beautiful location looking over Newcastle beach. We noticed upon entering the restaurant that the temperature was absolutely freezing inside. So cold... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The unique decor, efficient service and superb food makes this my new favourite. The share plates are divine and such a lovely way to enjoy a meal with loved ones. Yaaaay!

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Broadbeach, Australia
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Wow! I could not fault a thing!! Having booked well ahead for a Saturday night, our party of ten shared a packed restaurant including two large 40 th birthday parties. I immediately assumed long waits between couses but the kitchen staff, used to packed houses, provided exceptional food and the wait staff admirable service the whole evening. My meal was... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Food was incredible...I had the zucchini flowers followed by the crispy skin Salmon...very very nice. Others at my table enjoyed the pork belly. I will come again

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 / 1 King Street | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: +61 49293333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 27
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?