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Rustica

2 / 1 King Street | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
4929 3333
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Ranked #34 of 342 restaurants in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Darwin, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was my first time to Rustica. I was very impressed. The venue is styled to look like an old (but classy) tavern, and has a warm feel to it. The large glass frontage gives great views of the ocean, and the setting is comfortable. The staff were very polite and even happy when we asked to split the bill!... More

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with positive feedback. We love reading reviews from our new customers’. We are very pleased to hear you received the excellent service and satisfaction that we strive to provide. We appreciate your loyalty to return again for our slow cooked meat and we look forward to seeing you again in the... More

Newcastle
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Before we even say down the waitress asked if we were aware they needed the table by a certain time. We were not aware we were part of a "sitting" and felt rushed to get through each course. Booking was made on line and nothing mentioned about time. As soon as one course ended, the next was straight out. Whilst... More

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Dear Amanda, We apologise for not providing your family with the 5 star experience that we strive to provide all of our guests. We never want our guests to feel rushed when they come to dine with us. We book up very fast on the weekends and sometimes we encounter double bookings, which leave our guests with a specific time... More

Lake Macquarie, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food was delicious, great desserts. Friendly staff. Views are to diet for. No toilets inside however this didn't really both us.

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Dear Robyn, Thank you for the 5 star rating. We love reading positive feedback from our satisfied patrons. Please stop by again soon! More

Newcastle, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Looking down on Newcastle beach we have shared the slow cooked lamb twice now . Service wonderful. Fast and friendly. We will be back

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive feedback. We truly appreciate your support and loyalty to return again. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Newcastle, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We have been before and the quality of the food has not changed. It is good to try the different courses on the menu. Staff are very friendly and the window seats have a good view of the beach at night. Would recommend.

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Dear Peter, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us. We appreciate the kind words that you’ve written and the future recommendations. We look forward to having you as our guest again in the near future! More

Newcastle, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our first experience at Rustica. The decor is rich and interesting. Reminds me of some favourites European restaurants from the 80s/90s in a warm and nostalgic way. We enjoyed the share plate of lamb shoulder that was succulent and melted away from the bone. Delicious Zucchini flowers with basil, almond, ricotta..yum..fresh lush high quality oysters. Wonderful attentive service... More

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WAC98, Manager at Rustica, responded to this review

Dear Sharyn, Thank you for the 5 star rating. We love reading positive feedback from our first time guests. We will pass along your compliments to our head chef and the rest of our staff. Please stop by again soon. Cheers! More

Newcastle, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The food has been amazing every time I visit ... cannot wait to go back the Confit Duck Maryland is cooked to perfection.... I try a different desert each time

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Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

For a restaurant with lots of waiters and waitresses moving about, the wait service was a little slow. The food was very average. The clutter and noise made it hard to talk to my husband and have a nice conversation. We may try a lunch time dining experience one day, but won't be back for an evening one. Then to... More

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Hong Kong, China
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The decor tries to be rustic, but a little eclectic. However the food really hits the mark. The baked oysters were fantastic, the steak cooked to perfection (medium rare) as was the tasty chicken dish. Two of our party had the lamb shared plate, and it was both plentiful and magnificent. The flavours and the vegetables also went a bit... More

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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

The food at Rustica has never disappointed and neither does the views. Service can be a little slow and it can be difficult to get the wait staffs attention. This is disappointing as everything else is top notch. I have experienced this on a number of occasions. I will still go back for the food and views.

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