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315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841-3303
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Italian

Quaint and busy service was very good. Penne Bolognaise was excellent. Fresh meat, home made pasta. Beet salad was good but skimpy on the beets .Bread was also nice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Marian H
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

Quaint and busy service was very good. Penne Bolognaise was excellent. Fresh meat, home made pasta. Beet salad was good but skimpy on the beets .Bread was also nice.

Thank Marian H
Kissimmee, Florida
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

In fairness, it should be noted that I was with 6 others who truly enjoyed their meals. I ordered the linguini with sausage and mussels. I got something different, linguini with sausage and eggplant. Our server said she grabbed the wrong plate from the warmer, OK, no big deal. She brought me my correct meal but only after everyone else... More 

Thank Mark H
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Went to this restaurant based on the reviews. Really in the mood for some good Italian food. Ordered the eggplant Parm (one of their specialties according to our waitress). I think it was deep fried and the eggplant was sliced extremely thick - off tasting. The pasta that accompanied it was inedible. There was so much burnt garlic in it... More 

Thank Pat M
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The service was terrible. Our waitress was extremely rude, obviously doesn't like her job very much. The beet salad was really good, but the entrees were very underwhelming. Pasta in a watery, tasteless sauce with minimal shrimp. Did not eat any of of it, and she could have cared less. Really disappointed, was anticipating a much better experience.

Thank ksluvtotravel
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Excellent but portions a little too big. Best Veal Marsala I've had in years with plenty for lunch the next day.

Thank beth c
Arlington, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Who knew that Italian was going to be the best restaurants in this overwhelmingly seafood location? This was our third visit to Rustica and has been outstanding each time. The bartender is very good and the wine list is more than adequate. Because the portions are large we decided not to have appetizers, but when the server told us about... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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117 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This was a nice restaurant. They were pretty busy but we were able to get the last table. Our server was very pleasant but service was very slow. Other tables getting their orders while we waited. Pasta & meatballs were good - however, others around us were raving about how delicious it was. I would recommend this place.

Thank 93611
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Easy to find on Main Street near the Strand theatre. Subdued contemporary Italian decor and not overwhelming menu. Mussels in secret pesto garlic butter tomato sauce the BEST..needed more bread to soak up the sauce...roasted beet salad and arugula salad with fried zucchini delicious. Neither salad was overwhelmed with dressing. Ask for server Tammy.

Thank GiGu2
Annapolis, Maryland
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59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We were running late for dinner, and thought about going to Rustica. It was 8:30 PM and they closed at 9. We called ahead and they said they would gladly take us. We arrived a few minutes later and enjoyed a nice glass of chianti, some of their homemade bread, and then we had a fried artichoke salad, which was... More 

Thank DanimalBWI
Camden, Maine
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We used to live in New Jersey, where there is more than enough excellent Italian food, so we don’t go out for Italian very often here. Partly because we think we might be disappointed, and partly because we seem to have less frequent Italian cravings now. But this was our second visit to Rustica, and it was just as good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841-3303
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Rockland
  • Phone Number: 207-594-0015

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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