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236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 492-0247
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Ranked #7 of 290 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We sat in the window of Rustica 3 nights ago, and had great service from Steph. The food was amazing (the grilled Romaine salad was a hit), and the wine list was exceptional, both in quality and in how reasonable the prices were. I had the lamb shank, which was meat you nudge off the bone with your fork. Everyone... More 

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Vicksburg
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22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This was my first time here and my experience was very positive and the food was good. The server was great and on top of things. Yes it's a small place and can get loud, but I was there for the food, beer and a good time. All were achieved. I would definitely go back.

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Portage, Michigan, USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is very pricy, loud, and cramped. Overall, it does not give you a nice dining experience (unless you want to shout to be heard by your companions!). The food was OK but not worth the prices they charge. We had a the parchment fish and it was tough. Not going through this again!!

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Monclova, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were in Kalamazoo for a dog show and always scope out restaurants on TA, so when we saw good reviews of Rustica, thought we'd give it a try. It's downtown and parking isn't the easiest, even on a weeknight, but ford forth and you'll be rewarded with a very tasty meal. We sat at the bar (as we usually... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Excellent upscale dishes. Service was very good. The only drawback during the cold season is that it is a little drafty if you are sitting near the front door. Other than that, it is a great experience worth repeating.

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

15 minutes off I-94 is a world class restaurant with an unbelievable global wine list- Rustica in downtown Kalamazoo. All the locals know this is the place for a really special meal. The co-owner owns Tiffany's wine shop, and has a deep wine list with incredible old finds from France, Chile, Spain, South Africa, Portugal, Italy, etc., and boutique wines... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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78 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Every time I go I have to try the soup that they happen to serve that day. Fantastic soups here. The pear and parsnip is heaven. Service is casual, but just enough of that old world perfection. You feel very taken care of, but not intrusive. Recently I had the grilled pork loin which was fantastic and the veggies were... More 

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Houston, Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This intimate downtown restaurant has the best food in the city. The menu relies heavily on top local produce, so the ingredients are fresh and high quality. Ambitious dishes like a soup combining parsnips, apples and other unusual ingredients are executed flawlessly. Not only was the soup marvelous, but so was the seasonal gnocchi with squash and apples. The duck... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Everyone raves about this one. Not impressed. When I asked the server the origins of salmon she did not know. Small portions and for the money, not impressive enough. Better options downtown.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great food, great ambience. Homemade Gnocchi and gelato were special highlights. Great grilled salad and pear apple soup.

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Additional Information about Rustica

Address: 236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone Number: (269) 492-0247
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: European, Italian

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