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Rustica

236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 492-0247
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Ranked #5 of 284 restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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English first
Battle Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

If you have never eaten at Rustica please give it a try. The food is typical food you would find in most fine dining restaurants but with such a flavorful incredible flair. The food is not typical of everyday dining so be prepared for something a little different.

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Holt, Michigan
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had dinner here while staying at the nearby Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast. We arrived shortly after they opened and it was still cold on the inside and took a while for the heat to warm us up. Initially we were seated right under a vent which was blowing cold air, but they relocated us after... More

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
Top Contributor
229 reviews 229 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We always stop here on our way to Chicago. The place is amazing in Kalmazoo of all places. It can get busy on weekends but believe me its worth the wait!

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Wyoming, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Eating at this restaurant was an anniversary present. We usually don't go to places that are this expensive. This place was a real treat. We were seated by the kitchen, so we were able to watch the cooks prepare the food. That was a lot of fun. The décor is very nice, and the food tastes marvelous. We also told... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The quality of the food was very good. Nice ambiance. The service good. They didn't hurry us through the meal.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Rustica has been my number one choice of places to eat in kalamazoo for about 4 years now. Amazing food. Good location and a classy atmosphere. Being small and located downtown, it can get really busy on the weekends but it's ALWAYS worth the wait. We have always had great service and food. Never any issues. Most of the menu... More

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Kalamazoo
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

You can expect good food, excellent service and reasonable prices. The menu changes seasonally. If you enjoy creativity in the kitchen, you will be pleased with what is offered.

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Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A very friendly upscale eatery in downtown Kalamazoo. Started the dinner with appetizers, I choose the green pea and mint soup (delicious) my husband had the grilled romaine salad which he enjoyed. For entrees I had the braised lamb shanks on a bed of grilled artichoke hearts and sauteed kale, excellent. My husband the hanger steak which was beautifully cooked.... More

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Maine, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We had read rave reviews for Rustica in Trip Advisor, so we went there with high expectations. Rustica is very good, but our expectations may have been too high. The atmosphere is urban, not rustic. The interior surfaces are hard so that sounds turn into noise. The service was fine but not exceptional. My wife's pork loin was wonderfully tender... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Only once I have liked the food there. They don't try to acommodate any special needs or likes.I hope I don't have to go there ever again. Expensive for the final product.

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