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Rustica

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236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 492-0247
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Layers of flavors

Well prepared food with a local touch of fresh ingredients. Chefs go above and beyond the norm. The lamb shank was perfect.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well prepared food with a local touch of fresh ingredients. Chefs go above and beyond the norm. The lamb shank was perfect.

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Portage, Michigan
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

My sisters and I ate here before going to a play. Interesting menu....variety....good appetizers....on the expensive side!

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Thank Sherry L
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

We tried with some friends. Overall good tasting food. Could use more vegetarian options on the menu. Kind of pricing for regular visits.

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Thank Ted1255
Paw Paw, Michigan
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132 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Took my sweetie out for a birthday dinner. We both appreciate good food, good wine, good service, and good atmosphere. We got a we hoped for. They now have a call ahead waiting list as they don't take reservations. Called just after 8 AM with requested dining time. We got the promised call back. Arrived on time and did not... More 

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Thank Ginger F
Illinois
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198 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Recently made my second trip to Rustica, about 5 years after the first. Definitely in the top tier of restaurants in the area. We started off with the roasted bone marrow and mussels, both of which were very good. The wine - one from Spain, name escapes me - was so good we had two bottles that night. For dinner,... More 

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1 Thank Otowners
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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408 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Enjoyed the atmosphere which is cozy and welcoming. The salad was excellent as well as the steak. Can match with a great glass of red wine as they have a wide selection to chose from the menu. I always find the staff to be extremely friendly and responsive to requests. Overall a great dining experience in Kalamazoo!

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1 Thank Nancy O
White Lake, Michigan
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We went to Kalamazoo last weekend for a concert and just picked Rustico based on a review of the menu and the recommendations on this site. In short, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We started with a cheese board which was nicely sized for two people and filled with unique items that were delightfully balanced. My wife ordered the Short... More 

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Thank whitelaketraveler
santa Clara, CA
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71 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

They bill themselves as refined rustic. I agree with refined. The rustic part must refer to the portions that are enormous. You can trick the system by ordering small plates,. you will still get a very good meal.

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Thank travelpossum
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Rustica is absolutely deserving of its reputation of being the best restaurant in Kalamazoo! The atmosphere is that of a small European bistro with calming beige tones, pleasant country decorations, and an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work. The tiny space would feel more cramped if not for the high ceilings. Highlights of the menu are the bone... More 

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1 Thank Ross M
Byron Center, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Although my daughter and I dined on a busy Saturday night we never felt rushed and had a wonderful meal. The ambiance, cozy tables, sights and wonderful aromas set the mood for a fantastic evening. Our meals were not only beautifully presented but were among the best we have ever tasted. The service was top notch, and we appreciated the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: (269) 492-0247

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
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

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