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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 - 11:00 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: Late Night, Dinner

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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 15
    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
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The lamb was a little rich I feel like a lot of food to enjoy. The beans were fantasic!!! It did not try the bone marrow but we are going back

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Michelle T
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The lamb was a little rich I feel like a lot of food to enjoy. The beans were fantasic!!! It did not try the bone marrow but we are going back

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We've eaten here twice, with very different menu selections. I loved the options when we dined here in the winter. The summer menu relies heavily on what's in season, but I already do a lot of that type of cooking at home. The winter menu featured really interesting protein choices. I actually had a goat dish. It was spectacular. Seriously.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I ordered my Grilled Hanger Steak medium rare, and every bite was beyond delicious :) If you are seeking a temporary flavor coma, this is the ticket. Great beer and wine selection as well. Call ahead to ensure you get a table.

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santa Clara, CA
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63 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant bills itself as offering "Rustic European Cuisine" I would call it "Refined European Inspired", but with Mammoth portions. On my first night I had a pork loin dish, really delicious, but with enough food for two. Then I tried to be reasonable and ordered the ice cream dessert, expecting a nice little ball of gelato. I got and... More 

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Michigan
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We went there once with another couple. We had a long wait, the food was cold. But the selection was refreshing. We did like the ambience.

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

By far the best gourmet experience in Kalamazoo. Great for an unpretentious but delicious dinner experience. It's a very small place with no reservations, so you cannot go there when pressed for time. Cannot recommend any of the foods in particular, they are all "Oh so good" and the menu changes often anyhow. I think it makes for a great... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Had dinner with wife. Great little spot, quiet the night we went. Service was excellent. Great beer list. Flank steak was perfectly prepared with asparagus and potatoes. Pork shank was moist and very filling. Strawberry cake to finish. All in all good food and service. in Kzoo.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Rustica is a delightful little restaurant in the old downtown area, which by the way is perfect for strolling and shopping. The open kitchen allows you to watch the chef's work, and the menu, although small, is full of delights. Try beginning with the grilled romaine salad. I had the hangar steak, which was cooked to perfection at medium rare... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Wonderful, intimate atmosphere - quaint, with a window that looks out on the Kalamazoo mall. Have had excellent service here - from the servers to the bartender. Food is fresh, seasonal, and delicious. Many gluten-free options - almost everything can accommodate gluten intolerances with a few modifications from the kitchen (except pasta). They even have a rotating seasonal gluten-free dessert... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Best food in kalamazoo hands down. the intimate setting and open kitchen make it feel like a well kept secret in a much larger city. Everything chef Chris makes is fantastic. The Bone Marrow is a personal favorite flavor.

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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: Local cuisine, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?