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Caffe Rustica

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1936 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-7511
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 194
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Great find in Lake Placid!

We had a great meal. After a few nights of very good "farm to table", we looked forward to a "decent" Italian meal. We got much more. Shared the vitello house special (capers, tomatoes, lemon and capers) and the pizza special of the night which had arugula, veal ragout and mozzarella. Wow! Loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Barbs605
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Scarsdale
via mobile
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Scarsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great meal. After a few nights of very good "farm to table", we looked forward to a "decent" Italian meal. We got much more. Shared the vitello house special (capers, tomatoes, lemon and capers) and the pizza special of the night which had arugula, veal ragout and mozzarella. Wow! Loved both dishes and our server, Eden was... More 

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Vineland, New Jersey
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, seems to be a local place as some patrons were "known" to staff. Always a good sign!! Food was delicious and the waitress staff was absolutely fabulous!!

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Thank mightymuzz
New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very disappointed in this restaurant as we had overheard good comments from other people. The lasagne had a ton of sauce which was flat and bland. The pasta was way overcooked and there was not much ricotta or meat in it. One couple at out table ordered 4 appetizers for their dinner. They said all of them "sucked".... More 

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Rome, Italy
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose Caffe Rustica because of its high rating and we were not disappointed. Food was very good and the portions were large. The bread was excellent - from Brooklyn - so you know it's the real deal. Everyone enjoyed their wine and cocktail. Wait staff was very friendly to add to a very pleasant experience. Some in our party... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great dinner at Caffe Rustica on our wedding anniversary. Both her filet mignon and my eggplant with penne were delicious. Staff is very courteous, attentive, but not annoying. I think, everyone greeted us with our anniversary. Unfortunately, I can't give this restaurant more than four stars. It would be nice if they offered a... More 

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Thank IhorM
parkton
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family has gone there past 2 years. You can count on amazing food. However the service this year was very rushed. If you're paying the $ we paid, the last thing you want is to feel rushed out. We joked on the way home that our waitress would have had a fit, had we dared to ask for a... More 

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So happy to have found this restaurant on Tripadvisor as it is not located right in the village and we would have never come across it just by walking around. Definitely one of the best meals we had during our four days in Lake Placid. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Food and wine were excellent and we would definitely return if... More 

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Thank ILoveTivoli
Port Deposit, Maryland
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We stopped by without a reservation but were seated right away. The menu is loaded with Italian specialties and all looked good. The Chicken Saltimboca was excellent - the sauce was very flavorful. The wine menu offers lots of choices and the service was a perfect complement to the meal. The food is as good as any I've had in... More 

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Thank Lou1505
Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Phenomenal meal...literally the best food I've had in recent memory. It's a small establishment (I'd guess no more than 50 or so served total). The daily specials were hard to choose from because they all sounded good. My husband and I decided on the Sea Bass special over risotto with haricots vert and lobster beurre blanc . OUT OF THIS... More 

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Thank ScorpioJen
Verona, New Jersey
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

My family and I had a great dinner here. We had everything from the seafood cipolino to the shorts ribs, to linguini with clams, and eggplant arrabiatta. Everything was cooked to perfection with healthy portions and we had fantastic service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1936 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid
  • Phone Number: 518-523-7511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm

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