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Caffe Rustica

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1936 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-7511
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 159
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    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 for a very filling lunch

My son and I enjoyed Caffe Rustica for lunch on three separate occasions all within 5 days while visiting Lake Placid. The food is very fresh and tasty and filling. The cream of carrot and beet soup topped with honeyed chèvre was outstanding. The salads are excellent, large as well as the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
seaotter301
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Elmhurst, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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255 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The atmosphere was nice but the tables a little close for those prices. I had the Cioppino sauce was really thick like ketchup & had zucchini & yellow squash in it. Too weird. I'm from NJ best Italian food in the US. The Pizzas would be a better bet they looked really good. You have to buy your wine here... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My son and I enjoyed Caffe Rustica for lunch on three separate occasions all within 5 days while visiting Lake Placid. The food is very fresh and tasty and filling. The cream of carrot and beet soup topped with honeyed chèvre was outstanding. The salads are excellent, large as well as the flatbreads. If possible, TRY the homemade butterscotch brule.... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We arrived at the restaurant at 8pm , we were two adults and a child of 8 years . Restaurant Closes at 9pm As soon as we walked in we noticed that the kitchen and Pizza oven were up and running From where I was standing I could see there were 3 tables available. One waiters approach us and told... More 

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Warwick, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We went for lunch. the soup and sandwiches were great.the dinner menu looked very good. they have a wood fired oven. everything we had was very tasty and fresh the staff was very friendly and attentive. We're definitely going back for dinner

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Toronto, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Had a lovely dinner here during our trip to Lake Placid after reading some reviews online. The food was well done, you can tell the chef knows what he is doing, classic Italian fare and a nice ambiance to the place. We walked in mid-week and it was a little busy (pretty small room) and I could quickly tell many... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We went to this place based on other positive reviews. We were seated 18" from the next table and had to listen to two gentlemen who were well into too many brews....Very crowded. The fire oven made pizza was like cardboard with some tomato cheese and basil smeared on it. We were glad to leave...not a good experience..won't go back... More 

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Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had dinner here in February. It had been recommended by the owner of the house that we rented over President's weekend. My son was a little unsure as he had read a mediocre review on-line. Well, I am so glad that we did not pay attention to the reviewer. The food was excellent, service was fantastic. The people there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

I rarely go out to dinner. Dating a chef and being a good cook myself makes it hard for me to want to spend $$ on something I can make at home... But it was my birthday and I do not have a wood fired pizza oven. So I requested Caffe Rustica. My boyfriend told them it was my birthday... More 

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We love Caffe Rustica. Everything is always consistent and the daily specials are never to be missed. The owner/chef, Kevin definitely has a fine tuned establishment as this place is constantly busy. The service is always spectacular and faces never seem to change. The menu is pricey, but well worth the high quality of fresh ingredients. We do wish that... More 

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Guilderland, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a cute little place. The food was very good. We had the sea bass and it was delicious. However, the tables are so close together you feel like you are part of your neighbors conversations. They stuck us in the bar room where everyone is crammed when they had a much bigger room in the back where the... More 

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?