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“Delightful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Rustica

Cafe Rustica
10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
831-659-4444
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Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Los Gatos
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

You can't order anything bad in this restaurant...wonderful choices and sunshine and an outdoor eating area...wine selection is lovely....salads are huge....pizzas are reminiscent of the
European variety and it is worth the drive to surrender to a delightful experience!! Make sure you do not miss the butterscotch pudding..it is divine!!!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Faultless and Consistent in the Best European Tradition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

If the summer sun has not yet broken through the fog in Carmel by noon, consider driving 10 miles inland, up Carmel Valley Road, to Cafe Rustica for lunch. You will be sitting on a sunny patio enjoying what Tripadvisor's reviewers accurately rate as the best restaurant in the Valley. We have a summer place nearby, and have eaten here more than a dozen times in the past year or two. The interior of the restaurant is cosy at other times of year, with a low ceiling, stone walls, bustling staff, and a warm pizza oven. There are 7 seats at the bar where a single diner can usually snag a spot even on a busy weekend evening. The room has a nice buzz but is not too noisy.

The menu includes pasta and pizza but classifying it as Italian is a misnomer. One of the perennial favorites is Hungarian Paprika Beef Goulash on Egg Noodles, and the first 2 pizza listings are Alsatian in origin. The restaurant is faultlessly managed in the European tradition by a large omnipresent gentleman with graying hair. Service is attentive, faultless and friendly. The wait staff appear to enjoy their work. The 3-4 nightly specials are always an excellent choice. Vegetables are not neglected and are perfectly cooked. At least one vegetarian option is available.

If you are a foodie or want to splurge, go to Marinus at Bernardus and take your chances. But if you want to eat reliably well and feel pleasantly satisfied, Cafe Rustica is your best bet.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great pizza great pasta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Surprisingly good! We shared pizza and pasta and it was better than some I've had in Italy. Portions were huge though!! We had a nice little table outside. Worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Ontario, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Our first attempt to eat here was on a Monday, which is their day off. We drove up the valley he next night. It was worth the trip back. What a great meal with friendly, attentive service.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Redwood City, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A great little "gem" in Carmel Valley!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This restaurant was recommened to us by a fellow "foodie".
It was worth the drive into Carmel Valley to experience their "wood fired pizza". The servings are bountiful , fresh tasting, quality and some dishes have unique flavoring....
We had the "Jose" pizza....YUM! A must stop if you are in
Carmel Valley!

Visited January 2014
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