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“Escape to the sun” 4 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
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Escape to the sun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Ignore the disgruntled male voice answering the phone for reservations; he belies the dining experience which after many years and changes in ownership remains very good. Make a reservation; it is essential. The restaurant is casual; the service and food are not. The menu is "European" with something for everyone, from pizza to rabbit. The salads are fresh and the deserts fantastic. There is a good wine list with many wines from Monterey County which has developed into a major producer. Lunch on a foggy summer day is a particular treat. Children are welcome and appear to have a good time.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Southern California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Charming, and tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We came in here on a Saturday just before lunch without a reservation on July 4th weekend. We were seated right away at a quaint two person table to the side of the building on the patio (veranda). I had the egg salad sandwich with salmon and my husband had the special sandwich and we both loved our meal. It was a great hearty meal to start our afternoon wine tasting. The staff were friendly and a little scarce, but that worked to our benefit as we were able to have a leisurely meal on a beautiful day. We would definitely come back next time we were in the area.

  • Visited July 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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Watsonville, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Patio dining * great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Ate here on a Sunday night 4th of July weekend. Made reservation as we were walking around village as 2 wineries said it was their favorite spot. I listen to the locals! Sat in patio -nice evening.
Service was excellent. Had eggplant pasta which was terrific. Rich flavors & large serving. Friends seafood special (halibut) was tasty to.
$20.00 corkage fee- standard- as we brought a nice pinot from home to enjoy, so didn't look at wine menu.
Lemon dessert was split 3 ways & was large enough for us all to enjoy- delicious.
I would def go back. Maybe recent reviews had a bad night.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“European environment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We managed to get a table without a reservation and felt pretty lucky on the 4th of July weekend. It is a charming place to sit (we were outside) and the menu was interesting.

We started with marinated olives, but they tasted salty and vinegary with a late in the day marination in oil. My Pasta Rustica was not as good as it could have been, probably too many ingredients fighting with each other and a bit sharp flavour. My Sweetie's shrimp were good but he says, not special. They had a good wine list, though pricey by the glass.

I guess we felt lucky to get a real meal on the evening it was in such a charming place but the food was not as good as it could have been. Service was pleasant. It promises more than it delivers.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very popular local restaurant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Good food well prepared, more on the vegan fresh healthy side than on the meat and potatoes side. Slightly more expensive than anticipated. Attentive and pleasant wait staff. Not fancy decor, but in tune with the local Village. It was obvious that there is a sizeable num,ber of repeat/regular customers. Suggest that a reservation be made, particularly on Saturday evenings.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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