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“Hipster restaurant atmosphere that delivers the "goods"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)
(310) 393-7050
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Ranked #93 of 513 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: 11th
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Hipster restaurant atmosphere that delivers the "goods"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The staff really knows what they are doing from the bar, table and kitchen. The menu is a mini adventure for local/green grown goodies, the service professionally casual, the wine list is the work of persons who really love wine and the wines by the glass are excellent which is good because they have a lot of "expense" account wines by the bottle, albeit very, very good ones. A go to place for for food/wine lovers.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scotland
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127 reviews 127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Good food but indifferent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was my first visit here so I was going on recommendations from friends and others here. The food lived up to expectations - well cooked, well presented, and well priced, though there is only a limited menu to choose from. Still, everybody found something to satisfy them, so no complaints there. The server? Well, let's just say that she seemed to be disinterested and distracted. When my party arrived there were only two other tables occupied, so it wasn't as if it was busy, but she was reluctant to explain the menu (the names and descriptions of some items were hardly self-evident), and generally didn't seem to want to do anything except take the order. The same at the end of the meal (by which time things were busier) - didn't ask if we wanted coffee or anything else to drink, and didn't say anything when we left. Most unusual, as servers often burden you with too much information - and if they want a good tip, you'd expect them to be a bit more pleasantly engaged in conversation. The receptionist at the door was the same - looked and sounded miserable. So I'd go back for the food, but then maybe not, as I do like to be surrounded by cheerful people.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Taste as many dishes as you can!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

There were so many delicious small plates at Rustic Canyon. For two people I'd recommend about 6 small plates for a nice filling but not quite stuffed meal. The only dish that was slightly off was the toast with gruyer and bone marrow. The broth kind of just made it a salty, soggy yet overly rich mess. Back to the excellence... The Burrata with avocado had us licking the bowl. The spare rib gnocchi was unexpectedly light and fluffy, not the dense, filling gnocchi usually served at restaurants.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Really Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Everything was prepared to perfection and very tasty. Our server was warm and helpful and we just had a super experience.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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42 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“My Favorite Restaurant in Santa Monica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Everything here is tip-top. The dining room is small and bustling, the food is perfectly prepared and the menu is just so perfectly planned out. I cannot say enough great things. Everything we have had here every time we have gone has been fab. The small plates are small, so know that going in. We have done dinners just with an assortment of them as they are super tasty. GO GO GO!

Visited April 2013
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