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“amazing food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rustica

Rustica
315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841-3303
207-594-0015
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Ranked #8 of 79 Restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Reservations
Camden, Maine
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63 reviews 63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

i really dont get it why the food was so bad at L H and the food is so good at rustica went to lunch at L H and was very very very did I say three verys upset but dinner at rustica that very same night was awsome the pizza with blue cheese simply amazing stuffed peppers small but great .. but fix L and H hate the rolls from sysco and the smell when you walk in needs to be addressed at rustica but food made us stay

  • Visited September 2012
    • 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
  • Italian first
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Never disappoints”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Located in a converted storefront on Rockland's Main St, Rustica's exterior is unassuming. However, a warm and welcoming staff, tables with tablecloths and excellent service combine to create a warm, relaxed ambience.
We prefer a table by the front window, but plan to arrive before 6:30 pm to avoid a wait to be seated.
The menu offers a variety of entrees; for this visit we chose the pasta bolognese and were not disappointed with the ingredient quality, preparation and taste. Bear in mind the portions are very generous.
Rustica is not ostentatious, but it does well what restaurants are supposed to do.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northern VA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Rustica Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Great tasty food, efficient service, reasonable prices. What could be better.
(Reservations for groups of five or more only)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, MA
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33 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Average food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

Our server was nice. The dinningroom was nice. The drinks were nice

The food was average.

Oh well. They can't all be winners.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
“worth the wait!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Rustica only takes reservations for 5 or more which I completely understand since they have a large following. We waited at the bar and had a cocktail . Dave the bartender was very helpful and friendly. We had a app while we waited for a table which was delish. Saute'd lobster with shitaki mushrooms, plum tomato and herbs over a delightful chickpea cake that was laced with lemon and parsely. Yummers!!! We had fun people watching while we ate our app, sipped our drinks and enjoyed great company. After all, whats the hurry? If we wanted fast dining we would have hit the drive through but we were out for the evening. Anywho, we sat at our table and ordered our food. My wife had the Veal marsala which was amazing! Perfectly cooked veal in a wonderful gravy over a parmesean soft polenta. She said she would have licked her plate if no one was around! hehe!! I had the special of the night which was a play on chicken caccitora. It was a panko crusted chicken breast cooked til golden then sliced and placed over fettucini with marinara laced with white wine,garlic portabello mushrooms,charred red peppers,carmalized onions, fresh oregano and red pepper flake. A great play on a classic!! Love this place and it is well worth any wait!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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