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“Quality food, quality restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rustica

Rustica
236 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 492-0247
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Ranked #7 of 291 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Wyoming, Michigan, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Quality food, quality restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Eating at this restaurant was an anniversary present. We usually don't go to places that are this expensive. This place was a real treat.

We were seated by the kitchen, so we were able to watch the cooks prepare the food. That was a lot of fun. The décor is very nice, and the food tastes marvelous. We also told them we were going to split a salad, and they delivered it to us split.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 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
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The quality of the food was very good. Nice ambiance. The service good. They didn't hurry us through the meal.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“My top pick for a special dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Rustica has been my number one choice of places to eat in kalamazoo for about 4 years now. Amazing food. Good location and a classy atmosphere. Being small and located downtown, it can get really busy on the weekends but it's ALWAYS worth the wait.

We have always had great service and food. Never any issues. Most of the menu items are about $17-24 which is higher but not crazy. I think we have tried everything on the menu at least once and nothing has been disappointing.

I have two suggestions 1) try to get one of the three 2-seat tables along the glass wall by the kitchen. It's always interesting to watch the chefs cooking and preparing the plates. 2) order the pressed coffee with your dessert. It is beyond wonderful. I have tried to replicate it at home and it's just never as good.

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Kalamazoo
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77 reviews 77 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Solid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

You can expect good food, excellent service and reasonable prices. The menu changes seasonally. If you enjoy creativity in the kitchen, you will be pleased with what is offered.

Visited June 2014
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Ontario, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A very friendly upscale eatery in downtown Kalamazoo. Started the dinner with appetizers, I choose the green pea and mint soup (delicious) my husband had the grilled romaine salad which he enjoyed. For entrees I had the braised lamb shanks on a bed of grilled artichoke hearts and sauteed kale, excellent. My husband the hanger steak which was beautifully cooked. Service was very good, enjoyed the evening.

Visited May 2014
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