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U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Omg this place is amazing and the food was exquisite. We have been to Hunter Valley n Sydney top restaurants but the whole experience from veiw to decor staff and chef was unbelievable. The zucchini flowers squid bread everything was superb. We had a wonderful afternoon. I was so happy to let the chef know how great his food was.Would... More 

Thank Narelle T
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I travel to Newcastle regularly for business and frequent Rustica probably every second time. Excellent ambience, decent service, and honest tasty food. Baked oysters and Italian meatballs I get every time (can't go wrong!), mains I change..Sirloin was excellent last time..

Thank Gab21963
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Location, decor, ambiance and service excellent. Three courses, tapas style entrees very good, mains were not quite there best and dessert was excellent. We'll be back for sure. Customer service second to none, especially Charlie..!

Thank Heath B
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed dining at Rustica. The staff were lovely and the food was delicious. I especially loved the pumpkin gnocchi and house pino gris. The view was lovely on a sunny day, could've stayed there for much longer! Thank you.

Thank CMJONES311
Newcastle, Australia
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After watching this place get built and decorated out I couldn't wait to eat there. Interesting story behind the restaurant, the paintings décor .... The views from here are just lovely especially in summer. I worked in this building when it was Newcastle's main hospital up until we had to leave. So I have first hand info on the winds,... More 

Thank Ballroom54
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I dropped by Rustic for the beach views first but was very happy with the food and atmosphere too. Warm and inviting, ambient low-key lighting, good service, a musician playing classical guitar, sea gazing and then... the food. The gnocchi with pumpkin, brown butter puree, sage and goat's cheese was just the right proportion - it could have been stodgy... More 

Thank Indy28_13
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rustica is in such a great location but the food and service was a let down. My family and I went here for a lunch with 12 people, the food was slow and cold even though their was only us and 2 other small tables in the whole restaurant! Would be willing to give them another shot but our experience... More 

Thank alexdunn1990
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The decor always blows me away. Sure the view of the beach is a major draw card but it's the restaurants exquisite interior design that I enjoy the most. I love that they offer a booklet for you to read if you are interested in finding out where everything from the wall paintings to where the entrance wall came from.... More 

Thank Tiffy2au
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had been wanting to eat here for a while after visiting Newcastle a few times. Rustica offers a beautiful setting looking over local Newcastle beaches. The interior is something different to the rest and so is the food! With meals and drinks served by friendly and professional staff, my date and I left very impressed! A must try is... More 

Thank Pete A
Morisset, Australia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful food, fantastic friendly service, great atmosphere, stunning decor right near the beach. We left feeling so full with huge meal. Highly recommend the banquet. We'll be back for sure. Loved it.

Thank Mel B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $23
Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: 61249293333

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
4 months ago
Newcastle, Australia

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?