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Rustica

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U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4929 3333
Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Mudgee, Australia
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has a great location with ocean views and warm interior. The service is excellent and the menu offers many choices. The food was good quality but the flavours weren't as interesting as I hoped. I would return but will try something different.

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1 Thank Gypsydownunder
Newcastle
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scenery was spectacular from the table booked and staff were helpful and attentive. Children were welcomed and the atmosphere was very pleasant on a very hot day outside. 6 orders for food were placed and the meals were great and all aspects would make us return thank you Rustica

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Thank MR2006
Newcastle, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here a few times and it seems to get better every time. The food was superb. Though the menu was so different to the last visit it was even better now its tapas style. Service was near perfect. Views from our seats were amazing. Will definitely be back.

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Thank 232TimA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here last night with friends. Got the banquet-8 dishes-which included the signature lamb dish- mouth watering delicious. I'm a coeliac and we told the waiter- every course a separate GF dish came out for me-amazing- our waiter Nick was on point, courteous, efficient, friendly- thanks for a wonderful night. Definitely go here if you are GF.

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Thank Jennifer G
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere on steroids, amazing decor, lovely wait staff and best of all great food. Signature dish is the lamb to share, mouthwatering and fabulous, all the better as it is guaranteed to be the same on repeat visits!

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Thank Annette D
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the meals at Rustica and the amazing view over Newcastle Beach. Service was impeccable, we cannot fault them at all, quick service and delicious meals. We would definitely recommend it and we would eat here again

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Thank MReynold
Orange
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking views of the beach, very attentive and friendly staff, and THE MOST DELICIOUS FOOD! We went here for dinner on New Year's Eve and already can't wait to go back! We had the gnocchi, squid and the lamb shoulder sharing plate. Cannot fault the food at all - spot on.

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1 Thank Rhiannon C
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arancini Balls = Bronze Zucchini Flowers = Silver Lamb Share Plate & Service = Share the gold medal. Well done

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1 Thank Simon C
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Totally ignored by waitstaff, empty glasses left at a table clearly celebrating (missed out on $$ for more drinks!), service was TERRIBLE, and the food was only fair. So many other places much more worthy in Newcastle for our patronage.

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Thank Lisa S
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Date night with a twist, very good guitar player playing live Spanish music, our server Elise was an angel meeting all our requests , a bit noisy with large crowd evident. A fantastic view of the water. Spanish tapas plate was yummy. The lamb shoulder just fell off the bone , so tender and delicious

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Thank Luis G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $22
Cuisine
Mediterranean
Meals
Brunch, 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
Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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: +61 2 4929 3333

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
7 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?