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Cafe Rustica

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10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9569
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Marina del Rey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The name would imply that we would be dining at an Italian restaurant and they do have items like pizza starters, but I had the Hungarian Goulash and you could order duck Alsatian style. A little bit of everything. The owner or chef must have a connection to Europe. This was obviously a ranch home before it was a restaurant.... More 

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Fremont, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small & Very busy restaurant! Had reservations but still couldn't get a decent table! Was recommended by the Conceirge at the place we were staying at- but wasn't throughly impressed.

Stockton, California
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by a local real estate agent. They close at 3:30 pm to get ready for the dinner meals. So our agent called and asked if they would seat us as it was already 3:15 and we could not get to the restaurant until 3:40. They said ok not to worry as they would seat us when we arrived. The... More 

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Claremont, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They are great menu, went there for dinner, the halibut was flown in fresh that day and they have such crisp fresh veggies. Save room for dessert, there mango sorbet is not to be missed. I would however recommend making a reservation.

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San Jose, California
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129 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Food was very good. We were there at ~6PM on a Friday night and the crowds were starting to build. We got a table on the patio and they seem to spaced further apart than those inside. The extra space and the view made it worth the slight wait. They have heaters for almost every table, but we did not... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This restaurant is a little more upscale than casual. The food is very good. I had lamb and my husband had duck. They also have wood fired pizzas. Not cheap, but not unreasonable.

Thank M A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere, excellent friendly service, especially Diane. However, the food was lacking character And spices, the ideas of the dishes were right, however lacked taste. It can be much better.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Cafe Rustica may or may not have tasty food. We didn't get to eat anything. Long story short, we were recommended to go there by our hotel. They rang ahead to reserve a table and to say we had a vegan amongst us. 'That's ok!' we were told. 'We can accommodate vegan'. (Italian normally does something ok for vegans anyway,... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

We happened on Cafe Rustica by chance over the Labour Day weekend and were lucky enough to get a quiet patio table without booking. We were planning to order a simple salad lunch but the menu was so interesting that we order a variety of dishes. Each one was delicious, fresh and interestingly made. A great surprise. I highly recommend... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We visited Carmel Valley Village in 2012 when my review was called "it's all about the chicken". Yes, and it still is. I don't care what people say about the pizza & pasta, have the chicken dinner, with crispy artichokes and ratatouille and you will lick the plate clean. We loved it then, and we love it now.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9569
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: 831-659-4444

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