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Cafe Rustica

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10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
+1 831-659-4444
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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San Jose
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love going to Cafe Rustica because the food is good, locally grown and you get a good value for your money. It has a homey atmosphere and friendly service from the waitstaff. The butterscotch pudding is yummy! I'd go back just for that! The prawns were large and very flavorful. It is not a big place so reservations are... More 

Thank Didedi9
San Rafael, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A local told us about several Carmel Valley restaurants but this one was the first out of his mouth. I checked the reviews and was a bit worried that it might be too homey for us. My husband and I threw caution to the wind, and are so very glad we did! This place has lovely old world charm. Service... More 

Thank 101authentic
Payson, Arizona
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191 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us went here for lunch and everyone loved what we ordered! We started with calamari. Next, we ordered a barbecue chicken pizza with peanuts, tuna sandwich on a croissant and French fries, and sand dabs. We finished with their gelato of the day--banana, and a berry galette. Every single thing was exceptionally good as was the service. As... More 

Thank SophieBlue09
Lafayette, California, United States
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230 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Going to Cafe Rustica is like going home for dinner, with big servings of comforting food, like the wood fired chicken with cheese potatoes and ratatouille that served as our main course. Tender and delicious! The beet salad, too, was quite good if forgettable, and the prosciutto pizza was lovely. Dinner for two with wine was $75 which, for Carmel,... More 

Thank El_Pelicano
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a chef driven restaurant in a rustic, unpretentious and charming location in Carmel Valley Village. The prices are mid range and all choices have been hits with everyone from kids to adults. Not a big menu but a creative range of choices. Staff is friendly and it still has a hip vibe after all these years.

Thank Cindy B
Alton, Illinois, United States
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch there today and will definitely go back for dinner or another lunch. My wife had the special schnitzel which was excellent and I had the salmon sandwich off the menu -- which was also excellent. We capped things off with their dessert special, chocolate bread pudding - outstanding. Highly recommended!

Thank Mark S
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83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great lunch meal with local wine selection! Had lunch with friends and ordered roasted artichoke and calamari appetizers. Both were awesome. Ordered marguerita pizza beet salad for meal and both were extremely fresh and tasty. Highly recommended!

Thank docheffe
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal a lot back in the Fall, and plan to return again real soon 🍷. great pasta dishes !!!

Thank Suzannemlim
Carmel, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Cafe Rustica never fails to please the palate with its extensive menu of delectable dishes. From hearty entrées to pizza, as well as large salads and delicious soup, plus generous pours of wine, this restaurant's food is the reason it is a local favorite.

Thank rosielex
Thousand Oaks, California
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82 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We enjoyed a Friday night dinner the week after Christmas. The restaurant was busy and our service was good. My Petrale Sole special was prepared without flour for my gluten allergy and served with the lemon beurre blanc sauce which didn’t contain flour. It was delicious. The au gratin potatoes and veggies were yummy. The other entree was the Wood... More 

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Kids
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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 831-659-4444

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