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Caffe Rustica

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1936 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1114
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed in Lake Placid for 4 nights and on our last night went to Caffe Rustica for an Italian meal. It was just fantastic. We made a reservation, and although it was really busy when we got there due to a special private function, we were seated almost immediately and promptly served. The service was excellent and prompt. The... More 

Thank wsscott
Palenville, New York
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Joined some friends at Caffe Rustica while in town for a wedding. They were familiar with the place and raved about it. The menu had plenty to choose from and there was also an extensive pizza menu. I went for the halibut special and it didn't disappoint. Plenty of food, delicious, delicious bread and great drinks. The staff were attentive... More 

Thank Blake G
Albany, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with party of 10. Despite being a somewhat small restaurant they accommodated us and one other large party without difficulty. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was amazing. Will definitely visit again when we return to Lake Placid.

Thank T652
Reading, Pennsylvania
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177 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu included Pizza to Ciapino. I had a pepperoni, Sausage and bacon pizza. The thin crust was crisp the way I like it and the toppings were plentiful. This was good food.

Thank Robert C
Albany, New York
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111 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small restaurant with an elegant feel to it. Not a huge menu but some very good choices. From pizza to full dinners. Wife had a white pizza with eggplant and I think goat cheese and she really liked it. I had had eggplant, pancetta, and ziti with sauce that tasted kind of like vodka sauce. It was very good. Waitress... More 

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Utica, New York
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147 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Top notch operation. Don't let the strip mall location deter you. This is a restaurant that serves outstanding food, provides polite and attentive service, and their prices are in line with a resort village like LP. Simply outstanding.

Thank Sandylaneguy
Albany, NY
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I frequent Lake Placid 6-8x's/yr and typically dine at Caffe Rustica. It's small, but the food is consistently excellent. We were in Lake Placid again over Labor Day weekend and ate there on Friday evening and decided to go back Saturday evening for pizza, admittedly without a reservation. When we arrived at 6:30 the hostess informed us... More 

Thank jsmith-bc
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came shortly after it opened for service at 5 PM and we were lucky they were able to accommodate us. Definitely make a reservation at this restaurant. This is also not a good place to bring children. My fourteen year old called it "slow food." The waitress we had was excellent and was happy to modify any of the... More 

Thank nyfamilyof4
Ogdensburg, New York
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has a reputation for fabulous food. I couldn't wait to go. We tried to get in once without reservations. No way, was frantically busy. This to me was a bit of a red flag. We went last night with a 7:15 reservation. Again many people immediately within the small entryway. Seemingly super busy. We got seated in the... More 

Thank Lauriesargent
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Slightly more upscale than the other restaurants we frequented during our stay in Lake Placid. It is relatively small and reservations were needed (mid-Aug). We waited an extraordinary amount of time for our food and I was surprised that no one came to check in/apologize or offer us something to hold us over while we waited. The food was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1936 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1114
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid
  • Phone Number: 518-523-7511

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