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“Just OK”
Review of Restaurante Rustico - CLOSED

Restaurante Rustico
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Description: Restaurante Rustico has permanently closed.
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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270 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Can't get excited about this out of the way steak place... While the beef is tasty, it's thin and chewey... The fries are great, the bar well stocked and the family owners delightful english-speaking folks. The resaurant itself is so very basic and more a cold stone setting than 'rustic'. Came on the recommendation of other gringos and maybe need to giv it another shot in the company of friends...

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank oca007
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English first
Cuenca, Ecuador
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Rustico .. simple yet consistently pleasing !”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Drop in to Restaurante Rustico (attached to Hostal Haro, Huayna Capac 3-76 & Sangurima, near airport and bus terminal) to enjoy consistently good US-style meals that focus on steaks (t-bone, ribeye and porterhouse), pastas (chicken a la vodka, shrimp fettuccine) and seafood (mahi-mahi, langostinos). The small, rustic dining space is managed by Jimmy, Meri and Miguel (chef) and these hosts are very friendly and bi-lingual (spanish & english). Rustico's menu is small ( 2-3 appetizers, 4-5 entrees, 2-3 desserts) but that allows the fresh, simple ingredients and preparations to take center stage. The chef usually provides a tasty complementary brushetta to kick things off, which goes nicely with a glass of house wine ($4.50). The house empanada with fresh tomato, cheese and basil is a great starter and easily can be shared by two. We've dined there regularly and have enjoyed every meal. This is an excellent alternative to the more typical local food/dining options. Go Try It ! FYI ... pick up the restaurant's flyer at the ITur office in El Centro and enjoy a free glass of wine with an entree. Open Tues-Sat. 283-6702 or 421-3451.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank TomasEC
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cuenca Restaurante Gringo Food”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

The chief and the owner speak English and the service is excellent. The food is cooked fresh which is nice home made dessert. It is a small place but rustic. Great house wine reasonable priced with great tasting food.. Fish, pasta, steak a selection we have eaten there 3 times and plan on returning.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank S M M R
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Grand Junction, CO
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Hospitality!”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We had heard good reviews about this Cuenca steakhouse, and were longing for a good steak, which is hard to find in Cuenca. We weren't disappointed. The steaks were delicious and perfectly cooked, the grilled vegetables were absolutely amazing, and the tiramasu was to die for! Jimmy and Miguel both lived in the US for several years, so they both speak great English. It was fun to visit with them and share experiences. They were both very charming and hospitable. We will be back!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank CWhale
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Des Moines, Iowa
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120 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Cuenca's only true "Steakhouse"”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is indeed excellent. I would count it as the first "steakhouse" in Cuenca. What great hospitality from Jimmy, Miguel, Merry and Antonio. If I have it right Merry (our waitress) is Miguel's wife and Antonio is their 15 month old son who is absolutely adorable and one of the most outgoing and personable youngsters you would ever meet! The steaks were unbelievable. They had a nice T-Bone and a magnificent 33 OUNCE Porterhouse (for two). They were cooked to perfections and nicely seasoned. Juicy marbled meat with great taste. The house red wine at $14 a bottle was also excellent. We will return often. Parking is a bit dicey, but we did end up with a great spot an Sangurima right at the corner only a few yards to the restaurant. The place is quite small, but they are expanding the second floor to accommodate more tables. The downstairs can accommodate eight people maximum. The tiramisu (gratis) was also delicious and perfectly executed.

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank LarryS4
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