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“Rustica Fantastica”
Review of Cafe Rustica

Cafe Rustica
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stumbled on this cafe/bistro style restaurant for lunch when driving through the Carmel Valley for a visit to Cowgirl Winery. It is worth every one of the 24/30 Zagat rating it has received. Eating outdoors, the service was excellent with knowledgeable, pleasant staff. The roasted artichokes are in season and deliciously served with roasted peppers, capers, carmelized onions, and a wonderful aioli. Sharing a pizza, we could not resist eating the whole thing, even after sharing a beet salad (another great choice). Sensibly priced, local wines topped it off. A memorable meal. I advise you to arrive early for lunch as the place fills by noon.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Amazing food and a beautiful place My brother gave me the heads up on this one and it was everything he said it would be. A" must try" in the Valley

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Well rounded menu with two fish specials tonight. Heirloom tomato salad outstanding. The petrale sole came with salad and veggies cooked just right in a light sauce. 1/2 chicken broiled just right. Nice patio, mild evening, good rose wine.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Fantastic food and ambiance. Best desert I have ever had period. All the food was great and will definite return on our next visit to the valley.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We ate at this great little place on an afternoon in Carmel Valley....place was reasonably full, and not just because there are less choices around. We have three types of pizza, and all were very good. Beyond what I expected. Good service and a nice value.

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