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“Wish it were closer to home”
Review of Caffe Rustica

Caffe Rustica
Ranked #15 of 99 Restaurants in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Jersey
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Wish it were closer to home”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

From eating a light meal of salad and pizza (this is not you ordinary version, though) or the special braised dish, Seafood (yummy Cioppino) or pasta, the sauces are inspired, the execution is perfect. Love the staff and service. Real LP flare. Always on the must eat list

  • Visited October 2013
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12020
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Huge disappointment!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We had an incredible dinner here last year on our annual winter trip to Lake Placid and recommended the cafe to many people. However, this year our dinner was quite lacking. We ordered the eggplant dish and were very disappointed... Eggplant texture( no breading), unexpectedly creamy overly spicy sauce, the antipasto lacking in vegetable variety....and a fairly hefty price tag. In favor of our dining experience, our waitress was wonderful and the atmosphere was comfortable. However, our expectations were so much higher regarding the food. When the price tag for dinner and tip edges over $100 a higher standard is expected.

  • Visited February 2014
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Terrific Italian!”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

Great wine selection, wonderful ambience, friendly service. The food was outstanding! Wonderful fresh flavors. Well balanced dishes. Don't miss it!

Visited January 2014
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Mamaroneck, New York
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Really Good Italian Food”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We dined here with friends and family over New Years week. You might not think to try this restaurant as the location in a shopping center is uninspiring! But don't be fooled, Caffe Rustica is putting out some excellent Italian food. Their version of Caesar Salad is fantastic. The pasta with sausage and goat cheese was delicious as was the Pizza Quatro Formaggio. The two men in the group had braised pork shanks which tasted as good as the aroma that filled the table. Desserts included a very good version of carrot cake and a butterscotch creme brûlée ---- which I thought was more of a budino --- but was fantastic, nonetheless! The only negative is that the space is tight and the restaurant gets very crowded. However, when we were unhappy with the set up of our table for six, the owner/manager promptly and happily reconfigured it to maximize our comfort. That is excellent customer service! Do give Caffe Rustica a try - you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Janine R
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

I have been here a few times, as a couple, and as a party of eight, without reservations, and five of my party were kids. I was treated and served well both times. The wait staff was personable, and the food was delicious. I have a hard time convincing myself to try other restaurants in the area because I know I will have a great time here.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Joanne C
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