We walked in on time with a reservation. As we were being seated we were told we need to be finished by 7 pm. We have NEVER eaten anywhere where we have been told we need to finish by a certain time. We had not even sat down yet. Another server came and explained they need to make room for others coming later. This was our anniversary, which we told her. We left! We probably would have never taken the 90 minutes they gave us but we were so offended at being told we needed to hurry up before we even sat down. Lost us as a customer for sure.
Tasty appetizers.Tasty salads. Tasty entrees. Mediocre service and attention contributes to this so-so rating.
Went with my husband and a good friend on a Friday night. We each had a drink. They had a linguini dish with an assortment of fish which they both loved. Plate was overflowing. I had lamb chops which last time I had them were outstanding. This time mashed potatoes and broccoli were luke warm and lamb chops had gravy on them, which took away from the taste of the chops. Service was very good. Place was very crowded.
All the staff is very nice and the interior is beautiful. The homemade pasta is super super good and the swordfish was the best I've ever had! Deserts are excellent as well.
First time here! Jay was amazing from start to finish! Attentive and pleasant! The food was just as I was told my friends who referred me; delicious! Tastes homemade! Very unique! Im so happy that I took my friends advice! We will be back again!!
I wanted to update my review (read below) because when a restaurant like Rustica Ristorante serves great food - not just amazing Italian, with fresh ingredients including homemade pasta you have to update! For the last 10 months I've NEVER A BAD MEAL at Rustica! Since they added some seasonal food - along with their fantastic menu - I wanted to share more photos. Rustica is not just a great shoreline restaurant, its one of Connecticut's best! Salute! By the way, if you haven't noticed COVID-19 killed the restaurant business so how about some understanding - staff's are stretched thin so chill, sip your drink, relax and leave the rush outside, please. Forgetaboutit... As I continue my move to the Essex area if someone told me I would find an Italian resturant like the ones I grew up in, I'd say you were crazy... and not just the food but how you are welcomed, treated and served; simply enough La mia famiglia. While I have had a variety of Rustica's menu items here is all anyone needs to know about this Ristorante: FOOD - Homemade, Fresh, Authentic, Delicious/STAFF - Accommodating, Welcoming, Warm, Honest/DRINKS - Tasty, Balanced, Classic THE BEST ESPRESSO Martini. PLEASE UNDERSTAND - freshly made food takes a little (just a little) longer so relax and enjoy the entire experience. Again I have not had a bad meal so here are just a few reactions - MEATBALLS made me cry as all I could do is think of my mom, addicting and outstanding. Grilled Calamari flavorful and tender. Antipasto simple & perfect. Ricotta Gnocchi... well FORGETABOUTIT! Fettuccini Putanesca (made dairy free) was so good the next day's leftovers tasted as good as when it was served. Grilled Veal Chop melted in my mouth. Deserts - yes again - Homemade - Cannoli perfection and the Affogato ideal simple ending. COVID - Staff is masked, less tables, socially distanced AND plastic dividers bewteen every table in dinning room. IMPORTANT: On my second visit I took my handicapped brother out for his 60th. Our timing was off (our fault) and the resturant was obviously getting ready to close - without hesitation the owners called us in with smiles. Within minutes we were seated and our family enjoyed one our best 60th birtihdays in years - my brother felt like a King! How in God's name this place isn't packed every night, I have no idea... Really. While I would say better for me, but in the Age of COVID supporting small, local, family businesses is essential for every town.
One of the best restaurants in this town where food is fresh and staff is great!! It was our fourth time in the restaurant today and my daughter and I ordered our usual dish. The favorite; bolognese pasta dish as shown in the picture included on this post. Absolutely delicious ? homemade, fresh and made to order.
Food was delicious!! Meatballs were so good. The Sauce was amazing. & the homemade pasta was so good. I cant wait to go back.
Rustica Ristorante in Chester is the place to go for italian food in the region.Locate our many daily specials and featured menu items such as salads and you'll be back for more. Give us a call at (860) 526-9021 and we'll greet you at the door!
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