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U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4929 3333
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 17:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second time dining at Rustica. Previously with a small group, this time solo. I did not have a reservation, but they found a way to seat me anyway. Pleasant surprise. I ordered the mixed greens side expecting a salad. It was sort of a salad, but warm. Very good. That plus the scallops small plate filled me... More 

Thank rbm55
Newcastle, Australia
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a birthday dinner for my daughter at Rustica. We ordered then banquet which included a delicious lamb shoulder. The food was excellent. Service was polite and unobtrusive and the setting is spot on. Finally, value for money was also top notch.

Thank Mark H
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived and greeted instantly. We were able to choose another quiet seat in a corner and drinks were offered. The food came out fresh and hot and presented beautifully. Great location and beautiful food. Good selection of drinks and options

Thank Sarah B
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104 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hubby and I came had lunch here last weekend, using expired gift vouchers that the restaurant was kind enough to honour with no dramas. The restaurant is, as the name suggests, rustic and the view is amazing. We had a window seat with a view of the ocean; the service excellent. We started off with arancini, which I think always... More 

1 Thank uninspiredbea
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Turned up at 6pm without a booking on a Monday night. Restaurant had less than one third of their tables populated. Denied a table for two people. They couldn't have been that busy - or they could have offered a table for a short amount of time.

Thank Adam C
Rutherford, Australia
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101 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We for lunch and to start off the service was excellent very attentive to needs and knowledgable on the menu. The scallops was one of the best dishes i have ever eaten perfectly cooked and an array of flavours. The mains were ok only we had the duck which was over cooked which disappointed. The squid was nice I would... More 

Thank troycav
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always like to start a review on a positive note. In the case of Rustica, two notes: wonderful, friendly staff and great ocean views. The food ranged from French, Italian and Greek to Turkish. The food was fine, though failed to hit the magic "wow" mark. The standout aspect? The decor. It is rare to see such a cornucopia... More 

Thank Anne P
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rustica Restaurant is a well decorated place. We selected the meal for six, and the food kept coming. Enjoyable atmosphere with chat over weighing the music (not loud). Great services too. Will definitely visit again.

1 Thank Rosie K
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit on the weekend. Food was amazing, service was great. Definitely a place I would revisit. Food was plentiful. Authentic with a tonne of flavour.

Thank Tanya L
Melbourne, Australia
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396 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here with some business acquaintances Food was amazing Stunning views Fast and friendly service Highly recommend

Thank Stefanie R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 22
Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations
Good for
View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4929 3333

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?