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Cafe Rustica

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10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9569
+1 831-659-4444
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Glencoe, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really well run! Efficient kitchen and service. Not fancy, but very homey. Absolutely delicious with fresh ingredients, generous portions, and very broad menu. Well priced, a great value. The seafood was outstanding; a very busy restaurant. A lot of locals is a good sign to me.

Thank rwa1939
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant was recommended by a local and it did not disappoint. The small dining room with blazing pizza oven felt warm and cozy on a cool, damp day. Our server was so helpful with descriptions and suggestions. The eggplant Napoleon was a beautiful presentation and was delicious. Perfectly grilled and well proportioned. Daily special was sand dabs served over... More 

Thank BuzzWalsh
Northern California
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236 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were here some years back--still good, still a pleasure to sit outside, still nice to see dogs being accommodated. Menu is really good for lunch: salads, sandwiches, some appetizers and other dishes, a certain selection of local and other wines. A place that is seems always not rushed and just...well....pleasant.

Thank nurealam
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We've enjoyed several delicious lunches at this Carmel Valley favorite over the years. It's hugely popular with locals and tourists alike because the food, service and setting are all marvelous. Whether you want a salad, hearty pasta, thin crust pizza or perfectly prepared seafood-- Cafe Rustica is the spot to go. We had the sand dabs (a Friday special) and... More 

Thank traveltawk
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch here on a rainy day. Friendly helpful staff. Nice wine list. My wife had beautiful Sandabs. I had a nice hearty HunGarian goulash beef stew with noodles. Excellent! Just the thing for cold rainy day. Also has a nice outdoor patio for dining in better weather. The pistacchio gelato was excellent also.

Thank ddeckerdds
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was lots on offer here however my wife and I both settled on Mediterranean dishes. The antipasto was excellent and my pizza was huge and delicious. Fitting it in after the large bowl of complimentary bread wasn't easy. There is a bar and a good wine menu featuring some local wines. We had a table with some noisy children... More 

Thank VHD001
Carmel Valley, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is delicious and the setting is glorious. We sat outside with our yummy pear salad and wood fired pizza and looked across the street at the purple wisteria. Gorgeous.

Thank pstearn
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't actually visit the restaurant but had the pleasure of sampling their fares at Patricia Qualls' Art Gallery. She'd ordered in the grilled shrimp with white beans salad - the shrimp were huge and grilled to the perfect consistency where they feel full with just a hint of charred flavor to accent the bite. I also sampled 2 pizzas... More 

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La Selva Beach CA
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure to get a reservation if it is a weekend! Very small space. Very good food, good wine list. Service a bit slow but if it is a pleasant evening on the patio thats ok!

Thank AWaileaWahine
Monterey, California
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170 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this is Carmel Valley. You expect things to be better than just "all right" there. That's because, by law, you're not allowed to live there unless you have a net worth of at least $10 million. It's the land of "What color is your Tesla?" So with that in mind, Cafe Rustica fits right in with one rather amazing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9569
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 831-659-4444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?