Cucina Rustica Birmingham

4.3
448 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Fine Italian food in the very centre of Birmingham is Cucina Rustica's trademark, a comfortable, atmospheric Italian restaurant popular with both locals and tourists visiting this vibrant city. Although modern and slick in its execution, the choice of deep earthy colours and moody lighting, tactile materials such as wood and stone and the addition of characterful contemporary art and healthy, verdant plants give Cucina Rustica that slight traditional feel suggested by its name and a certain cosiness that gives it a home from home feel. Attention to detail is in every little touch here at Cucina Rustica, from the single rose placed on each table to the complementary olives produced on every guest's arrival. Equally, food is produced with great care, dishes traditionally Italian but done with flair and a certain amount of style, some unusual choices offered alongside classic favourites, all from the classic Italian cookbook and accompanied by a wide array of drinks.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 448 People Are Saying
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KevinO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. The waiter we had was particularly helpful and attentive. Definitely value for money. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending to others and I’m looking forward to lockdown being over so we can go back. Thanks for a top night..!!

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Matthew
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Usually have the best time here but the food was tasteless, it took 1.5 hours to come out despite us being the only ones in the restaurant and the waiter was rude, slow and uninterested

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, they are quick and efficient and the food is incredible. I love this place, it has a lovely, warm atmosphere and I will always come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at this venue a few times now and it has always been a great experience.
It was my partner’s birthday and they made it that little bit more spect for her. Thank you.
Highly recommend this restaurant.

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HopeM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food , 5 Stars! The restaurant had a nice, warm, relaxed vibe .
Thank you

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HungryN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the gnocchi especially was just out of this world! As was the salmon! The desserts again super yummy! Great place, we felt super safe at all times, 100% recommend going here!

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ChrisM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive and polite service, "best lasagne ever" (according to our son). Pizza and bruschetta were ace and the sea bass (?) ravioli was exquisite.
Definitely recommended for a quiet family meal, good value for money too.

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Lunchkin
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch here on Sunday with my flatmate. The staff were attentive without being overbearing and the atmosphere was perfect - a very chilled out Sunday afternoon. I ordered the seafood salad and my flatmate had the spaghetti carbonara, both were top rate. The bread and olives, served with vinegar and oil for dipping - were also divine - lovely fresh bread.

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SharonS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good experience for first time dining here, although quiet woukd have been nice to have background music.food lovely

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JamesM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent friendly service, accompanied by very good food which was excellent value for money

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ClaireC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and very polite. Food was beautiful. Would recommend to everyone.

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PeterH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening and we were well looked after by the staff, the food on the specials menu is quite pricey which is what prevented me from giving it 5/5 but everything else was spot on.
Its just a shame we had to leave at 10pm but the staff were great at following covid rules

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PeteT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing restaurant. Very authentic Italian food, with a great menu. Portion sizes are generous, and the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend and we will be returning soon!

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NadineW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, and excellent service what more do you need?

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Katy
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was poor. We felt extremely rushed from the moment we arrived (7.30pm). Cutlery was thrown on the table. My friend’s starter plate was removed from under her while she was still eating, leaving her with a knife and fork in her hands and no food! The bill was brought along with our deserts despite the fact we still had 50 minutes until our taxi arrived at 10pm, if we’d wanted another drink or coffee we couldn’t as the bill was already done. We ended up sitting at an empty table until 10pm. Very strange. We actually didn’t tip because we were shocked at the service. Having said that, the food was excellent.

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KM123
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Guy who seated us (not a waiter) was slightly rude about the requirement to wear masks in order for us to walk to our table. We didn’t have masks with us and after 2 mins of huffing, he gave us two disposable masks. We genuinely didn’t know that we had to wear a mask walking into the restaurant to our table.
The rules are constantly changing so they should inform customers of the requirements when they book. Then we’d know what to do. Or alternatively, just provide some masks in a nice manner. I’m sure the minimal cost of one mask is factored into the price of the food/ wine- over £80 for 2. Ruined the whole experience to be honest. Although he quickly came over when it was time for us to pay the bill. Rest of the staff were very pleasant.

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LornaB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my first visit to this restaurant and look forward to going back

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SallyA
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Last date for eat out to help out. Good food and very good service. Would reccommend.

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Balinder
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food along with great service. Will be visiting again soon.

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TamarraC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Freindly staff, Great atmosphere delicious food and just a genraly great value for money
Me and my partner have gone several times and every time we have had a romantic and charming night. Would highly recommend.

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AmandaF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food in Covid secure setting. Would definitely recommend.

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vipTheLazer
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Good food but very poor service. No real interaction and was rushed. A real shame

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, food was amazing and service was great. Thank you

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KatieK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to deliver in all aspects! :)

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CookA2411
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I was very disappointed by the extremely poor service. Was my first dinner date with the girl I am seeing and was so let down.

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MikeC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well made food at reasonable prices. Service was very good. Relazed atmosphere, not over pretentious

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ArchieMandrite
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Top quality and presentation, generous portions, always consistent. No better italian in the region for me.

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GailH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been using Cuchina Rustica for many years now and it seems to have lost the intimacy it had originally. I had a fillet steak & hubby the medalions wrapped in parma ham. The meat was excellent quality & cooked to perfection however we both found it salty which spoiled it a little. The other bug bear was the noise which is a problem with many restaurants these days. Tiled floors & very little in the way of soft furnishings make for an echo in the surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice , food very good, service very good.

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JonathanG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A genuinely lovely evening service was especially superb and food beautifully cooked. Cannot recommend highly enough for a proper Italian meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was nice, service was amazing and value was excellent. Didn’t really like the ambience.

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Hark
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, my wifes custom pizza was exactly as ordered. Really happy with the service and will come back again and again!

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stuartC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant is in a nice position close to St Paul's square and not far from The Jewellery Quarter. The restaurant is nicely decorated and there is a good choice on the menu. Service was quick and the food was nice. My crab linguine pasta was lacking in crab but the flavour was very good. I asked the waiter for another Peroni and got a Moretti but not really a problem, I just had it and said nothing. I Shared a margherita pizza for starter which was very tasty. The pudding I chose was orange and grand marnier creme brulee, this was very runny definitely undercooked but it tasted beautiful. I could have ate another one. All in all it was a nice evening and I would go back again, just a few niggles to sort out.The place has competition aswell from Pasta di Piazza which is only a 5 minute walk away.

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JosiahH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service, the restuarant has been set up so social distancing is in effect. Lovely food and environment, we will be visiting again soon!

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MattyN
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered my main, which I wasn't fond of.
I spoke to who I thought was the manager ( he was the owner) and he had a pasta dish made to my liking.

Brilliant service. In fact I am going again. Twice in one week. 😋😋

Would highly recommend

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vipelalmohada
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Booked on OpenTable which was quick and easy. The food was fantastic, and the fact they have extended the Eat Out to Help Out offer into September made it phenomenally good value. Well done!

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Prabz
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Booked for 8:30. Arrived at 8:25. Seated at 9:10... 40mins after reservation due. I am only pointing this out because the restaurant takes your card details when booking and expects you to give at least 24hours for cancellations.

Starters: Poor 1/5
Mains: Great 4/5
Dessert: Good 3/5

Service was not pleasant although we received everything on time once we were seated. Advised we must order all food together and that we could not order starters first and mains afterwards. Too quick to take your plate... on 3 different occasions the waiter what felt like ‘pounced’ to take our plate.

Would I recommend? ... probably yes.
Would I go on a Saturday night again? ... Absolutely not. It does not look like they can cater/accommodate when it is a full house

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VickiS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here and we can’t wait to come back! The service was superb, our waiter was friendly & professional. The meal was excellent and the ambience just perfect. We had a wonderful evening! Thank you Cucina Rustica! See you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and staff, will be back again !

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DeborahG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and good service. Was very impressed with the distance between the tables. Easy to social distance. Hand sanitising stations throughout including outside the toilet. Would definitely recommend.

FAQs

Cucina Rustica Birmingham does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Cucina Rustica Birmingham is rated 4.3 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.