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Cucina Rustica Birmingham

4.3
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424 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

Dine Local: 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10pp

Sep 9-30, 2020·Mon-Wed 12:00-22:00

Dine with us Monday-Wednesday and get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a maximum of £10 discount per person.

What 424 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
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4.2
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CookA2411
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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

AM
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
4 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.

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Phil
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a bit weird eating out in the current climate. I imagine in previous times this place would have been bustling at lunchtime in a Friday. Our visit, we were virtually the only people there.

The service, drinks, and food were all good. Not great, but good. The atmosphere was slightly weird but not unpleasant.

JJ
JustJm
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food gorgeous in a lovely restaurant!
Visited on a Tuesday night so not too busy or noisy.

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MaddyS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and wine. Staff were all friendly and helpful.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a number of times at different times of the day always good food and keep coming back 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Myself and husband came here. The food was really nice even though what I originally ordered had ran out (we went on the eat out to help out scheme) staff were nice and polite. Will be coming back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, really big portions too! Our waiter was very friendly and professional. Will definitely be returning.
All staff were wearing face coverings.

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TanakaJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lamb shank was burnt on the outside. Lamb shank needed some type of veg to accompany not just lamb shank mashed potato and gravy

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ChrisC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was very busy even before 6pm which I assume it is was because of EOHO scheme. Ordered two pasta dishes and one pizza to share and it was very nice and was better than expected. Service was prompt and friendly but staff were more like on patrol where they walked past your table on a frequent basis therefore couldn't be as relaxed as it should. The environment was lively and a bit noisy for my liking but this got less as many of the diners had left. Overall, I will return as the food was very nice

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Charlene
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ended up leaving before our order was taken as it was taking so long for someone to come to us and even take a drinks order... we waiting over half and hour and the restaurant was quite quiet. Poor service, would not go again.

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MaureenH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent waiter, absolutely delicious food!! The starter could have been our main course!!!! It was my husband’s birthday and they even got him a mini cake with a candle - excellent food and service!!!

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vipBB33
London
32 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect all round. Great service and food. Shame we didn't get our waiter's name because he was exceptional! Would definitely go back again

LB
LucyB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very clean and well organised due to Covid.
Staff were all attentive and friendly,
Food was lovely we will be back!

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StephenA
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Felt like an all inclusive restaurant, just wanted us in and out as quickly as possible. Food was ok but not sure it deserves the 4/5 star reviews

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AdamW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been using this restaurant for a while. Fantastic food fantastic staff. Worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Restaurant was extremely cold - apart from that everything was very good and the food as always was fantastic

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SteveH
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Starters
Ordered aubergine and calamari. Prawns were bought !!!
Main
Crab linguine- heavy / stodgy
Pizza - under cooked

No desert. Fed up. It was a birthday lunch with my son
Sad because I had eaten the week before and it was excellent. Good hot and tasty. Staff so efficient
On Friday the staff looked depressed .. like it was an effort. Surely if you are serving a starter like aubergine a slice of bread would be a good thought ! Something to dip in the sauce .. presentation was not up to standard. Sorry to say this cause I have had some very good food here

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LucyH
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food and great looking menu. The service was ok and could have been better considering there was only a few tables actually seated in the restaurant. It was a shame that they didn’t have my favourite dessert as it was sold out perhaps due to busyness from the eat out to help out on the previous 3 nights. I would recommend Cucina Rustica for the food alone!

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GillianC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Very wet and damp midweek probably not the best day to visit in current times. The restaurant was almost empty and it was very chilly we had to ask for a table in a warmer place. However the food was divine we so enjoyed the wonderful flavours. I had Gnocchi with walnuts and spinach in a Gorgonzola sauce, my friend had crab linguine both delicious. I couldn’t resist an Affogato which was excellent. We will most definitely return here.

JM
JoeM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First waiter wasn’t the best -2nd was very attentive

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MartinB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say it’s the best food I have had and great friendly service Period!

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Artb
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed meal-wine expensive- happy to pay on 50% offer-not sure about full price-perhaps occasional visit

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Deedee
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, tasty starters and main. Really enjoyed the food. However it was meant to be 50% off fo the eat out to help out. After we left, I calculated that we paid more than we should have.

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SharonC
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabtastic restaurant, food amazing as usual. Took my friend for her first experience and she loved it.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went to Cucina Rusrica with a friend for lunch. Was very quiet which wasnt an issue. I should have gone for a pasta dish but decided to have lamb shank. For £19 it was not good value. Was average at best and the lamb had little meat and an lot of fat. A bit of mash and a uninspiring sauce no veg as they were extra.. Not a terrible meal but forgettable and just mediocre. My fiend had pasta and looked a lot better than my meal

Would go again as it's a nice setting and stick to pasta

FAQs

Cucina Rustica Birmingham does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Cucina Rustica Birmingham is rated 4.3 stars by 424 OpenTable diners.

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