Rustico

4.6
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311 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Delicious Italian & Spanish cuisine celebrating regional flavors of The Mediterranean in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois
What 311 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSummer
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined with the family! Was seated and greeted by the hostess upon arrival. Ordered the house salad and it was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday so I brought the whole family here. Never been here before so we want to try it. Everything was great. I love that not only they have tapas menu but also a regular dinner entree menu. Their tapas portion is really good.l, just right. I’ve been to some tapas place before and their portion is so little but this place is awesome. We ordered almost all the food on the tapas menu. For entree we ordered seafood paella, Rustico ribeye, and chicken saltimbocca. Their sangria is phenomenal too. For dessert we ordered the tiramisu, banana caramel, and chocolitsm (lava cake with hazelnut ice cream) Even though place was packed and there 11 adults and 4 kids on our table we didn’t feel that we had to wait too long for food or for service.

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ChristieS
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic—service was excellent—desert was delicious! Already planning our return visit with friends🙌

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ClaudiaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The paella was bland. Absolutely tasteless. The beets salad was delicious!

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RobnTeegsMom
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was superb. We started with the fried calamari & shrimp from the tapas menu - tender and delicious. Next we had the costilla (braised short ribs) and the bacalao (codfish and clams). Both were perfect. Amazing flavors - generous portions. We finished with the creme brulee and cannoli. Again, generous portions and amazing flavors. Excellent red sangria too. The service was on point! At one point I accidentally dropped my napkin. Our server was nearby and saw what happened. I had a fresh napkin in less than a minute. The entire staff was welcoming. The restaurant itself is warm and inviting. We can't wait to return and try some more enticing items from their varied menu.

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BobS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Had lamb and soup. Conversation is loud but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our sever wasn’t very personal. He seemed very rushed, never even told us his name. The food had potential to be great. The meatballs were a little dry, almost as if they sat on the line. We ordered the bistec Rustico medium rare and it came out medium if not medium well. We were celebrating a birthday and I asked our server if they did anything to celebrate and he said he would put a candle in dessert we purchased. We asked the server which flavors were included with the seasonal gelato and he told
us vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. When it came out, there was no candle and the flavors were vanilla, chocolate and pistachio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great local spot!

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vipMichaelK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The brawl sprouts are some of the best I’ve ever had. My dad got the frutti di mare but the pasta was over cooked. A little pricey but very good spot!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cozy atmosphere. Attentive service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time here and had three seafood tapas which were very good. Service was very prompt and food came out lightning fast. They were moderately busy for a Friday evening. Will definitely return to try other dishes.

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TomK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food that is unusually good. Very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service personnel.

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Mila
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice casual place for a Friday night. Great service. Friendly staff. And the octopus dish is delicious...

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JackD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the fish special I had. Paired great with the Alexander Chardonnay. Most in the group enjoyed their meal; the gnocchi was very garlicky. Had two children in the group who were distracted with a coloring booklet. Nice casual atmosphere. Would eat there again.

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Eener
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had two different paellas, the seafood and the Rustico, both fabulous with fresh seafood. The Rustico also had delicious chicken and a spicy sausage. The breads on the table were fresh and yummy. We were too full for dessert!

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SusanR
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the diversity of the menu! The tapas choices are great. Service was excellent. Definitely recommend

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vipKent
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and meal.

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vipYvette
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went New Year’s Eve. Wait staff is pleasant and we were treated to champagne toast. Very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised on our date. Food & service were great. A welcoming restaurant. We will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed with meal! Would definitely like to dine there again. Delicious! Service was outstanding!

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LorenaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect date night restaurant! The food is delicious and perfect for sharing and their wine list is outstanding. We are definitely adding this to our date night list!

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Shestokas
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The six of us each had a different entree and each was so good we all shared with each other. The sharing started with the tapas appetizers and continued when the
main courses arrived. Food and service was spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently have had delicious food & drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful holiday dinner with my family. Food, drinks and service were top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food really had no taste and had an appearance of dog food. Will not be returning.

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KatieY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve had in the oak park area, on par with a good Chicago restaurant. Definitely will be back

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vipMarcinW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service , little pricey. Over all 5 stars

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vipKfud
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The cod dish was outstanding and huge. We were there on a Wednesday night and it was pretty dead. Only about 4-6 other people eating. So a little worried about how good it would be. Would go back again soon. Great martinis too.

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RayJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truly, always an outstanding meal. If you love Lamb chops, this is the place to order.

Muscles were also great!!

Great variety of food, cooked perfectly, friendly staff, and more.

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vipGreatWaiter
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

VERY LOUD. GOOD food. Average service because they were packed on a Friday night and our waiter disappeared for quite awhile. They could have used more staff. I'm giving this restaurant a poor rating because they cram too many tables into the one room that is the restaurant and the noise level is SO LOUD that it is difficult to hear the person next to you. My husband teased that he could say literally anything and no one would be able to hear his words. If you like a loud, crowded place (good food) that almost every single table is filled with families and young children (that run around the restaurant), this is the place for you. I'm past that stage and was looking for a date night with my husband, to enjoy a glass of wine and a lovely meal. This was not the place for that. I have an app on my smart phone that measures decibels of sound. Sitting at our table (not talking ourselves), it showed 88 decibels. OMG. Just too many tables in too small of a space and certainly not a place for a lovely date. Go for the energy and crush of people if that is what you like.

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vipAndrewM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seafood Paella was very good, the seafood was cooked just right. Very good sangria

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my family’s favorite places to go. The food is delicious and service outstanding. The place really feels like home.

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vipKent
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best time so far

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vipAlexisP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food at this place is good, but the service is incredibly slow. After 90 minutes we had only received appetizers and one of our companions had to leave to take their child home. While the food was good, its not a place I'd recommend going unless you are prepared for a VERY leisurely evening out. Our table was very frustrated that everything was taking so long to prepare. It seems to be consistent feedback as some of our friends have had similar experiences here as well.

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RichardC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place for lunch to catch up with dear friends

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vipMARTY
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. We will definitely be going back there again. Atmosphere was very pleasant.

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staceyi
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

October 11. Requested high top for noise level control. Too close to door. Patrons without reservation crowding by door touching the outside corner chair.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustico is a wonderful restaurant, with excellent food, great service, and a welcoming atmosphere.

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vipSummer
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My high school friends and I got together for a small reunion and were seated upon arrival. The hostess greeted us and took us to our table. The server came over and introduced himself and gave suggestions when we asked. We ordered our food and it was delivered very quickly. The food was delicious as we were all satisfied. We recommend this restaurant to others and would return.

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vipsLTSENSITIVE
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very good food...tapas are larger than regular tapa dishes..very good puzzas

FAQs

Rustico offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 948-7855.

Rustico is rated 4.6 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.