Rustica Ristorante - Chester
UNDER THE STATE LAW DUE TO COVID-19, RUSTICA RISTORANTE HAS IMPLEMENTED HEALTHY AND SAFE PRECAUTIONS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS. OUR OUTDOOR SEATING ALLOWS YOU TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER SAFELY
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Homemade Linguini pasta tossed with vegetables, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, Touch of butter, served with shaved parmesan cheese
Homemade Ricotta gnocchi tossed with fresh tomatoes, garlic extra virgin olive oil, parsley, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil
Great service as usual
The Carbonara is not listed on the menu, but you can get it anytime! It's fantastic!
The last two visits are very different from earlier times. The service has changed remarkably from a few years ago not in keeping with the price. The waitress we had on this trip was inexperienced, not well trained and better suited for a chain restaurant. The appetizer was delicious as always and the dinner fine but not extraordinary. A disappointment from past experiences. The type of music being played is obtrusive and not appropriate for the level of style/pricing
My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Rustica this past Sunday. It was quiet with a just few other tables occupied. Our waitress was very friendly and the food was excellent. It had been over a year since our last visit and we did not know what to expect post COID. Pleasantly surprised!
Definitely order the coconut cake for dessert! It was DELICIOUS! The homemade pasta was delicious as well - we tried the carbonara and puttanesca. The portion sizes of our main meals were perfect. We would not recommend the Caesar salad - it was a bit too small to share and had hardly any dressing at all on it. We also ordered a couple of cocktails that were just okay - would recommend sticking to wine here.
Went early on Saturday night (5:00PM reservations) to sit outside (in heated tent). We had a party of 4 (one person was a first time visitor to Rustica Ristorante). We all enjoyed appetizers or salad, fresh baked bread with olive oil (butter upon request) as well as our entrees (2 Pasta Di Mare, 1 Ravioli, 1 Rack of Lamb). We had no room for dessert but enjoyed coffee, tea and espresso. We will be back again soon.
We had a reservation and got waited on right away. There wasn’t much business at the time since we had an early reservation. The waiter was very friendly and informative. Our meal came at a leisurely pace. My companion has a Panzanella salad which was delicious and I had grilled octopus which was fantastic. For entrées I had the halibut with quinoa and spinach it was cooked perfectly. The other meal was I roasted chicken with roasted potatoes that was flavorful and delicious. All in all we recommend this place and will come back again
All was very tasty and service was attentive. A bit of road noise but not too bothersome. Only negative was calamari appetizer— somewhat chewy.
Great food and service!
Even the tent has some ambiance!!
We had our favorites for dinner. Shaved brussel sprout salad for me with fettuccine carbonara ( not on the menu but always available and delicious!) my husband had the linguini di mare, also delicious! We ate outside under the tent. They’ve worked very hard to make it welcoming. Thank you, Rusticate!
Rustica always delivers with outstanding food. A great choice for a special meal.
Amazing food, best homemade pasta and the freshest ingredients. A hidden gem in the CT River valley. The desserts are also all home made and are amazing. This family run business is a must if you enjoy fine dining in a comfortable friendly atmosphere.
Upon arrival you are treated like family. The food simply couldn’t be any better. The staff are attentive but not overly. There is no hovering. This restaurant is one of our favorites, a lovely date night restaurant. It can be casual or dressy as you’d like. I just can’t say enough about this wonderful dinner spot. If you haven’t eaten at Rustica, make a reservation right now! You will not be sorry!
We opted to safely eat outdoors, however with vehicles speeding by on Middlesex Turnpike, it made having any conversation difficult. The tables, while amply spaced apart, are too narrow to feel socially distanced from someone you might not know that well sitting across from you. The food was better than an average Italian joint but nothing exciting on the menu or, sadly, on our plates. They really need to address their bread, it’s dreadful.
The food and service at Rustica is always amazing! Loved my mushroom risotto!
Great menu and dishes
The food at Rustica is always delicious! The staff was great. Due to covid the restaurant has done the best that it can but unfortunately I was unable to give a better rating for ambience and noise level. We chose to eat outdoors and the space was somewhat unattractive and noisy as on a main road. We do however highly recommend Rustica for their delicious food!
Very nice...will return
Excellent service and outstanding food. My husband and I shared the mushroom risotta, which is creamy with several types of mushrooms. My chicken dish was so juicy it could have melted in my mouth, seasoned with fresh herbs which were well blended. My husband enjoyed his pork chop dish. We were too full for dessert, will save room on our next visit. Rustica was well set up for COVID dining, lots of space indoors or under the tent.
The food here is great and the servers friendly and efficient. The accommodations that have been made for COVID are well done - with good distancing, covered outdoor seating. The lower marks for ambiance are because the tented seating area is in the parking lot in front and there is some noise from passing cars. BUT if amazing, authentic Italian food is what you're after, the less than perfect atmosphere shouldn't be an obstacle. I will add that their interior dining and bar set up are delightful and provide the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or gathering of friends.
Great food as always
Friendly and professional service. Outstanding food. We enjoyed a homemade pasta seafood dish and mushroom risotto which was creamy and cooked perfectly. Main courses were tuna, I chose the garlic aioli prep very rare with great flavors and my husband enjoyed his scallops over beans. The sauces complemented the dishes; did not overpower!!
Rustica was suggested to us by friends. So we finally had a chance to try it out and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable of all the food on the menu and made great suggestions. Drinks were also delicious. If you find yourself reading this review please take my advice and get the meatballs. They are to die for. All the pasta is made onsite and was so lite. Ate my whole meal and didn’t feel uncomfortable. Rustica will definitely be on our list of go to restaurants from now on. 40 minute drive but we’ll worth it.
Hidden gem in Chester
Excellent service! Food was well prepared and so delicious! Love this restaurant! Risotto was fabulous.
We l,ove Rustica and sitting in the bar area or at the bar itself. Great place before the Goodspeed opera house.
We loved the food and the atmosphere. My husband had the lamb and I had the linguine di Mare and it was amazing. I can see this turning into a go-to place for us.
This is just a comfy congenial spot in beautiful Chester Connecticut. The service is truly outstanding, no hobnobbing interference but someone is always watching, appearing to efficiently fulfill needs almost before you think of them yourself. You know the kitchen knows what it is doing on the first bite.
As always, the food was incredible. Worth the drive! The bar was a bit noisy, so they easily accommodated us in the dining room. Perfect.
Great night out! Tables are very close together, would be my only complaint. Wonderful food and service!!!!
Service was incredibly slow. They took our card to check out and kept it for over 20 minutes while we waited for our receipt. Took over 15 minutes after we were seated before they brought drink menus and another 15 before they came back to take our drink order.
Very good experience!
This is my favorite restaurant!!! Perfect for date night
Bus staff was excellent however waitress was not very attentive that’s why the rating and very noisy
At least the wine was good.
This is my absolute favorite restaurant! The food is perfect and the owners and staff ore too. The carbonara is to die for and the wine selection is outstanding.
This is a great restaurant with homemade pastas, but also a variety of fish and meat dinners. You can't ask for better service, attentive but not rushed. Great cocktail selection too! Highly recommend.
Amazing from start to finish Owner came out who is also the chef !! Service was fantastic Matt was attentive and on point. Food was outstanding!!
Dinner was delicious! I am not sure how we missed this restaurant since we live in the next town over. Service was excellent. Ambience was perfect! The food was amazing. Everything tasted so fresh. We will definitely be back. If you haven’t been there yet-do go!
Rustica Ristorante - Chester offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 526-9021.
Rustica Ristorante - Chester is rated 4.7 stars by 807 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.