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OUTDOOR DINING,ITALIAN,BRUNCH,LIVE MUSIC,COCKTAILS - Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Cliffside Park, NJ
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Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant

4.1
4.1
402 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Rustica delivers a unique fine-dining experience to diners with discerning tastes & Live Entertaiment for four days a week. Trained in Italy, our Chef infuses classic northern Italian recipes with new-age American flavors. made with locally sourced ingredients, our guests can take their taste buds on a journey via our wide range of seasonal seafood dishes, steaks, pasta in an elegant and cozy environment surrounded by original, hand-crafted artwork and live melodies always in the air.
Live Music Schedule:
Thursday Nights (7-10 pm), Acoustic Latin Band,
Friday and Saturday Nights (7-10:30 pm), Live jazz band with vocals ,
Sundays (11- 3 pm ) Brunch Jazz duo on stage.
Rustica is now serving in both Skylight Patio Garden and Indoors with combined total of over 300 seat capacity suitable for any kind of Events and Gatherings, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Rehersal Dinners, Weddings, Corporate Events and many more. We look forward to creating memories with you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 313-0802

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    James Weaver

  • Catering

    We cater to each client's personalized needs. Please contact management, Reservations RusticaLounge.com or visit us at Rusticalounge.com

  • Private party facilities

    We accept inquiries up to 90 people for outdoor Skylight Winter Garden events.

  • Private party contact

    Tan Gur: (201) 328-4827

  • Neighborhood

    Cliffside Park

  • Cross street

    Palisade Avenue

  • Parking details

    Valet service Saturday Nights. Street parking is available.

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit 159 on Gorge Road

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Wed-Thur 7:30 - 10:30 pm.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • LIVE JAZZ

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM,Fri - 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM,Sat - 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
    PLEASE JOIN US ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS FOR LIVE JAZZ WITH VOCALS AND SUNDAY BRUNCH SMOOTH JAZZ.

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What 402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. WA

    WilfredoA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place to visit with family, friends and others.
  2. CE

    CesarE

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I was here about a year ago and it was an amazing place to eat and have a great time but last night the service, we have to call them for us to get service servers were polite but not paying attention, food was ok for the amount of money expend food was no where near where it needed to be the duck was inedible skin not cooked enough and ended up too chewy, charred octopus over cooked and it didn’t have the chimichurri that menu said it has, very disappointed and the drinks were kind of flat, no wonder was half empty when about a year ago you couldn’t get a table the same day
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, lovely decor
  4. TB

    TamaraB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is phenomenal and the food was amazing! We will be returning.
  5. FG

    FrankG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exception service. Phenomenal food. 10/10 all around. Highly recommended!!

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on July 29, 2022hi, FrankG Thank you for your recent visit to our restaurant. Receiving a 5-star rating is what we work toward with every visit. We look forward to your next visit and serving exceptional food with exceptional service.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    Food was definitely not worth the price. We ordered a cheese board and what we got was very disappointing. Three pieces of cheese and nothing else. Cocktails were not good either, we ask for different ones and only one was good. Service was good until a point, but after a while the waiter just forget about us.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on July 29, 2022We are sorry to read that your experiece was not the standard we are known for delivering. Our staff is always ready to accomodate our guests' requests, and we always consider how to improve our service. We do hope you give Rustica another chance, so that we can deliver a 5-star experience.

  7. RR

    RebeccaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I had a Groupon for brunch, it was a nice live jazz brunch and the musicians were fantastic. But there was no air conditioning, so it was very hot and uncomfortable seated inside, the food was mediocre, but I guess with the Groupon was a good deal.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on July 18, 2022We are happy to read you enjoyed our jazz brunch. However, we are sorry that your overall experience could have been better. Our staff is readily available to listen to your concerns and be accommodating. Regarding the food you ordered from our brunch menu, it's always helpful for us to know what could have been better. We hope you give us another chance; we aim to provide an exceptional experience and do realize that the summer heat was a factor. Your feedback is genuinely appreciated.

  8. EE

    ErwinE

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Rustica has a nice ambience and the food is amazing. Our service was always the best! The food was amazing and we can’t wait to come back again. It’s very good to come here during summer tone to sit in the patio.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on July 18, 2022Hi, ErwinE thank you for your five stars and for sharing your 5-star experience and that you are enjoying the summer on our patio, a popular place for brunch or dinner. We welcome your suggestions, such as what you ordered from the menu, which can guide future diners on your favorite dishes at Rustica.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked the food and the cocktails were fantastic. We went early so there were not many people in the restaurant but definitely planning to go back and enjoy the live music.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Rústica to celebrate our anniversary. The food, service and ambiance were all we hoped it would be. We had a great time.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on July 6, 2022Congratulations on your anniversary, and thank you for sharing this special moment with us. Your positive experience is what we are here to create for all of your celebrations. We will share with our chef, kitchen and floor staff another great time experienced at our restaurant, which will make them very happy.

  11. TB

    ThomasB

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem on Mondays. This is an awesome place for a cozy dinner date. 100% recommended.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 25, 2022Hi, TomasB. Thank you for recommending us. We are delighted to read you had a wonderful experience. Weekdays are perfect for a cozy or romantic dinner, or nice gathering with friends. During the weekends we have live music to accompany brunch and dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  12. WJ

    WojciechJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just great. Great place, great service and great food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Super cute place. Drinks were great! Food was really good too! Outdoor space is very cute
  14. MP

    MichelleP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    We came on mother day and my daughter n day ..made a reservation 2 weeks in advance. Called earlier in the day asking to maybe come earlier and the gentleman told me as long as you have a reservation you will be able to sit at that time. We got a table 25min later. Waited a hr for our food and got our apps at the same time..I rly like this place , we travel from a hr away and rly on come on special occasions. I understand it was a holiday , we will go back. But never on a holiday .
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Overbooked…no respect for reservation. Could not get a table and had to wait like everyone else who walked in.
  16. JD

    JadeD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sat 2 and a half hours in the cold waiting for our food to come to the table before leaving without getting dinner.
  17. DB

    DarleneB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Although it was Mother's Day & we understand the kitchen was backed up, our waiter was bad. We had to ask multiple times just to receive bread, and when he did bring it, it was only one basket of four when it was six people in our party. He kept disappearing and we have to wait long periods between putting in our drinks, our appetizers & our food. We were there from 3 to almost 8 because they couldn't serve everyone on time. And on top of that, the food was not that great for the amount of time we soent waiting.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Entrees took over an hour to get to the table. Once received, both chicken entrees that were ordered were cold. I had to ask waitress to reheat meal.
  19. CW

    ColinW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We had been sitting for an hour before our waiter mentioned delays in the kitchen, which was pretty obvious. When food arrived, my mother's was cold and my pasta was nuclear hot and couldn't be eaten for 13 minutes. Whenever we needed something(butter, more bread, fresh pepper with meal), it was a search for the waiter. I understand a busy Mother's day brunch, but service was terrible. I'm not sure if I will return for another chance.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    No valet on Mother’s Day and waited 2 hours for our meal after we were seated. We’ve dined here before so we’ll definitely give them another chance but it wasn’t their best service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The service was very slow. Got there at 12:30 and didn’t leave until 2:45. Our waiter was inattentive to our table. We constantly had to ask our waiters to check on our food. My chicken was hard and rubbery.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The menu was changed for Mother’s Day so the brunch we came for was not there. And it was never mentioned on the website that there was a special menu. Our service brushed it off as if it didn’t matter. The food was delicious but the wait was super long between ordering and receiving food.
  23. NR

    NeydyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Drinks took forever, we actually had to ask for bread, the outside is very pretty but it was very hot and no ventilation.
  24. CR

    ClarenceR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very nice cozy spot to have date night or with a group of friends
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food!! Second time going and didn’t disappoint!! Sat in the outdoor area and loved the set up and live music

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 25, 2022Thank you for your review and that you enjoyed our delicious food and fun atmosphere. We strive for consistency in every visit and can't wait to welcome you back again.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place! Great drinks and delicious food.
  27. SW

    StaceyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a beautifully deceptive spot. It looks small and in assuming from the outside but beautiful, well decorated and spacious on the inside. The food and drinks was delicious and the music was great.
  28. P

    Paulina

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Will never go back, my family and I didn't like the food and for the price the charged us it wasn't worth it.
  29. J

    Jayp

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and an awesome ambience. The dishes are quite large. We shared a tomahawk steak that could feed 5 people.
  30. ML

    MelindaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This cozy little lounge/restaurant was super cute and decor was so elegant and beautiful. The lychee martini was soooooo delish. The food was super tasty and came out pretty quick. They had a live band which was sweet! The waiter was consistent and attentive. You have to try the seared scallops with risotto and the calamari w/ the dipping sauce. Cute little spot near the city and major highways.
  31. MS

    MarcusS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I each had three of their signature cocktails, all of which were fantastic and made with what tasted like fresh ingredients (though the blood orange garnish was freeze-dried). My wife started with a 1/2 dozen raw oysters as appetizer and had the sesame-encrusted tuna as entree, both of which she really loved. I had the chorizo and scallop appetizer, which was nice; scallops were nicely seared, not overcooked. I had the mushroom ravioli with burnt steak ends, which was really tasty, though the butter/mushroom sauce needed a bit more salt to bring out the flavor. We shared the berry tart for dessert, which was tasty, but wasn't remarkable. Our server was fun, friendly and attentive. Price was expensive, but we expected that for a fancy/special night out. I would definitely go back.
  32. BE

    BigEater

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Most food good, some awful (calamari fritti with ketchup!). Service tried, but had problems.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 6, 2022Hello BigEater, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed most of your food, but are disheartened to hear our service was not up to par. We will address this with the whole Rustica team immediately and strive to provide better service for our valued customers. If you have any further feedback or if there is anything else we can assist you with, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know. Thank you and we hope to serve you again soon!

  33. AA

    AABMTNY

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Wait staff lacking. Ordered 3 drinks. Brought one out. Waiter did not check back on table> seemed understaffed. Better for brunch when not so busy.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 6, 2022Hello, Thank you for your review. We greatly value our customers’ opinion and apologize that we were not able to meet your expectations during your visit. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Please be assured your notes will be addressed with the wait staff at Rustica to deliver a better experience for all customers. On behalf of the whole Rustica team, have a wonderful day.

  34. SM

    SandraM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply delicious and the ambiance was delightful!!

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 6, 2022Hello SandraM, We are so happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, therefore we appreciate the reassurance of a job well done. We hope to serve you again soon!

  35. s

    susanam

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Great drinks and ambience . The brunch menu could be better
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good vibes, perfect for date night.
  37. CR

    CheyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. The food was the best and the restaurant was just on point. Will definitely go back

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 6, 2022Hello CheyR, We are so happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, therefore we appreciate the reassurance of a job well done. We hope to serve you again soon!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food, experience, and ambiance were great
  39. S

    Simplyiyah

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my son here for his 25th birthday. Service was amazing. It was quiet and cozy. We sat next to the fireplace. Food was great. In and out in an hour.

    Rustica Lounge Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 6, 2022Hello Simplyiyah, We are so happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, therefore we appreciate the reassurance of a job well done. We hope to serve you again soon!

  40. BR

    BrennenR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The staff was rude and uninviting, and forgot about a few tables. The outdoor seating area was freezing, and I heard several complaints.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant using the Order Online button. Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 313-0802.

Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant

565 Gorge Rd, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Palisade Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Cliffside Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet service Saturday Nights. Street parking is available.

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit 159 on Gorge Road

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Weaver

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Wed-Thur 7:30 - 10:30 pm.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (201) 313-0802

  • Catering

    We cater to each client's personalized needs. Please contact management, Reservations RusticaLounge.com or visit us at Rusticalounge.com

  • Private party facilities

    We accept inquiries up to 90 people for outdoor Skylight Winter Garden events.

  • Private party contact

    Tan Gur: (201) 328-4827

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