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Rustico

4.7
4.7
588 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Delicious Italian & Spanish cuisine celebrating regional flavors of The Mediterranean in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Spanish, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 948-7855

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Padilla

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Cross street

    Oak Park Ave.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 588 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Near West

    Best Overall

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Best Value

  • Near West

    Fit for Foodies

  • Near West

    Good for Groups

  • Near West

    Healthy

  • Near West

    Outdoor Dining

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CB

    CaaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was good and service was very good. My only objection is that the noise level is very loud; so much that at times it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Aside from that, it was very good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here. The food was excellent as was the dessert. We both had the Ceasar salad my wife had the Gambas Al Ajillo (Tapas menu) and I the Costilla. Both were excellent and prices were reasonable. My only knock is it’s not a quiet place, several large groups and tables are close so it’s hard to converse…but that’s also a testament to how good the food is. We’ll be back at some point to try more of the Tapas
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dishes all around! Service was courteous and fast. Rustico is our favorite Oak Park restaurant.
  4. ME

    MichaelE

    Pittsburgh

    212 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    212 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great meal. We both had short rib. Short rib risotto and short rib gnocchi. Both were exceptional.
  5. S

    Suzy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We love this restaurant! We live nearby and this is our favorite go-to spot because the food is of excellent quality. It is consistently very good and the menu has a sizable selectiin of appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts. The service is also very attentive although last night we noticed it was just a bit slower but not bad.
  6. EM

    EMDOT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Quiet on a Friday evening, which allowed for great, stress-free conversation. We did several tapas rather than main courses. Each dish was savory and delicious. Will go again and againl
  7. LS

    LucellyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was great, food okay and a good wine , but no draft beer—
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is magnificent, a huge wine selection and also variety of food! Hard to choose one. We like to go and trying the daily special that they offered. I had beef ribs with the succulent risotto! (Die for)! Thanks to our server Luis to make implacable our visit!
  9. DT

    DanaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. Food was delicious and servi ce was great
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food. Beautiful plating. Generous portion for tapas
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service was good. Was load over all
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic birthday dinner! The moment we walked in the staff was cheerful and sat us right away on time for our reservation. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was great and the three of us greatly enjoyed our dinner. I highly recommend my favorite dish, the “bistec rústico”, a large ribeye in an amazing truffle demi glaze. Our son had an absolutely amazing spicy shrimp linguine. And hubby (the birthday boy), truly enjoyed the filet minion special. After dinner the Chef came to the table to make sure we all enjoyed our meals and shared in a tequila shot. The dining experience overall is very pleasant. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  13. LL

    LeeL

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for my friend and I to meet as they were in oak brook and I was in the city.
  14. B

    Bugs

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The drinks were great. We all loved the beet salad. Everyone enjoyed their meals but mine was too salty.
  15. SM

    SusanM

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. We started with a tapa with beets, scallops, and arugula. Our entree was pork tenderloin with squash and brussel sprouts. The flavors were excellent. Presentation was beautiful. Highly recommend.
  16. CD

    ChristopherD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rustico, as always, serves wonderful food and wine at reasonable prices. The seafood paella: amazing. Service fantastic also. Cannot wait to return!
  17. V

    Vero

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    The food was disappointing. My Brussels sprouts were nearly burnt, the patatas bravas were not bravas, the paella was lacking, and some of the employees were holding loud, obnoxious, and inappropriate conversations (cursing in Spanish). It was extremely disappointing to finally have a night out with my husband away from the hustle and bustle of a home with young children and teenagers always arguing or being loud for no reason, to then just end up in a louder environment with cursing. We left without even finishing our sangrias. I will not be returning.
  18. BM

    BarbM

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tapas were great and there was a great variety. We loved sitting outdoors for summer and the service was great.
  19. AK

    AmberK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good quality, well-plated. Service was quick and attentive. They have gluten free pasta but you have to ask. I didn't see it on the menu. Tapa portions are very generous. We shared the Pincho Solomillo which is basically steak frites with grilled onions and peppers.
  20. E

    Elby

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It took awhile for us to be waited on and for our food to come. The salmon was just OK, I would not order it again. The chicken was good.
  21. F

    Foodie24

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious. It was my third time there. My boyfriends first time. The steak was huge and seasoned well. The pasta was tasty. Red sangria is worth the pitchers! Service was excellent. I will definitely come back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Dad daughter dinner
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge portions! Homemade pasta, delicious! Will definitely go back!
  24. AN

    AlisonN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The short ribs are excellent,, and so is the pasta. Friendly servers.
  25. HE

    HalE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff on July 3rd overall excellent experience
  26. SM

    SusanM

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We started with the beet salad and shared two Tapas. Both were outstanding. Dessert was the best creme brulee I've had in a long time. Definitely a great dining experience.
  27. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute stellar experience. Highly recommend Outstanding
  28. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tapas and cocktails were amazing! My favorites were the goat cheese plate and the brussel sprouts along with the white wine sangria! Yum! Really though, there wasn't a bad bite or sip to be had! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  29. PR

    PR88

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I rated the noise level higher this time just because we were outside instead of inside. Rustico was great as always- they never disappoint when I go. Scallops were cooked perfectly and the breaded crab cakes were on point. Can’t recommend this spot enough!
  30. BE

    BEditor

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    My husband loved the chicken paella. The ravioli with crab was okay.
  31. DS

    DeanS

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time there. We had a delicious meal and will be going back.
  32. M

    Melo

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband loves this place for the fresh, strong drinks. It is a tapas place with brick oven pizzas, pastas, and very good Latin America inspired drinks. They also have very good sangria. Their margarita is made with fresh lime juice, as is most, if not all, of their cocktail list. The service is prompt and attentive. It’s not gimmicky at all. You can see the chef/owner hustling in the kitchen, and he will come to say hello when he gets a chance. I actually walked by the location multiple times without trying it because I thought it was going to be one of those mediocre restaurants that try to cater to everyone and no one at the same time. It is quite the opposite. What they have on the menu is what they make consistently good and fresh and that’s what matters. It’s not gimmicky but it’s very good.
  33. MH

    MickeyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the wine, the service, the whole experience was excellent. Rustico is one of our favorite restaurants.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food. The crab cake was delicious! Great service.
  35. DB

    DianeB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good!
  36. DM

    DanielM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service was impeccable and price is easy on the wallet.
  37. NV

    NVP1

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Impressive host and wonderful treatments
  38. a

    annalishh

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tapas, chicken, salmon, and sangria. Very attentive service. It was our first time visiting and we really enjoyed it.
  39. a

    annak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with my mom, husband and sister. I shared my shrimp with pasta with my mom. Kitchen was nice to plate them separately our 3dishes were delicious. Service as always excellent
  40. JB

    JoBeth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything at Rustico was PERFECT! It was the Best Night Out in a long time. I am already planning my next visit! Thank You Rustico!

FAQs

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

Rustico is rated 4.7 stars by 588 OpenTable diners.

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 8 times today
Google Map for Rustico

722 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oak Park Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Hours of operation

    Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Spanish, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Padilla

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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