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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available
Reviews (139)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This venue is in a beautiful building, and accurately portrays a pleasant Mediterranean restaurant atmosphere, but it's quite compact, and with no soft furnishings, this makes it very noisy when busy. The staff are polite and welcoming, and the menu, whilst short, offered some enticing...choices. The 'aperitif' olives, at about £0.40 each, tasted unremarkable... We then perused the drinks menu, and were taken-aback at the mark-up. £7 for a beer? Then, looking at the wine prices, these are 2-3 times the 'supermarket' price, so a mid-range wine is over £30/bottle. This is not a reflection on the local going rate, it's excessive (the cheapest wine here is £22). Anyway, if the food had been impressive, this might have been excusable - but it wasn't. One main course was inedible - a simple pasta dish which was clearly overcooked, and bland in any case. Then a side dish was forgotten, and arrived over 10 minutes later. To be fair, these were refunded without question, and the other dishes were voted as OK, but nothing more. The desserts were delicious (albeit at £8-9, they should be), but overall this was a £25 (max) meal which actually cost £50/person. We were hoping for so much more - but won't be back.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My parter, my children and I visited Rutico on our first trip to Bury St Edmunds. After looking around town for somewhere for dinner, we decided on Rustico and we're really glad we did. From the moment we walked in we could feel the atmosphere...of what is a proper authentic and family owned restaurant, not your Prezzo or Bella Italia etc...so this was just what we were looking for. The food was excellent and the staff just as good, we were made to feel very welcome. The waiter (we didn't catch his name) went above and beyond, taking the time to speak to us during what was clearly a very busy Saturday night shift and helping our children choose from the menu. It was out first time in Bury and we will be back, and when we return we will definitely be paying Rustico a visit again.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We're so glad we chose this restaurant. We were welcomed warmly and the fairly small menu had a great choice of dishes without being overwhelming - there were a couple of specials too. Our waitress was excellent, recommending dishes and giving advice on vegetarian suitability...- she went to check when she wasn't 100% sure. The food was so tasty, especially as we tried something that we hadn't had before: ricotta gnocchi. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and it was lovely to see a couple of locals being greeted like old friends. We'd definitely return if we are in the area again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've eaten here several times before going to a gig at the Apex. Good authentic Italian food and good service in an informal atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not what it used to be! Never before have we been to a restaurant and had Prosecco served in wine glasses. Pasta dish wasn’t homemade pasta, small amount of sauce. Expensive for what we had. Sadly, we won’t go back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

My wife and I went for the day to visit Bury St Edmunds and decided to eat at Rustico, which is a family run Italian restaurant. As it was Tuesday, it was rather quiet but this didn't stop us having a very enjoyable meal. The...service and food were great and we enjoyed both the main course and the dessert. When we next visit Bury St Edmunds, we will definitely return to Rustico.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

We had heard good things about Rustico and it didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious and the staff were welcoming and attentive. The small size of the restaurant is one of its strengths as it creates a really vibrant atmosphere. We will definitely eat here...again and have recommended it to friends who have visited and also very much enjoyed their meals.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

Have been twice, first time lunch and second time evening meal. Overall the atmosphere is relaxing, rustic and on occasions we were made to feel very welcome. The owner interacting with customers and making them laugh and there is another waitress who is amazing- young...woman with dyed hair, always very friendly and knows the menu and drinks well. The food is nice, good selection of drinks. Only down side is the decor and furniture is a little plain and could do with a slight upgrade, however I appreciate that this is part of the rustic look.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday afternoon and took a table for two. The Aperol spritz was perfect, as were the Italian wines we also tried. The starters were delicious - I had the most succulent and flavourful prawns! For main I had the oxtail ragu...with the homemade pappardelle which was perfectly cooked al dente. My partner had the swordfish and I had to try it - it must have been poached or sous vide because it was so tender and the flavour was so delicate. We were only disappointed with ourselves because we didn’t need enough room for dessert! One minor thing - it can get a little noisy but some soft furnishings would help. We will definitely be back if we visit Bury again!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

Just been for totally delicious lunch here. The food was fabulous: I had pea soup with flakes of flavoursome ham hock, pappardelle with ox tail ragu. The special was ravioli with meltingly tender brisket. For pudding fluffy chocolate souffle among other excellent dishes. The owner...suggested a glass of Sogno merlot from Terracina, south of Rome (where his roots are) to complement the main courses, which was perfect and deliciously intense. The service was excellent, warm, friendly, helpful. We stayed for three hours. Little details matter - a pot of mint tea made with fresh mint to cleanse the palate. I loved this restaurant and plan to come back next time we're in Bury. Thank you to the owner, chef and waitress who made it so memorable.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

Gorgeous muscles and veal, prosciutto and pasta were incredible, atmosphere was beautiful and we unfortunately didn’t catch the servers name but she had pink hair and was absolutely stupendous!!! Brilliant service with wonderful cocktails, developed by said server!! Someone give that girl a raise!!! 10/10...experience will be making it at least a monthly tradition:)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

This was our third visit to Rustico and our first 2 visits were fantastic .. sadly not a good experience this time 😔 service was good ! We ordered just mains and a few sides and wine and beer .. carbonara was ok but not...fresh and I was so disappointed ! Pizza was fine nothing brilliant though … porchetta was more fatty than meaty and not value for my money I’m afraid ! Tagliatelle was very good no complaints 👍 it’s expensive for what it was £180 for 6 people .. sorry won’t come back and won’t recommend.. I’m all for local and value but this was not a good experience and it’s tricky to complain on the night as it spoils the night 🙂More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

Neither my son or I had been to Rustico before. We were very happy with the menu, food and service during our visit. The service from our waitress, Rosa, was very friendly, prompt and efficient. The food was delicious and we liked the Italian soft...drinks, coffee and the food! Will definitely return and be happy to recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024 via mobile

One of us has an onion allergy so we have to mention that. Silene, the owner, came to our table within minutes to discuss the best possible options. She was most helpful and understanding. Such excellent hosting is very rare and it also explains why...everybody in the restaurant is so friendly. Silene produced a cheese pizza with parmesan ham and green beans with garlic. It's now 24 hours later and we know that she has done a great job. The food was safe. Now about the quality, the taste. The pizza was delicious. It was not smothered in cheap cheeses. The bottom was very tasty, the cheeses subtle, the parmesan ham thin but had a strong meaty flavour. We also had a tagliatelle. Again, subtle flavour, subtle combination of ingredients. Coffee as desert. The cappuccino is one of the best in Bury. Do we need to talk about money? Some people always want to know. OK, it's very good value for money. More importantly, it's excellent food and lovely service. We enjoyed every minute there.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

First time visiting Rustico, but it won’t be the last! Everything was excellent, from the welcoming, friendly and engaging staff to the amazing selection of food. I have a food allergy and was very well looked after throughout, despite it being a very busy evening.

Date of visit: December 2023
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