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“Our expectations were too high”
Review of Rustica

Rustica
Ranked #9 of 341 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maine, USA
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Our expectations were too high”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had read rave reviews for Rustica in Trip Advisor, so we went there with high expectations. Rustica is very good, but our expectations may have been too high. The atmosphere is urban, not rustic. The interior surfaces are hard so that sounds turn into noise. The service was fine but not exceptional. My wife's pork loin was wonderfully tender and succulent. My bouillabaisse had a delicious sauce, but was heavy with chunks of boiled potato leaving little room in the bowl for the scanty seafood. Dessert was dark chocolate and orange gelato and was exceptionally good. I wish I could join the enthusiasts for Rustica to give it a 5, but it feel short enough to make it a 4.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Overrated.”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Only once I have liked the food there. They don't try to acommodate any special needs or likes.I hope I don't have to go there ever again. Expensive for the final product.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank rvg-dad
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A favorite in Kalamazoo”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great atmosphere, enjoy the open kitchen. Great food that is special and creative without being pretentious or just plain strange. Service excellent.

Visited February 2014
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Thank David R
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
2 reviews
“A great restaurant in Kalamazoo”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

High quality food with a great creative twist. Loved every bite & will definitely go again. We used Call Ahead seating & it worked great.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank 40mdkelley
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of the best in Kalamazoo”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is one of the few restaurants in Kalamazoo in which the food is so good that you will find yourself eating slowly so as to savor every bite.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Antityco
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