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Rustico

4.7
4.7
564 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

8:30 PM


Booked 6 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 564 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Fit for Foodies

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SM

    SusanM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  2. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute stellar experience. Highly recommend Outstanding
  3. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  4. PR

    PR88

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  5. BE

    BEditor

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

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

    DeanS

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time there. We had a delicious meal and will be going back.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. DB

    DianeB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good!
  11. 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.
  12. NV

    NVP1

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Impressive host and wonderful treatments
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. SP

    SueP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were delicious! We all got a pasta entre and shared a few appetizers. We will definitely go back!!
  17. VD

    VitoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food & service were both excellent! The bathroom was cleantoo.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.
  19. JF

    JenniferF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely little spot!! Perfect for a date night or a family dinner out. Amazing food, drinks and service.
  20. TB

    TomB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Prompt service, tapas was very good and good portions, first time here will come again.
  21. JB

    JimB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Bartender needs to learn that "straight up" means do not put any juice in the martini took three tries. food was excellent
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    There was a birthday party when we were there so the noise was probably unusually loud, but we really like that because it gives a good ambience. Food and service were great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good and so was the white sangria. A little slow on the service, but they were short staffed. Overall, great experience.
  24. K

    Kelly

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a treasure! Delicious food, amazing staff and great ambiance!!!
  25. PL

    PatrickL

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit. The food was very good and the restaurant noise level was manageable for a business conversation. I would definitely go back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely time at Rustico
  27. RJ

    RJA1945

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent. Tapas portions were unusually large, almost entree size, and generous with ingredients (scallops, octopus) that many places skimp. Since the bar and its sports-blasting TV sets are not at all isolated from the dining room, the noise level made conversation difficult.
  28. LM

    LeMo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Pasta was undercooked. Seafood had salt water taste. Flavors were not there.
  29. EM

    ElizabethM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food here was outstanding. We had tapas, pizza, and entrees which were all delicious. Service was good. We went for an early dinner before a concert and by the time we left, it was quite noisy. Overall a fine experience and we'll be back.
  30. BW

    BonnieW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have not been to Rustico since before the pandemic--so happy to be back for dinner with friends! Had the octopus appetizer with potatoes and arugula, so tender and flavorful. Such a great variety with the tapas menu as well. Also want to mention the owner was happy to make adjustments to any dish to accommodate my garlic allergy and mentioned they have many customers with various food allergies. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat.
  31. S

    Suzy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. So glad it's within walking distance of our home. We have many choices of excellent restaurants nearby and Rustico is our favorite. Wonderful menu and the quality of the food is consistently excellent.
  32. JF

    JohnF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, cocktail,food. I thought the octopus was a bit over cooked, the only reason did not score perfect. Wife’s branzino and wine was perfect. Crème brûlée was award winning. The ice team served missed the mark. Certainly plan to return.
  33. LS

    LeslieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The variety of choices with fresh ingredients is astounding. We had some vegetarians in our group, and they were well satisfied as well. I had the delicious Rustico Paella - highly recommended!
  34. GY

    GingerY

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    Great food, service pretty good, but it's pretty loud in there and I felt our table was too close to the table next to us, like they are trying to pack as many people in now. Excellent Marcello cocktail! And the birthday cake treat for my 93 year-old mom was fantastic! highly recommend the black truffle gnocchi and the spinach salad.
  35. J

    Julia

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed gnocci and chicken marsala. Very tasty. The beat salad was really big chunks of beet w/ less cheese and candied walnuts than anticipated. Service was great. We'll go back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing dish’s I could not make up my mind what to try I ordered a few different dishes everything was amazing. The seating is a little too close for comfort if you ask me especially with covid however spring the outside patio looks beautiful I’ll be back
  37. A

    Anne

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a great experience at Rustico on a Saturday, early evening. One thing to note is all portions (food, wine glasses & draft beer) are all generous. We started with the beet salad and the spinach salad. Presentation was excellent and each salad was sized so that you could easily share between two as a starter, and could even share one salad between four for a small salad bite before dinner. I'm a sucker for complimentary bread, and theirs did not disappoint, especially when I found tomato focaccia tucked away in the basket underneath traditional Italian bread (both yum). Our party enjoyed the lamb, a pasta with sausage and a tomato cream sauce, and the portobello pizza. The lamb was a generous portion with four chops. The pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente with a rich and cheesy sauce. The portobello pizza was delicious, albeit I wish there had been a bit more of the actual portobellos. The cheese was more of the star ingredient in the pizza over the mushrooms. Overall, good experience and I will return sometime to try some of the other dishes.
  38. KM

    KarenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good restaurant with lively mid to younger crowd. Very good dtaff.
  39. PP

    PatriciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my sister to Rustico for her birthday. Very cool ambionse. We got served quickly, The food was hot and delicious. I would definitely come here again.
  40. GS

    GaSM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food! Seemed to have overbooked reservations, as we had to wait a long time for a table beyond our reserved time. No biggie, but there also isn't much space to wait without feeling as though you are in the way. Great food.

FAQs

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

Rustico is rated 4.7 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 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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