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Rustico

4.6
4.6
627 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

11:00 PM


Booked 13 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 627 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Innovative

  • Near West

    Good for groups

  • Near West

    Healthy

  • Near West

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have visited this establishment many times. The Chef and owner is great!
  2. KI

    KImberly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    stopped by to try out the top of the menu and we’re very happy. Everything was amazing and the service was incredible.
  3. PR

    PR88

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place- one of the best restaurants that’s ever happened to Oak Park in the last decade. The black truffle gnocchi is by far my favorite dish, however, I really haven’t had a bad thing on their menu yet. Their pizza is pretty amazing, and their seafood dishes are great. Another great experience- as always.
  4. JR

    JaniceR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The mussels in marinara are fantastic! My friend loved the crab cakes.
  5. EW

    ElizabethW

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, great wine list, wonderful service
  6. QE

    QueenElizabethEats

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is within walking distance of my residence, so I enjoy stopping in occasionally. I brought my favorite cousin to the restaurant, a true foodie I might add, and he loved it! I don’t remember the name of his chicken dish, but o ordered the braised beef, whipped potatoes and gravy. It was divine. We both ordered a glass of wine and finished the evening with the Bailey’s tiramisu with pumpkin ice cream. A very sweet ending. By the way, the chef/owner stopped by our table for a brief meet and greet, which was very thoughtful.
  7. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service. We had an enjoyable New Year's Eve dinner. We live nearby and will be back.
  8. AS

    AmyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was amazing Service was meh - different server at all stages of meal Never offered refills which is a shame since I was drinking wine
  9. JM

    JimM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Never disappointed.
  10. LP

    LizP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good place for a group to share plates and have fun in a fast paced atmosphere
  11. RB

    RoseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portion sizes of the food were huge, drinks were amazing, and service was great. Had a great time! The fusion of the two different menus really worked.
  12. J

    Jazzy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Our group of 4 was seated 15 minutes after our reservation time. We felt rushed to eat and leave because they brought carry out containers 20 minutes after we got our food while we were still eating. The bill came shortly after that and they returned after 5 minutes to get it. They did not refill our water glasses, another sign that they wanted us to leave. We were at our table for only 55 minutes.
  13. JC

    JuneC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, attentive service. Delicious food!
  14. M

    Michele

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good wines by the bottle and by the glass, prompt, friendly service, lively atmosphere, fun place to enjoy a high-quality dinner in a casual setting.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rustico never disappoints! Made reservations to celebrate my friend’s birthday, everything from the appetizers to main course was delicious! So much so, we didn’t leave room for dessert!! So we will be back!
  16. GE

    GoodEats

    Chicago

    291 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    291 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rustico never disappoints. On this evening the crab cake appetizer and gnocchi with short rib stood out.
  17. SB

    SheriB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Met up with some friends for a Saturday evening dinner. The restaurant was very crowded but out reservation was ready when we walked in the door. Cocktails were ordered by all and they were very good. The special of the evening was Parmesan risotto with braised short ribs and my friend said it was delicious. My husband had the salmon and said it was the best salmon he’s ever had. Myself and the other friend we were with ordered the Rústico ribeye. While tasty, both were more well done than we had ordered but very large portions. Dessert time came and each of us ordered a different dessert. I would highly recommend the cannoli and coconut cake with coconut gelato. We will definitely be back!
  18. JP

    JoyceP

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I enjoyed the dinner. The place has a pretty casual atmosphere but very interesting food, which was very good. I also liked the tomato bread we were given. The only things I didn't like were that they wouldn't do separate checks (though they split to 2 credit cards) and that the waiter did not tell us about the specials. I heard him tell another table and mentioned that to him and he said the chef had just told him. He could have asked. One of them sounded very good but we already had our food. I guess that's a minor point compared to the food.
  19. L

    Lenlen620

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The tapas were great, especially the scallops. However, the mussels didn’t seem fresh. We got the linguine frutti mare. I would go back for the drinks and tapas but would pass on the mussels and possibly the Italian food.
  20. MO

    MaryO

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. My go-to for business lunches. Love it!
  21. JR

    JaniceR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The P.E.I. mussels in marinara sauce are to die for! That and a lovely, fresh house salad make a perfect light meal accompanied with a glass of wine!! Thanks, Rustico!
  22. JB

    JaneB

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food here. Had gnocchi and a shrimp pasta and it was maybe the best I have ever had. Service was wonderful too
  23. g

    goodfoodomnivore

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rustico is our favorite restaurant in Oak Park these days. Eating outside was nice in the warmer fall weather notwithstanding that being next to Lake St is not the best outdoor scene for a relaxing meal. We enjoyed the short ribs with potatoes and veggies. The price is now up to $31. We also liked the salad that included artichokes and asparagus, tasty and innovative. The Supertuscan wine was a good option for a big red if you want to try something other than another Cabernet.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food - fun ambiance and vibe
  25. AB

    AlexB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious and the service was great
  26. LG

    LisaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, nice tapas menu in addition to full menu.
  27. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good experience. Food was good. Service was very good. Ambience was very good - quiet - we met with two friends and had no problem talking to each other. Will be back again, sometime in the future.
  28. S

    Sana

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very lovely spot for a quick cozy lunch/dinner… We experienced highly attentive and friendly staff .
  29. KJ

    KarenJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Pretty good sized menu but not a lot of vegetarian (no meat or fish) options
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the drinks were delicious. I highly recommend the seafood paella. Very pretty place, the service was fast and the staff was awesome.
  31. F

    Franman

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great! Tapas done well are always a treat and they do tapa’s very well here. My issue and my wife’s were with the bathrooms. Really someone’s got to check on things. We were there before 6 pm and the bathrooms already were disheveled. Plus in the woman’s bathroom, water stains on the ceiling. Got to tidy up
  32. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, staff was friendly. With the open layout it gets a little loud from all the table conversations and noise from the kitchen.
  33. P

    Prags

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    Had A horrible experience overall. The waiter persistently would come for food orders, even though we mentioned we wanted to have a drink before we think about dinner. The fish was under cooked and I pointed it out to the waiter. He didn't do much about it, billed me for it and when asked he said he will give a credit for next time, but kept avoiding me for the next 15 mins. I didn't want to waste anymore time in this place!
  34. DD

    DeboraD

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Italian food prepared with imagination and flair!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was absolutely delicious.
  36. JB

    JakalahB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Weird smell and the table they sat us at was sticky. We ordered the crab cakes as an appetizer and it tasted old like they just popped it in the microwave. We decided to leave after that. The waiter was nice though.
  37. R

    Ruben

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The entrées were delicious, and the tiramisu was the best I’ve ever had in my life. The portion size for the Calamari tapas was a little too small for my liking but it was super tasty. The bathrooms were a bit dirty and the service was a bit on the slow end, but understandable as the venue was pretty packed. The noise level was also high, if that matters to you. All in all, excellent food and bang for your buck. Definitely coming here again soon :)
  38. J

    John

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always. Have been there a few times and always opt for the tapas menu. Food is delicious, service fast and friendly. What's not to love. These guys do it right.
  39. CB

    CaaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    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.
  40. 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

FAQs

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

Rustico is rated 4.6 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 13 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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