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236 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4838
+1 269-492-0247
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Austin, Texas
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127 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rustica is consistently reliable for its rustic European cuisine. The wine list is a little pricey for my taste. But the food here is fresh and well prepared.

Thank Liz S
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what rustic European cuisine would mean but I've been hooked on Rustica since my first bite of house made ricotta gnocchi. I love to sit and watch the kitchen staff work. Menus are seasonal and based around what local farms are producing. Right now the New Zealand lamb shank was so tender it fell off the bone... More 

Thank indulgent_traveler
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here late on a Thursday evening for my husband's birthday dinner. The food was AMAZING. The bread for the table was soft and warm.. Seemed like it had just come out of the oven. I had chicken with potatoes and seasonal veggies. The chicken was so moist and yet somehow had crispy skin. The gravy served with it... More 

Thank Crystal M
Kalamazoo Mi
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and owner's consideration are wonderful at Rustica. You'll get the best of both there. That said, be aware of two things: The menu is different, I had to hunt for something I actually wanted to eat. But if you like what's on offer you'll be pleased. Second, it can get really loud inside. Might be the tin ceiling... More 

Thank William B
Detroit, Michigan
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The higher the ranking, the more I expect and I'm sitting on the fence about this one. The first thing I'd like to mention is that the service was very good, friendly enough and attentive. Now for the food. Our server informed us that the menu had just changed for the season. We started with the charcuterie board. Had 3... More 

Thank lcjn12
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best and most consistent restaurant in Kalamazoo. They care about their food, have great service, and their wine list is award winning. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here last night. It was fabulous. They had just changed to their spring menu. We started with three appetizers! A Spring Veloute made with asparagus and ramps with... More 

Thank oishifoodie
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here alone my first night in Kalamazoo, and was treated with courtesy and attention. The food was delicious, memorable, and I definitely plan on returning.

Thank 60618traveler
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The owner Bill is a jerk and terribly rude unless you kiss his pompous behind. Food is very salty, over-priced and very small portions to make matters worse. It is an extremely tiny and cramped restaurant that is very, very loud. Bring a megaphone if you plan to have a conversation with your table mates. Not worth the terrible experience,... More 

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Benton, Arkansas
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This is a farm to table craft restaurant. The menu is pretty small but everyone in our group found what they wanted. I got the smoked chicken fricassee. Really hearty for a cold Michigan evening! The cheese tray was really good as well. Service is good and the have a really nice wine list.

Thank P1285YXamyh
Chicago, Illinois
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407 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I liked Principle. This place is much better! The food. The service. And an owner busting his butt to provide customers with a great dining experience! Rare. Exceptional carrot curry soup. Fish special (baked Cod). Fantastic apple cobbler. Try the 10 year old port. This place would kill in Chicago!

Thank SamAdamsGhost

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4838
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-492-0247

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?