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Cafe Rustica

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414 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219-3822
+1 804-225-8811
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Sun - Mon 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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183 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We had lunch on a Monday at 11am, just as they opened. I am always grateful for the early lunch, and Monday opportunity! The Mediterranean Short Stack was extremely well prepared - just the right amount of food for lunch and the seafood incredibly full of taste. There are many things on the menu I hope to try on my... More 

Thank Markey2
Ridgeland, Mississippi
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140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in on a cold December night because I was looking for German comfort food. The place is small, the folks were friendly, the food was wonderful. I was a bit disappointed that they were out of spätzle. I would like it would be a good idea to have a reservation here.

Thank Angie S
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67 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We stopped in here for dinner earlier this week, at around 6:15, with another couple and their 4-year-old daughter. The place was pretty busy, with half a dozen booths and a similar number of tables, and also a bar, seating about 10, where you can be served. The kitchen in back had 2 people, but it appeared that only one... More 

Thank sgreif
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Food was absolutely delicious with pleasant service. Order a bottle of wine and sip away through the night. We had the Mediterranean short stack which was heavenly. Huge portions for the mains that we had to take away.

Thank Celia C
Chicago, Illinois
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1,323 reviews
479 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Second time here. First was excellent. This time dropped slightly to very good. Portions are still ample and prices very reasonable. Salmon hash was still excellent but the burger and veggie platter weren't quite as good. Tomato basil soup was just ok. Cute little place. BTW, it is on iDine or Dining Rewards as the case may be. I almost... More 

Thank chitownsam
Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Always love the Mediterranean short stack which is a combo of seafood cakes and fresh veggies on the side. Didn't get there early enough to get a booth so had to sit at a back table but still love the food.

Thank Lisa G
Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This restaurant is exactly what is says on the label, rustic and quaint. We went on a very quiet Sunday afternoon for brunch (we were the only guests) and enjoyed a delicious brunch. I had the salman and my friend had the skillet. Great food, throughly enjoyed it.

Thank Sue J
Midlothian, Virginia
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142 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Why have I not eaten here before? Came here with friends without a reservation, a little later. The space has a cozy cafe tucked in the village somewhere feel, and we were warmly greeted by the owner. Interesting menu, and well-selected (slightly esoteric) wine list. The caprese with watermelon was big hit.

Thank John T
Richmond, Virginia
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298 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Service was a bit slow, as expected after being referred here by others, but it's well worth the wait. It's a tiny, unassuming place that offers wonderful food at a very good price. I ordered the skillet with scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, and sausage and it was only $7. Totally a bargain for both the quantity and quality of the... More 

Thank David S
Richmond, Virginia
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126 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

We were all first time diners and we all truly enjoyed our experience. It being mothers day it was a fixed menu but that was just fine with everyone. We failed to plan better for a party of six. She took the time to explain the menu over the phone and was happy to take a last minute reservation. They... More 

Thank Kacey G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
German, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219-3822
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-225-8811

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