Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.6
436 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar offers authentic Italian fare inspired by the traditional cuisine of Southern Italy. Gino Romano & Michelina Scotto bring their collaborative efforts and combined passion for distinctive Italian cuisine and wine to the revitalization of a historic landmark located in downtown Stevensville. The décor of Rustico emanates old world "rustic" Italy with a soothing palette of brick red, amber and natural cherry wood floors. The wine bar offers guests the opportunity to enjoy drinks before or after eating, sample pairings from our bar menu, or simply to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. Rustico’s wine list offers over 20 wines by the glass as well as a 200 bottle collection, focusing mainly on the varietals of Italy, the second largest producer of wines worldwide.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(410) 643-9444
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Thomas Bronson
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Private Party Facilities
Main Dining Room With two big bay windows outlined with stained glass over looking historic Stevensville, our main dining room can accommodate up to 50. The main dining room is available daily for private parties during the afternoon or evening. The Tuscan Room Gorgeous bronze curtains & beads will be drawn to offer privacy from our main dining room. Our Tuscan room can accommodate groups of 12-20. Main Dining Room and Tuscan Room are available together for events of up to 80 persons. The Cellar Room Dine next to our cozy fireplace for a memorable evening. Our hand carved table can accommodate up to 8 persons or both cellar rooms can accommodate up to 15 persons. On Friday & Saturday evening a $300 minimum guest check is required to dine in the cellar room. Wine Bar Relax amidst a soothing environment with candles & Italian music as you & your guests sample wines paired with an array of Italian antipasti. Our wine bar can accommodate a reception for up to 40.
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Private Party Contact
Michelina Scotto: (410) 212-4027
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Main Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 436 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great find in a little town just a hop over the bridge from Annapolis. I highly reccomend. Hope to go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The staff is amazing, they always make you feel special. The food - to die for! Just a great experience from every aspect. Highly recommend Rustico!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Rustico is one of the go to restaurants for my wife and I on KI. It's extremely consistent with both food and service. We love it here. They have a decent wine list as well and even do wine dinners periodically that are thoroughly enjoyable. Great Pasta and fish particularly.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Rustico is a favorite restaurant of mine. They continue to provide delicious food, a cozy atmosphere and outstanding service. Every time is a pleasant experience!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

great. This is a small town and very quiet. the food is very good and the place is very quaint . The service is excellent and dining outside or inside is very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Food is always good! !

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food and service.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was just ok...

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was good, service was great. Worth your time and money.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was fabulous
Service was wonderful
Will DEFINITELY be returning!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fathers Day lunch was good- but when we booked the reservation we were hoping for an actual brunch menu with eggs and some sweet options, but what we ordered was still very tasty. Just so happened that we were there at the same time as a large bridal party so it was a little loud and our food took a little longer than normal because it came out after theirs. Completely understandable in all regards but overall it was good food and we left happy.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We took our daughters for my husbands birthday. We always rave about the filet mignon so all 4 of us ordered it but we were told there were only 3 left. So my daughter settled for the pork tenderloin which was very DRY. Service was ok but our server didn’t seem to care that we were unhappy with the pork.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We have stopped and enjoyed dinner at Rusticos for many years now. It is a convenient location. I felt this time the food and service were not as good as they once were. It was ok but not great. I hope they improve soon.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Another exceptional experience of fine Italian dining at a reasonable rate. Service and atmosphere tremendous.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I wish they had more vegan/vegetarian options other than salads. The food was very good and we always enjoy the ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Very good food and excellent.service . I'll be back

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Outstanding food and service in a great setting and location.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother’s Day’s special menu. Everything was delicious. And as a mom, I got a free glass of prosecco! The restaurant (and entire island) experienced an unexpected power outage. We were still able to finish our lunch and pay by credit card. Overall, it was a great way to celebrate.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I booked the reservation on the website for Mothers Day Brunch for 8 people. I received a text to confirm. This part went very smoothly. I reviewed the menu ahead of time to make sure it was suited for all invited. I was very disappointed when we arrived and found out there was a very limited fixed menu for Mothers Day. We had planned to have a light brunch, but we had no other choice but to have a heavy 3 course meal instead. If the menu will be fixed like this and the booking is done 100% electronically it should be obligatory to make the customer aware of the menu change with the confirmation. The food, atmoshphere, and service were excellentn but the experience was not what we had planned for the special day. It seems very irresponsible or almost deceiving to make this change without making it abundantly clear to your reservations ahead of time. I really like this restaraunt and would really like to come back more often but this is a big miscue for such a generally nice place.

Thanks,

Bryan

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

All was good, but one problem...one diner at our table has Celiacs Disease, so we confirmed with our server what dining options were Gluten Free. The meal arrived, and the fish was GF, but the side dish was NOT GF. We inquired and our server confirmed the side dish did indeed contain gluten, and quickly offered an alternative. When a diner has a serious condition that requires a special diet, servers are key in preventing foods being served that will trigger an ill effect. Her willingness to amend the situation was appreciated, but had we not questioned all that was on the plate, a trouble would have ensued.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I went with my daughter and we had a delicious and delightful dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was good as usual (I’ve been there several times), and our waitress was well informed and efficient. Only negative was that our tablecloth was soiled with what I think was two scratched out blobs of candle wax. I found that to be a turnoff. I want a crisp, clean tablecloth on my table when I eat.

The baked Brie was delicious as always, and we all three tasted the fried green tomatoes appetizer and enjoyed it. The penne vodka was very good and just a large enough serving for me for lunch. The chocolate truffle cheesecake was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was very good. Quiet atmosphere. Wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent meal, from the bread and olive oil to the salad to the grouper and the rockfish.
Nice wine list.
Attentive, friendly service.
Lovely rooms.
Recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Both my friend and I agreed: it was the best dinner out we had had in ages!
The waitress was polite and helpful, the food was extraordinarily good,
and the ambience was warm and upbeat.
My friend had never been there and when we came out, she said,
" Now, that was an excellent place in every way!"
Well done, guys!
You made a cozy restaurant with superb food at good prices!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Superb Italian cuisine served in a very comfortable space. Service is efficient and friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was amazing. Great wine selection, a hidden gem . Not very culturally diverse but welcoming. The food was hot, fresh, cooked just right and tasty. The bread was fresh and the bruschetta was so delicious. Nice lightening, very Zen vibe and even though there was conversations it wasn't overly loud. Sincerely recommend this jewel of a restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was great!!! I was very disappointed with the fact our dinner was a surprise birthday for my husband. I made reservations online,
But my surprise was ruined!!!! When text confirmation was sent to my husband's phone...how did you even get his number???
All reservation info was mine not his.
So I called and asked about this, was told someone would contact me...and of course it never happened

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fabulous meal and great service! Will definitely keep returning

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had lunch here for mother's 80th birthday. Nice waitress who was friendly; food was great ( salads with shrimp and pasta); and the little town was charming. I would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our family "Go-To" for excellent cuisine and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Still--in my view--the very best restaurant on Kent Island. Wonderful food, an excellent wine selection, an intriguing location (in the heart of downtown Stevensville, but with sheep often grazing in the pasture across the street), and knowledgeable servers.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Cute Italian bistro with a chef who is delivering Italian food that is hand crafted with genuine warm service

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

WE scheduled at 7 pm on a monday. the restaurant was surprisingly busy. We were seated quickly but the drink order came after the appetizers, we had to ask for more water and the sadly my entree was cold and had to be sent back which is not like me. i have eaten here before for lunch and had a great experience.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our third time to Rustico--and this time was not the charm. The others were enjoyable experiences with great food. Tonight's meal was a lousy experiencee.

First, our party of six was put in a side room with a family of six--with 4 toddlers. I'm kid friendly--except when fine dining with a reservation made days ahead. Add to that, the table was next to the office and we enjoyed a frantic manager running past our table frequently.

Next, our server would have been good at a Chillis/Applebees/etc--but not up to the task of making a fine dining experience.

Third, the kitchen was overwhelmed. It took an hour for our entrees to arrive after ordering. The service staff was not up to the task with the wait--we were left without drinks for long periods of time during the wait for food.

Last, most of the entrees were great and cooked properly. Avoid the rack of lamb--it was tough, slightly under cooked, and slightly cold. The steak knife accompanying the lamb was extremely dull. Had to resort to using a butter knife untill our server came back 20 minutes later when food was mostly eaten.

Summary: the Rustico is better than most chain restaurants--but also charges significantly more. Not worth the bill tonight.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We stopped here after being stuck in traffic for an hour and a half just to grab a bite to eat on a whim. As soon as we walked in, we were so surprised at how fantastic everything way. Make sure you try the baked brie and all the pasta was incredible. Not to mention, it was a super cold and windy night and we couldn't have found a cozier place to have dinner. Would go a million times again.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Our Book Club had the best time ever! Our server was attentive, and friendly, and just perfect!
The dinners were amazing and the wine was divine . . .we are looking forward to another evening at this wonderful restaurant! Thanks for a memorable evening out with friends!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

We spent our weekly Tuesday Ladies night out at Rustico. It was a very pleasant experience, food was delicious and our Waitress was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always dependable. One of our favorite restaurants for a special night and quiet dinner. Food and service have always been good.

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