La Rustica in New Westminster is a highly acclaimed restaurant featuring authentic Italian cuisine. Come and enjoy the taste of Italy at La Rustica, blending fine dining with local heritage. Relax and enjoy sumptuous Italian dishes in an atmosphere of old world charm and true elegance. For those on the go, La Rustica provides delivery and take-out service.
Went there with a group for a Christmas party and they had a set menu. Two kinds of pasta, a tortolini in a cream sauce and a penne in a tomato sauce. Both average at best. The Ceasar Salad was really good (cold and creamy). The mains were a salmon in some sort of cream/pesto sauce, average and a chicken with mushrooms. Way too salty. Service was decent but the food overall was a bit below average.
I went here for lunch - we had to wait quite a while for the server to return. odd because we were the only customers at that time.
I, like another reviewer had the tri-colour pasta - my impression was just okay, not great. My dining companions also said their meals were just okay.
Considering the price of over $50.00 for 3 with no alcohol it was quite a bit for a so-so lunch.
I would not go here again.
The decor of the place is quite nice, a very romantic setting when compared to other Italian restaurants.
The food was better than average and portions were good.
Service was adequate and could be better. We came here because of the entertainment book card.
Overall impression was a very good Italian restaurant nestled in
New Westminister. Better decor and food than the typical Ristorante.
We made reservations at La Rustica for a Friday evening. We were promptly greeted and lead to our waiting table in a nice quiet corner.
Our server allowed us time to glance over the drink menus and promptly came over once we were ready to order. Following the drinks, came a fresh order of bread with oil & vinegar to dip (yum, yum!!)
My boyfriend ordered the procuitto wrapped cantaloupe to start(honestly did not appeal to me... nor did it to him after the first bite! Weird combination!!)
For the main, I ordered 'La Homard' (split lobster tails with grilled veggies & smoked salmon ravioli). The lobster was slightly over done, the veggies perfect and the smoked salmon ravioli was not good. I had one bite & I was done. I dont know what it was, but I could not eat the ravioli.
My boyfriend tried the 'Tricolore' which is 3 types of pasta in one dish. When the food arrived, it did not appear fresh at all. You can tell when something was plated immediately... this, definitely was not. He was not impressed.
Although the service was fantastic (we ended up each getting a complimentary shooter & 30% off both our meals & we have NO IDEA why... maybe we were talking louder than we thought about how disappointed we were???), it really doesn't matter when the food is mediocre. Needless to say, we were both quite disappointed and never plan to return.
This restaurant has two names and appears to have two sides? Anyway, the appetizer, entree (halibut) and dessert (creme brulee) was very good and I enjoyed my dining experience here. The waiter was attentive and sat me (went by myself) by the entertainment where I had a nice view of the musician and could enjoy the music. The wine recommended by my waiter complemented and accentuated my meal.
I had the worst pasta of my life here. I'm not sure how you can screw up stuffed ravioli with a rose sauce. Chef Boyardee is better. The pasta itself was okay, but the sauce was simply some canned tomato sauce with some milk in it. Service was fine. No real ambience.
We had not been to this La Rustica for many years. It's not the same. A hollow feeling, no energy, no music. We sat down, service was fast enough, we were out in one hour. The old house is still beautiful, it is an ideal setting. Linguini with salmon was suspect. A plain, boring dish, Dry. Food quality, ouch. You're never sure, although you have a sense things aren't right. Things weren't right, we both left with unsettled stomaches. I won't be back again.
We returned after hearing it had reopened from bankruptcy.
Although the prev owner was there, it was not the same
We realized that the prev owner was now the manager
and the food was being made and brought
over from La Spaghhetiria next store.
La spaghetti ria is crap. Their main supplier is Costco.
Thier cheesecake, pastas all Costco.
So needless to say La Rustica was also bad.
Feel sorry for the old owner. Nice man.
worst dinning experience in greater Vancouver, first time ever I was so angry to give 6 cent tips. only open Thur/Fri/Sat, very rude service(particular the fat Asian lady with color hair who seems a management person) that makes the OK food worth nothing, the only warm feeling is from a girl who is not even a formal waitress. PLEASE avoid this restaurant if you dont want to ruin your mood.
Enjoyed an outstanding evening here. Clean and comfortable atmosphere. Amazing Osso Bucco, veal and seafood dishes. The scallps, prawns and fish were super fresh and sauces subtle and light. And it was not skimped on in the servings. Their own focaccia bread to die for! Small wine list but acceptable with some nice choices. Try the cava! Robert the owner and his staff made sure we were taken care of and were not rushed. Good value! Live music! Nice food at a good price. Not cookie cutter Italian food. Definately a little gem! I had been for lunch before and it was nice as well. Try it!!
Food is not great. Menu is limited. Wine list is a sheet of paper that had water marks. Wine list is very limited. From appetizier to desert we were out of the restaurant in under one hour. Service was fast and hurried. Someone in the group had lipstick marks on his wine glass. We will not go back
Despite enjoying this restaurant often in the past, a recent experience was disappointing.
I ordered from the 3-course set menu and asked for a Linguine main, but was told that the restaurant was out of sausage, so ordered the steak instead.
It was a quiet Thursday evening with only one other table active, so the being out of an incredient was not acceptable to me.
The steak was of poor quality, like it had come from an Costco econo-pack . It was small and grissilly. The accompanying sauces looked like they came from a can.
They were also out of one of their dessert choices, the Tiramasu, so I once again ordered something other than my preference, the Cheesecake, and was once again disappointed.
I remember this restaurant as being excellent and great value for money. It has gone downhill I regret to say.
Went for dinner , we had been there a couple of years ago and it was very good, it's also in the entertainment book . We found the service was fairly slow and mediocre. I guess on Saturday's they have live music, I found it way too loud, and not very good, made it hard to talk to any one. Food was pretty good. Even with our entertainment cards it was quite expensive, I should have looked closer at our bill, seems like they overcharged us. Overall I've had better and spent less.
We booked a party three months in advance. Had to ask for water, had to ask for coffee, had to ask for more bread, had to ask for soup spoon, you get the idea. Of 10 in the party when serving the entree's everyone got personal attention. In other words one plate per trip. The waitress made 10 trips to serve the entree to the 10 of us. The food was good, the price was good, the ambiance was ok but the poorly trained staff made a poor impression. Lack of planning and forsight played a major role. Why it took 1 hour and 45 minutes to serve the entree is beyond me. Would I go back again. Only if I want good food and am willing to overlook the service and wait time.
The moment I walked in.. I new I was in for trouble. An Asian matradee. I'm not a racist, but its obviously being run by Asians... I would feel the same way going out for Chinese and an Italian matradee at the door... Anyway, the service was slow, the calamari was not LIGHTLY breaded.. it was krispy fried junk. The ceasar salad was 'ok'. The entrees= I order a spaghetti and meatballs... i got linguini and mushy meat somethings in a runny tomato sauce... and they don't use real Parmesan cheese... they used the crappy kraft crystalized junk from the bulk section which made my crappy meal... crappier. My wife had the gnocci and left 75% of it. The odd thing was they were kinda busy... really, if this is the one of best Italian in Westminster (they had some 'old' awards on the walls, probably from the previous owners) I should open up a place and I'm not Italian... we should have just gone out for Burger Haven... that would have been money better spent. In case you are wondering if i recommend this place... NO... don't go there, not even for glass of water.
I was going to buy a Groupon for La Rustica and then realised I had a coupon from the Entertainment Book. There were 8 of us for a special dinner. Out of the 8 people exactly ZERO were happy with their main course. I will say though, the original escargot and calamari were good appetizers, as was the bread. The entrees varied from osso bucco to veal to lasagne, spaghetti and meat balls, chesse stuffed ravioli and a pasta dish. We will never go back again. Amazing how a restaurant that shares a kitchen with Spaghetteria can have such lousy food. Should have gone to L'Artista like we originally planned.
I purchased a groupon for $20 to receive $40 of food/drink. There were absolutely NO restrictions on this voucher. No blackout dates and I actually went directly to groupon via email to make sure this voucher would be valid on New Years Eve prior to purchasing it. They confirmed this would be allowed and i went ahead and purchased it. When I called the restaurant to make a reservation (which i was able to book as there was availability), when i mentioned the groupon i was suddenly denied using it. I asked to speak to their manager who was not in at the time but was given his name/number and when I could reach him. I waited all day to speak to the manager and it was a HUGE disappointment. As soon as he picked up the phone his was extremely rude and yelled at me no coupons were allowed on this date despite the fact there was no restrictions on the coupon what so ever. He then told me "whatever then go get a refund then I don't care."
I was SO disappointed with the service ESPECIALLY from someone in a management position. I will never go to this restaurant and will let everyone know that this place has the worst customer service I have ever received even though it was entirely their fault. Buyer Beware!!!!
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at La Rustica in mid September. The food was excellent as was the service. For our group (18) the overall cost was very reasonable and we thought a great value. With the party menu, we ordered the platters of food. And everyone at the dinner commented that the food was outstanding, as was the wine and the service. I would recommend this restaurant and their 2 sister restaurants in New Westminster for outstanding Italian food and dining.
I've gone to La Rustica twice so far, the last time I went with a group of 8 for a work celebration/get-together. The ambience of the place is great, I liked the way the party was greeted and ushered into a private section of the restaurant. The service was prompt and very friendly, the wait-time for the food reasonable, and the food recommendations & selection (wine menu was expansive with good new and old world selections) was very pleasing. I had a halibut special and it was done to perfection, not too-overdone. I also appreciated the live music that this restaurant provides, which adds an extra-special ambience.
In sum, great service food and a special old-world charm make this restaurant highly appealing. I will be back for more...
Four of us were at La Rustica earlier this month for a celebratory dinner. It was a Wednesday and there was a constant flow of customers. We've been there before. Two of us ordered the lamb, while another two ordered the seafood cannelloni. Both were very good. I looked at the menu to see if there was something else to try, but reverted to my favourite (the cannelloni) and was not disappointed. Service was very good and the timing between drinks, appetizers, the main course, coffee and dessert allowed us time to socialize, yet didn't feel like too long. Although we had good experience, something felt different about the place. We couldn't pinpoint exactly what: maybe a change in ownership? There seemed to be a slight difference in serving staff's approach and the ambience (decor and music). We will go back as its a nice place to have a good dinner with people you want to chat with.