1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.025059 -118.491258
Sun - Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fri - Sat, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m
Neighborhoods: Wilshire Montana, West LA
They have a new burger every Monday! Make sure you check their site for what's coming next! I personally love the breakfast one!
One of the best burgers in LA. Menu is a bit pricey, but worth it for the quality of food. Great date night restaurant.
A bit on the fancy side, but well worth the dinero! Friendly service, thoughtful wine list and a well designed menu perfect for pairing. Sit outside for prime people watching.
Hey management, here's a $1 buy a clue...... – " Will never go there again. After my husband gave the hostess $20 when he stopped in to make our dinner reservation in person earlier in the week (to try & get a good table for my birthday dinner), we were 10 minutes late in arriving at the restaurant and the hostess had given our table away. After standing in the bar area for 45 minutes with $14 glasses of wine, 2 people in our party of 4 sat down on stools at the bar and the hostess proceeded to tell us we couldn't sit there because the seats were reserved for walk-ins. Really - paying customers who have been standing and waiting almost an hour for their table aren't allowed to sit at the bar? Their hostess needs to get an attitude adjustment and their manager needs to learn how manage. We promptly finished our wine and left their establishment after having the hostess shoo us off our bar stools and we had a wonderful Italian dinner at Peppone's in Brentwood where the staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating - and our tab came to over $500, your loss Rustic Canyon. If I could give "no stars" as a rating I would.
executive decision "you're fired" – The food is fresh the wine is overpriced the staff is neither interested, helpful or professional. Who likes to feel insulted by the staff "specifically the hostess" with the competition out there "NOT ME" I will never bring business clients here again. Further more the food/service at other venues is much more palatable. Gjelina and tasting Kitchen !!!!! thanks
Cheeseburger in (a wine) paradise – In the summer it was lush slices of crispy duck breast laid over a pool of sweet corn puree and roasted peaches. In early fall it was lamb meatballs with heirloom tomatoes, pickled chiles, green olives and mint. And in the winter it was the cheeseburger -- a perfect half pound of medium grind beef, luxuriously topped with sharp cheddar cheese, onion fondue, bread and butter pickles, herb remoulade, and arugula. To say Rustic Canyon Wine Bar is only for winos would be a grave injustice. The Niman Ranch burger ($16) is proof that the upscale Santa Monica restaurant can be enjoyed by anyone with a pair of teeth. The wine is just the frosting on the cake -- ideally a cake made by pastry chef Zoe Nathan from sister restaurant Huckleberry across the street.
I had dinner here the other night. The ambiance in the restaurant is really nice, the lighting is perfect and the staff is very friendly. The food is average nothing special but it feels like fresh organic food which is nice. The wine list is way too extensive and there is not even a bottle under $40. I saw wines on the list that were more than double that I have seen at other restaurants.
Great atmosphere and even better burgers! – Mondays are specialty burger and artisinal beer nights. Tonight's highlight was a burrata burger with burrata and fresh tomatoes on top of a juicy patty. A cold beer is the perfect accomplice. Don't forget to try the donut holes with chocolate dipping sauce. This place is definitely a keeper!
a special place for special occasions (where every dining experience is a special occasion) – A friend of mine recently introduced me to this gem of a restaurant in Santa Monica. Since we had nothing planned for New Year's eve (the holiday is overrated anyway), we decided to celebrate at Rustic Canyon with a small group of our closest friends. What a great time we had! We pigged out on eight exquisite courses -- including succulent oysters, fresh tortellini, and sinfully delicious dessert. Near midnight, the friendly (and good-looking) staff passed out tiaras, hats, horns, and of course flutes of champagne. We counted down and toasted to the ending of a crappy year and the beginning of a new year with promise.
By the way, my friend had warned me that the one downside to Rustic Canyon is that when it gets busy (and it's always busy), it is impossibly loud in there. But we were pleasantly surprised to see newly installed sound absorption panels on the ceiling. We had no trouble hearing one another on New Year's. Guess Rustic Canyon is pretty good at taking customer feedback, so speak up. I do!
Kid and Palate Friendly Rustic Delight – My cousins were visiting from manhattan with their two kids, ages 5 and 9. Quite the little foodies! Due to their busy schedules, we had only one night to spend together. As a proud, life-long westsider I wanted to share with them something I felt represented santa monica at its best. It was a no brainer. I took them to rustic canyon! As expected, everything, from the persimmon salad to the special butter pasta hand made to order for a finicky 5 year old, to the perfectly cooked skirt steak and deliciously crisp fries with aioli, was on point. Even the house made pickles that that come with the impressive burger are a delight. The wait staff was amazing. My little cousins wanted to take our waiter, Gabe, home by the end of the night! Not only is he good with kids, he makes a mean latte. As if everything wasn?t already good enough, we ended our night with zoe nathan?s amazing pastries. We ordered the banana cream pie, apple rhubarb crostata and cookie plate! The banana cream pie, with its perfectly flakey crust, slightly salty caramel and rich vanilla pastry cream, is probably the best you?ll ever have in your life. The cookie plate is an experience in and of itself. Just like the restaurant, it has a little something for everyone: tastefully tart lemon bars, caramel wedges, mini chocolate cupcakes, a delightful cream puff, fruit crisps, ginger and chocolate chip cookies galore! Rustic Canyon, thanks for being something consistently good in my world!
really gone downhill since the old chef left – I used to be a regular at Rustic Canyon, but the place has really gone downhill since the old chef Samir left. The once great burger is now a sad excuse for a meal. The fries are soggy. McDonald's has better fries! Why did the new chef ruin a good thing? You have to wait forever to get your food and the new chef is always standing by the door flirting with the hostess. It makes the customers uncomfortable and by the looks of it, the hostess is uncomfortable too. Maybe the food would come out faster if he were in the kitchen, not standing around blocking the walkway. I walked by on a busy Friday night, willing to give the place another try, but when I saw the chef standing over the hostess shoulder while paying customers wait for their food, I kept on walking. The owners sure made a mistake and ruined what used to be a great place.
My latest favorite Westside restaurant – This is my latest favorite Westside restaurant. Selections change often, food is fabulous, wine selection by the glass and bottle is great and the service is impressive. Listen to your wait staff, they know what to recommend . . .some of my favorites are. . . the beet salad, shepherds pie (sounds weird but you have to try it, so fantastic), either of the fresh pastas, the duck confit, fish, and you have to have dessert! Hands down a must try!
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