Boston >Food & Dining > Rustic Kitchen
210 Stuart St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.350401 -71.067492
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown, Bay Village
Unbalanced in food quality, overall, good enough – We went to Rustic Kitchen a few times to give it a fair try, but I have to say that every single time we went there, the entrees were just not good. They were flavorless. Salads and other appetizers were always great! Sadly, every different entrees my husband and I tried were just not good. If Rustic Kitchen is reading this, I hope they look into improving their main course. The place looks great! The bar is nice, the entire restaurant is very well-lit, and the whole atmosphere is very warm and relaxing. We will definitely return because we think it's still a very nice place, but we will stick to salads and appetizers only, instead of wasting money on entrees that we just couldn't bare to finish. Wine list was pretty good. With a little improvement, I think this is a very nice place to hang out at.
Bad food – Service was good but the food was horrible. I had heard the bad reviews before going but thought I would give it a try anyways. Ordered pasta as a safe bet but to my dismay, it was one of the most awful things that I have ever ate. There was absolutely no flavor. Wanted to go back in the kitchen and add some salt, pepper, and herb seasonings to improve it myself. Apps were ok but stay away from the meatball app. It came in this overly sweet tomato sauce. I also ended up hanging up my own coat even though the restaurant was half empty.
Park Square restaurant dishes up upscale, rustic Italian fare to a varied mix of area workers and tourists. – The Scene
Connected to the Radisson Hotel, Rustic Kitchen's numerous dining areas often host a fair number of out-of-towners. But local business types and surburban couples also come to drink and dine, thanks to the restaurant's airy, street-side lounge area and unique cooking classes (held in the working TV studio in back). The bar holds one of the city's few 2:30am licenses, meaning patrons can take their time finishing their pomegranate margaritas and homemade sangria.
Upon entering, it's hard not to notice a wood oven and handmade pasta station. The exceptionally lengthy menu includes lots of Old World comfort fare, including thin-crust pizzas, rich tagliatelle Bolognese and ravioli stuffed with veal and ricotta. Fresh seafood (spice-crusted tuna) and fine meats (proscuitto-stuffed chicken) are served with aplomb. Homemade desserts run the gamut from a sinful warm chocolate cake to cooling, fruity sorbets.
Going for Ivy.... ended product is more like Bertucci's.... – My boyfriend and I went to Rustic Kitchen tonight because we live very close by and the menu online looked good. The dining room was about half full and we were seated at a very nice booth. About half of the decor is very cool (stone and slate) and the other half looks so out of place (imagine chairs in a Howard Johnsons lobby). Olive bread was given to start the meal. The olives in the bread were so salty the bread was almost inedible (even dipped in the watery hummus). My boyfriend and I both got caesar salads in parmesan crisps which were good. My boyfriend had the flat iron steak which was definitely the highlight of the meal- but the salsa it came with was totally out of place. I had Pappardelle with mushroom ragu. It came in an oil sauce which didn't really taste like much and the mushrooms were rubbery. It was pretty much inedbile. This was the first time in my life I have ever not finished a bowl of pasta. Not to sound like Chef Colicchio, but i doubt the chef tasted anything I ate tonight.
Cool Atmosphere, Mediocre Service – I visited Rustic Kitchen in the Theatre District while my boyfriend's parents were visiting from out of state. The atmosphere and ambiance are great but the dining room is very noisy and the service mediocre. When the servers asked for drink refills they often ignored one or two people at the table. I enjoyed my dinner but the rest of our group thought the food was average. It's a cool place but don't expect too much from the service.
TASTELESS FOOD, IF YOU WANT GOOD CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN FOOD GO TO STELLA...... – The food was so tasteless here that I was felt compelled to write my first review. Raised by an Italian grandmother I will admit that I am picky when it comes to Italian/Italian Contemporary food. I am not a huge fan of contemporary Italian, however Stella in the South End does and excellent job and she has the crowds night after night to prove it. My partner and I decided to wonder out of the South End and try an new place. We went on the Wednesday night before Christmas and the place was quiet. We were seated at a nice table in the back room. The atmosphere was nice and cozy, the waitress was friendly and pleasant and provided us with excellent service. The food however was another story. We started with the Calamari, a common appetizer that I am afraid to say was all too common and tasteless. The entrees would prove even worse. I ordered ravioli off of the menu, which appeared to be homemade and were cooked aldente. However the the problem was that they were absolutely tasteless and the sauce that accompied was also tasteless. My partner had the Crab/pasta dish. This entree was simply tasteless as well. The red sauce had zero flavor, "Prego" from the jar would have been a better option. The crab was served still in the shell on top of the pasta and it was nearly impossible to get the crab meat out of the shell.
There are only two positive things that I can state about this meal, 1. the waitress and her great attitude and service and 2. the two bottles of red wine that we shared during the course of this tragic meal. I grew up working in a restaurant and I dine out frequently and I usually always give a new establishement a second attempt, however on this particular evening Rustic Kitchen was near empty and if the food was this tasteless on an off night I can only imagine how tasteless it might be on a busy night. Not cheap.....
Best new place in Boston!! – My wife and I went to the new Rustic Kitchen in Park Square last Saturday night and had one of the best meal we've had in years. We arrived early so that we could get a drink in the new glass patio and found it to be the coolest place around to hang out and have a drink. They have a huge plasma tv that would be awesome to watch a game on. At our table, the fabulous server described the four specials so well that I wanted to stay all night and try them all. My wife got the Filet Mignon and I had the Agnolotti Dal Plin. Both were amazing and made me come back for lunch three days later with a friend. We shared the Cripsy Fried Calamari and were blown away at not only how good it looked, but also how great it tasted. For dessert we had the Black Bottom Creme Brulee and felt like we were in heaven. The atmosphere in that place is completely unmatched. We stayed til 1:00 because it was so comfortable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and we hope to become regulars.
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