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Must do if in Lake Placid!
Always a favorite go-to of ours every time we are in Lake Placid (every 12 weeks). The owner, Chantel, is so kind and down to earth we just love when she is working so that we can interact with her. The food is amazing and...More ... read more
Cheryl L via tripadvisor.com - Aug 12, 2018
Lovely meal!
Was recommended by several people and did not disappoint, super friendly service, lovely meal ( all four of us had tasty meals) and just the right timing with appetisers, entrees and dessert) I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant!!!
Lonneke M via tripadvisor.com - Aug 12, 2018
Great food, great staff, and amazing ...
Great food, great staff, and amazing atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone. Was able to accommodate a party of 10 in five minutes on a very busy night.
Luke A. via yelp.com - Aug 4, 2018
Excellent Dinner
Great food, excellent service, and an amazing atmosphere. Went out of their way to seat 10 people when they were very busy. Would recommend to anyone who needs a good meal.
Luke A via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2018
Great food, great staff, and amazing ...
Great food, great staff, and amazing atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone. Was able to accommodate a party of 10 in five minutes on a very busy night.
Luke A. via yelp.com - Aug 4, 2018
This place is tucked away in a ...
This place is tucked away in a plaza- reservations recommended since it is small. Staff are very nice as is service. They bring out warm crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which is delicious. We got the spicy meatball appetizer which was tasty but slightly cold. The highlight of the meal was a roasted goat cheese and b ... read more
Lou C. via yelp.com - Aug 2, 2018
This place is tucked away in a ...
This place is tucked away in a plaza- reservations recommended since it is small. Staff are very nice as is service. They bring out warm crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which is delicious. We got the spicy meatball appetizer which was tasty but slightly cold. The highlight of the meal was a roasted goat cheese and b ... read more
Lou C. via yelp.com - Aug 2, 2018
Never Disappoints
Returned to Caffe Rustica this weekend for a private party. From great service, warm welcome from the Owner, delicious drinks and unbelievable food, I could rave for hours. The apps were great including stuffed mushrooms, meatballs and a sampling of their famous pizzas. Dinner was...More ... read more
Blake G via tripadvisor.com - Jul 15, 2018
Had a delicious dinner. The veal was outstanding. The best restaurant in Lake Placid. The owners and staff are very outgoing and pleasant.
Susan Bonnell via google.com - Jul 14, 2018
Fresh and delish!
Caffe Rustica is always a place we visit on a trip to Lake Placid. As usual, our meals were perfectly seasoned and fresh with herbs, and the pasta was al dente. They offered a beautiful dry rose that complimented our dinners, and the staff was...More ... read more
mommypooh via tripadvisor.com - Jul 11, 2018
Excellent food in a small facility that is frequently packed. Reservations!
Food is consistently excellent, with focus on daily specials, and lovely presentations. Cafe Rustica is one of the three best restaurants in Lake Placid for quality of food, in my opinion. The restaurant is owned and managed by a Culinary Institute graduate, and the food...More ... read more
floatpilot2 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2018
Great to meet the owners of this fine restaurant
A memorable meal, I can still recall the flavor and aroma two weeks later. A truly great salad! The Pizza was good and crispy also, had real meatball and was very tasty. Nice to go out to eat and not be deluged in garlic.
pslbethesda via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2018
Not to be missed!
We have been traveling for 2 weeks and this was our best meal yet! Food and service were outstanding! The salads were fresh and creative and our main courses were delightful. My husband had the short ribs which were done to perfection. I had the...More ... read more
Amy R via tripadvisor.com - Jul 8, 2018
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Wendy Nunn via google.com - Jul 5, 2018
Really good Italian ... read more
Damon Smith via google.com - Jun 29, 2018
Fantastic
Good pizza, fantastic salad and excellent service. Everything tasted fresh, and all 4 pizzas that we tried were well done and freshly baked in the wood fired oven. Service is prompt and eager to please. The atmosphere was casual but clean and contemporary. The wine...More ... read more
P K via tripadvisor.com - Jun 26, 2018
Good pizza, fantastic salad and ...
Good pizza, fantastic salad and excellent service. Everything tasted fresh, and all 4 pizzas that we tried were well done and freshly baked in the wood fired oven.Service is prompt and eager to please. The atmosphere was casual but clean and contemporary. The wine selection looked good although we did not try any. Good value for mone ... read more
Prashant K. via yelp.com - Jun 26, 2018
Good pizza, fantastic salad and ...
Good pizza, fantastic salad and excellent service. Everything tasted fresh, and all 4 pizzas that we tried were well done and freshly baked in the wood fired oven.Service is prompt and eager to please. The atmosphere was casual but clean and contemporary. The wine selection looked good although we did not try any. Good value for mone ... read more
Prashant K. via yelp.com - Jun 26, 2018
Great food and service.
mpmp via google.com - Jun 19, 2018
Outstanding in every respect.
The chef uses a the best fresh ingredients. The bartender is the best (just ask the locals). The owners are very warm and friendly. The staff has a can do attitude. My wife and I had great meal there an totally enjoyed the experience. Next...More ... read more
Ronhillski via tripadvisor.com - Jun 12, 2018
A little pricey but excellent food.
Patricia Bickford via google.com - Jun 9, 2018
Excellent food, don't let the location stop you!
There are many options in Lake Placid but Caffe Rustica deserves your attention. Excellent food! I had the chicken saltimbocca & my husband had the lasagna. Both were very tasty! Yum! The tomato sauce in the lasagna & the brown gravy in the saltimbocca were...More ... read more
Mary L via tripadvisor.com - Jun 5, 2018
Dinner for a party of 9 (we made reservations) was fantastic. Great atmosphere and service. The food looked and tasted delicious.
Deanna McGregor via google.com - Jun 4, 2018
BEST RESTAURANT IN LAKE PLACID
My boyfriend and I went here for dinner and were blown away. The food is the best we’ve had in a very long time and the staff was just as amazing. This is a must go when visiting lake placid. Whether you order appetizers, meat,...More ... read more
lasarsydney via tripadvisor.com - Jun 1, 2018
Fresh food ! Great service !!
Zack Marciano via google.com - May 27, 2018
Been coming to Lake Placid for 25 years and never knew this place was here Duh! Unbelievably excellent. Top quality dishes impeccably prepared. Service and restaurant are top shelf. Reasonably priced. Did I miss anything ? If you come to Lake Placid and are looking for a GREAT restaurant, this is your place. Absolute 5 stars!
Paul MacFarland via google.com - May 26, 2018
Great Pizza in a totally Unexpected Place
My GF and I were taking a mid-week break in our favorite of all places Lake Placid. On one particular night we decided we wanted Pizza and turned to TripAdvisor to find a top rated place. We liked what we read about Caffe Rustica and...More ... read more
Alain L via tripadvisor.com - May 25, 2018
Excellent surprise
You’ll have a lot of choices in Lake Placid, but this one will NOT disappoint. Friendly service by knowledgeable staff that happily answer all questions and even offer helpful suggestions. I had the Pan Seared Salmon over Lentils and it was delicious. I’m here for...More ... read more
Tom1948 via tripadvisor.com - May 16, 2018
Great food in an unexpected setting
Not what you’d expect from a restaurant that seems to be tucked away in a quaint strip mall. The menu is unique and (I think) made from scratch - no microwave meals. Nice drink selection. Friendly service. Look forward to going again.
lcshea via tripadvisor.com - May 7, 2018
Husband and Wife team which makes ...
Husband and Wife team which makes me happy. Inside nice, clean, warm and inviting. Wish we had found this place sooner; as you look at my other review we had a terrible pizza experience the night before. This totally made up for it.Fresh pie made when ordered. If you're visiting Lake Placid or Whiteface Mountain, it's worth the drive ... read more
Long N. via yelp.com - May 6, 2018
Husband and Wife team which makes ...
Husband and Wife team which makes me happy. Inside nice, clean, warm and inviting. Wish we had found this place sooner; as you look at my other review we had a terrible pizza experience the night before. This totally made up for it.Fresh pie made when ordered. If you're visiting Lake Placid or Whiteface Mountain, it's worth the drive ... read more
Long N. via yelp.com - May 6, 2018
Great Birthday Dinner
We traveled to Lake Placid in April to celebrate my dear friend's birthday. The food was excellent! We had a set menu but the diversity of the selection and quality of food was great even if some of the options were not what I would...More ... read more
noreenm206 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 29, 2018
Great Service and Food
Amazing food and atmosphere. Service was excellent, feels like you’re visiting family. Smells great as soon as you walk in, food made with passion.
CSAART via tripadvisor.com - Apr 12, 2018
Excellent Dining Experience
Excellent food. Great service. Nice wine list. This restaurant was recommended by a Lake Placid resident. You can usually trust a recommendation from a local, and he did not disappoint. Quaint location in a strip mall but very welcoming inside. Dinner was served at a...More ... read more
OntarioMyopinion via tripadvisor.com - Apr 9, 2018
Favorite spot for Italian
This is a mandatory stop every time we visit Lake Placid. The food is excellent and the owners are personable, dedicated and kind. This time our favorite part of the meal was mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto and finished with balsamic glaze over arugula. Absolutely top...More ... read more
laurieharbeck via tripadvisor.com - Apr 5, 2018
What a find, this small homey restaurant ...
What a find, this small homey restaurant was OUTSTANDING!  The food was perfectly presented each time and it was delicious!  We went 2 nights in a row it was so great.  From appetizers of insalata special, spicy meatballs, sausage stuffed mushrooms, spedeni wrapped with prosciutto, beet salad with pan seared goat cheese and great oni ... read more
Jack M. via yelp.com - Apr 4, 2018
What a find, this small homey restaurant ...
What a find, this small homey restaurant was OUTSTANDING!  The food was perfectly presented each time and it was delicious!  We went 2 nights in a row it was so great.  From appetizers of insalata special, spicy meatballs, sausage stuffed mushrooms, spedeni wrapped with prosciutto, beet salad with pan seared goat cheese and great oni ... read more
Jack M. via yelp.com - Apr 4, 2018
Hidden Gem
We finally checked out this hidden gem tucked away in a strip mall. Don't be fooled by the location, with the beautiful bar, open kitchen and wood oven this place has tons of character. Service was friendly and crisp, and the food was excellent. We...More ... read more
Rebecca S via tripadvisor.com - Apr 1, 2018
Had the braised ribs. Oh. My. God. Soooo good. Worth every penny. Don’t get sticker shocked when y
Had the braised ribs. Oh. My. God. Soooo good. Worth every penny. Don’t get sticker shocked when you walk in. The food is phenomenal and you won’t regret it.
Darwen VanNatten via facebook.com - Mar 31, 2018
HOW HAVE WE MISSED THIS ONE
Wife and I have been going to Lake Placid for years. Never knew of this place, at end of strip mall next to supermarket, was tipped off by our doctor. We went here on a busy Friday nite and had a most remarkable meal. My...More ... read more
blazechiefsfd via tripadvisor.com - Mar 18, 2018
Have been here several times over the past couple of years and I keep coming back. The food is fantastic (best food in Placid as far as I'm concerned) and the service is excellent (very personable). Looking for a romantic evening for 2 in Lake Placid?, search no more.
James Bottino via google.com - Mar 14, 2018
Unassuming Italian cafe in strip mall delivers!
Tucked away in the corner of a Price Shopper-anchored strip mall about a mile from downtown LP, Caffe Rustica delivered a great dining experience during an early March snowstorm. Stepping inside we were greeted by phenomenal smells and the warm glow of the wood-fired pizza...More ... read more
C M via tripadvisor.com - Mar 8, 2018
Great food and service. Really friendly and welcoming.
William Hurley via google.com - Mar 4, 2018
Delicious and flavorful
We've eaten here twice and both times it's been a success. My youngest enjoyed the delicious pizza and my husband and I enjoyed a delicious fish and fresh pasta.
Sarah B via tripadvisor.com - Feb 28, 2018
The arugula salad and beet salads ...
The arugula salad and beet salads were delicious. The salmon was one of the best I have EVER had.  I enjoyed every bite. It was cooked to perfection, creamy and buttery! The ambiance was perfect for a calm dinner!
Pau A. via yelp.com - Feb 27, 2018
The arugula salad and beet salads ...
The arugula salad and beet salads were delicious. The salmon was one of the best I have EVER had.  I enjoyed every bite. It was cooked to perfection, creamy and buttery! The ambiance was perfect for a calm dinner!
Pau A. via yelp.com - Feb 27, 2018
Great Meal
Reservations are a must. We booked three days in advance for holiday week and it was worth the wait. Meatball appetizer featured 3 meatballs over polenta and tasty tomato sauce. The beet salad with goat cheese was excellent as well. Main course of eggplant and...More ... read more
SteveDGT via tripadvisor.com - Feb 20, 2018
Just had Valentines dinner there and it was fantastic! Food was great and the service outstanding!!
Just had Valentines dinner there and it was fantastic! Food was great and the service outstanding!!! I highly recommend!!
Liann Malvuccio Lyons via facebook.com - Feb 14, 2018
New Favorite!!
My husband and I come to Lake Placid every February. When looking at reviews, I saw that Caffe Rustica was rated wonderfully. We asked a few people that live locally and they ALL stated that it was one of the best in Lake Placid. They...More ... read more
SuRN via tripadvisor.com - Feb 11, 2018
Had an amazing dinner this evening! Food, service and ambiance - Perfect!
Had an amazing dinner this evening! Food, service and ambiance - Perfect!
Suzanne Allman via facebook.com - Feb 9, 2018
First time but won't be our last! Wonderful
My husband and I have been coming up to Lake Placid as our Christmas gift to each other for the past six years. We tried to Café rustica for the first time last night and it was perfect on all counts. The atmosphere is warm...More ... read more
Cindy V via tripadvisor.com - Feb 7, 2018
Caffe Rustica is the restaurant ...
Caffe Rustica is the restaurant Lake Placid and Saranac Lake locals head to for a great meal. The restaurant is locally owned and operator and the food is fresh, innovative, delicious and local! They have a nice selection of wines and cocktails and the atmosphere is intimate yet casual enough for young families. It's also a great ven ... read more
Gordon R. via yelp.com - Jan 30, 2018
delicious italian for apres ski
This little gem is tucked away in the corner of a sleepy shopping plaza ( Ive only been there at night when most of the shops are closed) and it's coziness is quiet relaxing to warm up to after a day outdoors. Chefs are CIA...More ... read more
JBtraveler865 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 21, 2018
I'm Never Disappointed with Caffe Rustica
I've been here three times and this place has never disappointed me. They say their chefs are trained by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and they definitely are. Last time I had the dinner special which was a strip steak in a demi-glace sauce...More ... read more
Tak C via tripadvisor.com - Jan 15, 2018
They food was amazing. I called ahead for my dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating. O
They food was amazing. I called ahead for my dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating. Our server was absolutely incredible and so knowledgeable. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Jodi Durante Polsinelli via facebook.com - Jan 14, 2018
My husband, son and I recently had dinner here. Fabulous! The meatball appetizer and beet salad were outstanding. The lasagna as well as the eggplant were equally delicious! Kevin the owner went above and beyond making us feel welcome. This is by far our new favorite restaurant in Lake Placid!
Janet McCann via google.com - Jan 4, 2018
Great little place, food is excellent ...
Great little place, food is excellent and fantastic pizzas, I have been here multiple times and everyone in our party had a delicious meal. Friendly staff and very good service,  Cafe Rustica is always on my list when I visit Lake Placid ... read more
John C. via yelp.com - Dec 31, 2017
Great locally-owned restaurant in Lake Placid
Caffe Rustica is the restaurant Lake Placid and Saranac Lake locals head to for a great meal. The restaurant is locally owned and operator and the food is fresh, innovative, delicious and local! They have a nice selection of wines and cocktails and the atmosphere...More ... read more
SDNelson2015 via tripadvisor.com - Dec 21, 2017
Delicious, Courteous and Reasonably Priced
Had lunch with a friend/business associate here today and the food, service and price was phenomenal! I will be returning for another lunch and also dinner!
Shana M via tripadvisor.com - Dec 20, 2017
The best catering any of us have ever had on a set. This was the group's consensus!
Jill Camillo via google.com - Dec 4, 2017
Always good, reservations suggested ... read more
Harris Semegram via google.com - Dec 4, 2017
Wonderful food and service in Lake Placid
This was our second time dining at Caffe Rustica. We visit Lake Placid 2-3 times a year, and our meal last year brought back to the Caffe this year. The food is excellent! My wife has talked about the lasagna since our last visit, and...More ... read more
HardwickTraveler via tripadvisor.com - Nov 26, 2017
Great food and nice staff! Not really kid friendly but they were super nice to my kids and even gav
Great food and nice staff! Not really kid friendly but they were super nice to my kids and even gave them crayons and paper to color.
Claudia Rathwick via facebook.com - Nov 25, 2017
Fantastic, a hidden jewel, in lake placid great food and wonderful staff
Fantastic, a hidden jewel, in lake placid great food and wonderful staff ... read more
Steve Imburgio via facebook.com - Nov 24, 2017
Dont let location fool you, get reservations and prepare for a very well prepared meal. The espresso encrusted venison was so tender and delicious, with a sode of mashed potatoes and what looked like fresh locally sourced brocollini. I would order it again! I didnt drink wine but the wine list was plentiful. Great stuffed mushrooms a ... read more
Lynette Yanulavich-Volk via google.com - Nov 4, 2017
Great service, food quality, and atmosphere.
Robert Ekes via google.com - Nov 4, 2017
We were 30 minutes late for our reservation, my bad and we're seated at a bad table. Punishment, I guess. We asked for a different table and we're reluctantly accommodated. After that, things went wonderfully. Wild mushroom ravioli, mushroom pizza to die for, wonderful wine selection, awesome Ceasar salad. Simple yes, but perfec ... read more
Johan Spijker via google.com - Nov 4, 2017
Went for dessert and coffee. Made a fabulous impression even in that short of time. Everything was scratch made and delicious. Service was personable and kind. Will be back for a full dinner soon!
SuperShellsta via google.com - Nov 4, 2017
We enjoyed our first dining experience and will be back. Thank you.
We enjoyed our first dining experience and will be back. Thank you.
Laurie Conney via facebook.com - Oct 22, 2017
Cozy gem with wonderful food: Put this one on your list!
Caffe Rustica is a small, cozy place tucked away in the corner of a strip shopping center about 1 mile from downtown Lake Placid (quick easy Uber ride). Service at the small bar and table-side was friendly and efficient. The food was absolutely delicious. I...More ... read more
Betty U via tripadvisor.com - Oct 18, 2017
Mmmmm, Lasagna
Recently spent almost 2 weeks in New England. Caffe Rustica was hands down the best food of the trip. And the special drink of the day was some concoction of cider, cinnamon, whiskey, and something else. Our dinners, and everything else we saw pass by...More ... read more
brian p via tripadvisor.com - Oct 12, 2017
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