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3 of us went to dinner, and all raved about the entrees. (Short Ribs, Thai Chili Shrimp, and I had the Hanger Steak special) Excellent service and totally enjoyable evening.
scott sileo via google.com - Mar 19, 2019
This was a hidden gem (in a Price ...
This was a hidden gem (in a Price Chopper plaza) that I would recommend to anyone.  The pizza and bolognese were delicious and the service was wonderful.  It felt like many of the guests were regulars and locals.  I'll definitely be back!
E C. via yelp.com - Mar 15, 2019
Great food and intimate atmosphere
We have eaten here each time we stay in Lake Placid. The food is always great and the atmosphere is small and quiet. Very close to Whiteface Lodge and Lake Placid Lodge. Always worth it ... read more
John L via tripadvisor.com - Mar 8, 2019
Good food but pricey.I ordered the wood fired pizza.Very good.Nice atmosphere.Cozy.
Deb Schiavone via google.com - Mar 6, 2019
Are you serious?!
This is a New York City-style fine dining Italian restaurant. This restaurant compares to any of the finest Italian style restaurants that we have visited anywhere. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is excellent and friendly, we wanted for nothing after having dinner...More ... read more
rsilvermanmd via tripadvisor.com - Feb 23, 2019
Good italian food, wine selection.
Hilary Hamer via google.com - Feb 20, 2019
Delicious!
We had the most delicious meal. The service was great. The owner and waitresses were very attentive. Would definitely go back! If in the area it’s a must!!
ITA2934 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 17, 2019
Best place ever for ambience and excellent food!
Mossy Rock Lamb via google.com - Feb 13, 2019
Excellent, as Always!
I have eaten in Rustica many times over the years, from dining with my wife, my family, and sometimes with hungry fishermen on our annual fishing outing to local streams.Consistently every single person has been pleased with the service and food!I It is by far...More ... read more
Dennis M via tripadvisor.com - Feb 12, 2019
Little hidden gem found inside a shopping center. Atosphere is great. Food is delicious. Short ribs were amazing. By far the best food we had in lake placid.
Jessica Berman via google.com - Feb 7, 2019
Best Food in Lake Placid
Was looking for quality food in the area. Wasn’t easy to find. The food was absolutely delicious. Atmosphere nice. Located in a shopping center but once you get past that it’s great.
Q4419NTjenniferp via tripadvisor.com - Feb 6, 2019
Beautiful, soft lighting. Wonderful jazz playng Ella, Sarah, Giroux. Simply elegant and delicious food. The French Onion Soup is world-class. The salads are creative and wonderfully constructed and seasoned. Sophisticated wood-fire oven pizzas. Staff is warm and friendly. A little pricey, just a bit, but so worth every bite.
Thomas D'Aquanni via google.com - Jan 25, 2019
Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere.
David Chapman via google.com - Jan 22, 2019
Great atmosphere, friendly staff, great food
My family and I just ate dinner at this restaurant. We ordered Cesar salads and onion soup, both delicious. Then for dinner I had the blanco pizza, my dad had the bolanaese and my mom had the onion soup. We all really enjoyed our entrees....More ... read more
Katie L via tripadvisor.com - Jan 16, 2019
Lake Placid getaway
Ate here two nights in a row. Goid is very very good. Small menu but they have brick oven pizzas plus entree, full bar and decent wine list. The owner and chefs and wait staff are all great. Will definitely be back on our next...More ... read more
dreamrtravelr via tripadvisor.com - Jan 15, 2019
Great Dining Experience!
I had the pleasure of dining at Caffee Rustica while visiting for a work trip earlier this week and cannot write enough good things about it! The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and I especially liked the wood burning pizza oven. Our cocktails were made...More ... read more
WilliamNYChelsea via tripadvisor.com - Jan 9, 2019
Great New Year's Eve Feast
My wife and I, along with two good friends, again enjoyed New Year's Eve dinner at Caffe Rustica. We have made it a tradition for a few years. We enjoy the special menu produced by Kevin, the owner and chef. We had reservations, which were...More ... read more
rdcrx via tripadvisor.com - Jan 9, 2019
What a great meal!
We had a lovely time here during the New Years holiday. The restaurant was so accommodating to our large family. I am from NYC and I know Italian and this place was DELICIOUS. We all ordered very different entrees and everyone was so happy with...More ... read more
maf908285 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 7, 2019
New Year's Eve Dinner
We celebrated an early New Year's Eve dinner, having done so last year as well. We were again very pleased. The prix fixed menu $95 - a bargain on New Year's Eve) had enough choices for both of us, and I am notorious for being...More ... read more
pcolbert317 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 5, 2019
Great Caterer
My children recently hosted a dinner party in our home for my birthday; wisely they had it catered. And most importantly they chose Kevin, and his staff at Caffe Rustica to get the job done. First, the food was delicious; Kevin worked with my children...More ... read more
kpolly2015 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 3, 2019
Kevin, the owner, is very friendly, makes an amazing pizza. Lori, the bartender, formerly of lake placid lodge, is amazing, ... read more
RICHARD FAILLA via google.com - Dec 31, 2018
Amazing Food
We heard about this restaurant from some of the locals and we weren’t disappointed. The service and food was amazing, especially since the place was packed. You’ll likely be full after dinner, but you’ll be happy later if you order dessert to go.
Jay V via tripadvisor.com - Dec 8, 2018
Everyone needs to know about this ...
Everyone needs to know about this hidden treasure. We come to Lake Placid 3 times a year and we always hit this place. We've always made reservations because there are 13 of us. The staff is amazing. So friendly and accommodating. My husband always comments (previously in food service) that the servers always know which dishes go to ... read more
Jodi P. via yelp.com - Nov 25, 2018
Hidden gem of Lake Placid one of my favorites
If you visiting Lake Placid and you are looking forward for great restaurant - Caffe Rustica is place to visit. Menu is not huge but choices of fantastic food is plenty. Chef Kevin and his wife Chantal stars of the show. Awesome appetizers, main dishes...More ... read more
Dmitry F via tripadvisor.com - Nov 6, 2018
The owner/ chef is the very best in Lake Placid. We eat out 4-5 times each week and we prefer the menu and quality, plus professionalism represented here. The chef/ owner is the very and only reason for this review.
Donald G, Scammell via google.com - Nov 5, 2018
Had a yummy meal in a relaxing, cozy atmosphere with friendly, efficient servers. Drinks were very nice and food delicious!
Penny Kroll via google.com - Oct 31, 2018
I stumbled on this place by accident ...
I stumbled on this place by accident when I was looking on my maps app to see if there was a grocery store near our hotel in Lake Placid. I'm so glad I clicked on the name. After checking out the menu and the reviews, I made a reservation for two that same night. You must make one - the place is quite small and you might not get seat ... read more
Amy S. via yelp.com - Oct 23, 2018
Bring Your Appetite!!!!
My husband and I visit Lake Placid at least once a year and always try to enjoy a meal here. This restaurant smells delicious as soon as you walk in the door. Everything on the menu is amazing and we try something new each time...More ... read more
figursk8coachmd via tripadvisor.com - Oct 23, 2018
Amazing food and service. I highly ...
Amazing food and service. I highly recommend the seafood soup and short ribs, and whatever they have on the specials menu. The vibe here is not red sauce Italian American, but is small town style homey and welcoming, and people sitting next to each other eating at the bar bond very quickly when the food is this good.
Joy Y. via yelp.com - Oct 13, 2018
Off the path gem
In-laws wanted pizza and the rest of us wanted options. Reviews led us to this gem of a restaurant off the beaten path. The goat cheese and beet salad is delish, the pizza was a hit, the braised short ribs were Devine. We'll be sure...More ... read more
Joelle P via tripadvisor.com - Oct 11, 2018
Not to be missed!
Our very helpful front desk gentleman recommended this restaurant. He was exactly right to describe it as a “hidden gem”. It’s in a shopping center, somewhat off the beaten path. What an amazing dinner we had! We will make this a must do restaurant for...More ... read more
Lisa C via tripadvisor.com - Oct 7, 2018
Hidden Gem!   I stopped late 830pm ...
Hidden Gem!   I stopped late 830pm on a weds eve.   In spite of my late arrival for dinner, everyone was welcoming and ready to get me a lovely glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a brick oven pizza!  The bar had several patrons finishing meals and wine.  CR was an oasis for me after 3 hrs of driving.  I will be back.   Thank you!
Steve A. via yelp.com - Oct 4, 2018
Favorite Restaurant in Lake Placid!
My family and I have been going to Caffe Rustica for years. Every time we are in Lake Placid we make sure we have dinner here - it is hands down our favorite restaurant in town! We are never let down! The pizza is out...More ... read more
Lindsay S via tripadvisor.com - Sep 30, 2018
Had to wait for table so reservations are highly recommended. Food excellent.
Paul Holt via google.com - Sep 30, 2018
Pleasant Surprise
My wife and I spent several days in Lake Placid last week and had the pleasure of eating at Cafe Rustica. We live in New Orleans and are accustomed to restaurants with atmosphere great service and amazing food. We are snobs when to comes to...More ... read more
ronaldjbriggs via tripadvisor.com - Sep 29, 2018
Wow the best in town the server lauri was wicked ... read more
Robert Graham via google.com - Sep 29, 2018
A Hidden Gem
Intimate setting great for date-night, with gracious staff too. Everything we had was fresh and delicious. Special salad for tonight was crisp field greens with almonds, goat cheese, beets, pickled radishes with balsamic drizzle. The French Onion soup was hot, flavorful and cheesy. We watched...More ... read more
alaskagranni via tripadvisor.com - Sep 26, 2018
Great pizza!
Eric Dickson via google.com - Sep 26, 2018
What a hidden gem. Was looking for a close spot for dinner and came across their restaurant and decided to check it out. Excellent service from Tiffany (I believe that was her name), the food was exactly what I was looking for and I found a new favorite Cabernet. Highly recommend.
Sara Montclair via google.com - Sep 19, 2018
Fine dining - not just a""caffe"
Don't be fooled by the mall location or the Caffe title. This is "fine dining" at its best. The Insalata that we shared was both innovative and delicious. The seared scallop risotto just perfectly prepared. My wife had a pizza, not fancy, but again excellently...More ... read more
Mellonross via tripadvisor.com - Sep 15, 2018
Great meal!
Was told about this location by a fellow chef who raved about their veal cheeks so it was a must go. Nestled in the back corner of a shopping mall in Lake Placid, one walks through their doors and you’re immediately enveloped in coziness! There...More ... read more
JD_ADK via tripadvisor.com - Sep 14, 2018
Food and service is always excellent ... read more
John Tough via google.com - Sep 6, 2018
This is Lake Placids best kept secret! The quality of the food is high cuisine. Everything is fresh and you can taste the difference. Wonderful home baked, desserts, as well. The owners, Chantal and Kevin are terrific chefs and very nice people. Try it, it will be your go to place in the area!
Peter D'Aguanno via google.com - Sep 2, 2018
We were on a trip from San Antonio ...
We were on a trip from San Antonio, TX and decided to try this place for lunch. Split a huge Caesar Salad and the Sicilian Pizza.  Whoa Nelly, soooo good. We planned to go back that night for dinner, but a huge rain storm came in and we were reluctant to leave the hotel. I would plan to go back to Lake Placid (what a beautiful area a ... read more
Tommy D. via yelp.com - Aug 29, 2018
In a touristy town this is where all the locals go. Top notch, great food, great atmosphere and great service. This place should be downtown lake placid.... But then it wouldn't be the hidden jem that it is!
Timothy Walker via google.com - Aug 22, 2018
Professional and very friendly service, wonderful menu, pizza out of this world, hidden jewel because I didn't know they were there and have been coming to LP for decades!
Laura Beattie via google.com - Aug 19, 2018
Extremely busy on a Monday evening
We have been there many times and Monday evening did not disappoint. We didn't have a reservation so they gave us a spot at 8pm and did a bit of grocery shopping at Price Chopper next door. A very average caesar salad was followed by...More ... read more
norman18 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 15, 2018
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
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
Great food and atmosphere ... read more
Wendy Nunn via google.com - Jul 5, 2018
Really good Italian ... read more
Damon Smith via google.com - Jun 29, 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
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
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
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
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