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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
Had to wait for table so reservations are highly recommended. Food excellent.
A Google User via google.com - Oct 9, 2018
Wow the best in town the server lauri was wicked ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Oct 9, 2018
Great pizza!
A Google User via google.com - Oct 9, 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
Had to wait for table so reservations are highly recommended. Food excellent.
Paul Holt via google.com - Sep 30, 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
Wow the best in town the server lauri was wicked ... read more
Robert Graham via google.com - Sep 29, 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
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
A Google User via google.com - Sep 9, 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
Great food and service.
A Google User via google.com - Jul 9, 2018
A little pricey but excellent food.
A Google User via google.com - Jul 9, 2018
Really good Italian ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Jul 9, 2018
Great food and atmosphere ... read more
A Google User via google.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
Fresh food ! Great service !!
A Google User 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
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
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
Great food and service. Really friendly and welcoming.
A Google User via google.com - Mar 9, 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
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