Reviews

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
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
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
Always good, reservations suggested ... read more
Harris Semegram via google.com - Dec 4, 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
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
Great service, food quality, and atmosphere.
Robert Ekes via google.com - Nov 4, 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
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 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
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
Two dinners for the price of one
Caffe Rustica is in the corner of a shopping center on Saranac Ave. and not near the Main Street shops and restaurants where tourists are likely to go. However, everyone is finding this excellent restaurant thanks to reviews on Trip Advisor and others. Do make...More ... read more
DOJVirginiaBeach_VA via tripadvisor.com - Oct 11, 2017
Excellent Italian
We went here on Sunday night via recommendation and were very glad we did. Everything was delicious: bread, salad, prosciutto app, pasta dishes, and gelato. And, yes, a really good cup of decaf coffee to finish the meal. The service was very good. I highly...More ... read more
Chuck R via tripadvisor.com - Oct 11, 2017
This place has the best venison ...
This place has the best venison I've ever had. The service was warm and welcoming. The food was outstanding!!! Glad we found this place. We are visiting from philly.
Autumn L. via yelp.com - Oct 7, 2017
They crushed it!
We stopped into the Caffe Rustica as part of our 30th anniversary trip in the ADKs and I have to say --- they did an amazing job! Im not sure why we waited so long to try this place out but we will now be...More ... read more
Temboblue via tripadvisor.com - Oct 4, 2017
In a word, fabulous!  Quaint place ...
In a word, fabulous!  Quaint place, great food, and outstanding service (thank you Kara).  We had the Spicy Sicilian Meatballs and the Prociutto appetizers.  Wonderful.  The green salad had charred tomatoes, which was a fantastic surprise... a touch of sweetness and plenty of tomato flavor.  For dinner, the Lasagna was stuffed with b ... read more
Kurt Q. via yelp.com - Oct 2, 2017
Great service, pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff, the owner personally greets you and the food is
Great service, pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff, the owner personally greets you and the food is outstanding! Have the Ossa Bucco!!
Karla Rae Barker via facebook.com - Sep 29, 2017
I don't know why it took us 15 ...
I don't know why it took us 15 years to have dinner at this wonderful restaurant, but better late than never, right?! From the impeccable service to the absolutely wonderful food, Caffe Rustica did not disappoint. The menu has a great variety of items and it was hard to choose which to order. We ended up with the insalata mista for s ... read more
Gee B. via yelp.com - Sep 28, 2017
Don't let the location fool you ...
Don't let the location fool you.  It's in the Price Chopper plaza.  A bit odd as you enter the restaurant main door.  Don't be surprised what behind the curtain.  We split the stuffed mushrooms for an app, very good.  Both had the Caesar salad, very good.  My wife had a flat bread (pizza), very good.  I had the veal Osso Bucco (one o ... read more
Charles P. via yelp.com - Sep 28, 2017
Lovely place outside the main village
Wonderful meal here tonight. Our first time here. This was recommended to us by a family member who eats here whenever they visit Lake Placid. Cozy bar and lovely owners. Food was delicious and Large portions. Paired wine to our meals nicely. It may be...More ... read more
Paul F C via tripadvisor.com - Sep 27, 2017
World class food! What a great ...
World class food! What a great dining experience. The service was outstanding. The food was just spectacular. If your in Lake Placid there is no better resturant!
Ron S. via yelp.com - Sep 27, 2017
Wonderful meal here tonight. Our ...
Wonderful meal here tonight. Our first time here. This was recommended to us by a family member who eats here whenever they visit Lake Placid.  Cozy bar and lovely owners. Food was delicious and Large portions. Paired wine to our meals nicely. We will be back!
Paul C. via yelp.com - Sep 27, 2017
Service was great
Went to order a pizza to go. They told us they did not provide to go service during the dinner hour on weekends. We explained to them that we wanted to build a bonfire and have a pizza around it so the server went to...More ... read more
Kencapjax via tripadvisor.com - Sep 24, 2017
A great spot for intimate Italian food, especially pizza. Great, friendly service and outstanding food.
Discovered this spot quite by accident and had a really delightful meal this past weekend. We'll be back! Probably, one of the best meals I've had in Lake Placid. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Clarence S via tripadvisor.com - Sep 6, 2017
Good food but overpriced
Highly recommend a bit of a stuffy atmosphere a small and a bit pricey but food was outstanding waitress was amazing I recommend making reservation just to be safe we were questioned at the entrance if we had reservations I would go with small children...More ... read more
A TripAdvisor Member via tripadvisor.com - Sep 5, 2017
Best meal we had during our week ...
Best meal we had during our week vacation, just wish we had found it sooner. Staff was excellent and food was great. I would recommend reservations it fills up fast for dinner.
Kevin M. via yelp.com - Aug 17, 2017
Good Italian Food
We stopped by here for diner as we were walking around the village of Lake Placid. What makes the village so special is that there are so many good places to eat, and this is one of them. We both had chicken parm and it...More ... read more
bwco via tripadvisor.com - Aug 9, 2017
This review is regarding a lunchtime ...
This review is regarding a lunchtime visit. What a great little gem this restaurant is. Friendly and efficient service from the moment you walked in the door. It is a cozy restaurant with lovely decor. Ambiance is an A+! The food was exceptional quality at a great lunchtime price. The French Onion Soup was the best in the area for su ... read more
Ari G. via yelp.com - Aug 9, 2017
Excellent food but a bit pricy.
James Duhaime via google.com - Aug 4, 2017
Great staff great food overall a very nice place to go for dinner but make sure to make a reservation because it is very small ... read more
Molly Babowal via google.com - Aug 4, 2017
Loved the food, not thrilled with the waitress
We were told this would be the best Italian food in town and the meal exceeded our expectations! We had the veal and the eggplant arrabiata. Both were absolutely delicious. The portions were large, we had to take our leftovers home (because the meal was...More ... read more
LikesGoodMeals via tripadvisor.com - Jul 27, 2017
Good birthday dinner
Five of us arrived at 6pm, hoping to get a table although we hadn’t thought to make reservations. The hostess told us unfortunately they were all booked and waiting for a table of 14. She said we can wait and if they don’t show up...More ... read more
speechtx612 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 22, 2017
Expensive and tasty Italian restaurant not on Main Street
I went to Caffe Rustica for a birthday dinner to treat my wife and our family. It was very, very good. Not cheap by any means, but quite good. I had a chicken with ham/cheese and pasta. My wife and many others had a fish...More ... read more
metodog711 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 19, 2017
Food was excellent. Good service. Friendly staff.
Food was excellent. Good service. Friendly staff.
Kim Ellen via facebook.com - Jul 15, 2017
Happy Hikers
Our hotel suggested we try Cafe Rustica but on our first try couldn't get a reservation but got a reservation for the next night. This resturant doesn't disappoint. We were a party of 3 and all light eaters. We shared the salad and pizza of...More ... read more
cbedard1350 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 7, 2017
The best in Lake Placid!!! Our entire family loves to go!
The best in Lake Placid!!! Our entire family loves to go!
Alissa Sykes Tulloch via facebook.com - Jul 4, 2017
Best quality in the village ... read more
Gilberto Viadana via google.com - Jul 4, 2017
Sauces, veal, halibut, pizza and French onion soup was outstanding! Was referred by hotel and was so happy with the choice. The meals were so good, we chose dessert also, carrot cake and the creme brulee. Excellent! The chef does an amazing job and his wife makes the desserts home made. A must visit when you come to lake placid. Se ... read more
Shirley Tagliere Moore via google.com - Jul 4, 2017
Dinner was just amazing
We were referred to this restaurant by our hotel and was the best meal on our vacation. We had crispy Italian bread that was perfect blend. Soft inside and crispy crust served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. We had halibut, veal scallapini, French onion...More ... read more
Shirley T via tripadvisor.com - Jun 28, 2017
I took my husband here for his ...
I took my husband here for his birthday last night and the food was amazing. I read about the pizza on thrilllist.com and many people recommended we go there. I am so happy we did. We shared the stuffed mushrooms for starters. The sausage was homemade and very fresh and yummy tasting. Then we shared a salad and pizza for dinner. Both ... read more
Rachel H. via yelp.com - Jun 25, 2017
Nice atmosphere and great meal!
Visited Caffe Rustica based on a recommendation and was not disappointed. Not a large establishment so advise you make reservations. Food was excellent and the service supurb. Highly recommended!
BigWorldViews via tripadvisor.com - Jun 22, 2017
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