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Rustic Canyon

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Santa Monica
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1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2011 (11th)
+1 310-393-7050
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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Mission Viejo, California
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was stunned by just how good this place was. I had heard it was good but had no idea.... every dish was delicious from the potato skin crisps with dill pickle powder... the steak tartar was beyond phenomenal both in terms of taste and presentation -- the ricotta dumplings were amazing and here is a tip... order their fresh... More 

Thank Mark B
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Menu had a good variety - food came quick. Busy place, good ambience. Would go back again! Make sure you have desert.

Thank notafanofwinter1981
Chicago, Illinois
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1,187 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 612 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I was in LA for business and met an LA-based colleague for dinner; at her recommendation, we went to Rustic Canyon. It was a real traffic fight to get there, but it was worth it! Staff was very nice throughout the meal; the pace was good and our waiter knew his stuff about the menu. We were seated right at... More 

Thank brmusicman
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Good service. Great range of wines. Excellent choice of small portion dishes so you can share and try lots of different things.

Thank LiMcG
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Over-Rated and pretty pretentious. Food was hit or miss, alas when it hit, it was amazing. (even if it didn't match the menu description- pumpkin seeds and fall spices are not the same as garlic, capers, and anchovies). More deception than inception. Be careful. Wait staff was terrible.

Thank divinepenguin
Los Angeles, California, United States
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had reservations at 6:00, so thought everything would be nice and fast. But service was medium at best. Wine and food were overpriced. $15 for a small pour that would have been under 10 (for the bottle) at TJ. Two of our party ordered the tuna. We were told that it could only be prepared rare or semi-rare. We... More 

Thank katya3d
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were on a girl's weekend and chose Rustic Canyon for dinner. The cheese plate and tomato with ricotta salad were lovely starters. One daughter ordered the duck which was wonderful. My sister and I ordered the flank steak which had an absolutely wonderful tasting jus and was on an onion soubise. But the absolute highlight of the dinner was... More 

Thank Vlpetersen
Manhattan Beach, California
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70 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The food is deceptively simple: a bowl of almonds...with lavender, fries with a twist, delicious just-baked bread, the very fresh-tasting salads. My favorite was the stew: it has to be ordered ~40 minutes in advance, but is totally worth it: the meat was really sweet and tender.

Thank Traveler21century
Los Angeles
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We stick to the small plates and with 4 in our party we eat all over this curious, inventive and beautifully prepared menu! Most recent visit had us swooning over fish (amber jack) caught by the chef himself (wow). And every visit leads to meeting a server who's a passionate foodie + X (actor, musician, etc) which just enriches the... More 

Thank Akimbeau
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect. So good and so special that I had to review the second I left. The service and cocktails are superb. The food is some of the best I have ever had... Pig ear app = soooo delicious. Mussels app = wow so unique and so yummy Lamb app = wowwww delicious Beets salad = need the recipe asap Pork... More 

Thank Jsg373

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2011
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-7050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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