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Rustic Cafe

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516 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1408
+1 860-691-0477
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very nice lunch yesterday at this small friendly bar/cafe. Very friendly waitress for this little cafe. We ordered a special for the month of Mexican dishes. The chicken enchiladas with mole sauce. Served with beans and rice. Everything was excellent. We also had some homemade chips and guacamole that was also very good. We got there just about... More 

2 Thank Michaela G
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Inventive and always changing cuisine.. depending on what is fresh and delicious at the market and directly to your table. Staff attentive, servers gracious and since ,everything is made to order take a second .... talk .. enjoy your surroundings.. Great place to eat, sit and enjoy ... a cool hip place to rest and eat, again... pies are available... More 

2 Thank eliisawinkel
Norwich, Connecticut
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not in the area too often, but I've always found the Rustic a bit of a charmer. But this day was more of a downer... It was 2:30 pm...mid afternoon - quiet time, so one would think the service would be great - Wrong! Less then a dozen people in the place, sat down and had to wait for... More 

3 Thank Just G
Woodstock, Georgia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We were there for dinner. Reasonable prices, great lobster, friendly people. Very small but cool, casual atmosphere. I highly recommend them!!

2 Thank ksb30188
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

On a recommendation I tried the Rustic Cafe for lunch with my mom. They were out of steamed lobster and steamers. I had the lobster roll. It was very good. The waitress asked if I wanted to substitute for cole slaw, which i did. The bill added $1 for substitutes but she did not mention this. This kind of thing... More 

1 Thank Mags10708
Southeastern, CT
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I go to the Rustic all the time for lunch or dinner. Consistently good food which is why the place is always packed at peak hours. During peak hours you need to be patient. They have some of the best RI clear broth clam chowder I've ever tasted. Try their fried clam, shrimp or scallop baskets. Lobster roll is big... More 

2 Thank Xroadwarrior
Norwich, Connecticut
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95 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We read Joan Gordon's review of this café and thought it would be worth a try. I had the sirloin steak and Lorraine had the crab cakes, we both agreed that these were as good as we have ever had. Becky was behind the bar and also would serve the tables, she has a great personality and makes it a... More 

2 Thank Paul W
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I read about the negatives here and on Yelp yet I know I often have a different experience because I like to engage the bartenders and waiters. What a great meal: lobster sandwich, hamburger and corn bread. We loved it. Great people! Great food.

2 Thank nina9153
Charleston, SC
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We have been back to the Rustic three times lately and am happy to say its still a wonderful jumble of people - some old hands, some new. Its unique in many ways, some which other reviewers didn't like, but I can't share their grumpy attitudes. Its not the Ritz, its the Rustic. You will be well served, not sucked... More 

3 Thank Umele
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

So we pulled up and there was no parking so we created a spot (parallel to the road as to not block the driveway as the sign directed). The outside looked rustic. We seated ourselves outside. The waitress was huddling from table to table. She was kind, friendly, helpful and very personable. We tried the Cracker Jack wings (really unique)... More 

2 Thank MrsMiller777

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 516 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1408
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Lyme
  • Phone Number: +1 860-691-0477
The Rustic originally opened as a large restaurant, bar and dance hall. It was known to have the likes of Frank Sinatra stop by for an evening out. After a devastating fire, it was rebuilt in 1969 to its present, cozy size. Eccentric locals and summer tourists alike now enjoy the freshest seafood, ribs and renowned hamburgers paired with delicious cocktails in an open wood-beam atmosphere under the original iconic sign.

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