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Rustic Root

535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-6913
+1 619-232-1747
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brie” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-6913
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I sat at the bar which surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night. The rooftop appeared far more lively. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. On one of their recommendations, I ordered the wild boar bolognese. It was a bit spicy, had tons of meat and...More

Thank Anna911
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed our late dinner after arriving in SD. We caught the tail end of restaurant week, so had the prefixed meal. We were surprised by the portions which were large compared to what we expected for prefix. Salmon main dish...More

Thank irondoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had brunch at the Rustic Root on a Saturday but was disappointed to find it closed when we returned for lunch on the following Tuesday (they open late afternoon for dinner on weekdays). Very popular place with a rooftop patio and a large restaurant on...More

Thank Greg G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was excellent, you have to wait. Asked for Brandy Old Fashioned and received Manhattan. Not the same. It went unfinished by my wife. I would give it another go because the food was excellent, but would hope the service and bartender service would...More

1  Thank William H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended a corporate party here. Spent all of my time at the open air rooftop. Great space, plenty of seating with fire pits to keep you warm if chilly. Attentive staff.

Thank MACHERI0611
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in here for an impossible burger. We sat out on the balcony, the food came quickly and was lovely - one of the best burgers of our trip. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

Thank pongotravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My spouse and I dined at Rustic Root for dinner on a Saturday evening in early July 2018. Rustic Root is open daily from 4:00 pm until 2:00 am, with early opening hours on weekends beginning at 9:00 am for brunch. You can make a...More

Thank fluffnfold
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my best experience in a restaurant, to be honest. We got the short rib and the steak frites, and both were top notch, and reasonably priced for the area. A must visit.

Thank Greg T
Reviewed September 5, 2018

I was in San Diego for a few days with my daughter and chose this place for breakfast as the #1 rated venue had a long queue and from the outside didn't look that nice. in the event I'm glad we came here. The service...More

Thank TripeAdviser
kmbosw2, Guest Relations Manager at Rustic Root, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi TripeAdviser, Thanks so much for joining us during your recent trip & for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and hope that you'll join us again the next time you're in San Diego! Have a...More

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Nice atmosphere very friendly service a very limited lunch menu yet the food is terible. I can't remember ever a case where I was unable to finish a burger but it did happen here, my wife got a chiken salad sandwich which was more mayonnaise...More

Thank David P
kmbosw2, Guest Relations Manager at Rustic Root, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi David, We hate to hear that you didn't have an excellent experience during your most recent visit with us. I've shared your feedback with our culinary team & promise you we'll spend a little extra time making sure that each dish that leaves our...More

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August 5, 2018|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
We parked in a parking garage a couple blocks away I didn’t see valet parking
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-6913
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-232-1747
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Rustic Root showcases a dynamic New American cuisine where dishes are rooted in tradition yet have an inventive modern flare. Our signature drink menu concentrates on timeless and iconic classics, with creative options for playful drinkers like their craft cocktail shots – sip-size versions of the classics finished with curated garnishes. The food and drink menus feature high-quality ingredients that transform simple favorites into flavorful and seasonally-infused dishes and cocktails.
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