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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rustica

1133 Newport Center Dr. Send to Phone
949-706-8282
Sophisticated, artisan interpretations of the farm-to-table movement.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rustica, Newport Beach, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rustica Restaurant Review

: Rustica is perched on the top floor of Newport Beach’s Fashion Island in a brightly adorned, airy space with large windows that afford a nice view of the shopping center’s bustle. Executive chef Renieri Caceres, who has worked alongside Gordon Ramsay and Michael Mina, brings a passion for the farm-to-table philosophy and infuses it with craftsmanship in both composition and presentation. For instance, a starter such as the char-grilled baby octopus is a sumptuous treat. The pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras pairs with the accompanying brioche and huckleberry compote to create flavor notes that would even work well for dessert. Fish aficionados should partake of the crispy-skin filet of branzino served atop a bed of Israeli couscous, while grilled beef tenderloin, “21”-spiced bone-in rib-eye, and ale-braised short ribs provide those seeking meat plenty of options. For dessert, we recommend the whimsically designed pine nut coffee cake with mascarpone ice cream. And since Rustica considers itself a California wine bistro, it’s no surprise that the range of wines is extensive and eclectic.



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