Newcastle is an awfully long way from the Med, but if you close your eyes while dining at Rustica, you might be able to imagine yourself sat on the Mediterranean. The sound of the ocean and the beach might take you to Barcelona, the weather could transport you from the Hunter Valley to the Cote d’Azur, and indeed, the sight of massive ships and seagulls dive bombing for your chips is reminiscent of the ports of Piraeus or Naples. Rustica on King Street in Newcastle East present an authentic taste of the Med via their menu, which includes tapas from Spain, Turkish mezze and French platters to start, seafood specialities from all over the region, Moroccan vegetable tagines, Kleftiko lamb shoulder, Italian meatballs, Cypriot halloumi and plenty more besides. Take the train to the end of the line at Newcastle station, disembark and then wander towards the water for a rustic meal at Rustica. Remember to book, however, as they will get busy from time to time and it pays to plan ahead.
Had a wonderful Meal Perfectly slow cooked Assistants were watch and attentive Although we could not hear the Guitarist at the back of the restaurant He could have been placed in the middle as the place was not full Thanks
Table service was excellent, food was good & timing perfect so would recommend. Ambience was good decor as nice as we had read prior to our visit.
Had a lovely lunch, we had a great table with view of beach, service was frendly and helpful and all our meals were delicious. Will defiantly go again.
Such a great setting looking over Newcastle beach & equally delicious food.I will have to return to enjoy the lamb shoulder again.A perfect farewell location for our intrepid traveller.We will definitely be back!
Took my girlfriend out for her birthday. Wanted to have roses for her at our table. I dropped them off to the friendly staff who were more than willing to help me make it a special night for her and put them at our table in a wine bucket. The atmosphere, view and the food were excellent and the service was also very good although drinks were s little slow coming. It was a fantastic and romantic birthday dinner for my girl! Big thumbs up Rustica 👍
Went here for a romantic evening with my wife. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, There was an interesting selection of food. We were conscious that the food servings were likely to be large, so limited ourselves to one dip (with flatbread) and some almonds to start with, then chose the lamb shoulder to share between us for mains. My wife was determined to have dessert (it was her birthday), but the sheer size of the lamb dish defeated us - it was too delicious to at least not attempt to eat it all (we failed). Washed it all down with a tasty Spanish Tempranillo . A very pleasant visit all round.
The experience we had at Rustica restaurant was excellent ,food was nice serves are very good .we recomend the place to others. Thank you very much for the lovely evening we had last night .
Rustica was great, good food, great atmosphere will definitely go again. Only down side was reservation made through Quandoo was not registered although we had a reservation code there was no reference at the restaurant.
It seems as though this once extremely popular eatery has gone off the boil... the duck was dry, the wine that was recommended was to at least one of our party undrinkable! Staff were friendly and nice however it is the small things like topping our sparkling water up with tap water and then when this was pointed out offering to sell us a replacement bottle of sparkling that would ultimately determine whether we would be inclined to return. Gorgeous location however may be feeling a bit isolated due to the construction of the "temporary" race track in the area. Parking in the area is restricted making it harder to get to maybe having a flow on affect to the service?
Although the service was pleasant - the menu that was brought to us was incomplete and I had to request a new menu. The meals that were ordered were not the ones we received and had to be returned. However, the staff were very apologetic and they did leave one of the incorrect meals for us to have. Will still return to the restaurant, but was a little disappointed on this occasion as I had taken a friend along and had praised the venue and felt let down.