We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4929 3333
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (61 reviews)
“arancini” (17 reviews)
“scallops” (27 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (642)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 641 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Attended on 22/9 and couldnt fault the service or food. Waitresses were very attentive and food was served within 15 minutes of ordering. We were starving upon arrival so the complimentary fresh bread and olive oil was much appreciated. My husband & I shared 5...More

Thank sarah_and_missy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Goog ambience , very good service and overall the dining experience was reasonable. I had been told this was an Italian Restaurant - not so. It is a very good Tapas Bar and Restaurant ( this was disappointing - my fault , not the restaurants)....More

Thank spikeoscar
Reviewed 4 days ago

First time and will never return. Tables too close together so continually knocked by staff. Gruff waiter with bad manners reaching for items in front of guests to other side and generally poor service and unswelcoming. To top this off I have been sick all...More

Thank Louisexcl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently started seeing a girl who took me out for dinner to Rustica. The atmosphere and layout of the restaurant was perfect for a 'romantic dinner date' setting, highly recommend for any couples looking to try somewhere new for a nice night out to dinner....More

1  Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have dined at Rustica several times, during all seasons, for all occassions and always found it comfortable, relaxing, and uncomplicated. The staff have been stress free yet professional and perfect...non-hovering but attentive. I always place staffs' ability and skill even before the menu and...More

Thank ganymede523
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been recommended by multiple friends to try here and the lamb shoulder dish. It did not disappoint! Service was friendly and fast. Beautiful atmosphere and allows you to dress up for a nice occasion. We will be back for sure!!

Thank EmilyAndersonn_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a catch up with friends and were immediately welcomed by the wonderful and friendly staff me and my fiancé shared the lamb shoulder and I can't recommend it highly enough we can't wait to go back

Thank marnie_1990
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was terrific, great environment, staff - particularly Carmela - so helpful and welcoming - and good drink selection. Really enjoyed this meal - tapas style.

Thank jrr270455
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been before and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful food, rustica was our 1st choice to celebrate my brothers 50th birthday with close family. Sadly there were way too many people in the restaurant!!! The tables were so close that waitresses knocked into family members all...More

1  Thank grannapa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a large group dinner here, the staff were fantastic and looked after us well. The food was really nice with the share lamb shoulder definitely a favourite.

Thank Mark H
Nearby Restaurants
East End Hub
203 reviews
.05 km away
Bocados Spanish Kitchen
500 reviews
.15 km away
367 reviews
.17 km away
Nearby Attractions
Fort Scratchley
570 reviews
.76 km away
Nobbys Beach
515 reviews
.85 km away
Nobbys Head and Breakwall
108 reviews
.65 km away
Christ Church Cathedral
183 reviews
.46 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Jan B
1 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from garyworthington | Reviewed this property |
There is limited parking in the streets to the back of where Rustica is situated. I managed to find a park in the section before you turn off into the paid parking for the Hotel. While in the restaurant also noticed people... More
27 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
I was with a group of 8 people and the menu was varied as per individually chosen, if you have a look at their website you can review the menu.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4929 3333
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing