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Rustic Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, ,
516 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1408
+1 860-691-0477
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good50%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“wings” (5 reviews)
“hamburger” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
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516 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1408
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Reviews (66)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped in with my uncle,the waitress/host/barmaid....did a great job keeping things moving...the Chile is the best I've had in a long time!! Will definitely be going back!!!

2  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is are go to place. We love the friendly atmosphere and easy going vibe. After a hard day we skip over here and meet a few friends for a friendly beer, some wings and a burger or two. They have great specials. It's not...More

2  Thank alison33821
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a great little place to eat in East Lyme. Our waitress was very funny and had a great sense of humor. The drinks and food were good. Keep in mind this is a very small place to eat. They do have outdoor seating...More

2  Thank cin0224
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Looked for a café on my GPS as we were nearby and saw this. It looks unwelcoming from the outside but we read on yelp that the food was pretty good. The inside is clean and neat, but very small. It has a long bar...More

2  Thank treehuggersfriend
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Stopped by for lunch today and it was so good. The food was delicious and the Bartender was great! It is a local bar and you feel welcome the minute you sit down! We will definitely our back!!

2  Thank kmcastagna0724
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

You would never think to stop here by looking at the outside or even the inside atmosphere but the food is 5 Stars! I hate to even write a review for I want to keep it a secret for locals but the restaurant needs to...More

2  Thank docox10
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We are a local business that usually orders take out for lunch. Have heard decent things about The Rustic and decided to try. Ordered two hamburgers, one medium & one medium well and when we brought them back to the office both were completely RAW....More

3  Thank Richard N
Reviewed 7 November 2016 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...More

2  Thank Michaela G
Reviewed 7 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank eliisawinkel
Reviewed 3 November 2016

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!...More

4  Thank Just G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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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