Rustic Root showcases a dynamic rustic American cuisine where dishes are rooted in tradition yet have an inventive modern flair.  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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Private Event Closures

It’s a busy convention season here downtown and we want to make our guests aware of the following times we will be closed to the public: February 13th – Rooftop closed until 9:30pm, February 17th – Rooftop closed, February 18th – Rooftop closed until 9:30pm, February 24th – Rooftop closed until 9:30pm, March 2nd – Rooftop closed, March 6th – Street-level dining room closed, March 10th – Rooftop closed until 7:30pm, March 26th – Rooftop closed until 10pm.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend

Friday, February 14th – Sunday, February 16th
Love is in the air at Rustic Root! Join us all weekend for our regular dinner menu plus Valentine’s Day specials featuring His & Hers Love Exilir cocktails, Shrimp & Crab Martini appetizer, Surf & Turf entree, and our signature Chocolate Cake For Two! Make a reservation

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It’s All About The Kids

nightly from 5:30pm – close
For every Lobster Pappardelle purchased, we’ll donate a meal to a local San Diego child through the it’s all about The Kids Foundation!

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Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday 
Start your weekend off right with a delicious, made from scratch brunch. Choose from seasonal scrambled skillets, buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict and more. Pair with a refreshing mimosa and enjoy.

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Cheers to the Weekend!

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 10am
All downstairs dining room brunch reservations made before 10am receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Mention this offer while making a reservation. Cheers! *1 bottle per six people, 21+ with valid ID.

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Vices & Vino

Every Monday evening, 5:30pm – close 
Live acoustic music pours through our downstairs dining room as half priced bottles of wine flow freely throughout the venue.

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Happy Hour

Monday – Friday, 4-6pm 
The best Happy Hour is a Rooftop Happy Hour! Enjoy half off featured appetizers, $5 draft beers, $5 glasses of red or white wine, $6 premium drinks, $8 rustic original & seasonal cocktails.

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Rooftop Revelry

Friday and Saturday nights 

Socialize, sip craft cocktails and dine under the stars on Rustic Root’s buzzy open-air rooftop. Interested in reserving one of our premier areas for a bachelor/ette party, special occasion, bottle service, or night out? Click here

Private Events

Reserve space in our dining room, party on our rooftop overlooking the Gaslamp, or let us come to you for your next company party, meeting, birthday, or anniversary! We can accommodate groups as small as 20 to large events with 350 guests. For more information about hosting your event click here!


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535 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


Monday – Friday
4pm – 2am

Saturday – Sunday
9am – 2am


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Literally everything we had was delicious, you can't go wrong with any of the menu items.

Amanda I.

Another great addition from RMD! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable; as well as very accomodating. Great staff, great food, great drinks; it's basically the perfect ambiance.

Jocelyn C.

It's not every day that I leave a restaurant trying to figure out how quickly I can find and excuse to go back, but I'm already jonesin' for more Rustic Root.

Rob Z.