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Our Philosophy

Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant, located in Cliffside Park, is the creative vision of its owner Tan Gur, an entrepreneur with over 14 years growing brands successfully in the food industry. Gur selected Cliffside Park because of his personal connection to the community where he lived during the early 2000s and for the town’s convenient location along the New Jersey Gold Coast.

Rustica delivers a unique fine-dining experience to diners with discerning tastes looking for an exceptional American-Italian menu made with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can feel at home in an elegant and cozy environment surrounded by original, hand-crafted artwork and live music.

He created Rustica to deliver a unique fine-dining experience to captivate the discerning tastes of guests with exceptional food and musical entertainment in a stunning environment surrounded by original and hand-crafted artwork.

We support local farms and small food producers whenever possible. At any given time we will inventory products from 25-40 local high quality producers. Chef James Weaver is one of the pioneers of the local food movement in the United States and founder of Slow Food Central New Jersey. He is the author of Locavore Adventures ( Rutgers University Press 2012). We purchase our meats, poultry, seafood, cheeses and produce from reputable, humane and sustainable sources. Most of our ingredients are higher quality then similar restaurants. Sauces, stocks, some pastas and desserts are made in house so that we can control the highest quality products possible. Our food is based in Italian tradition but uses local ingredients as well as some imported Italian and European specialties

Dining Experience


Rustica Lounge Bar & Restaurant offers a unique Italian-American fine-dining experience in a sophisticated and welcoming environment. As part of the Rustica experience, guests can enjoy Live Music during the week, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m and Sundays during brunch. You can check out the Events calendar here.