Ruffino's - Arlington

4.2
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
Ruffinos Spaghetti House has been an Arlington Favorite for over 35 years! Located on Lee Highway at Glebe Road with plenty of parking, Ruffinos is a great family-friendly place to have an Italian meal at a great price.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Daily: 11;00AM - 3:30PM
Dinner: Daily: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(703) 528-2242
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jose Firufino
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Glebe Road
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Parking Details
There is parking for restaurant guests in the back of the restaurant.
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Public Transit
The Metrobus Route 23 stops right at Lee Highway and Glebe Road.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Take Away, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 102 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Quiet
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This place has pretty good Italian food.Service is good. House made marinara is special.Not much ambiance but it is NOT loud at all unless somebody (like us) has a loud kid. Great prices.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Good old fashioned Italian restaurant.. great value for the money.. Had enough for a second meal. Basic and good.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

We have been going to Ruffino's for 25 years and live it. Moderately priced...good friendly service. But I am wondering if ownership or the chef changed. Food was a little off this time, particularly the chicken francese which my husband normally loves.

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

This was our third trip to Ruffino's and the second time we have introduced it to a friend/relative who had never been there. Each time was a HIT!

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3.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Was a regular place for us several years ago. Seemed we tired a bit and stopped for a while. Staff seems all new. Good service. Three meals were from fair to very good. price low but no free bread!

Suggest the bottled wine rather than the carafe.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Great fathers day dinner with the family, awesome service and delicious food. Cannot wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Overall the place was okay. The service was good and efficient. Our party was divided on the food. One or two of us had mediocre food and the rest thought the food was okay. The prices were reasonable.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

We love group dinners at Ruffino's! The food is consistently good quality and taste, and the prices are definitely fair. As an Italian from New York, I recommend Ruffino's!

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2.0Dined on 7 June 2018

I wanted to like this place. I wanted it to be a neighborhood gem. It wasn't. It's very loud in there - even with hardly any guests. And the food was just average at best. Wish I could give a better review, but I can't.

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5.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Loved this place. Small, quiet, DELICIOUS !!! If you're ever in Arlington and want Italian, this is the place !!! Mike Hartman, Newton, MA.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Group of friends visiting DC Metro area. Found restaurant last minute. Service was great and food was good!

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

This comfortable neighborhood restaurant is everything I want in a local joint. The prices are excellent, the menu is comprehensive but not enormous, the waitstaff is attentive but not overbearing, and the house red is delicious. I was seeking comfort food in a comforting place and I found it.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Salmon special was delicious!!

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4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

One of my all time favorite Italian joints! Service is great. Food is better. Old-style restaurant feel. Tony Soprano would love it here.

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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Dinner with my wife and kids. Local place. Simple menu. Good prices. Service was very good. Nothing fancy, just solid food and service. Definitely woykd return. Very nice time.

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2.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Not happy with the fettuccine Alfredo. Very bland not enough flavor. Same with the minestrone not enough flavor.

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5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

We finally had a meal at Ruffino's after literally years of passing it while driving on Lee Highway. Ruffino's is a wonderful, friendly, cozy place with great Italian comfort food. My veal exceeded in quality anything I had in Italy on a recent vacation. My colleagues had pasta dishes which they raved about. Even the house red wine was outstanding. Definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on 6 January 2018

I enjoyed my spaghetti and meatballs the other night. Just wanted a simple late dinner and googled spaghetti and meatballs (cravings for the evening) and Ruffino's was on the list. My dinner was excellent and the meatballs were without a doubt the freshest (nice and light) and best that I have had in the DC Metro area. My server was excellent. I will return again.

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5.0Dined on 26 December 2017

Always good, chicken parm is excellent with nice crispy edges (a must). Mozzarella sticks are tasty. My only wish would be to make the marinara sauce less sweet!

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

The restaurant was excellent. The staff did an amazing job. The food was great. We had no complaints and would dine here again if we ever there.

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5.0Dined on 8 October 2017

Wonderful Italian food. Great pasta.
Good servings and reasonable prices

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2017

It was a slow night, but the food was great and the staff was attentive. Had been meaning to try it a while, and glad we did.

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2.0Dined on 7 July 2017

I am shocked at the OpenTable ratings for this restaurant. There is no ambiance and the food is not good. I'm surprised that this restaurant can even stay in business with the quality of the food they serve. We ordered the calamari appetizer and it was clearly not very fresh (it had the rubbery consistency of old frozen calamari). We also ordered the fried mozzarella sticks which were no better than you can get in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Then our dinner came: veal piccatta was doused with garlic and the veal was of very poor quality (my teens couldn't even eat it); gnocchi was clearly from a bag; and the shrimp in my fettuccine was bland and rubbery. We will not be returning and I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody unless all you want to do is sit at the bar and drink.

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2017

Excellent food; it came on time and our waiter was very attentive. Certainly, we will come back.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2017

Very reliable on all aspects of good ITALIAN food. Neighborhood good food.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Old fashioned neighborhood Italian restaurant. Fairly priced, good service, traditional food. Nothing trendy or fancy. Family friendly.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2017

Our little neighborhood gem - nothing fancy, but everything done right. Warm, friendly and prompt service, with a classic (mostly southern) Italian menu. It's a small place, so definitely make reservations!

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2017

Good service. Decent food. Great value.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2017

It was really good

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

The employees were so fun to be around! They were making jokes with me and my date and helped me with a question I had with the meal. Also, my water was constantly refilled which was nice because I was never left thirsty :). They also sand happy birthday to a boy who was at the restaurant and brought out a small cake for him. It's was a beautiful place very family friendly! Great experience definitely will come back!!

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2017

Came to Ruffino's for a Valentine's date. It was a little more casual than I was expecting and we were a bit overdressed. That said, it was great. I had been looking for good Italian food since moving from New York State a year and a half ago. My Italian fiancé gives it five stars. The meatballs were seasoned perfectly, the pasta was great and the server was wonderful. It was very reasonably priced as well. We plan on coming back on a more regular basis.

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5.0Dined on 8 January 2017

We were a mixed group including toddlers and grandparents, and everyone came away stuffed and happy! Our server was very gracious with the adults and friendly and helpful with the kids. Quiet on a Sunday evening, but a great family-friendly, neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2016

Awesome meal. They were even kind and included our kids on a busy night as new years eve.

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3.0Dined on 21 December 2016

OK, about what you would expect. Moderately priced, so so Italian food.

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3.0Dined on 17 December 2016

Nice family restaurant atmosphere and good food at a fair price.

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5.0Dined on 11 December 2016

been going there for over 30 years and 3 owners. never been disappointed or had bad food or service. took many people over the years and everyone sez this was the best hidden little gem they had been to. hope to be going there for another 30 years.

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4.0Dined on 4 December 2016

Very tiny, very little ambience, but a great place for Italian food. Friendly, welcoming staff. Reasonable prices, big portions. Decent wine selection- had a good Malbec both times we've been there.
Only tried the mozzarella sticks, which are tasty, but they ran out last time. Boooooo
Got the veal and chicken again - perfectly prepared with crispy edges. I'd prefer a sauce that wasn't as sweet, but will return again and again.

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2016

Good value meal, fantastic garlic bread (perfectly crispy and toasted). I would only ask that they turn on some dinner-mood music during the evening dining hours.

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4.0Dined on 15 October 2016

Great cozy neighborhood landmark; totally unpretentious and modest, but excellent home-cooked Italian food.

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5.0Dined on 1 October 2016

My guest was in the mood for good chicken parm, found this little gem on trip advisor and we were very happy. The tiny, one room restaurant was only 8mins away. Easy to find. Very friendly staff, attentive service, decent menu. Limited appetizers, but the mozzarella sticks were good and the marinara sauce tasty.
The parm - both my veal and his chicken - excellent. Crispy yet tender, with lots of cheese and just enough sauce. The plate overflowed.
Now if they could just update the interior, maybe a can of paint...

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