Rustico

4.5
1026 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Great Beer
Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. The menu features seasonal, hearty American fare from a wood-fired oven and grill, including pizzas and rotisserie meats, along with other rustic cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. There’s also no mistaking Rustico’s love for barley & hops! The bar’s focal point is a custom galvanized inverted T bar with 30 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.
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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and service, just wish there were more menu options.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Solid restaurant with good food. Went got Mother’s Day dinner. Mussels tasted a bit fishy this visit, but we will try again. Got the gluten free pizza crust for the first time and it was surprisingly decent! I think the waiter was in training because he got a few things wrong with our order, but managers stepped in to make things right.

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CR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our grandchildren love Rustico. we were there on Mother's Day around 1:30 and the team did a very good job in a challenging situation of a full house, people waiting for tables, etc.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day Dinner

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AL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Been going here since it opened and it gets a little harder to come back each visit. The food is great and the service excellent. The main issue is the draft beer. Seems that each time we come, it becomes more challenging to get a full pint of beer. There are 10, 12, 14 and 16 ounce pours but there is no apparent reason for this. It is not alcohol percentage. Maybe a supply issue? I can easily to go to Yard House for full pints (or more) with a better variety of beer choices. This needs to improve or They are going to lose us as loyal customers.

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JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for an early brunch with a one year old in tow. Staff was attentive, and the food was presented beautifully. We didn't feel rushed.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love going to Rustico! Our server Thomas was perfect. I was catching up with an old friend, and we had a great time. I always take everyone I know there because it is one of the few restaurants that in consistent in the fact that the food is always good, the service is always great, and they have local beer! Risotto tots are my fav!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great with our puppy!

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WT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great hidden gem. Food and service were exceptional

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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful night. Excellent draft beer selection. Great food and friendly service.

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RN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Menu still a little limited

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food was adequate and service good until we tried to pay. There was difficulty accepting cards due to computer glitch. After lengthy delay, we gave up and paid cash.

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c
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great neighborhood steady eddie

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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Arlington area. It is family friendly and the food is so good - a great take on a gastropub. Excellent beer menu. Service on this occasion was ok - not too attentive. But overall I would recommend this place 100%. We often come here after an event at the Kennedy Center.

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KJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was great as usual. We have dinner at Rustico at least once a month and we are never disappointed

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m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food here keeps getting better and better. The cauliflower appetizer was amazing, and the pork chop cooked perfectly. The kitchen was also able to accommodate my low carb request by putting more mushrooms in my dish instead of pasta or rice. My husband and I are also both gluten sensitive and they do an outstanding job with this.

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RE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I really want to like this place! This is my third and quite frankly worst visit. Looked a bit understaffed. Our waitress had many tables, but did a good job of checking back with us. There were a few screaming babies when we arrived, but they were gone shortly after we ordered. I realize this is not something the restaurant can control, but it serves more as a warning for others that folks with young children may be there. The food was only ok. The NY strip had no particular flavor, hamburger was nothing special but the seafood got a thumbs up. Like I said I really want to like this pace but sadly it’s now off my neighbor gem list.

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SC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love Rusticio’s and go there often. Delicious fresh healthy food and homey atmosphere. C

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NB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Rustico is a superb local "pub" like restaurant near Potomac Green on the northern end of Alexandria. My wife and I have gone there about 100 times over the past 5+ years we have lived in the neighborhood. When you get to know a place that well (they have the best pizza in Alexandria, hands down), it's difficult to find many surprises on their otherwise exception menu replete with many items of comfort food. But this past weekend, I was more than pleasantly surprised by their Argentine weekend menu of Carne Asado, Proveleta, and Chorizo. In addition to the food being authentic and delicious, what I really appreciate about this place is they are not afraid to take a chance and run specialty menus like this throughout the year. If you live in the Northern Alexandria area just off where the GW Parkway ends, Rustico is a must!!!

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CB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Friends out of town

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RN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food a little disappointing this time. Limited menu choices. But good service and a nice atmosphere as usual. Great beer selection too.

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JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We sat in a booth in the bar area. Cozy and great people watching . By chance we also had our favorite server, Rebecca.

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EC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Andre was slow and did not bring our 2nd appetizer and we had to wait a bit for the check

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Service was great, though a little too quick. We we're barely through appetizers when entrees showed up. Had the strip steak, and while cooked perfectly and nicely flavored, heavy gristle and fat. Felt the price did t reflect the quality. Apps we're great, same with dessert...and of course, all the beers.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pizza! Finally found something that reminds us of our favorite place in Minnesota!

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MC
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

it was ok.. the risotto tatters were soggy... but the pork pizza was delicious

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rustico has become our favorite neighborhood spot!! We absolutely love the food, atmosphere, and service. Pro tip: order the crispy cauliflower or shishito peppers for an appetizer. You won’t be disappointed.

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K
Stuttgart Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was the worst we’ve ever had there. Usually service is spot on but not tonight. Food was great as always.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rebecca was great, as was our food. Amazing all the way through.

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Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I visited for Valentine's Day. Ultimately, we decided that the food wasn't for us, but we could tell that it was definitely high quality and well-made. We did have one issue with our meal, but the staff's prompt and courteous solution to the issue insured that while we may not come back, we'll certainly recommend the restaurant. I know, a weird situation to be in.

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DE
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We are regulars and routinely eat at Rustico. Great beer selection. Ok white wine selection (bring back the Fruilano!) We often have Rustico burgers which are normally fabulous. Both were cooked too long and were bland. (We didn’t talk about it until the next day.) Perhsps the aoli was not on them? Otherwise the beet salad was good and calamari was great. Server Jovanni did a good job.

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c
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was horrible this evening. Food was adequate. For a Saturday night it was quite a disappointment, made mores by the high cost.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We love Rustico but we often have trouble with the tab. Three times, we have been charged for more beer and wine (the expensive glass/bottle was charged to our tab when we didn't order it).

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M
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Rustico is very consistent and the food is delicious. The service could be more personal, attentive, and less rushed. We have dined at Rustico more times than we can count and there seems to be a high turnover of wait staff. They are rarely notable or well-trained. The woman this evening was more personable than most but interrupted me mid-sentence twice and didn't spend enough time at the table for me to even describe her.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was wonderful! Food very good- great place for a family get-to-gether.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

All the burgers are superb, the beer list among the very best anywhere (thank you, Greg Engert). Like just about every other restaurant these days, you have to raise your voice to be heard by tablemates, which of course makes it that much louder in the room. This is intentional - restaurant owners think a quiet environment makes them look unsuccessful at drawing large crowds. This may never change. I guess we'll have to start texting across the table to one another.

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LA
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were there for restaurant week and shared both a pizza and a burger. Both were great, as was the service. As they say, a neighborhood gem.

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JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went for the restaurant week dinner menu and really enjoyed our food! The appetizers (fried cauliflower and risotto tots) were both fabulous, and a really nice portion size. My girlfriend had the mushroom pizza for dinner and I had the flat iron steak, both of which were amazing! Unfortunately, the desserts (brownie cake and apple crisp) didn’t do anything for us but we did also get to try the panna cotta, which was good.

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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Rustico! It’s my ‘go-to’ place for entertaining out-of-town guests, my favorite meeting place for quick informal get-togethers and my first choice for date night with my husband!

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DE
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After work “date” made for a great dinner. Rebekah was a terrific server and all the staff were friendly and professional. This is quickly becoming our go to restaurant. Burgers were the best. Beer was good. donuts were the bomb!!

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