Rustico

4.4
1010 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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RE
33 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
6 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
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
12 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Friends out of town

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RN
5 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
4 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
65 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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R
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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OT
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
84 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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OT
14 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
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
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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SA
1 review
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
107 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
22 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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D
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
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
6 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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OT
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
42 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
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
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
107 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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CG
10 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Always good

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DA
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

This place use to b a LONG time ago. Has gone down hill. Waitress was not attentive at all. Pizza tasted like frozen pizza

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OT
10 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress was pleasant, efficient and on the ball with refilling drinks or water. The food was very good and served in a timely manner.

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C
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The pizza was delicious and the waitstaff was very attentive and had a lot of personality. I'll be back for sure!

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AF
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great neighborhood gem in Alexandria with an excellent selection of local craft beers (Veil, Aslin, etc.) and consistently good food.

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Stylish interior, clean. Hostess was pleasant. Extensive beer selection. We had several dishes (calamari, mild wings, scallops with couscous, and mushroom burger) and all were outstanding. Be aware that dinner is not available until 5:30 PM (5:00 on Friday). Our server was not on the ball--failed to see us at least twice, did not return answer one question, had to check in the back twice for easy questions like fish of the day. Other staff checked in on us also. Music was too loud at first, but was turned down after a while. Good experience overall.

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BL
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We noticed we hadn’t been greeted promptly by a server after sitting down. It seemed like the place was short staffed. After the waiter/waitress got the backlog fixed we had good service.

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ET
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Food was terrible which matched the service. The beer selection was impressive but overpriced. We will not be going back.

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SA
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice for an afternoon brunch

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KB
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Loud. Lots of kids. Server was peremptory and borderline surly. Food was good. Beer was also good, and lots of choices, but unnecessarily expensive. Bottom line: I'll be back, but only to spend the gift cards I bought.....

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S
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

College graduation

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k
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great pizza and pub grub although On the pricy side so make sure you check the menu on the website for no surprises when the check comes A 16 dollar Hamburg is on the high side even for DC Great beer menu but surprise that they were out of my first theee choices early on a Saturday night. However I am a frequent visitor and recommend you check it out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meals were terrific. Atmosphere of restaurant is very nice with noise level very good. Service was very good. Would recommend to anyone looking for a upscale casual restaurant.

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AB
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood eatery.

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IB
9 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hadn't been to Rustico in several years. I met an old friend for a late, weekday lunch, so it was quiet which is not how I've experienced the restaurant in the past. It's usually packed and loud because it's popular. Rebecca, our server, was terrific - attentive without being annoying, friendly, efficient.
The pizza is always delicious and this time we shared a roasted beet salad to start which was delicious. I will definitely return before too long.
Thank you.

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BL
6 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous birthday brunch. Our server was very attentive. The. Food was great. Beer selection was good.

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