Great place! We were there early on a Saturday morning for brunch, so I am sure my experience might be different from, say, a Saturday night, but Rustico was pretty awesome. The food was outstanding and our waitress was very attentive. I would love to come back for drinks one night, as the beer menu was pretty impressive.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I <3 Rustico
I love Rustico -- the staff is so friendly and food is off the charts! It's a great location in Ballston!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Salads were large and great
Salads were large and great to share... Pizza and fries were yummy too!!!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a large group go for dinner
Had a large group go for dinner and the staff handled it very well. Food was pretty fast and good (had pizza and salads) and everything went well. My only two issues were that they couldn't do separate checks so paying with 14 guests was a difficult. The server also suggested we try a certain type of beer but neglected to tell us it was a $45 beer until we got the bill. Oh well, won't hinder us from returning.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rustico was very good. They
Rustico was very good. They accommodated are large group even after more people showed up (which can be a pain). The food was very good. Great service,
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious brunch food! I loved the brunch burger and the huevos rancheros Were yummy too. Service was only fair. The waiter was rushed and seemed overwhelmed by the brunch crowd. The outdoor seating was great for people watching!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
By far the best food in Ballston!
A group of 5 from our office went here for lunch after years of eating at all the familiar places in Ballston and we were totally blown away. The hostess greeted us warmly and made us feel right at home; the waiter was extremely knowledgable and attentive but patient and non-intrusive when we asked a lot of questions and took forever to decide what to order then lingered over our meal; and the decor is modern yet warm and fresh. The best part was the food, which was fresh and new and absolutely delectable! 4 of us ordered the lunch box, a great combo deal of soup/salad/half sandwich for $15, and every item was savory and innovative, with twists on some old favorites. We will definitely return, perhaps even for dinner, too!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great restaurant with an
A great restaurant with an ambiance that surpasses its surrounding neighborhood rather easily. It has an impressively large selection of beers (get a flight of beers to taste), and I found the food delightful, as well as vegetarian-friendly. Place seemed to work for families, groups, and couples, though kids seemed a little out of place. Overall it's worth the trip, even if that part of Arlington doesn't impress.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The beer selection is amazing
The beer selection is amazing and surpassed only by the food. the carrot hummus us a must.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice menu, great food
Our group of 6 enjoyed a nice meal at Rustico-Ballston. We shared the carrott hummus and 3 different pizzas, as well as sampled beer from their extensive list. No disappointments.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great pizza and salads
Best Pizza in Arlington! Outstanding salads. amazing selection of beers. friendly attentive front desk and servers. Hands on management. a real gem of a restaurant!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall great food and an
Overall great food and an incredible selection of beer. The waiter just seemed out of it, not very attentive, not very helpful.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
For a moderately priced restaurant, Rustico was a delightful surprise. Excellent food cooked with imagination, very friendly and efficient service, and quiet enough to hear one's tablemates converse. A find! Eat there before they raise their prices.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. Sat outdoors.
Love this place. Sat outdoors. Everything amazing. Food. Good happy hour prices. I love that you don't get penalized for eating dinner (in other words happy hour pricing for all patrons)
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Oasis in Ballston
A varied (if short) lunch menu, extensive beer list and attentive service: adds up to a welcome alternative in Ballston to the chain restaurant.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The brunch was lovely. We
The brunch was lovely. We both had the donuts, the buttermilk biscuit sliders, and mimosas, and they were fantastic. The fried deviled eggs were okay, tried more for novelty value than anything else, and I find I prefer a non-fried deviled egg. The salad with pumpkin seeds was good, but a trifle over dressed. The staff was friendly and service was prompt, although our young server could do with some coaching on her vocab and word choice, so as to improve her professional demeanor.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, excellent service
We decided to try Rustico for an early dinner before attending an 8 pm movie at the nearby mall. Although my wife was delayed in traffic, we were seated promptly at our reservation time. Our server, Dave, brought wine and an appetizer while we waited, then allowed us to order the entrees so they were ready when my wife eventually arrived. We made it to the movie on time, plus enjoyed a fine meal at reasonable prices. All three of us ordered entrees from the main menu rather than the pizza selections. Try the excellent chili-rubbed pork chop!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, even
The food was excellent, even better than we expected. Went for brunch. Bloody mary wasn't spicy enough but the drink was well flavored and tasted good. The biscuit sliders were phenomenal, perfect biscuits with perfect sausage. The croque madame pizza was also a delight, perfect crust with a delicious combination of ingredients. The staff were all very nice, helpful, and patient, but they seemed somewhat overwhelmed by the crowd. We didn't see our waiter often enough and had empty water/coffee/drink glasses a little too often. It simply appeared that there were too few staff, so probably a management issue. I'll definitely be back.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for pizza and more
I usually order pizza here, but this latest trip I tried the scallops. Perfectly prepared and nice to know they can do multiple menu items well.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Above and Beyond
We took our best friend to Rustico for her birthday, and I had informed the staff on my open table reservation of the special occasion, but also that our birthday girl is allergic to gluten. As we were finishing up our meal, the friendly manager approached our table and asked which one of us was the birthday girl and then proceeded to tell us that dessert had already been specially prepared for our party since he was aware of our girl's allergy. He was incredibly personable and brought the dessert out personally to our table. He brought out four different sinfully decadent items! We had a fabulous time, and the staff and management truly provided us with an experience, not just a good meal.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible beer list, great food
Being from Portland OR I'm used to going to restaurants with 20+ beers on tap, but Rustico had a surprising tap list even by those standards. Our server knew tons and helped steer us right. Loved the food, everything was delicious. Great find, thank you Yelp!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable and consistent
Can always count on Rustico for very good and cheerful service, exceptional pizza and their impressive beer list. For once, on this visit, the restaurant wasn't packed (summer holidays I suppose), which was a nice change.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Ballston
Rustico never disappoints. The service, food, and ambiance are great.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go For The Beer
Excellent draft beer selection. Food was good as well. Nice portioned salads. Fries were excellent.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food presentation!
First time at Rustico and the food was delicious! The service was poor but the quality of the food made up for the lack of service.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh ambiance and menu, great beer
Rustico has a bar with booths and tables and a partially separate dining area (where it is less noisy). The ambiance is nice with its own flavor without being too out there. The menu isn't large, but there is still a good selection with some delicious appetizers (the dates are amazing, and the risotto tater tots are very good too), salads, entrees, and a list of interesting pizzas enough for 1-2 people. The vegetarian selection is a bit limited, but I've always found good options. Vegans will have a harder time. The best thing about Rustico is the beer menu. In addition to a large selection of bottled beers, the draft menu is ordered by flavor type/profile, making it easy for a novice or connoisseur to make a perfect pick in no time.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite Ballston spot
Great menu, excellent service. Had a nice brunch on Sunday but disappointed that they were "out" of several things on the menu. Good kids menu with reasonable prices. All in all, a really great restaurant!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice food, nice atmosphere.
Nice food, nice atmosphere. Been here before, would def eat here again. A bit disappointed, however, that I wanted to order the sun dried tomato pizza topping and they didn't have it at 5:45 pm on a Saturday night.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Mom and I had a lovely dinner at Rustico in Ballston. We enjoyed a wood-fired pizza, a tasty burger with malted fries and yummy wine. We had a fantastic server who made our experience even better. Our only complaint was that it was loud and difficult to hear each other. Adding some fabric panels to the walls would help absorb some of the sound.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, fun, few wine options
Food is good - I recommend the appetizers and Bibb salad. I know this place specializes in beer, but I wish they would put more than a couple wines on the wine list. I almost felt ashamed for ordering wine instead of beer (they hide it on the last page of the huge beer binder, but it was missing from our copy, so the waitress had to spend extra time tracking it down, and then it was quite small). In general I find this odd because the atmosphere, decor, and overall scene at the Ballston location have more of a wine vibe than a beer vibe.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Date Night
When we arrived for our reservation, the restaurant seemed very busy, but we were seated at our table immediately, which was great. The service was excellent, as was the food and wine. We had pretzel appetizers, the salmon, and the pulled pork pizza, followed by the donuts for dessert. All was delicious! Previously we've had the burger which is divine. Will definitely keep coming back!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly staff, quality food
The menu is diverse and fit for all types of Diners. Really amazing pumpkin pizza. Great service always. By way of criticism, the $5 HH Chardonnay is reprehensible.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
atmosphere and appetizers were A+
Had dinner for 6 - great atmosphere, wide range of food on menu, great appetizers
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for a large group
As part of a bachelorette party, we went as a group of 12 to Rustico. Table was ready for us at our reserved time, the wait staff was very friendly and super quick with all of our food and drinks. All but 3 had never been, and everyone raved about how neat the food was! The pizzas are more than enough for 1 perhaps 2 people, same with the desserts! The beer menu is fantastic and the wait staff was very knowledgeable about the different types of beer on tap. It was a little loud, but that meant we could laugh and tell stories and not bother anyone.
One of my favorite places in Arlington, no doubt.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worked out great for work dinner
Made reservations for a business dinner. Got a seated in a quit section of the restaurant, that perfectly suited our group. The server was charming and approached the table at the appropriate time for taking orders (not too often and not too little). She was knowledgeable but was also able to gauge what the party was interested in hearing about. She also had a good personality and was funny. It is great when servers are not too serious. Makes the event more relaxed and lighthearted. Rustico has a sophisticated feel with quality food and service - and most importantly is not pretentious.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Oustanding Service
We were there for a family dinner of 13 people at 6:30PM on a Saturday night. We arrived and were promptly seated. The wait staff was very attentive and answered all the questions we had about the menu items. We placed our order for drinks, about 6:50 and a few minutes later placed our order for dinner. About 7:20 our food began arriving and in very short order all of the food arrived and was prepared as ordered. Rave reviews were given on the salmon. The pizza was a great thin crust and perfectly cooked and the hamburger was big, juicy and tasty. Our only complaint, which probably has to do with the size party we had, was we were in a lower level in the back. Because of the high ceiling, this made it a little loud. Otherwise, very good!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
After an absolutely TERRIBLE meal at Il Forno, the night before, we were relieved that we had a great dinner experience at Rustico for our final dinner while visiting. The beer drinkers were thrilled with the selection, as a wine drinker, there were very good choices, and everyone's food was delicions. Atmosphere was great, and so was the service.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, everything from the food (thin crust pizza), the service, and the ambiance was great. Twas the day after Halloween and 30+ pumpkin beers were still available. One with a slight maple finish was my choice.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
EXCELLENT coffee (I NEED DARK coffee in the a.m.) and delicious and interesting brunch choices. As always, the beer list is fantastic, if you want a beer after the coffee has kicked in. The chicken and biscuits with bacon gravy was AMAZING!!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I cannot remember the last time (if even ever) I have been "wowed" by how fast I have received food that was ordered. Between making our order to receiving food (appz), there was very little wait. I'll add that I didn't sit down to dine until 8:30pm, but each meal was brought rather quickly.
The brussel sprouts were AMAZING!! Extensive beer selection menu, and as someone who doesn't even drink beer appreciating this, you know it's good! Wine list could use some work, but they aren't known for that so it wasn't a negative!
I am very much looking forward to my next visit!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
You have to try it
I'm a huge fan! Perfect for brunch with friends, dinner with coworkers, happy hour or date night!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food...
But won't return. The noise level is just off the charts.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for girls night out!
Met there for a girls night out. The food and service were terrific--they had pretty good Happy Hour drinks specials and our server did a great job of being attentive but not intrusive. Prices are pretty good for the area. I would recommend making a reservation, especially if you have a group of 4 or more. We made ours for 6 PM and the restaurant filled up pretty quickly after that.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great, my date
The food was great, my date and I both ordered pizzas. They were delicious. However, the tables were close together and it felt difficult to have a private conversation. I kept over hearing the ladies next to us and it made for a bit of an uncomfortable experience.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice date night for new parents
We dined at Rustico Saturday night for our wedding anniversary, also our first night out after the birth of our second child. We wanted good food and beer at a reasonable price without having to dress up too much. Rustico was a great fit. The meal was outstanding from start to finish. Even items that you often see on menus -- beet salad with goat cheese, for example -- tasted fresh and exciting. The peanut butter cheesecake with concord grape sorbet was a big hit!
Our only complaint was that our waitress seemed very disinterested. We also thought service was rather slow, considering we dined early. Our meal took 2.5 hours, and we felt like we waited around a lot. But in a way it was nice to linger, and we would definitely return.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A friend and I had a fantastic brunch at Rustico! The menu wasn't very big, but everything on it sounded amazing! We split the doughnuts, which were warm, fluffy, and delicious. I had the shrimp and grits for my entree. The meal was generously sized and very flavorful. My friend ordered the French toast, as he is a vegetarian and most other brunch options contained meat. He said the French toast was good, especially the fruit filling, but it wasn't the best he's ever had. The waiter was friendly and prompt. He was able to recommend a great beer when the one my friend asked for wasn't available. The beer selection was impressive and the Bloody Mary that I ordered was very tasty. Overall a great brunch experience and would definitely go back!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and great service! Had a little bit of everything. All was delicious! Fried deviled eggs with the caperberry sauce was wonderful. Pizzas great, stuffed dates, salads, PB & J dessert wonderful. Will be returning.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rustico has amazing pizza. During this last visit, we went with our family. We had pizza, a burger, and their ribs. Everyone said their food was excellent. They have a great Gluten Free Chick Pea crust pizza and according to my husband the regular crust is just as good. Even the person who normally eats deep dish pizza, and this is a thinner pizza, said it was really good. They also have an extensive beer list.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent for a birthday celebratio
Excellent for a birthday celebration. Good food and a great beverage selection! Service was very good. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, an enjoyable dining
Overall, an enjoyable dining experience. Particularly noteworthy was the ability of our waitress to take the order without taking notes; and better still, she got it right. The food came out quickly and was really good.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM