Nice warm, friendly service
Nice warm, friendly service -- which is often NOT the case when you come in with two young kids. Great doughnuts too! Very enjoyable, kid friendly but really nice food and beverages.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, gluten-free options
Lots of tasty choices, great beer selection, and very supportive of our friend's gluten intolerance with gluten-free pizza and gluten-free versions of most everything on the menu. We enjoyed it!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and beer menu
We had the meatball appetizer and it was outstanding. The pizza is incredible and the beer list is pretty impressive. Overall a great time had at a fun restaurant with good food and good service!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was incredible and service was wonderful. The price got a little high for a young profesional's brunch budget, but the mimosas were worth it.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A New Favorite
Amazing menu... creative, very unique and inspired. I had the Boston Bibb Salad with chicken and honestly felt like returning the same night to have it again - it was THAT good. Rustico is now one of my new favorites!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Boston Bibb Lettuce salad
Boston Bibb Lettuce salad is wonderful - so fresh and tasty! - Hamburger and French Fries were very good but guess I just wasn't in the mood for what I chose. - I think that, for the most part, the food is delicious and very innovative.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always book my lodging in Alexandria when I'm in town just so I can go to Rustico. Expansive and special draught list (including cask ales) and some really delicious pizza, made exactly to order!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, Service, Beer selection
This is one of my very favorite places in the GW area!!
Awesome Beer selection... Staff is always on point!!
Not to mention the great food!! I do miss the mac and cheese they used to have as an appetizer :(
But it was nice to have a change!!!
I can't say enough good things about this place!!!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
At our first visit we were very impressed by Rustico. The top dish was homemade meatballs as an appetizer- spicy blend of meats, clearly homemade, with fresh sauce and cheese. We also had the special pizza w peaches and a pork belly slider. We cleared each plate. Our server Pascuale was attentive and had some personality. Cannot wait to return.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free Pizza Disappointing
We loved the ambiance, but the service was a little slow. The chick pea based gluten free pizza was disappointing--not even as good as a frozen brand we buy. Salads and gluten free beer were good. I'd like to try the place again, but will probably order something different.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Pizza - and Plenty of It
Everything was delicious! Pizzas were excellent, appetizers were great. The pizzas are big! Be warned! But very, very tasty. Plus sister restaurant Buzz Bakery is next door, so you can pick up some treats for the next day.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to walk to!
It's a really good neighborhood restaurant but also worth the drive. The food is good and creative. The wine and beer list is exceptional and the service is always great. The decor is inspired but the acoustics makes is a little tough to have a conversation at normal voice levels.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unwilling to drive far out of our way for the pizza/beer we were craving, we decided to give Rustico another chance.
It was a success! We had much better service this visit, the temperature in the dining area was approaching reasonable, (still on the chilly side, but not nearly as bad as the last several visits) and the food was delicious. We were happy to see they brought back the risotto 'tater' tots which we enjoyed along with the stuffed dates. We shared and very much liked the ham & asparagus pizza.
Added bonus: They currently have Devil's Backbone Schwartbier on tap. Best. Beer. Ever.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
New server and a trainee (oh
New server and a trainee (oh no!!) but they were great. Asked why they don't have the home made kettle chips on the menu as a starter anymore and they siad they were new and they must only be for sides with burgers, etc. In a few minutes they brought out a small plate anyway - liked that right away. Pizza is always very good. Beer menu is one of the best in the area. Tend to like eating earlier before the crowds and tight parking in the area make this more challenging.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great beer selection too
The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. The food is great and always consistent. The beer list is nicely categorized and covers a broad spectrum. I need to keep a list so I can work through them all, over time.
I held it at 4 stars due to the sound level. It's just the high ceilings but it's tough to have a conversation.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought friends from Australia
We brought friends from Australia here after reading reviews for this restaurant. We were late due to heavy rain and called ahead to advise them. They were very nice and accommodating. When we arrived they promptly seated us as our table was ready and waiting. We were greeted and promptly served. Our orders were taken quickly and efficiently. We ordered appetizers and pizzas to share. Everything was hot and very good. The presentation was wonderful. The appetizers were unique and tasted wonderful. The pizza is very light and the toppings are perfect. The only negative I think is that everyone was talking it was very loud as they have a high ceiling with no wall breaks, but having said that, it made it seem very festive.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came for the newly tapped Derecho beer from Port City brewery. It was really good and we enjoyed the food as well. We had the crispy meatballs and spicy chicken pizza. Plus on top of it all, they had a happy hour that lasted until 7 on a Saturday! Bonus! We will definitely be back for awesome craft pizza and beer.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fast quality food
My husband and I had brunch at Rustico on Saturday. We had made a reservation and arrived early, but the person who greeted us at the door said it was no problem and promptly seated us immediately. She was very friendly, courteous and professional. Our server was at our table within 5 minutes from then and also very friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and courteous. I had the Italian and pepperoni pizza and my husband had the spicy chicken pizza. Both were served to us fairly quickly and tasted excellent! We will definitely come back to Rustico again!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice food, service a little slow
This was our first time at Rustico. They started by pouring water and leaving the picture. That was a good start on a hot day. The menu had lots of appealing options, and we ordered the tater tot appetizer and Caesar salad. The tots with the sauce were very good. The Caesar was a bit bland. The carbonara pasta and salmon main courses were very good and flavorful. The biggest downfall of the night was the service. My wife ordered a second glass of wine that never appeared and we waited almost 20 minutes after we were done eating before the server stopped by so we could ask for the check. Fortunately the second glass of wine was not on the bill.
We liked the food enough to that we will give the place another chance on the service.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Place for Casual Get-togethers
This was a perfect choice for meeting up with our former neighbors. The multiple draft and bottled beer options lead to lively conversation, and the food choices are varied and inviting. You can't beat the wood-fired pizza's - my friend said it was the best pizza she ever ate! (Being a NY native - I won't go THAT far, but it is definitely very, very good!!). Nice ambiance.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inovative, love the decor
The pizzas are the best around.....love the mosaic walls. They make the space very inviting.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had been wanting to try this place for a while. We finally went. We should have gone sooner. My wife had the salmon. She enjoyed the dish but for the price it could have included a little more salmon. I had the Italian Sausage Pizza. It was excellent. I highly recommend trying their pizza. The service was excellent. The restaurant was accommodating as after we booked the reservations, my daughter decided she wanted to come last min. The host got us another table for three in a very short period. The drinks were awesome and the atmosphere was great. We will come back again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food,but no Air Conditioning?
Frequent visitor to Rustico when in the DC Metro area...I've been coming here for several years now and I can't say enough about the food. Fantastic selection of beer and the service has always been top notch. Only complaint was the inside temperature of 85 degrees...Not exactly a relief from venturing out in DC during 90 degree weather...But besides that, always a pleasure.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thought the beer menu was outstanding and the Confit Duck pizza was amazing. The Carrot Hummus and Lamb apetizer was also great. I really enjoyed the experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time as Rustico
I had lunch at Rustico this week for the first time. I ordered a spinich salad which included several interesting ingrediants. Overall the salad was tasty however it appeared to have been dressed and allowed to sit for a while before being served. Much of the spinich was pretty wilted as was my enthusiasm for it upon its arrival.
However, the blood orange sorbet was excellent!
I will try Rustico again and hope for fresher results.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was great. Our server was awesome, food was really good. And for the quality of food and restaurant the prices aren't bad.
The only issue throughout the night was the bartender and hostess were both rude.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wide open space. Not ideal for private conversation. Good for hanging out with friends and having a beer.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Beer and Wine
Took the wife here for her birthday - the servers were oustanding and attentive. The gluten free pizza crust is a little dry, but them's the breaks if you're on the gluten free diet. Otherwise, the pizzas, the risotto and especially the apps are the standout players here. Definitely recommended!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time I've gone for brunch...
and I'd go again. The stuffed french toast was amazing but my favorite at the table was the breakfast burger! The potato layer and spicy hollandaise was delicious. I had the breakfast pizza....I each poached eggs so I like runny but this was too runny. They sent it back but it still came to the table with the white not fully cooked. The shrimp and grits.. good flavor but the grits were not creamy...
Great decor...the mosaics are beautiful.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowledgeable with Gluten Free
The servers were very helpful in knowing what my wife could have on the menu as Gluten Free.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Neighborhood Bar & Rest
Entering Rustico is akin to joining your neighbors for a entertaining evening among friends. The patrons range from retirees to young families with children of all ages. The beer list is the most extensive in the area, and the food terrific. Start with the fried hard boiled eggs, a light and airy curst pizza, or one of their beautifully crafted salads. Rustico's burger is one of Alexandria's best; juicy with a grill crunch and topped with fresh, salad items. The fish specials are a treat, with different items during the week. I especially delight in the pan seared, oven finished shallops with corn and gnocchi, which is rolled fresh daily. If you are tired of ho hum bar food served by an inattentive wait staff, you have to try Rustico!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
brunch at Rustico was good. Beer menu fantastic. Pizza fantastic. Good service. Maybe a few too many red peppercorns in the brunch poutine only qualm. Wouldn't know about bar scene but looked like had the potential with all the bar offerings.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing x 242764
I've never been disappointed at Acqua... ever. But this time it was even better. As usual, I ordered the blueberry filet mignon... and it was outstanding and the caprese salad. My parents both had equally fantastic menu offerings - the grilled eggplant, the halibut that was on special, the carpaccio, and the veal... the desserts did not disappoint either. Per usual, I recommended Acqua over and over again. Phenomenal.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food outstanding, noise intimidatin
The fried Green tomato pizza is about the best pizza I've ever had. I had it one night with a group of four, and the next night my husband and I cancelled reservations elsewhere to go back to Rustico for that same pizza. The panzanilla salad was also a winner: perfect in every way and better than the version I make at home. The roasted beet salad was also good.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Place
Rustico has been one of our neighborhood favorites for a long time. The food is great and you're always guaranteed friendly service. The chefs rotate the menus based on season and the beer list is unmatched around here.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fresh and very
The food was fresh and very delicious. The presentation was excellent and the service was fast and efficient. I would recommend to friends and family. The place and clean and presentable.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great atmosphere
Good food, great atmosphere and really great beer. What's not to like? I live in Fairfax but, go to this Rustico often to meet friends or family because it is always good and a very reliable choice of a good casual place to eat out.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great gourmet pizza
We ordered the pizza specials and both were delicious. Kid pizza was also very good. Service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be going back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rustico offers consistently
Rustico offers consistently excellent food and service! Great value as well!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pizza was terrific! The
The pizza was terrific! The eggplant parmesan entree could use more eggplant parmesan and less salad, though. There were only five or six bites of eggplant parmesan. Enough for an appetizer, perhaps, but not an entree.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My go to resto
Rustico has always exceeded my expectations for every meal. Torn between brunch or dinner being my favorite but between their brunch burger to pizzas to their deviled eggs you can't go wrong!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great beer selection
We were impressed by the nice selection of beers both on tap and in bottle. The mussels were really yummy and the pizza could hold its own. The ambiance is nice. It makes for a good evening for two or a great group meeting. The service was brisk and pleasant.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food/Beer Knowledgeable Staff
The food is excellent. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoy Rustico's specialty pizzas (Pumpkin and Fried Green Tomato). My friends love Rustico's beer selection. I like how Rustico's website is always updated. You can check the website for upcoming events.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The chef is so talented and
The chef is so talented and inventive; staff is great - very friendly and helpful. Love to dine there.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
GREAT FOOD - GOOD WINE - FANTASTIC!
I love going to Rustico! On this visit, I had the lasagna. OMGosh! It was amazing. My husband had the hamburger and loved it. Both of us were very happy and the price was better than I expected -- even with a glass of wine! I
Rustico is my favorite restaurant of all. The grilled Caesar salad is out of this world. LOVE this place!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was a little slow and the pumpkin and goat cheese pizza could have used a little more cheese and nuts and a little less spinach.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the pork shank and substituted creamed spinach for the black eyed peas and collards; the creamed spinach was interesting as it seems they put mustard seeds in it, it's a good different though! I also had the kale salad which was awesome. My father had the meatballs which he loved, I didn't care for them, and then a pizza. Can't ever go wrong with a pizza from this place. Tried a few of the more interesting beers on their list. Although I thought service was spot on, I felt a little off when the server tried to steer me towards different beers then the ones I actually wanted to try because of her personal feelings about them (and obviously taste preference). Other than that, service was great, host team was very welcoming.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cannot get enough!
I take everyone to Rustico - it's simply that good. Whether it's brunch, lunch or dinner you won't be disappointed.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food here was outstanding. The fried deviled eggs are one of the best dishes I've had in the DC area. Beer list is encyclopedic, but that's almost come to be expected with an NRG restaurant. I can't see how someone would eat here and have a bad experience.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch was delicious. One member of our group was a half hour late and the wait staff was patient and continued to provide great service. The ambiance is open and energetic. The food was fantastic. I got the the pulled pork hash which was delicious. Others got the breakfast panini which came on a puffy bread that seemed a cross between a fresh tortilla and naan (meal got rave reviews) and the burger, which also got good marks.
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM