Ruffino's - Arlington
Ruffino's - Arlington

Ruffino's - Arlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ruffinosarlington.com/
  • Phone: 7035282242
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11;00AM - 3:30PM
    Dinner: Daily: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jose Firufino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glebe Road
  • Public Transit: The Metrobus Route 23 stops right at Lee Highway and Glebe Road.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking for restaurant guests in the back of the restaurant.
A word from Ruffino's - Arlington
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.
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Ruffino's - Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.3
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)romantic (1)good for groups (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • A little off tonite
    Michellevsp
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Ruffino's is usually amazing but this evening everything from the service to the food was not up to par. Both the chicken & the veal was dry, chewy and a little blah. Definitely NOT normal for Ruffino's! Since we come all the way from Central Virginia it was disappointing but I'm chalking it up to a bad night and not a trend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 35 reviews are from the Ruffino's - Arlington reviews archive.
  • Italian in Arlington
    KJA205VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Ruffino's is a neighborhood gem - small and quaint. The staff was friendly, and the pasta was magnifico!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood eatery
    Janie
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    I like that it is a smaller dining room. It can be pretty noisy if the room is full but the food is good, service is good and you are not rushed..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre Italian
    Westtowngirl
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Nothing to write home about. The gnocchi was mushy, the garlic bread too hard. Meh.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We always look forward to our dinners at Ruffino's. It's a comfortable place, friendly and not too noisy. The menu has plenty to choose from and the sauce is hearty. Try the house Chianti and the fried ravioli.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing fancy
    TrollopianVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    This is the kind of family-type Italian restaurant that we all remember from childhood....in fact, it fit that role a bit better before redecoration, which I think diminished its character. Food is good (not great) and filling. A couple of orders of garlic toast that we never ordered arrived, and were added to our bill without permission, but we didn't raise a squawk because it was unusually delicious. The lone waiter is a bit odd, always cracking jokes that nobody quite got. Our table would've preferred more professional and less intrusive service.
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  • Great family Italian
    JMKtravelsalotVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    This neighborhood gem on Lee Hwy is definately worth a stop. We dine here often with our middle school aged children and bring extended family when they are in town. The food is great and the family atmosphere is really nice. Its a great place for a glass or bottle of wine and an excellent pasta dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food cheap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    To benchmark, Ruffino's food is better than Olive Garden and probably less expensive. Since the food is not outstanding, there's never a wait for a table. Ruffino's is a neighborhood sauce and gravy Italian restaurant. Portions are very generous, smothered in sauce, and inexpensive. Our family of four (9 & 19yr old kids) ate for $60 - includes a bottle of wine, tax, and tip. Wine list is limited and I wish management would upgrade it or allow BYO. Service is no frills and a little quirky but fine. Foodies need not bother.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good and
    OnepawVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    The food was very good and there were many choices of entrees and sides. I was meeting a friend that I had not seen for years and we were talking more than eating but our server was patient amd attentive. The owner was gracious and thanked us several times for joining them for dinner. Overall, a very enjoyable night with good company and good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Classic
    pickyeater
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Great,casual neighborhood restaurant. Our first time there and it was packed on a Friday night.. so glad I made a reservation! Menu is pretty basic but covers all the Italian favorites and everything was quite good. Haven't tried the pizza yet! Will become our local go-to place I expect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Nice little neighborho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Great food. Nice little neighborhood Italian place. Best bruschetta ever!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our group of six was well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Our group of six was well treated, and the food was very good. We'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it! You'll like it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    A nice, friendly neighborhood place that serves good food and where the staff folks are friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is a darling little family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    It is a darling little family restaurant. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy dining at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    We always enjoy dining at Ruffino's. It's comfortable, friendly and in the neighborhood. Prices are good and the food and service satisfying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time eating at this
    heathwishVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    First time eating at this cute neighborhood restaurant. Service was extremely friendly and welcoming. Good for kids. Wide variety of food options. Great choice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoy going to Ruffino's
    Balletgirl1980VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    I really enjoy going to Ruffino's for a quick pasta dinner with the kids. The only complaint about the food, for me, is that the meat sauce is very heavy on the green pepper and makes the tomato sauce a bit too acidic for my palate. My kids love eating here and the wait staff is always accomodating with them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was pleasantly surprised by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Was pleasantly surprised by Ruffino's! We live in a neighborhood close by and will be visiting Ruffino's often. I loved the chicken parm, and my husband enjoyed his seasfood pasta. The house wine can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ruffinos-Solid Neighborhood Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Friendly service and hearty portions of well-prepared Italian fare. The menu is a little limited, but that's okay - better to do a few things really well than lots of things poorly. I would, and will, go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Generally, Ruffinos is one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    Generally, Ruffinos is one of our favorite neighborhood Italian places. This evening, the food did not disappoint. However, the service was fair at best. The staff seemed to be very new to the tasks. Specific issues inclued salad dressing was spilled on my skirt, and the entree was brought too soon so salad was taken away because the table was too small to accommodate the plates. We will return to Ruffinos again, assuming that this was an exception; I hope that it was. We have enjoyed several meals there for some time.
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  • We happened to lunch right
    Momandelves2013
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    We happened to lunch right after Easter service and were the only clients (party of six.)That may account for the excellent service- however the portions were more than generous and the manager made sure we had everything just as we requested. We had dined there twenty years ago and thought of it as a simple spaghetti house- things have changed! The fare remains Italian, but the restaurant has had a complete renovation and the menu has exellent choies which include veal and seafood. We wil definitely return again with friends and family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer services is always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    Customer services is always fabulous at Ruffino's. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is charming. A great local spot in Arlington!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want personal attention,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    If you want personal attention, this is the place to go. It is small, but the staff is very helpful and attentive. The portions are enormous or a great price, and really authentic cuisine. They even have a 'cardinal' or pink sauce, which is my absolute favorite!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    Food was sub par and not authentic at all. The veal Marsala was pretty much just brown gravy, not a Marsala sauce by any stretch of the imagination. Soups were bland as was the bruschetta. Garlic bread was dry and purchased a la carte. Bloody Mary was undrinkable and we had to wait for the manager to come back from a delivery to make a rum and coke because no one knew how. We will never return.
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  • Food and service were good...nothin
    nyannitello
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Food and service were good...nothing spectacular but for inexpensive casual Italian dining its worth a shot.
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  • Pleasantly Surprised by Ruffino's
    TennisFan
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    My husband and I have lived in East Falls Church for years; we often drove by Ruffino's, but had not tried it. We finally tried it and were very glad we did. It has a neighborhood feel, and the restaurant itself was warm, cozy and unpretentious. The food was reasonably priced, particularly given the size of the dishes. We ended up taking a portion of our meals back home with us. While I cannot remember the name of the dish, I tried the veal/eggplant with tomato sauce and spaghetti. It was delicious - a cross between veal parm and eggplant parm. My husband had the seafood marinara, which had a slightly lighter tomato sauce, but was equally delicious. If you are looking for delicious pasta in a casual atmosphere, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place has great food
    Balletgirl1980VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    This place has great food and is very accomodating with 2.5 year old twins. Pasta portions are just right, not huge. Prices are fantastic. Staff is always friendly and on top of their tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a very good local spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    Just a very good local spot. Fantastic Italian food. A little noisy, but that added to the evening as family groups kept coming and going and having a good time. Excellent all around!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great storefront Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Great storefront Italian restaurant. Authentic and homey. Good value for your buck. I will return. Wait staff very friendly and eager to please.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome back, Ruffinos! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Welcome back, Ruffinos! We missed you! Love the new look - service could be a little more responsive - and the food is as we remembered it. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.
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  • This is just a nice little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/9/2011
    This is just a nice little neighborhood place. It is good for a quiet meal with decent food and friendly management. Don't go here to be with the elite. But you will do fine if you need a decent meal and you're in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian American, Never Better!
    CCAFanVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    I grew up in Boston, enjoying family dinners at great local Italian restaurants. It's nice to know that the classic American Italian restaurant is alive and well in Arlington, as Ruffino's. Dinner was terrific, with ample portions of lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. The wine was just what we wanted. Convenient, casual, consistent. Enjoy a great dinner here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place is really beautiful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    The place is really beautiful. Friendly service and good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cheap, unoffensive family style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    Nice remodel of the restaurant, however, can't say much about the food. Veal Picatta was barely identifiable as veal in a sweetish gravy. Pasta side was ok, but then this is Ruffino's Spaghetti House after all! Noise level was quite high -- could use a few sound deadeners to offset the tile floor, tile walls and painted ceiling. We have been looking for a cheap, unoffensive family-type Italian joint in Arlington and Ruffino's fits the bill. Don't expect Roberto Donna and you won't be disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were 10 of us in our
    ckinnova
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    There were 10 of us in our party and everyone was very happy with their food and the service! Of particular note, I appreciated that the food was not over-salted.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Homey and friendly neighborhood
    arlingtonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Homey and friendly neighborhood spot, good for kids and old-fashioned American Italian food. Don't go for gourmet Italian cooking.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet