Rustico
Rustico

Rustico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rusticorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (703) 224-5051
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Evan Buchholz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: For those who have enjoyed dining at Rustico and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Potomac Greens Drive
  • Public Transit: The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.
A word from Rustico
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Rustico reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (27)vibrant bar scene (27)good for groups (22)great for lunch (17)special occasion (15)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • A bit Rusty(co)
    TomK
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Ordered the pork chop & went with chef's medium-rare recommendation. It actually was closer to rare so sent it back to finish cooking. The beer selection is impressive though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal all 'round!
    Nero
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We always enjoy Rustico. Beet salad- a definite favorite! Scallops- gigantic. Burger- wonderful meat. Salmon- so tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    BrunchtimeVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Good food But The hard surfaces make Rustico Unpleasantly loud
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a great dinner with our friends at Rustico.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MarciaJVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I love Rustico. Great beer list and good food in the past. I had not been there in awhile. I was so disappointed on my recent visit. I ordered a Farm Market salad to share with my dining partner. We got the large. I had to actually ask the waitress if it was the small. $12 for a salad that said it had kale in it and it had two leaves on top. I guess that counted as the kale. I have been to restaurants that if you say you are spliting something, they take the serving and make two portions. Would it really be that difficult for the kitchen to do that. I guess it would of highlighted the size of the large even more. Doing this is a nice service to your customers. The waitress was just not that pleasant either. We did order other food so don't know why she just had such a distain for us. I can honestly say it has been taken off my list of places to go. Major attitude and smaller portions is not what I look for in a dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cold, Wet Pizza!
    RWinDCVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my first time visiting Rustico. Unfortunately, the food was really bad. We ordered a pizza and it was cold and soggy :-( We were running to a concert afterwards or I would've definitely pushed for another pizza. I will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Recovery
    justdj
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    One of our party of four had a problem with her main course being too greasy and too salty. Our wonderful waitress (Gloria) removed the dish with no hesitation and offered a replacement entrée (which was refused because the pork cheek appetizer had been so amazing and filling!), the manager came over to apologize within minutes and to offer a free dessert (which was accepted). When the time came to choose dessert, she couldn't decide between an ice cream and a sorbet, and was assured that she could choose both! Rustico clearly has a plan for the rare occasion when something goes awry and it was a pleasure to experience it in action. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Meal
    MavenLovesFood
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Rustico is my go-to place to take friends, know that we'll have good food, very good service, and a general good time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    Anne
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We dined there Monday November 3. The food was absolutely delicious! Our sever was so helpful and knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Service, Menu Needs Help
    allyVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It was our 1st time here and we had a great server in the bar section who was incredibly knowledgeable about beer and wine and suggested a few pairings for my not-usually-out-of-the-box-beer boyfriend. he was thorough friendly and definitely on top of his game. the food, however, left a little to be desired. i know the menu had just changed but nothing seemed great except for the pizza which i didnt eat since i'm gluten free & the new pizzas were questionable because of the toppings. risotto tater tots were cooked less than al dente, my BF couldn't finish them. side of root vegetables were undercooked also. we asked for the fries to be cooked well done and some were very soggy, and came out of the kitchen a minute after we had ordered them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    ThadVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Huge selection of beer, great pizza though not enough choices, the other food items look pretty good although our table-neighbor's scallops smelled fishy at 3 feet away. Service was slow but they were slammed. Every neighborhood needs a comfortable go-to spot and this could be it but maybe not worth driving more than 10 or 15 minutes to get to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous!
    Cindy116
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    especially love the caesar salad and pizza. don't miss the smores cheesecake and pretzel bites either!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been there 8+ years for a reason
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The interior ambiance is reason alone to go. However, the excellent beer selection, quality food and hip atmosphere makes Rustico a worthwhile casual dining destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FitzFood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Good food. Amazing fried brocolli, really. Great beer list! Delirium Tremens anyone?
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st timer
    breakfastMAN
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    looked online and wanted brunch....haven't had before eating out....nice place, food good....ordered our food and my wife plate was lukewarm (they gladly fixed another)....also had biscuits with my meal and would have been nice to bring out at least some butter (had to ask for it)...server was cool and nice place to eat....good scene, comfortable....would mos def go again and try their pizza.......nice wine list and good beers to choose from......
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, delicious food
    Dukestreet
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    All our meals were delicious. They also have a few gluten-free options. Service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza, expansive beer menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overall had a good experience. It was a bit noisy, but it was a packed Friday night. Nothing overly excessive that made the experience miserable. Loved the deep fried hard boiled egg and the carrot hummus app. Was equally happy with the beer selection. It is vast and they offer many selections (some that are very pricy). Mushroom pizza was delicious. Fresh dough crust and fresh toppings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion - special service
    weluvrustico
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Itb was out 7th anniversay, so we decided to go back to the restaurant that was the site of our first date. GREAT idea. Rustico (Alexandria) went out of its way to help us celebrate - attentive service fro our waitress (Olga), special appetizer gift from the chef (the best fried green tomatoes ever) and a dessert with a candle. Perfect acknopwledgement of the occassion without too much fuss. Thanks to all - a wonderful experience we hope to repeat (at least) every year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I can walk to this restaurant, which is a first for me, and I appreciate that! The ambiance was just ok (there was a baby crying) but our server was great. The food was outstanding--special occasion--birthday dinner--top sirloin--yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not comfortable seating
    LovesRestaurants
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When we arrived, the sun was at a level where it came directly through the windows of the restaurant. The blinds had been pulled, however, they are not completely sun-blocking. The first table the hostess took us to would have had the sun directly in my friend's face. When she mentioned that, the hostess remarked, "Not for long." I asked about another table (blocked by the sun) and she told me they were all reserved. The table at which we were seated still was uncomfortably bright, due to sun, but it wasn't face on. For me, this set the tone of the evening. Luckily, our waiter was quite good and we enjoyed our meals very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not perfect, but nice experience
    artgirl
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ordered the deep fried deviled eggs after reading a recommendation here, and they were disappointing. The egg whites were rubbery, and the center seemed like a regular hard-boiled egg yolk... not deviled at all. Still, the risotto tots were tasty, and the salted beet salad was wonderful. We also appreciated that there was a gluten-free pizza crust option available, and it was delicious. Service was pretty good until a large party arrived, and then it diminished greatly. Our server did not seem to be very happy tonight, until she brought our change, and then we saw a smile.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marc1090
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Try the Pastrami Ribs, amazing dish very different twist on Baby Back Ribs. Love this restturant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lekili
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There was not much air conditioning so the restaurant was very hot and uncomfortable! They do not have a lot of high chairs. My friends were informed by the host that they were all out of high chairs and no booster seats but we were first on the list for a high chair. This was not true. We watched new tables be seated with a high chair. The food was pretty good and our server was nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 09/04/2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food. LOVE the deep fried deviled eggs. Bartenders are super knowledgable and genuinely interested in their customers. This won't be the last time we visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    Trying2findgoodindian
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great fries, burgers were good (but too much juice dripping). Long beer list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer and Flat breads
    HStreetYuppieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went here for brunch and sat outside on the patio. There seemed to be some confusion with getting our table, but besides that, it was a great meal. Huge beer list and lots of different flat breads to choose from. Would recommend the restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GFgirl
    GFgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love the gluten-free pizza and the beet salad is great, also! Love the selection of wines and gluten-free beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Experience Unlike Any Other
    fessmiq
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Words can not express how amazing, awesome and a fun place Rustico is. From the insane beer list to the amazing culinary offerings, this place has it all. But it's the service and personality of the Rustico team that sets it apart from all the others. This crew delivers an experience that is unlike any other experience I've ever had. My family (including two small children) only wish we didn't live three hours away as it would be our second home, but for now, it is the only place we'll dine when visiting the DC area. The extremely knowledgeable, friendly, passionate staff is so impressive that you can tell they are all in on delivering an exceptional experience to all of their diners. Rustico is a must experience time and time again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice selection of beers
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Deep fried deviled eggs threw me off but we tried them anyways and they were fantastic! I'll never look at deviled eggs the same again. The hostesses were in my opinion wasting the oxygen I could've been breathing. However our waiter made up for their incompetence. Overall the food was very tasty, seasoned very well, and appropriately portioned. Not the biggest variety of food but they had all the main proteins people look for with a larger selection of pizza, which I wasn't expecting. It doesn't give you the feel of a pizza joint. I would have given it a higher rating had the hostesses not irritated me.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An off night
    Susan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have enjoyed Rustico over the years but this time (a Monday night) was a bit off. I was warmly greeted by a host and seated right away. But my dining partner's soda was flat and our service was very slow. The food was good but we had to wait forever for our server to pick up our check and to get refills. This is unusual as everything is normally top notch. I'll go back but perhaps on a busier night.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For beer lovers
    Foodie65VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    If you love beer-they got a whole menu! I like their roasted beet salad and pizza, they also have a good burger. Not a huge selection-but something for everyone:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustico Fantastico
    PoetArlington47
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The superb food makes up for service that is a wee but tardy and rather loud noise levels.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    bkluver
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Rustico's brunch is a favorite of ours, so when our two teenaged grandsons were visiting, we took them, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed everything. Best French toast he'd ever eaten, 17-year-old said.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sleepy lunch, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Calypso pizza and sweet prosecco made for a delicious combo when I met an old friend at Rustsico for an early Saturday lunch. Service was attentive and warm. Flavors in pizza were scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic neighborhood find
    Rustico1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great restaurant with a menu that changes regularly and new items added accordingly. Fantastic wood fired oven pizza and a beer selection that is second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 492 reviews are from the Rustico reviews archive.
  • Love!
    Leitch
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We frequent rusticio and every time they deliver on great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • loud and crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Not the place for a quiet anniversary dinner. However the food was excellent and the beer worthwhile. The server attempted to make the dinner as romantic as possible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow and spotty service
    MPre
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This was our third time at Rustico, the location is convenient and we needed a place where our 18 month old wouldn't disturb the peace and Rustico is good for that. The past two times the service has been so slow that we got free refills on our soft drinks. This time, the service was slow, the hostess was not friendly and had us put our high chair directly in the late afternoon sun (saying that's the only place it could go) and when we asked for a new table so my son and I weren't blinded by the sun and they didn't accommodate. Overall I was unhappy, the food was okay, maybe go here for the bar. If you have little ones who get impatient after an hour between ordering and receiving your food, go elsewhere!
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  • No AC and very poor service
    Awful
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    They decided to not turn on the AC despite it being 95 degrees out. I was there with clients from out of town and chose Rustico based on my many previous positive experiences there and knowing the food is always good. It was somewhat embarrassing given we had had a rough day of meetings. Service was terrible. Waited for 20 minutes for drinks only to be told that their mint wasn't up to par and could they get us something else (another 15 minutes passed before the drinks came). Our waitress was great but it was clear they were understaffed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    dawnomac
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This place is great. The staff is also amazing and very friendly. When the weather is nice I love sitting outside. The inside is a bit loud which might be a problem for some people, but there is a lot of energy inside on a busy night. Its a great place to meetup with friends or for dates. The food is very good especially the carrot hummus and the donuts for dessert. The selection of beers is great along with the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.