Ruthie's All-Day

4.8
289 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The menu follows a Southern-fried meat-and-three concept, meaning diners order a meat, plus three sides. Those will include Ruthie’s mac and cheese, of course, but also white-soy-braised greens, stewed chickpeas and smoked cauliflower with a spicy soy glaze. “We’re going to be changing it a lot based on seasonality,” Hill says of the menu. “ Every vegetable has got to be fantastic because it has to stand on its own.” One thing that will help that: Hill is already growing all of the restaurant’s own herbs at his South Arlington community garden plot.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 289 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Emv92
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best thing that has happened to Arlington in a while. Amazing chef and team, the cutest diner-y vibe and amazing food. HUGE MENU. Really nothing bad to say about this place. I've been at least once or twice a month since they opened in the Fall! Please go support them and you will not be disappointed!!

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vipTimT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great value and great outdoor space for those of us still reluctant to dine indoors. The large patio area and the ability to reserve an outdoor table makes going out much easier.

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ArlingtonFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this option! Food, service, vibe were great! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was very disappointing. We had to find a waiter after about 10 minutes of being seated. We had to track him down again later to get drink refills. Food was average. Everything looks way better than it actually tastes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved that we could reserve a table outdoors. Our server was not the friendliest, and we spotted a table in the sun where we would prefer to sit. I asked the manager to move us, and he graciously did! We enjoyed a series of cocktails - all delicious - and the recommended brunch items. Cannot wait to go back!

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StevenP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Overall, excellent, however, the noise level made it hard to hold a conversation with my dinner mates. It would be a plus if Ruthie's did something to address this issue going forward. Thanks!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. The chicken biscuit sandwich and apple pancakes were amazing. Attentive but not intrusive wait staff. Manager graciously accommodated a special request. Good value pricing for the serving size and quality of food.

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Holly
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Ruthies often. And it is wonderful. The service the servers the food everything about it which is why I go so often.

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Anon
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was fairly empty but we had to wait over 10 minutes before server offered us water and gave us a menu. It took another 10 minutes for him to take our order. I asked for my salad dressing on the side but it arrived already in salad and a ton of it. Food was good but not as great as I expected.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are very disappointed to hear about your experience with us particularly about the service. We will be reviewing this more carefully with our team. Please accept our apologies. We hope you visit us again and have a different experience. Matt Hill, Owner

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SHEELAS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb and excellent service by the entire Ruthie's staff! The entire staff is so welcoming and makes you feel right at home.

This is our second time dining there; and just when you thought service could not get any better, they exceeded our expectations!

The Manager Keyong(sp?) rocks!!!! She was so engaging and checked on us throughout our visit!!! My husband and I cannot wait to return. This place is definitely a neighborhood gem!

They give you great portions! We enjoyed our meal. My husband ordered the beef brisket with the mac and cheese and crispy brussel sprouts and biscuits. I ordered the ribs with the fingerling potato salad and crispy Brussels. All delicious! The Mac & Cheese is so so yummy and so darn good for your tummy! Be sure to select the mac and cheese as one of your sides! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommend!!!

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Allison
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the last month I’ve eaten here twice and ordered takeout once. So many delicious things to try!

Their patio is sizable and a pleasure to dine on. The staff are friendly and do their jobs well, even with the difficulties brought on by covid. This is a charming neighborhood spot, just make sure you come hungry!

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vipKCSDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lori is a great server. Cauliflower was outstanding. I never had brisket before. Will not again either as it is so extremely fatty. This is not a complaint. Now I know. While food is fine, I was so disappointed with the micro pour of $15 a glass wine. It just felt unfair and colored my overall impression.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hello KCSDC, Thank you for your review. We are disappointed to hear about your experience, particularly the brisket. We are reviewing this more carefully with our team. Please accept our apologies and we hope you will visit us again and have a different experience. Matt Hill, Owner

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vipMargaretM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice time! We were probably a tricky group, with four adults and four little boys under the age of six, but the staff made us feel so welcome and went above and beyond to make it a great experience. The food was delicious, drinks were great, and just love the atmosphere and big open windows.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Friendly staff. Will definitely go again!

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you!

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vippomp777
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good, but because the manager said there were in the middle of employees changing shifts, I got ignored by server , so the manager looked after me.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about your experience. We will be reviewing this more carefully with our team. Please accept our apologies and we hope you will visit us again and have a different experience. Matt Hill, Owner

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vipMPOL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food, Awesome Drinks and Awesome Service! Wonderful!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came upon this place randomly and we’re so glad we did. Everything is absolutely fantastic. Service is spectacular as well. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch. Highly recommend

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momof4va
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We were the first ones in the restaurant and to order, but the last to get drinks and food. So consequently the food was cold. Nothing worse than cold grits and eggs.

The bloody marys are better now that they are making their own tomato juice. The server was not as attentive as she should have been. Seemed to be waiting on other tables more so she missed out on us ordering other drinks.

We've been before with better service and hotter food. This is a great place, just had a bad server.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your review. We are disappointed to hear about your experience with us, particularly the cold food... We will be reviewing this more carefully with our team. Please accept our sincere apologies. We hope you will visit again and have a different experience. All the best, Matt Hill

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vipItalianFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice clean restaurant, great hospitality. Food was great

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JadeD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by here for the first time and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner! The parking out front is so convenient. Food was fresh and tasty. Service was excellent. I will definitely be coming back.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi Jade, Thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time with us. We hope to see you again soon at RAD. Matt Hill, Owner

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JohnC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lunch menu was fairly priced and had a great variety.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's All Day, our go-to restaurant, impressed us again by offering a grilled ahi tuna as the evening's special entree. The tuna was superb! Todd and Matt are always extremely personable and they are always seeking patron feedback. We look forward to a summer menu that will feature more seafood and more additions to what is already a strong menu. If you are tired of paying for parking and fighting the crowds in Clarendon, then it's time to discover Ruthie's All Day. Try it for lunch, dinner, brunch or cocktails on the patio. You will come back!

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi Charles, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Tuna! Many thanks and we hope to see you again at RAD. Matt Hill

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BenjaminA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Hospitality. What else could you ask for

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much Benjamin!

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Traceyh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely hands down one of the best hidden gems of Arlington. The food is all handmade there, inside and outside seating. Pet friendly. Great service

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tints
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely outside seating, great atmosphere, friendly staff.

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Holly
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Ruthie’s is always the best. I dine there often and love everything about it.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much Holly!

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ConstanceW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

A great neighborhood place with good food and drinks reasonably price. The kind of place you are always looking for.

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Great
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Good food but service needs work. Will be back but hope service is better

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your experience with our service. Please accept our sincere apologies. Matt

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go to Ruthie’s it’s a great experience! We haven’t had a bad meal yet!

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Bronte
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an excellent time and the food was delicious! We sat outside and enjoyed the weather while eating brunch.

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi Bronte, Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you again at RAD. Matt

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BlairF3587
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing! We went for Easter Sunday brunch. Our reservation was for outdoor seating, but upon arrival we were told there wasn’t space... as we watched 4 groups be seated outside immediately after. Unfortunately we had a waiter with poor service! I don’t think this is indicative of the overall service, as many other tables seemed well taken care of. Our waiter took our food and drink order, then we didn’t see him until our meal was done. We could’ve used a coffee warm up and some hot sauce.

Our food came out quick and was delicious, portions are big! I got the fried chicken biscuit, not spicy as described, but yummy. My husband got the breakfast platter, no one left hungry. We also tried the Apple donuts- do yourself a favor and order 2. We will be back!

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ArlingtonEater
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our whole family enjoyed our brunch at Ruthie's. We love the cornbread in a skillet and the doughnuts. I had a great omelette, my husband had the nice salmon salad, and my son had the steak frites. All were great!

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vipJackieQ
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! Great food, awesome wine and beer selection. I had the duck with sweet potatoes, dirty kimchi rice, and a salad, my mom had the salmon with grits and mac & cheese, and my boyfriend had the brisket with mac & cheese and brussel sprouts. All were delicious! And our waiter had great knowledge of all the wines. This place was so good, we went back 2 days later for breakfast (which I also recommend!!)

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MBUArl
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are amazing at RAD!

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vipFunFoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dining experience! The food, service and atmosphere was great. My friends and I will definitely return!

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BradleyN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like fine dining BBQ. Everything was great and very upscale!

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momof4va
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good portions, fantastic drinks and outstanding staff. Be sure to make a reservation. This is a popular spot.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great staff, nice ambience, well-spaced for families or larger parties. We would go back again!

Ruthie's All-Day
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you Julia!

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vipkgpena
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very disappointing. When we walked in the hostess said "we wondered if you were going to show up". Seriously? I had a reservation and I answered the email asking if I would be there.
The hostess took us to our table and the waiter came over and asked us if we wanted a drink and he'd be back in a minute. Well that was almost 10 minutes later. We ordered a bottle of wine and waited...He finally brought over our wine and immediately asked for our order. So we ordered dinner and no appetizers. When dinner arrived we thought it would be able to enjoy our meal at a nice leisurely pace.
But halfway through our meal numerous people kept coming by and asking if we were finished. We were both still eating. The minute we put a fork down they were back asking if we were finished. We looked around and there was no line and there were plenty of empty tables. When we decided we were finished we asked for the check multiple times. Our waiter kept forgetting it.
I had reservations for this coming Monday night but cancelled them.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ruthie's All-Day using the Order Online button. Ruthie's All-Day also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 888-2841.

Ruthie's All-Day is rated 4.8 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.