Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
466 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 466 people are saying
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTimT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for dinner and enjoyed everything. The spare ribs were perfectly done as well as the Branzino, which was delicate.

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ArlingtonBoricua
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Halibut special was superbly cooked, the rhubarb gastrique & kale were perfect complement. I know RAD is a bbq joint but they have a knack for delicate & extraordinary cuisine. So many other reasons we will continue to visit their knowledgeable servers, great bar selections, fab managers that greet us like family & a kitchen that rocks🥂

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mdhm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Went in the evening and service was VERY slow and VERY intermittent. Food, including appetizers, took more than an hour...wasn't sure if our server forgot to put in the order. The experience was difficult, but the food was delicious. I've only been a couple of times and had a very different experience both times thankfully - quality of service, ambiance, and food was on point and delightful. Hoping this negative experience was a once-off.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! The servers were attentive and the outside porch had a relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

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kmurr
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

As always, had a lovely meal - although I hope you can work on the acoustics in the near future :)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Patio is lovely, plenty of shade but when the sun was intrusive we asked the waiter to adjust our umbrella which was not an issue at all. High chair available for my little one, no kids menu which for us was fine, portions are huge. All of the food was SO good. Service was prompt and friendly.

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MDLAlex
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, helpful server. A few more servers on the patio would be great!

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Circagirl
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was amazing, full of flavor, generous portions and attractively presented. The restaurant was bustling and the staff was quite busy. We were lucky to be seated at an outside table. Inside the restaurant the noise was deafening.

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ChristyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a little gem this place is. There's something for everyone on the menu and the food is excellent. I had the grilled curry shrimp with a side of the fennel arugula salad and the roasted sweet potatoes. The arugula salad had just the right amount of dressing and the sweet potatoes, as simple as they were, were buttery and perfectly seasoned, probably the best sweet potatoes I've had anywhere! The curry shrimp was phenomenal and not too spicy. I can't wait to return and try other things on the menu.

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vipSoup
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first visit to RAD was a good experience. The weather was splendid, so we ate outdoors. We each had "simple" sandwich, with a side of the roasted sweet potatoes. The brisket was quite tasty, although one piece was extremely fatty. The coleslaw topping and the pickles were good compliments to the brisket. The potatoes were excellent -- not too sweet. No room for dessert -- we will try that next time! Parking can be a challenge if they are busy.

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SamuelD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here twice already with plans to keep coming back. Their food is very good, and they have friendly and professional staff that provide great customer service.

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Paul
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to visit. Good variety of food and nice front desk and table service. Prices are very reasonable. Try for outdoor dining though as quite noisy inside for some.

MB
vipMauryB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great, casual place with outstanding food and service.

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SteveJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a bit early for our reservation but they were able to seat us right away. Quick, attentive service, the portions were generous and the food was very good. We were seated outside so the noise level was fine. I’m a retired restaurant lifer and very happy to have a quality place like Ruthie’s All Day in the neighborhood.

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SueinAlexandria
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal outside with great food; we enjoyed everything we ate. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipTES214
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have visited Ruthies All Day and sat at the outdoor patio. Both times we have had excellent service, excellent food, and an overall excellent experience.

We were a group of 6 for brunch. We started with orders of both the deviled eggs and cornbread; both excellent and worth ordering. For our mains we ordered: Fried Chicken Cobb (Great), pimento sandwich (worth ordering), vegetable benedict (Great), grain salad (hearty, but light), breakfast plate (standard). We really enjoyed brunch, but loved dinner, so will probably come back for dinner again next.

We didn't order breakfast cocktails, but saw some come out, which looked very nice and colorful. It was pretty busy, so it looked like the bar may have been a little backed up, but everyone around us looked happy.

Also, order dessert. The campfire cookies were amazing. Unbelievable. I am mad at myself that we skipped dessert after dinner on our first visit.

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Stacey
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Plenty of outdoor seating.

TC
TammyC
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food. Nice to have a quality local place to visit. We will
Go back

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Helen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

great food, a tad expensive.

love the variety of food.

I thought the "starters" would be made to order; however, the cornbread was a tad "less than" warm.

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Leslienva
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the brisket and pulled pork. Delicious food and great service!

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vipShinyNeighborhoodGem
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Politely attentive service. Tasty brunch menu options, so long as you’re not being hyper-sensitive about calorie counts. Skillet cornbread appetizer is a tasty treat for a few shared nibbles between a group of four. Any main option with a biscuit will leave you full and happy.

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BobbiesBytes
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We entered a highly lively atmosphere heightened by concrete flooring, an expansive space my brisket was tender and smokey. The sides of cheesey mac n' cheese and creamy coleslaw were traditional tasty comfort accompaniments; the charred brussels sprouts with fish sauce was awesome. The substantial portions unfortunately did not leave us with room for dessert...next time! Ruthie's is a terrific neighborhood spot to relieve the stresses of the week (parking is not a problem, no worries there!).

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VaSquareResident
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Very good food and generous servings. Noise level beyond comfort. The noise level distracted from the dinner. Something needs to be done with the noise before I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Highly recommended and will be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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

We Go there often and it is always the best. The food the atmosphere the servers. It’s a very friendly place and we really enjoy going there and always bring new people.

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momof4va
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dont soak the grilled shrimp in curry sauce. The shrimp with old bay is enough. Delicious! Butterscotch pudding is the best close to a terrific dinner.

MB
vipMauryB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but noise level really needs to be lowered. You can hear people yelling to each to each other at other tables!!

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tedq
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

overall review would be higher except noise level was absurd.

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vipChCH
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Better service than previous visit, and seemed like fuller staffing. Portions are huge, even for a meat-and-three diner. French fries were least successful side. Smoked brisket was good but could have been a touch moister. Would welcome some classic sandwich options (egg salad, ham salad, pimento cheese). Cookies and ice cream dessert also huge, so two cookies came home.

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Jacob
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was a bit slow. Entrees came out lukewarm, not hot.

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AuntieS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Some of our food was very good, especially the Mac and cheese and the Brussels sprouts. We both had brisket, I thought it was way too salty and had to cut off pieces of the seasoned coating for edible pieces. Pinot Noir was overpriced for quality and quantity poured. Cauliflower overwhelmed by the smokiness and the odd sauce it had. But overtaking all the good and mediocre food was the noice level it was almost painfully loud. They definitely need some sound deadening materials added for me to want to dine inside again. Menu had some promising offerings—might try again on day when we could eat outside because of Tom Seitsema’s good review.

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Anon
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my second visit to Ruthie's. My first was very disappointing and I decided to give it another try as I kept hearing rave reviews from friends. I was not disappointed this time. The food was excellent. The service was prompt - I barely sat down when the waiter came and provided water and menus. Food was delivered quickly and the salmon was cooked exactly how I asked. Waiter was friendly and checked in appropriately. Bus boys were quick to remove dirty dishes from table. All in all a much better experience than my last in April. I definitely will return.

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EnricoBalthazar
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had the (half-cooked) roasted chicken. Thankfully the staff replaced it with the grilled salmon (delicious).

I was hardly checked on and had to wave down the actual bartender to get a refill on my drink.

The acoustics indoors is quite bouncy so it was super loud.

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jamesg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new restaurant in Arlington Falls Church area in over 10 years maybe more. Great food great ambience and great parking

AR
vipAinslieR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining destinations, the food is always consistently delicious and the staff makes such an effort to get to know you which we always appreciate. We recently celebrated my husband's birthday there and it was terrific from start to finish!

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RocioP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the menu! The decor is beautiful!

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vipVAfoodie
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch with a girl friend. We had a difficult time choosing our entrees- so many great choices. Deviled eggs were yummy, salads (chicken and salmon) both excellen. Servings are large. Lunch time very busy, but we'll be back for more choices soon.

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JenniferL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We celebrated a birthday dinner and the food was delicious (and the cocktails were even better!). The service was...a bit off, so I plan to go again and see if this was an anomaly.

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Want2Dine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were great and I especially appreciate the attention the staff takes for diners like myself with celiac disease. My only quibble is that the restaurant is extremely loud and you have to almost shout to talk, which does not make for as relaxing and experience as it would be if you could talk in a more normal indoor voice.