Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
852 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
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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second meal at Ruthie's All Day in as many days. The staff was able to change our outdoor reservation to indoor dining (due to weather) very seamlessly. As during past visits, we ordered the grilled seafood special. Everything was outstanding. The grilled octopus appetizer is, without a doubt, the best octopus appetizer in the greater D.C. area. We are quite fortunate to have this neighborhood gem within walking distance of our home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We’ve been to R.A.D. twice. Most recently four of us went at 10:30am for breakfast and ate outdoors on their patio. We experienced the most interesting brunch menu around that was absolutely delicious, especially the biscuits, eggs, salad and grits. Surprisingly the prices were not inflated despite the superb food quality.

The first time we came was around 3:00pm when the menu was good but limited. That time we ate indoors. We almost had to scream to hear each other. The music and overall sound in main restaurant was unbearable loud — almost a roar - and we felt sorry for the staff who were exposed to this constant noise. Happily the music is not piped outside. Outdoors will be be our go-to location whenever we dine at R.A.D. again, which will be soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is packed for a reason, food is delicious and service is really good. Was my first time, but won’t be the last one.

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Reviewer
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a pleasant surprise in South Arlington.

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Barnaby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Spectacular food. Unique. Loud, but it’s not a fine dining joint.

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Dining4
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very attentive, knowledgeable waiter. We enjoyed our food and spent quite a bit of time chatting after dinner, but never felt pressured to leave despite the place being quite busy. We’ll definitely be back.

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OutgoingDiner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We made reservations and are glad we did. It was nearly full by 6:30pm. The food tasted great! I appreciated the arugula shaved fennel salad as a lighter side. The structure of the menu offering main and side(s) options was flexible and much appreciated. Looking around, people clearly were enjoying their food and the evening. We’ll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was really good to the point that I went three days in a row last week, just to try as much of the menu as I could. I can't wait to trek out here for breakfast.

TD
TopDog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed our dinner at Ruthie's All-Day. Corn bread was fab. Noise level is loud.

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KatieB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite restaurant in Arlington! Had a friend visiting and went as a group of 5. The food is always delicious. Service is wonderful.

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PaulK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the brisket, greebs and mac and cheese. Brisket was moist and tender. Excellent and a lot if it. Greens were flavorful, nit mushy. Mac and cheese excellent. Prices very reasonable. My new favorite restaurant.

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NEILR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. My only complaint is that I would prefer some additional options for the sides. I would strongly recommend and will be returning.

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vipemilyh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is our one of our favorite, family-friendly neighborhood spots.

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Marno
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st experience at Ruthie's. Will be back for more brisket sandwiches & quinoa salads.

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second visit and we are sure to go back soon. The food is excellent, we’ll-priced and portions are huge. Also they have an extensive gluten-free menu. Definitely a winner.

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vipStanley
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal!! I had the salmon, Brussels and Mac/cheese which were phenomenal! We came for the bourbon peach cobbler which we learned is only seasonal so we got the apple cobbler instead….did not disappoint!! Service was great, also. We sat at the bar and had a wonderful evening. Would definitely come again next time we’re in town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for the wonderful service!

JC
vipJosephC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's All Day is a very lush and bright spot in the south Arlington dining landscape.

The brisket is some of the BEST I've ever had, and Chef Matt's menu is a terrific upscale spin on classic southern BBQ. And Todd runs a very efficient and friendly front of the house.

The Brisket Bennie is an innovative BBQ twist on a brunch classic. My Bloody Mary had plenty of "punch" and just enough zing.

Trust... it's a foodie's delight!

KW
KimW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's never disappoints. Can't decide on savory or sweet brunch entre? Get a savory one and order the donuts with your meal! Perfect solution.

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vipBeverlyP
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brunch menu served on Columbus/Indigenous Day so we had devilled eggs, brisket hash and fried chicken on a biscuit. This is the 3rd/4th time I've had Ruthie's food and it never disappoints. This was my first time eating inside (vs outside or carryout). Nice and open and good social distancing. Service and food pacing was good...eggs came first, then the hash and chicken biscuit. Hash had LOTS of moist and tender smoked brisket cubes with cubes of potato, butternut squash, brussels sprouts and onions. Fried chicken has always been perfectly cooked...moist breast, honey mustard on the most tender biscuit I've ever had. Everything was delicious and reheated well at home (we had leftovers) and tasted just as good the next day.
I would say reservations are required on weekends (couldn't get in once so got carry out). Didn't need reservation for Monday brunch but dining rooms and patio were about 80% full.

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ArlingtonBoricua
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been habitual diners at Ruthie’s since they opened & WAAAAAY before the non-stop accolades started coming…
It is all about the food those collards with smoked tomatoes are worthy of buying by the gallon; the meats are sublimely smoked & buttery.
Let’s talk Butterscotch Pudding! And the Smoked Chocolate Cookies! And their Apple Cobbler playing with saltiness, natural sweetness of the apples loving the spices.
Also, look at the wine list!!!!!!

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NicoleN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I’m pretty sure our waiter forgot to put our order in. We waited well over an hour for our food. We had ordered several sides and a salad so nothing complicated. The tables around us changed over multiple times while we were there. There seemed to be ample staff so don’t believe it was a staffing issue.
Though the food was good once we received it.
I’ll consider this an off-shoot and give it another chance.

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Nicknack
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great place with down home food (with a twist) to get together with friends and family.

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vipDavid
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Everything is fresh and such a great value.

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AdrianaK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat up at the bar and it was perfect!

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was very nice! The food is delicious.

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viparlingtonfoodie
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing night at Ruthie’s—the special bone-in beef short rib with horseradish creme fraiche was to die for. The place was hopping on a Saturday night be we were seated promptly and the service was excellent. We were inside and it is quite loud—I know they are awaiting a carpet for the concrete floor, and I hope it comes soon! But it’s not keeping us away, that’s for sure.

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vipRobFromRosslyn
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time dining outdoors very comfortable and attentive waiters. Food is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was my second try for Ruthie’s and all I have to say is I still believe it’s overrated. Very crowded. Very noisy. Our waiter was great. The food was fine (bacon and eggs) but nothing special. I previously had the apple pie pancakes- awful, doughy pile of pancakes with what tasted like canned apple pie filling dumped on top. The biscuits? Dense and huge. Not nice and flaky. The best thing was the apple donuts (like ebelskivvers) with the homemade raspberry jam but apparently those are only available on weekends now. I may order some of those to go in the future. Otherwise no reason to go out of my way to eat here, especially if you’re seated inside.

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DavidP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always.

KC
KevinC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for an anniversary dinner with my wife off of a recommendation from a friend. Was very happy with our experience and will definitely go back.

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Jerry
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good and fast service with truly delicious servings.

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MarilynnW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating outside at Ruthies is great. Highly recommend the food and eating outdoors. However I don’t eat inside because noise level much too high.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The waiter was very rude!, We did not include the tip in the receipt because we were going to give it cash and he spoke badly to us as if the tip was mandatory, because he did not see the money that was on the table lol

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vipJonah
Philadelphia
5 reviews