Ruthie's All-Day

4.8
182 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 182 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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zGnome
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. It is why we keep coming back!

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vipLauranapiranha
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food I tried at Ruthie’s was so good! My table did family style and got hush puppies and deviled eggs for starters, the brisket, pulled pork and ribs with Mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, fries, dirty rice, beans and Brussel sprouts. My favorite was the brisket and Mac and cheese. The brisket was tender and ribs fell off the bones. I can’t wait to go back and try other items and go for brunch too!

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vipGeorgeB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! New favorite eatery in Arlington. Food was great. Best brisket I have had in the DMV. Can’t wait for the weather to improve so we can try out the outdoor patio. Super clean, good service, open kitchen, coffee and drink bar, super convenient location, overall great place.

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StevenP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Ruthie's and looking forward to going back!

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EnricoBalthazar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great place to visit when the snow stopped falling for a bit. I had the hangar steak with their version of French fries and Mac and cheese. It was delish. Also, the cookies are the bomb.

The service was awesome. I’d definitively come visit again.

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vipArlingtonResident
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

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SHEELAS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband was perusing through open table app trying to find a restaurants that was not booked and stumbled upon this neighborhood gem on Valentine's Day! I am so glad he did. The food and service was fantastic! He ordered the Duck, with Argula Fennel Salad, Kimochi Dirty Rice and Braised greens. I ordered the Wood fired grilled hanger steak, with hand punched fries, crispy brussel sprouts and biscuits. Highly recommend both meals! The meals were cooked to our total satisfaction. The food is seasoned very well. More importantly, our server Kelsey was so engaging and friendly and knew the dishes very well. We will definitely be returning and asking for Kelsey. Lastly, the manager stopped at our table to make sure we were enjoying our meal. Lastly, it was chilly in the restaurant and they were very accommodating by adjusting the thermostat to get the chill out the air. Thank you! Thank you! I highly recommend this cozy neighborhood restaurant; we are looking forward to returning to try the brunch.

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vipWilliamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service for dinner, excited to go back for brunch!

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SA2014
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was a great experience. Food was delicious, server was very attentive, and we will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect brunch spot.

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vipSmootha1va
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was a great drink. Just had dessert and the donuts were served warm and were delicious. Had to wait 15 minutes even though I had a reservation. Noise level was high and loud. Was dimly lit and could be a date night spot if not so loud.

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RoKai
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have this new spot perfect for any time of day. Food and service were great!

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LoriW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! We enjoyed our lunch at Ruthie’s. Food was absolutely delicious, wonderful service and atmosphere! I can’t wait go back! Standouts on the menu...hush puppies, Mac n cheese, braised greens, and butterscotch pudding. Heavenly.

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BethSmith
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent. This is our neighborhood go-to for delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Twice this week have eaten in the dining room though the patio has plenty of heaters. Take-away is packed well and survives the trip home intact. Very glad to have them so close by.

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MaiV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's All Day is my absolute favorite place to go and I've been several times since they opened in October! The chef is so talented and an amazing person. Such a cute restaurant truly with that "all day cafe" feel, but they're known to be a new kind of BBQ restaurant. My boyfriend and I are pescatarian and are obsessed with the oysters (best we've ever had), octopus, shrimp, branzino & salmon! It has something for everyone and so many great sides, even grits! Don't even get me started on the deviled eggs and biscuits. :) Highly highly recommend!

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JodyT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Great food, but the ambiance is a bit harsh and therefore noisy.

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DanielG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very highly recommended. The food is reasonably priced and delicious, and the ambiance is great.

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KenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had dinner and brunch. Everything was great. Attentive (but not too much) staff and great timing of the meal. I am excited to add this restaurant to our stable of eateries. They do a great job of spreading everyone out too. We felt COVID safe!

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vipDavidM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting and we loved it, we’ll be back!

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vipAinslieR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ruthie's, Matt is a phenomenal chef and Todd is a terrific host. Our server was very friendly and personable and it made for a delightful night out on their outdoor patio.

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suze
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of food and service as usual were amazing. Our favorite restaurant to go to. The menu has Creative dishes that you would not think about and are extremely good. We always look forward to an evening out at Ruthie's!

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vipHarrF
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - outdoor dining is fantastic and equipped with heaters - nice job!

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Holden
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food is excellent here. I live next door and have been 5-6 times since they have opened. Every time I’ve gone the owner comes over and seems to table touch every table at some point during the meal.

However this time our server seemed very inept. Came over 3 times throughout the meal. To give us water, take our orders, and give us the check. There were no condiments including salt and pepper on the table. So after waiting 10-15 minutes for the server to return with the check I asked for salt and pepper. By that time my food was cold.

The table next to us was attracting all kinds of attention from the owner and our waiter have several 5 minute or longer conversations.

The busser did a great job.

This is also the first time I’ve been in with my boyfriend. So I’m not sure if their service was not great because of that or for some other reason. Like I said every other time the server has been much better and the owner has come to the table to make sure everything is good. Not this time.

Kind of disappointing as this place is right next to my residence and they have a great duck breast on the menu that I love. However it’s not cheap and I don’t like to be treated differently than other guests.

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SydneyH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch menu! We loved everything we ordered, will be back soon!

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vipReddog
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - menu has lots of choices. Very nice patio with heaters if you want to eat outside in winter (which we did).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at RAD and we’ll definitely be back! It’s so great to have a neighborhood restaurant like this. Staff were so attentive and the food was delicious. We went for brunch and enjoyed the Brisket Bennie and Grits with Pulled Pork. Can’t wait to go back for lunch and dinner.

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LizG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and dinner! I’ve been to ruthies three times now and have really enjoyed every meal I’ve had! Would recommend ven sharing a few options family style!

The perfect place to take your parents to or for a date night!

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Briansdc3
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ruthie's servers up a great menu. We've enjoyed something different each visit and haven't been disappointed. Weekend brunch is a "must do".

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vipLoveYouGuys
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why must there only be 5 stars for the staff when they are all 10s!? Love Ruthie's! It is beautiful, quiet, clean and taking all COVID precautions, fun, amazing food, and, did I mention the staff? Paul, the barista, is incredible! You feel like you are talking to your old friend! Dewey always bring such lightness and helps you relax into your day with his fun and calm demeanor and expert recommendations. How dare he turn me on to the hushpuppies!! Let's help this place during a pandemic!!! GO! ENJOY IT! AND TELL EVERYONE!

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MeghanS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. I highly recommend. It is so lovely inside- lots of light, pretty decor, and yummy food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My soup was brought with my food at the same time. Not sure why the soup wouldn’t be brought 1st. Had to eat my soup quickly so my food didn’t get cold.

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RestaurantHaunter
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere in a crisp, clean throwback to an older era. The food is excellent and the service is too. What's more to want? Go now!

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vipMDorf
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate outside in January on a nice patio with propane heaters nearby. Food was very good and the service was great and they were flexible on some dietary requests. Manager even stopped by a couple times to check in.

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RlingtonEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the brunch at Ruthie's. Brisket benedict was top quality and the veggie omelette was very tasty. Biscuits stole the show - light & fluffy with a bit of crunch, and served with excellent butter and even more excellent homemade raspberry preserves. Kids loved the basic breakfast with scrambled eggs and beef sausage link - that disappeared fast!

Fairly new and still smoothing out the service, we felt well-cared for by staff and management. We'll definitely be back and will probably have to fight for a table next time! Free parking is a bonus!

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Shosh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was dry and with low flavor. The waitress gave no water

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Michael
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

While the food was good, the prices are a bit high. However it was the service that will cause me not to go again. Service was slow and inconsistent. And when the check arrived the total was incorrect.

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Rachel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 3rd time I’ve been to Ruthie’s, and they never disappoint. The food is excellent - especially the breakfast/brunch options - and the staff is very attentive and friendly.

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ambsxxo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, and modest prices! The menu is fun but also has a home style feel. We loved Ruthies and plan to go back soon!

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LaraineB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We highly recommend the octopus appetizer. We think we might order several of these next time. The hot toddy and the "adult" hot chocolate were amazing. We also loved the brisket entree. Sadly, we had no more room for desert, but we would have ordered the campfire cookies and ice cream. 10/10 highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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 182 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.