Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
870 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 870 people are saying
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LUIST
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We lives no too far from Ruthiie’s and definitely we liked it. Good place to recommend

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GJ09
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS. Get the oysters--holy moly. You really can't go wrong with anything. Wait staff is attentive. Reservations are definitely needed for dinner.

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Michael
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A unique menu with generous portions of very well prepared and affordable food.

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vipKris
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as all the reviews say!

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Beachbound
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had asked for an outside table, but somehow that request didn't get noted. Everything was great, except inside it was nearly impossible to hear each other. The noise level was quite intense.

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Tracey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed a great meal outside on a lovely fall evening. the staff is lovely…warm, welcoming. something delicious on the menu for everyone. the dessert menu is limited so we got one of each!

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KyleC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

would recommend for outdoor dinning option -- great food, bbq, etc

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Rise2gthr
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've now taken 3 different friends to lunch at RAD. I've eaten indoors and on the patio. I found both seatings perfectly comfortable (well, the indoor chairs are a bit hard on the tush). Even when the restaurant was crowded, I did not feel too close to other tables, and, while the conversation levels were high, I had no problems hearing and listening to my partners. Oddly, the music in the bathroom is much louder than in the main rooms, which, lol, serves a useful purpose, although I don't know if that was intentional! The food is really excellent, I have fallen in love with the Nice Grilled Salmon salade nicoise and appreciate that the anchovies are fresh and on the side. My dining partners seemed extremely pleased with the RAD burger and the Whole Grain salad, the hush puppies and the corn bread. Note that the sides are pretty big servings and are most easily shared. I'd like to try the breakfast menu next! Don't forget that you need to make reservations.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The autumn weather was perfect yesterday, so there was no doubt about where to go for an outdoor meal - Ruthie's All Day! The healthy grain salad has been a favorite of mine since RAD opened; last night I added the black bean and quinoa burger to the salad and it was a fabulous combination. Karen had the smoked duck entree with her two favorite side dishes - mac'n'cheese and the pulled pork pinto beans. We finished the meal with the warm campfire cookies and ice cream. Where else in Arlington can you walk from home to this type of meal and neighborhood ambience?

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LindaU
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for a first face to face with a new team member. Service was great and the outdoor seating comfortable. The food was good. The beer selection was great and the mocktails were fun.

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GretchenM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

RAD never ever disappoints! Food has been beyond good every time I have been.

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Sweep
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quality food, great service. A couple menu items a little salt heavy (greens, bbq sauce). Oyster excellent, brisket excellent!

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vipThomasL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meals were wonderful. Smoked Brisket, Salmon, Hanger Steak were all excellent. Even better were the sides. My favorites were the braised greens with smoked tomatoes and the pulled pork pinto beans. Both had great flavor!

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vipDCLiveWorkPlay
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although my husband and I have been to Ruthie's many times, this was our first opportunity to bring my parents along with us. My mother can be a pretty picky eater and hard to please (unfortunately), but she loved everything we ordered - from the dry rub wings and hush puppies to the brisket and sides that she enjoyed. (She even said the mac and cheese was the best she's ever had and commented on how light it was - not a common descriptor for mac and cheese, but it is delicious.) We were really glad we finally got to share the RAD experience with them on their short visit with us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Girls trip

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JonathanR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. I had a top notch pork sandwich ($8) with a fennel and arugula side ($3); my friend had a corned beef hash which I thought sounded disgusting but turned out to look terrific—big chunks of meat among home fries. The menu is appealing and includes some meal salads as well as brunch and lunch classics. The cloth napkins are ample and parking is easy. The down side was the noise. Really clattery and all hard surfaces. If they toned it down by a few decibels it would make a big difference. Come on, Ruthie, what’s the point of comfort food in an uncomfortable space? But the patio is appealing, so it may be better as a warm weather option

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JonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Second time eating here, and was eager to return after the first - and wonderful - dinner experience.

Once seated (4 adults and one toddler for lunch), it took the waiter close to half an hour to come by with water and take our order. Oddly, by 10:15am they had run out of tea (bar mint and chamomile), which was a shame as it was very cold out and tea is a pretty basic brunch staple.

We had to ask about our order a couple of times, and once it arrived we found that there was missing items on one person's plate, while another received items he didn't order. The food itself was tasty, and would have been better if it hadn't been stone cold. Only reason we didn't complain was because by that time we'd been sitting for more than an hour & just wanted to leave.

Ruthie's is a great restaurant with wonderful food, a peaceful atmosphere and nice staff. This experience was probably a one-off, but if I didn't already know how good it could be I probably wouldn't return as a result. I guess brunch just isn't the time to come.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a pleasant surprise in South Arlington.

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Barnaby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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Dining4
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
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.

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TopDog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
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 on October 13, 2021
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 on October 13, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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Marno
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDiningDan
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
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 on October 11, 2021
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