Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
496 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 496 people are saying
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4.6
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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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GudFud22
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food. So good.

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MidnightSnack
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The branzino is sooo good! We always love Ruthies and this time was as wonderful as ever.

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vipJulieW
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great evening! Good snd drinks were outstanding.

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ArthurS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food was fresh and tasty. Drinks were refreshing. Wonderful to have such a high quality and value restaurant at this convenient location.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dining room too noisy. However, the customer service was excellent & accommodating. They worked to seat us outside which made our experience excellent.

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ZGottlieb
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and ambiance. It's a keeper.

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hoangh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

parking is bit challenging but no issues, our server near the bar she was so nice helpful and pleasant to deal with. Food was very tasty and good overall. Glad to find this place for some southern flare.

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BarbaraS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was great! Noise level was way too high: my two friends and I could hardly hear each other talking.

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MeganA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef is talented and staff were great. The ambiance is retro and fun and you can see the kitchen cooking. We ate inside but the outdoors looked inviting. Had the deviled eggs and the hushpuppies, two of their non-alcoholic drinks, ribs, duck, and the butterscotch pudding. It was all delicious. I like that you can go high-end or just go in for a sandwhich. Will stop by again. I felt like it would be fine for kids older than 7. Pretty quiet late on a Monday night.

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KimL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

While the interior is very nice, they need more soft surfaces. It’s very loud. Hard to have a conversation.

Our waiter was good, but absent quite a bit. We had to wait a long time before we got the wine that we ordered to go with dinner.

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vipLenni
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Ruthie’s All Day, approximately six times. Each time was amazing. The food NEVER disappoints. The recipes are imaginative and the taste is outstanding. I try different dishes each time and I don’t have a favorite. It seems that the dish I’m eating is my favorite at the time. We’ve eaten breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner there OUTSTANDING!!

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RoseMV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant is charming and the food was amazing.

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vipMarthaF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always, food and service were excellent. Our timing might not have been ideal. We chose a Monday lunch time, and it just happened to be when a private party was going on. It looked like it might be part of the ongoing graduation celebrations in the area. The noise level got pretty loud, to the point it was hard to talk to the folks at our own table.

We still totally enjoyed our lunch. My friend who was visiting for the first time wants to go back again.

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vipFoggyBottomMom
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Price was extremely reasonable!!

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vipRachelA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We came for Father’s Day. Made a reservation almost a month ago and was pretty disappointed to get there and pork, brisket and ribs were all sold out. Poor planning you guys.

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ChErD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cute, good Service, good highly over priced food, super loud. Might go again.

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Sampsonite30
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They were out of most meats. It was Father’s Day. The food we had was very good, not exceptional

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Deborah318
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day

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SheilaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening sitting outdoors. The service was excellent and so was the food. The staff moved an umbrella for us to provide shade. I would recommend eating here to friends.

JS
vipJSRS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service lived up to the high standards set in the reviews. Unfortunately, the noise was majorly distracting. We could not hear conversations. I sincerely hope the owners invest in soundproofing materials.

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vipDogwood
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

EVERY TIME WE GO TO RUTHIES I ALWAYS PLAN WHAT I'M GOING TO HAVE ON MY NEXT VISIT. IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT A DINER AT A NEARBY TABLE HAS ORDERED THAT LOOKS IRRESISTIBLE. IVE BEEN PROVEN RIGHT ON 4 VISITS LEADING ME TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS SCRUMPTIOUS. THE BISCUITS & THE YEAST ROLLS ARE EXCEPTIONAL & PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE 'MAINS'.

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Rose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We ended up moving inside owing to the threat of rain. It was very kind of the hostess to accommodate us.
My friend and I sat next to each other at a table in the middle of the room. It was so noisy we had to shout to hear each other, and I still could not catch some of what she said (there's nothing wrong with my hearing!). I hope something can be done to dampen the noise level inside. It takes the fun out of catching up with friends when conversation is so difficult.
That said, my brisket bennie was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is consistently fresh and amazing.

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TiffanyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night dinner! The smoked oysters are incredible. Very fast service and good food.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great and tasty experience. We were sat quickly, the food was great, service was great, leading to a great experience

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vipElizabethS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had a reservation but had to wait for 30 minutes before we were seated outside. The woman seating us told me our drinks would be comped but they were not. I love traditional meat and there’s in the South but usually the vegetables and the bread are the best part. Here, the meat was cooked really well (we had chicken tenders and brisket) but the sides were disappointing and the bread was cold and was served without butter.

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vipSaraP
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks! A neighborhood gem for sure! Definitely recommend and will be back! :)

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Drew
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It is nice southern food with southern portions. Everyone at the table took leftovers. I don't know if it is because we are coming out of Covid, but it seemed like there weren't enough waiters for tables. My father's pulled pork were missing sauces and no napkins for the ribs. It took us at least 10 minutes to get the waiters attention. Other than that it was a great experience.

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vipJMNoVa
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Nice patio area. Great service. Outstanding food. Will return.

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Rhoda
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this restaurant and will definitely go back. Like that I could reserve outdoor seating.

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vipTimT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
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 on June 17, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Circagirl
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021
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