Ruffino's - Arlington
A fine neighborhood restaurant. Good food attentive service very reasonable prices. Very comfortable and relaxed environment.
A nice neighborhood place for a cozy casual lunch or dinner. My husband really enjoyed his eggplant parm! Servings are very generous.
We've driven past Ruffino's many times so we thought we'd stop in on Friday evening. The restaurant was almost empty. While the service was pleasant, the food (three types of ravioli and manicotti) lacked all flavor.
Authentic Italian food, great service and in casual neighborhood setting. A local treat!
Great service, we reserved for 4 then invited others and the restaurant accomodated us even though they were very busy. Food was good, with very large portions! HIghly recommend!
We were excited by super cute exterior and hope from the owner running the door. May have been and off night but it took at least 10 minutes for our server to greet us (after greeting another table sat after us). Watched the table behind us get food in two waves (one entree, then the other about 7 minutes later) and it took another 12 minutes for them to get Parmesan cheese. When our food finally arrived, it was mediocre Italian at best. Pasta was over cooked. Gnocchi had the right pillow look and fork pressure but was mealy and left a terrible mouth feel. We would not return.
One of our favorites. Great food. Good value. Nice atmosphere
We’ll be back
Great sauce and good service. It is a must to dine at.
This place has pretty good Italian food.Service is good. House made marinara is special.Not much ambiance but it is NOT loud at all unless somebody (like us) has a loud kid. Great prices.
Good old fashioned Italian restaurant.. great value for the money.. Had enough for a second meal. Basic and good.
We have been going to Ruffino's for 25 years and live it. Moderately priced...good friendly service. But I am wondering if ownership or the chef changed. Food was a little off this time, particularly the chicken francese which my husband normally loves.
This was our third trip to Ruffino's and the second time we have introduced it to a friend/relative who had never been there. Each time was a HIT!
Was a regular place for us several years ago. Seemed we tired a bit and stopped for a while. Staff seems all new. Good service. Three meals were from fair to very good. price low but no free bread!
Suggest the bottled wine rather than the carafe.
Great fathers day dinner with the family, awesome service and delicious food. Cannot wait to go back!
Overall the place was okay. The service was good and efficient. Our party was divided on the food. One or two of us had mediocre food and the rest thought the food was okay. The prices were reasonable.
We love group dinners at Ruffino's! The food is consistently good quality and taste, and the prices are definitely fair. As an Italian from New York, I recommend Ruffino's!
I wanted to like this place. I wanted it to be a neighborhood gem. It wasn't. It's very loud in there - even with hardly any guests. And the food was just average at best. Wish I could give a better review, but I can't.
Loved this place. Small, quiet, DELICIOUS !!! If you're ever in Arlington and want Italian, this is the place !!! Mike Hartman, Newton, MA.
Group of friends visiting DC Metro area. Found restaurant last minute. Service was great and food was good!
This comfortable neighborhood restaurant is everything I want in a local joint. The prices are excellent, the menu is comprehensive but not enormous, the waitstaff is attentive but not overbearing, and the house red is delicious. I was seeking comfort food in a comforting place and I found it.
Salmon special was delicious!!
One of my all time favorite Italian joints! Service is great. Food is better. Old-style restaurant feel. Tony Soprano would love it here.
Dinner with my wife and kids. Local place. Simple menu. Good prices. Service was very good. Nothing fancy, just solid food and service. Definitely woykd return. Very nice time.
Not happy with the fettuccine Alfredo. Very bland not enough flavor. Same with the minestrone not enough flavor.
We finally had a meal at Ruffino's after literally years of passing it while driving on Lee Highway. Ruffino's is a wonderful, friendly, cozy place with great Italian comfort food. My veal exceeded in quality anything I had in Italy on a recent vacation. My colleagues had pasta dishes which they raved about. Even the house red wine was outstanding. Definitely recommend!
I enjoyed my spaghetti and meatballs the other night. Just wanted a simple late dinner and googled spaghetti and meatballs (cravings for the evening) and Ruffino's was on the list. My dinner was excellent and the meatballs were without a doubt the freshest (nice and light) and best that I have had in the DC Metro area. My server was excellent. I will return again.
Always good, chicken parm is excellent with nice crispy edges (a must). Mozzarella sticks are tasty. My only wish would be to make the marinara sauce less sweet!
The restaurant was excellent. The staff did an amazing job. The food was great. We had no complaints and would dine here again if we ever there.
Wonderful Italian food. Great pasta.
Good servings and reasonable prices
It was a slow night, but the food was great and the staff was attentive. Had been meaning to try it a while, and glad we did.
I am shocked at the OpenTable ratings for this restaurant. There is no ambiance and the food is not good. I'm surprised that this restaurant can even stay in business with the quality of the food they serve. We ordered the calamari appetizer and it was clearly not very fresh (it had the rubbery consistency of old frozen calamari). We also ordered the fried mozzarella sticks which were no better than you can get in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Then our dinner came: veal piccatta was doused with garlic and the veal was of very poor quality (my teens couldn't even eat it); gnocchi was clearly from a bag; and the shrimp in my fettuccine was bland and rubbery. We will not be returning and I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody unless all you want to do is sit at the bar and drink.
Excellent food; it came on time and our waiter was very attentive. Certainly, we will come back.
Very reliable on all aspects of good ITALIAN food. Neighborhood good food.
Old fashioned neighborhood Italian restaurant. Fairly priced, good service, traditional food. Nothing trendy or fancy. Family friendly.
Our little neighborhood gem - nothing fancy, but everything done right. Warm, friendly and prompt service, with a classic (mostly southern) Italian menu. It's a small place, so definitely make reservations!
Good service. Decent food. Great value.
It was really good
The employees were so fun to be around! They were making jokes with me and my date and helped me with a question I had with the meal. Also, my water was constantly refilled which was nice because I was never left thirsty :). They also sand happy birthday to a boy who was at the restaurant and brought out a small cake for him. It's was a beautiful place very family friendly! Great experience definitely will come back!!
Came to Ruffino's for a Valentine's date. It was a little more casual than I was expecting and we were a bit overdressed. That said, it was great. I had been looking for good Italian food since moving from New York State a year and a half ago. My Italian fiancé gives it five stars. The meatballs were seasoned perfectly, the pasta was great and the server was wonderful. It was very reasonably priced as well. We plan on coming back on a more regular basis.