Ruffino's - Arlington

4.5
108 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Ruffinos Spaghetti House has been an Arlington Favorite for over 35 years! Located on Lee Highway at Glebe Road with plenty of parking, Ruffinos is a great family-friendly place to have an Italian meal at a great price.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11;00AM - 3:30PM
Dinner: Daily: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(703) 528-2242
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Firufino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glebe Road
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Parking details
There is parking for restaurant guests in the back of the restaurant.
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Public transit
The Metrobus Route 23 stops right at Lee Highway and Glebe Road.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 108 People Are Saying
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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian food, great service and in casual neighborhood setting. A local treat!

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RP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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AA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. Great food. Good value. Nice atmosphere

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We’ll be back

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j
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sauce and good service. It is a must to dine at.

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o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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j
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good old fashioned Italian restaurant.. great value for the money.. Had enough for a second meal. Basic and good.

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j
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fathers day dinner with the family, awesome service and delicious food. Cannot wait to go back!

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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DL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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g
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Small, quiet, DELICIOUS !!! If you're ever in Arlington and want Italian, this is the place !!! Mike Hartman, Newton, MA.

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SM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of friends visiting DC Metro area. Found restaurant last minute. Service was great and food was good!

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EW
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salmon special was delicious!!

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DG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my all time favorite Italian joints! Service is great. Food is better. Old-style restaurant feel. Tony Soprano would love it here.

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RM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Not happy with the fettuccine Alfredo. Very bland not enough flavor. Same with the minestrone not enough flavor.

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A
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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JD
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian food. Great pasta.
Good servings and reasonable prices

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

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BG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food; it came on time and our waiter was very attentive. Certainly, we will come back.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very reliable on all aspects of good ITALIAN food. Neighborhood good food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old fashioned neighborhood Italian restaurant. Fairly priced, good service, traditional food. Nothing trendy or fancy. Family friendly.

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SM
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service. Decent food. Great value.

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j
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was really good

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a mixed group including toddlers and grandparents, and everyone came away stuffed and happy! Our server was very gracious with the adults and friendly and helpful with the kids. Quiet on a Sunday evening, but a great family-friendly, neighborhood gem.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. They were even kind and included our kids on a busy night as new years eve.

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MR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

OK, about what you would expect. Moderately priced, so so Italian food.

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