Ruffino's - Arlington

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120 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruffino's is an outstanding local restaurant. We found them years ago and we have never been disappointed. My go to dish is spaghetti and meat balls while my wife raves about the linguini with white claim sauce. We highly recommend you give Ruffino's a try.

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Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Ruffino's is a neighborhood gem. Good quality food at very reasonable prices. I usually order the clams and mussels over linguine - the sauce is delicious and very generous with the seafood.One of my recent favorites was the salmon special - grilled perfectly and served over a bed of spinach leaves. My husband orders one of the veal dishes - again the sauces are excellent, garlicky and rich. The friendly restaurant is open to modifications to their menu items. Ruffino's is a great place for a casual meal most any night.

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MI
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

First time at the restaurant. Something was off with their red sauce as it had a very smoky flavor. Lasagna seemingly made with ground beef that may have been old.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The value was good, but the sauce was burnt. No bread with dinner and small portions. Very disappointed.

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j
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom loves your restaurant and so do we. Great food and great service

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place is very small, menue small, choices of drinks limited, and although there were only seven others in the restaurant,we could hear about every word from an arguing couple in the window seat pretty far away from us.

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F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A group of 8 of us had an enjoyable birthday dinner there. Three of us chose the angel hair pasta and were satisfied. Eggplant parmigian eaters thought it was just OK; the seafood mixture choice was enjoyed by one person. The portions were large.
We were served a complimentary excellent tiramasu with a birthday candle, which we all shared for dessert.
Service was very good; no one rushed us to finish even though we were there almost 2 hours.
We had no trouble hearing each other speak - very unusual at most restaurants these days.
Our wine was a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, moderate in price and excellent in taste.
Parking in back was easy.

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JD
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

When family visits, I always go to Ruffino's . Love their chicken parm, and to that point… I was happy to see that they used thinner spaghetti this time, but was not as happy with the sauce. It’s always been a little too sweet for my taste, though easily fixed with a little bit of salt and a fair amount of pepper. This time however it was very smoky, almost barbecue, and I hate barbecue sauce. Would still go back, no worries, just wish they would go back to the old sauce recipe.

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AK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ruffino's is an old classic Italian restaurant with local flavor. The service is always good and the food is a great value.

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DD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A fine neighborhood restaurant. Good food attentive service very reasonable prices. Very comfortable and relaxed environment.

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P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice neighborhood place for a cozy casual lunch or dinner. My husband really enjoyed his eggplant parm! Servings are very generous.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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LF
Washington DC
4 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
19 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
20 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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OT
Washington DC
9 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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l
Washington DC
42 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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A
Washington DC
46 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
8 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
37 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
18 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
22 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 9, 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
55 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 14, 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
46 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
14 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
19 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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