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Ruffino's - Arlington

4.1
90 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
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 90 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.5
service
3.7
ambience
4.5
value
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Salmon special was delicious!!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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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2.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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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4.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Good service. Decent food. Great value.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

It was really good

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Nice family restaurant atmosphere and good food at a fair price.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

been going there for over 30 years and 3 owners. never been disappointed or had bad food or service. took many people over the years and everyone sez this was the best hidden little gem they had been to. hope to be going there for another 30 years.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2016

Very tiny, very little ambience, but a great place for Italian food. Friendly, welcoming staff. Reasonable prices, big portions. Decent wine selection- had a good Malbec both times we've been there.
Only tried the mozzarella sticks, which are tasty, but they ran out last time. Boooooo
Got the veal and chicken again - perfectly prepared with crispy edges. I'd prefer a sauce that wasn't as sweet, but will return again and again.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Good value meal, fantastic garlic bread (perfectly crispy and toasted). I would only ask that they turn on some dinner-mood music during the evening dining hours.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Great cozy neighborhood landmark; totally unpretentious and modest, but excellent home-cooked Italian food.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

My guest was in the mood for good chicken parm, found this little gem on trip advisor and we were very happy. The tiny, one room restaurant was only 8mins away. Easy to find. Very friendly staff, attentive service, decent menu. Limited appetizers, but the mozzarella sticks were good and the marinara sauce tasty.
The parm - both my veal and his chicken - excellent. Crispy yet tender, with lots of cheese and just enough sauce. The plate overflowed.
Now if they could just update the interior, maybe a can of paint...

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2016

These people know how to cook simple Italian dishes as well as anybody. The marinara sauce is excellent. Best linguine with clams anywhere. Best garlic bread I have had in a while. Not fancy.Salads nothing special but that's not what you come for here. It's a very good pasta place with a decent wine list. What more do you need?

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2016

A local restaurant that has been there for decades and serves wonderful Italian food at very reasonable prices. Generous portions and great garlic bread.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Sorry to say we were unimpressed. Gnocchi were pasty and blah and the linguini with clam sauce so-so.. The linguin stuck together in bunches and the claims did not taste well.

We will not return

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Great neighborhood restaurant.
Friendly service and excellent pricing.
We love this restaurant!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2016

We hadn't been to Ruffino's for years and decided to stop in. Veal piccata with spaghetti was very good, chicken fettuccine and lasagna were good. Calamari appetizer good and dipping sauce very good. Cannoli desert nice. Very convenient parking in the back. There weren't too many other people there at 8 pm when we ate so it was quiet. Interior nice and clean, and walls adorned with nice time and art work.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2016

We were among only 5-8 people in the restaurant. We had two acceptable meals, one fair meal and one awful meal.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Basic, neighborhood Italian restaurant. Much better than average food, very friendly service, excellent value. Linguine with clams and white sauce was very good. House Chianti was quite passable.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Ruffinos is a great place to eat if you are looking for a good Italian meal .

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2016

This is one of those hole in the wall eateries. Courteous staff. Ample portion size. House wine was good! Will recommend and visit again!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Great Italian food. Enjoyed it start to finish. We had the spaghetti and meatballs, which was a great choice. Sautéed green peppers were a nice start. The Caesar salad was well done and big enough for two. Our waiter was very good with a friendly demeanor and excellent service orientation. Dining room is small and not very intimate, but if that isn't an issue for you, check it out!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2016

Great food and service, always!!

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Having passed this neighborhood restaurant many times, we figured we'd give it a try on a cold winter night. It is a small dining room with many tables close together and was probably half full. We were served promptly and the food was average - standard American Italian fare - nothing special or outstanding. The house wine was drinkable. But the noise level was deafening. A couple of tables of six and a few other tables of twos and fours talking and having a good time, and we were not able to converse across the table. Hard to imagine how noisy it would be if full. After trying very hard to ignore the noise and have a good time, we ended up finishing our meal quickly, paid the check and took home the leftovers. In all, sadly, it was a fairly miserable evening and I can't imagine ever returning after such a bad first impression.

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