Rustico

4.2
1114 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. The menu features seasonal, hearty American fare from a wood-fired oven and grill, including pizzas and rotisserie meats, along with other rustic cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. There’s also no mistaking Rustico’s love for barley & hops! The bar’s focal point is a custom galvanized inverted T bar with 30 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1114 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDebE
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great beet salad, great beer. Our main courses were the Rustico burgers and neither was prepared as ordered (both came out well done instead of med and med rare). The fries were limp, overcooked, disappointing.
Rustico is one of our favorite places but the last two times - 2 months apart—have not been up to the pre pandemic bar.
Appreciate the workers but will hold off returning for a while.

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JamesS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustico provided for our party precisely what we were looking for. Two families, both celebrating birthdays, had a very enjoyable meal and celebration. Rustico accomodated our wants, our service was superb, and we did what we set out to do. Recommend to anyone. It was also a good meeting place for a family from DC and a family from Woodbridge. Worked out fine.

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vipBday
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best selection of beers and pizza pies around!

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JOinDC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

This place used to Rock! And, now it doesn't any more. It cannot be blamed on Covid, unfortunately, but their way of implementing "cleanliness and safety" is not okay at all. First, the setup of having to order everything online while you sit there, is insane. Secondly, having to ask for napkins, whether or not you want disposable silverware, plates, etc. (and we are eating in the restaurant, so why not have us check a box that says "make it all to-go" or not up front) is tedious. The decor is gone off the walls, servers (except the one bartender guy who was great) come by in piecemeal fashion and bring things, drip, drip...(napkins on one trip, then condiments another person's trip, then the food another trip, then someone else bringing a warm beer jug of water to the table...)....it just ruined this being a relaxing time. Worst of all was the hostess, who was NOT at all busy: We had booked a table at 7:30, for outside as the preference, asked when we arrived at 5 til 7 if we could wait and have a drink, she told us she'd come and get us when the table was free, we were in her line of sight, she never even tried to seat us outside. At 8 p.m. we pointed this out and she seated us, but there was no apology from her at all. This place used to be great, we knew every employee, we sat at the chef's table, we had a great experience. While the food was still pretty good, they've changed the menu so much to be these funkier, supposedly "healthier" versions of other items (quinoa in the ceasar salad?) that it also makes navigating it to find something somewhat simpler just a chore. Either do takeout completely, Rustico, or go back to serving customers. Asking us to tip 20% or more on the online app (which we did do) is kind of insulting when we're managing our order the entire night. Just feels empty as a spot to go and enjoy, like they aren't over the fear factor of Covid--most places have found creative ways to still be homey and welcoming a year later.

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EWJS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Great food and service. My favorite mushroom pizza.

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vipZCon
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Slow. Understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great - very attentive and pleasant staff, food and drinks were quick, and everyone was following all the COVID protocols. Food was delicious...I had the beet salad and Korean bbq cauliflower. Would definitely go back!

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Lori
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Patio ordering app was easy.

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meini
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding service and food - excellent wine list - will be back :-)

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CheP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from apps to entree to dessert. Well done.

JM
JenM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My husband and I went for Valentine's Day. We were seated with respect to six feet social distancing, but then another couple was seated next to us with a booth divider in between. It defeated the purpose of social distancing, and I could tell other couple was uncomfortable. They even considered outdoor eating.

There was no actual waiting service aside from being seated, food and a pitcher of water being delivered to the table. A pre-fixed menu was offered with no obligation to order from it. We had to order online and added our table number so the waiter could find us. Although there was little to no service, we were still prompted for 10-20% tip through the online order. It was a little awkward considering we waited a long time for the food and had to flag down staff for more water. We even overhead another table confronting staff about the food delay and how ridiculous it was that they had to wait so long for $160 worth of food, mainly appetizers.

Our bill came to $91 for sub-par food. The delivery of the food was slow. Appetizers came out with main dishes and dessert came as soon as I took a bite of my main dish. I finished my main dish before my husband received his main. The waiter offered to comp his meal. The shrimp and grits and shrimp linguine were not impressive. The linguine was very oily. The cheesecake was room temp and soggy. I honestly think the restaurant was in over their heads by the ordering system and amount of people they attempted to serve. The meal was way to expensive and we wished we'd bought $90 worth of groceries instead.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible Valentine’s Day dinner. They were doing “contactless service” which did not go smoothly at all. I think we had MORE contact with them than a normal dining experience because they came to our table so often with the WRONG food. All the tables around us also had issues with the food and the service. We didn’t even get our appetizer until the very end of our dinner and had to take it to go!!!
The wait staff were running around like crazy trying to serve the wrong food to every table, which is not covid safe. And unfortunately we had to buy every item separately over the phone and tip on every single purchase.
The contactless delivery made it difficult, we didn’t get our orders right, our steak was cooked wrong, we didn’t get our appetizers, and no one from the staff told us about the special Valentine’s Day menu with the three course options so we weren’t able to order from it.
Overall horrible service and since we don’t go out often for dinner this complete ruined our Valentine’s Day date.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Hours were dif from the website and yelp. Had to order on their website, had to TIP on every order. Website isn’t user friendly. Just seemed like too much trouble.

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CrescenzoE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. Good beer selection (not as excellent as it used to be). Good food

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Kevo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Was quieter than expected due to COVID-19. Hope this pandemic doesn't last too long because their food is great.

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Jackie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere!

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vipStevo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night dinner was great

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vipDebE
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service. Friday night dinner time is family time (kids and babies) so probably not the best date time! Lots of dads in line with babies.
Time to change bathrooms to unisex.

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BenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and the doughnuts are irresistible!

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Pineapple
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during an off peak period time and had a very enjoyable time. The food was excellent. The beers were exceptionally cold and tasty and customer service was absolutely outstanding.

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HarleyJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome beers and burgers!

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vipJanisT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had been awhile since I went to Rustico. Always good but this time the pizza was superior! Some amazing recipes. I am not a pepperoni pizza lover at all, however my significant other is. St. Pepperoni is a must order - light, soft, delicate, delicious. Gobbled down by the whole table and one noted it was the best pizza he had ever had. We also ordered as r the 5 different dips appetizer- with choice of flat bread or lettuce. All were great and the smoked trout, baked feta and guacamole were total standouts. Great service and lovely ambiance. Well worth it. We'll be back for more!

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vipjamesc
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my bride here, our favorite casual dining place and the team more than exceeded our expectations!!! Outstanding service, gracious consideration, delicious special menu, we are positive evangelists of Rustico!

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MarcyF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was tasty
Portions large prices reasonable
Busy on a Friday
Inside a tad chilly

JR
JanetR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner out with friends at Rustico! All four of us were pleased with our selections, and the service was excellent. My only suggestion is that my husband wished the menu had offered a greater range of selections.

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vipDTMT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was fine; nothing I'd return for. The wine was hot, so that was disappointing as well.

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DanB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and overall experience, as always. One of our favorites!

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vipALT1
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our wonderful local place. Wonderful server great food. Bring back the best turkey burger ever!!!

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rebeccac
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The menu is innovative and interesting and the ambience is great. We come here often and think it has gotten better and better in the last few years.

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SarahA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away dinner

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vipArtD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustico is our favorite "go to" spot in Alexandria. The ambience is comfortable, relaxing, not noisy, the service is always exceptional and the food is consistently excellent.

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Andrew
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a highly enjoyable restaurant week meal.

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vipWorkingGourmet
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Restaurant Week menu in the area and the best we've had in years. Each of the 5 courses was portioned just right. Service was good but a bit rushed. Would have preferred a few more minutes in between courses. But well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice time good food

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vipLulu
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was so dry and bland. I’ve had great pizza here before, but this time it was like store bought pizza sauce had more seasoning.
Our waitress would take the longest time getting to us. The restaurant wasn’t even busy.
Just a disappointing lunch

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ShelleyW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first visit to Rustico, and it was very enjoyable. They have three delicious non-alcoholic cocktails, which this mama-to-be really appreciated. I got the Thunder Road pizza, which was equally delicious. The service was a bit slow at times, but the staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Our waiter didnt treat us as well as other maybe because we are in our early 20’s but still we had the money to eat there and we felt like she wasn’t taking us serious . We literally waited 45 mins to get our check but food was delicious but service was terrible she didn’t even offer me another beer

AD
AnneD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The waiter never checked on us after our food was delivered. If she had, she would have learned that one of the two toppings was missing from the pizza and dressing was put directly on the entree salad when requested to be on the side. In addition, I would have liked to have ordered another beer with my meal. We've eaten here several times before and have had good experiences though I doubt we will return after this one.

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DelRayDenizen
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch shortly after Christmas and there weren’t many people there, but everything was great. The lunchbox option is great for people who can’t decide!

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Msf118
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We used to love Rustico for family birthdays and events. But it has gone downhill in recent years. Still OK service, but the menu is much more limited than it used to be and the food is mediocre at best. My husband’s crab cakes the other night looked like they could have come out of the grocery store freezer aisle, and they were $26. Here’s hoping it regains its old style and great food in the months to come.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rustico using the Order Online button. Rustico also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rustico also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 224-5051.

Rustico is rated 4.2 stars by 1114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.