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Rustico

4.3
4.3
1164 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.

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Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 224-5051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rosmyn Guevara

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Zarah Zijp smelby@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Potomac Greens Drive

  • Parking details

    There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. MS

    MathewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Only reason I gave slight noise was that we were outside and the road can be quite busy. Apart from that, great food and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Will definitely be back!

  2. BB

    BarryB

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was outstanding. We had the Baked Feta appitizer on the recommendation from our server and it was fabulous. We all had burgers and they were excellent as well! Great time, food, and service!

  3. V

    Vulturecap

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The salads were uninspired — the Cesar was bland and romaine had no taste. The pizza was good as was the beer selection, although they didn’t have the beer I wanted. I’ll give it another try.

  4. VF

    ValerieF

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience3

    It was Father’s Day and we have been there a couple of times before but the lack of servers are affecting the place. Our food for the first time wasn’t great. Salmon was dry and my son had pasta and it was flavorless. We told the server our concerns. But overall service is always good and food too.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing brunch experience today! The food, atmosphere and service at Rustico was so very good. Will definitely be back!

  6. F

    Foodreview

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    We waited 1.5 hrs to get our lunch and the place was not busy but they had no cooks per the server

  7. RM

    ReynM

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The baked feta and bacon-wrapped dates were delicious and it’s always nice to be able to dine with our pup on the patio.

  8. s

    spaasch

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3

    Didn’t have three of the beers we wanted to try.

  9. MP

    MaryP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was great. It was lovely to sit outside. I do wish they would put their famous warm cesar salad back on the menu.

  10. TL

    TyLawATL

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Hi - the waitress was very nice, but not as attentive. Portion was plenty, but kids burger was bland. The chicken salad was plenty! I would return, hopefully they’re not as busy (maybe).

  11. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Not enough servers. Had to continually ask for my server. Food is overpriced. I like the facility though. Not sure what the deal is with the added "Kitchen" fee of three dollars.

  12. DE

    DevonElyse

    Washington DC

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Had to ask twice for one drink order (on second round). A little slow to come greet us at table and take initial order.

  13. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for a birthday dinner. Great drink options, food was absolutely delicious and dessert was amazing.

  14. SC

    SueC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    The good was amazing, as always, which is why we like coming to Rustico. But unfortunately, the service has struggled the last few times we've come. Orders have been forgotten to be put in, waits of almost 20 minutes to get orders taken, and appetizers arriving with entrees (when we were specifically asked and confirmed that we'd like appetizers first) all add up to a not so great overall experience, unfortunately. But perhaps this is a COVID issue? The pizzas, salads, and pasta are SO good! I'm hopeful for a better experience next time

  15. JF

    JohnF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, excellent food and drink in a comfortable, friendly setting.

  16. SA

    SueinAlexandria

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Waitress was lovely and accommodating, as one couple had car trouble and was very late.

  17. VA

    jasonVA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Ruined our.Birthday dinner with terrible service thanks a lot.

  18. DS

    DestinyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We had friends visiting from out of town and one of them doesn’t eat Gluten. Rustico did have a lot of gluten free options and that friend did enjoy her meal. The rest of us thought the food was meh. The service was great until we finished our meals and had to wait 10 minutes after asking for a box for food to flag down the server for our check, then quite sometime again before they picked up our payment.

    RusticoResponded on April 12, 2022

    Hi Destiny, We are so glad to hear your friend enjoyed her meal and that the service was friendly, but are very sorry to hear that it took some time for your check and payment. I would love to hear more about your food experience. I can be reached here or via email at esosa@rusticorestaurant.co Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  19. S

    Steve

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    So, Rustico is my "old faithful" and go-to when I'm looking for a couple of beers and predictable food. Pizza is good and the salads are decent. If you're looking for an app to get things started - gotta try the carrot hummus dip. Its not always on the menu but they typically have it - just ask.

    RusticoResponded on April 12, 2022

    Thanks for the awesome review, Steve! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers! Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  20. RB

    RBS2016

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    How can you offer a brunch menu and NOT serve coffee? I will not be recommending for brunch.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was excellent! Hadn’t been here in a few years and the pizza and pastas were all very good. Service was attentive and we felt very cared for.

    RusticoResponded on April 12, 2022

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  22. K

    Kurth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience! Rebecca is an incredible staff member. So attentive and awesome! Great food and drinks.

    RusticoResponded on April 12, 2022

    Kurth, Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with Rebekah to let her know to keep up the amazing work. We hope to see you again soon! Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice food was quick and very cheap for good quality

  24. DM

    DMat

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I wanted to try this restaurant for a while and it finally happened. Host was friendly and seated us where we preferred. Service was good. Great beer selection (although I managed to pick one they had just ran out of). I recommend the risotto tots and the Sgt Pepperoni pizza. Ah, their Caesar salad was also fresh.

    RusticoResponded on April 12, 2022

    DMat, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    A little long waiting time for the beers but nice, clean and good tables and chairs. Polite service and split payment possible.

  26. JF

    JohnF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and beer list. Nice wine list as well.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Nice venue, good food, big beer list. Lots of tasty menu items

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved Rustico!

  29. EA

    ElisabethA

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We haven’t been to Rusticos in ages and it was as wonderful as ever. Great food, drinks and ambiance!

  30. SK

    SKMK

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We were in town for the weekend. Did not think to book a reservation for dinner on a Saturday night (time to shift out of pandemic mode!). Rustico had a lot of availability which is a sign in a town like D.C./neighboring VA. It's a great looking place in a really quaint location. But it's a competitive restaurant market and when you are only mediocre, you stand out. Service was fine. The servers were friendly. Although they never checked in on us to see how things were and the restaurant was not busy. But the food was super disappointing. I got the fried cauliflower. It was ok. But didn't taste fresh. I also got the harvest salad, only the mixed greens seemed fresh. Soggy veggies and chicken that tasted like it had been reheated. My daughter's chicken fingers were dry.

  31. J

    Jodaen

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    We go regularly & the staff is great. The food on the regular menu is good but used to be better (To be fair, the addition of arugula & Brussels sprouts to much of it isn’t likely to make me a fan.) before the covid shutdown. Their pizzas are still quite good. They do have a great beverage menu & one of our party is hooked on their stouts.

    RusticoResponded on March 1, 2022

    Hello Jodaen! We appreciate feedback like yours and this allows us to further work on things that we are not aware of until it is brought up. We do change the menu seasonally, but allow us to better your experience next time by coming in and trying something new. We hope that you take us up on this offer and hopefully you will find a new favorite! Make a reservation through Open Table or give us a call directly. We hope to see you soon!

  32. PC

    PeteC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great! Thank you!

    RusticoResponded on February 26, 2022

    Pete! Thank you for the feedback and support! We hope to see you soon! Estefanie Sosa - General Manager

  33. w

    workmom3

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot for a lunchtime meeting. Food is consistently good and service always top notch. Love this little gem

    RusticoResponded on March 1, 2022

    Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words! We love having you join us whether it be for a meeting or for a nice casual dinner with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you again!

  34. MB

    MBVe

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food choices were great, and food was excellent! Well timed on appetizer and entree.

  35. AG

    AnthonyG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great spot. Fun. Reliable. Consistent. Helpful staff.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Service was amazing. Food was ok but the service alone would make me come back

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We took our son who has celiac to your restaurant and were so impressed by the level of attention and service, given our dietary needs. They were accommodating for a variety of food insensitivity. The server went above and beyond. Delicious food, great environment! We will absolutely return. Special kudos to the quinoa salad top and irresistible brownie sundae!

    RusticoResponded on February 20, 2022

    Hi! Thank you very much for such a great review, We work really hard to offer the best meal in the best possible ambience. So am happy to see that it reflected on your last visit. Hope to see you again! Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  38. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been several times, always a pleasant place to eat, good value for the money,

    RusticoResponded on February 20, 2022

    Hello Mark, Thank you so much for your awesome reviews! We already can’t wait to have you back our way again soon for more delicious dishes. Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  39. K

    Kieran

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    We had a very troubling experience at this restaurant on Valentine’s Day. I made the reservation because it was one of two places near us listed as requiring vaccine cards. We arrived at 5:20 pm and no one asked to see our vaccine cards. Very few people were dining when we arrived. I ordered an old fashioned and the server brought it in a glass that had a chipped rim with jagged glass. When she came back, I pointed it out and asked if I could have a new glass. She said sure and asked if I wanted another drink too. We were a little confused by the reaction since she did not acknowledge the problem. She brought a new glass and left it for me on the table, so that I could pick up the broken glass myself and pour it into a new glass. Wow! She eventually came back and took the broken glass away without saying anything. At this point we thought she must have not understood the problem and were worried she would reuse the glass again. When another server came by, I said politely that I was concerned the other server had not understood that the reason I wanted a new glass was that it had a jagged edge that could cut someone, and we just wanted to make sure they were going to dispose of it. She quickly responded “oh, she did,” and left. We were completely astounded by their reactions. Between the two servers, there was no apology for serving a drink in a broken glass, and not even any acknowledgement of how drinking from a broken glass might be an issue! And on such a slow night--we were floored. The servers were not rude, but they seemed to have no idea why serving a broken glass was a problem or how to handle it. Suffice to say it made us very nervous about eating there. When she brought the bill, I was charged for the drink as normal. Any indication at all from that the restaurant that they didn’t intend to serve us a broken glass would have been appreciated. The lack of concern and accountability was really astounding. We do not recommend dining here.

    RusticoResponded on February 20, 2022

    Thank you for your feedback, Kieran. I’m sorry to hear about your experience and that our staff didn’t meet the level of service we strive for. We take this very seriously and have taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Please know that we will be addressing this review with the team so they can learn from it and do better in the future. I apologize again for any inconvenience this caused you, and we hope you can give us another try. Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  40. JJ

    JessJess

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing dinner at Rústico. The tater tots and baked feta were great apps. I had the winter pasta and enjoyed it. My friends had the steak and fries, wings and fries, and penne pasta. All were happy with their meals. The drinks were excellent, too! Thanks to Alyssa, Julianna and the rest of the team for ensuring we had all we wanted/needed during our meal. Highly recommended!

    RusticoResponded on February 5, 2022

    Jess, Thank you for taking the time to write us this amazing review! We’re delighted to hear you enjoyed our service and food! Estefanie Sosa, GM

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.3 stars by 1164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Rustico

827 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Potomac Greens Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rosmyn Guevara

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 224-5051

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Zarah Zijp smelby@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com

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