Rustico

4.4
1141 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 1141 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
TR
TerryR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Prompt seating. Staff wearing masks. Sat indoors because there was no outdoor seating open - but worried about about ventilation since the restaurant was very smoky from the kitchen's cooking.

Food is reliably good and service was prompt and efficient.

GJ
GregoryJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff, the environment were all conducive to a great dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our waitress disappeared after delivering our initial drink order. We had to flag down another one to request follow up service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Inattentive service (put down glasses but don't pour the water?), Long wait where nobody is around (staff shortage?). Fly landing on everything. Bland Hummus. Long wait time despite half-empty restaurant

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were early so there was plenty of space. Hostess was quick and efficient with a very pleasant manner. Waitress was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed our pizzas and pasta. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and loved being able to sit outside!

SE
ShermanE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, really enjoyed my experience.

V
vipVirginiatravelers
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great selection of draft beers. We ordered 3 different pizzas, and they were all super!

RR
RickRozG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was very memorable. Food was good. Service was great. Would definitely eat here again!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

If the safety protocols for COVID are over, why does this restaurant still require everything to be done through an app? We sat outside and not only did we not have a server, everything (including water refills and to-go boxes) had to be ordered through an app. It’s June 2021, not June 2020 and this is a little much at this point in the pandemic. I also wasn’t a fan of paying for food and tipping for “service” upon order. Because it turns out we didn’t have much service and the food was some of the worst I’ve ever had. Gnocchi dish literally had zero flavor, not a grain of salt, pepper or any seasoning was in this dish. Truly the most bland dish I’ve ever had at an establishment. Thumbs up for beer selection but the rest of their game needs a major step up.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was good and really enjoyed the food. I ordered the fried cauliflower with the vodka pizza. I added caramelized onions, arugula, and jalapeños to the pizza and it was delicious. I couldn't finish any of my food, which is fine because I'll just throw it in the air fryer later. The cauliflower had a nice kick to it and the pizza was cooked just right.

My dad got the fried tomatoes and I stole one from that I enjoyed as well. The sauce and goat cheese was a perfect addition to it.

I also ordered a piña colada that tasted refreshing in the hot weather. I would frequent again in the future. Parking wasn't a hassle and we were seated very quickly.

DC
vipDebbieCB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Father’s Day. Ordering done online. While the wait staff what cordial the ordering process online is impersonal. We sat outside which was nice. Food was good. Would change the ordering process and do it the old fashion way with a server.

b
vipbeedbs
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I used to love Rustico's extensive menu, creative pizzas, and solid service. I went on Friday night for date night with my husband and found none of these things. The food was good, not excellent. Our server was nice, but not overly attentive--we had to flag her down a couple of times for routine items. Do they still have their awesome beer list? I don't know, we never saw anything beyond what was on the back of the menu. What perhaps ruined this experience the most was the kitchen manager shouting orders at the top of her lungs during our entire dinner. "Listen up, I need 4 spaghetti and meatballs, 1 white pizza, 1 bacon and date app...." etc... That was a special treat. Overall, I might give Rustico one more opportunity to see if this is a permanent culture change, but I would try other places first.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The servers were very helpful with recommendations and accommodations. And as always, the beer choices were fun and tasty! We will definitely go back!

G
Gemma
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Still lots of fun, but the Rustica of a few years ago had a much larger menu.

BD
vipBrittanieD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be in a restaurant with our family again. The food was excellent and so was the service. The whole staff was welcoming and smiling.

EK
EricK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Many things on the menu not available, pizza was below standards versus pre COVID. Chicken sandwich was good!

TS
TomS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Rustico is a local beer and pizza joint with a rather limited menu but a large selection of beers

When it first opened it had a better menu

MC
vipMCCG
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rustico is a neighborhood gem. Food is good not too cheap though.
service is a hit and miss.. but yesterday Lindsey was awesome.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

We waited for about an hour for our food when the restaurant was not even half way full, however they removed our alcoholic drinks off the check to make up for it.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Everything came out piping hot credit to the amazing food runners and kitchen staff for a fresh delicious meal! All the cocktails were delicious and the beer selection was great. This was our first dining experience back inside since the pandemic and we will be back many more times!

TE
vipTEMCC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - though out of coffee at brunch?

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The app service is really horrendous!! I have to tip when I order? That’s crazy. You need my phone number and email address to ask about a food allergy? Again—nuts.

WG
vipWineGeek
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Excellent service. Decent food, but really wish they'd up their game. Limited Covid menu meant only six mains and one was vegan and another was sold out. They claim to be healthy / sensitive to dietary needs but: one "GF" main had farro listed as a primary ingredient; they don't have sweet potato fries, and the regular fries are cooked in nasty canola oil. They have six mediocre (at best) red wines that they store high above their cash registers (where it's nice and warm) yet they charge a $25 corkage fee (same as Morton's and Ruth's Chris).

I'm sure this is a great place to grab a pizza for lunch. I think we'll pass on dinner.

JH
JillH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was great. But the food was not. My eggs benedict were cold and the yolks were very overcooked. I should have returned them and asked them to cook me new eggs - but I didn't want to make a fuss. Another diner in my party had a turkey sub. It was all bread and hardly any turkey. We ordered a bottle of champagne to celebrate Mother's Day and it wasn't chilled. As far as at the atmosphere, I hadn't been to Rustico in a while - and the restaurant looks a bit warn and could use a facelift.

SF
StephanieF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch menu with many diet options. Great for all ages.

JS
vipJoyS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly and efficient! Fun casual dining and good atmosphere

KJ
vipKendraJ
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible. Within seconds of sitting down 3 different waiters asked us for our order, but we hadn't even looked at the menu yet. After that we couldn't even get anybody's attention to order. We were finally able to order (30 minutes later), our food came out quick but we had no drinks... no water, no alcohol. My experience was so bad that I probably will not go back. There's many other options around that I can go to if they don't want my money.

S
Seth
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from start to finish. Can't wait to go back!

BG
vipBGinRB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner tonight at Rustico. Hadn’t been in awhile. It was very good. We had white pizza, the chicken and the salmon. We all enjoyed our meals. You can either order through the QR code or have a server. They have indoor and outdoor dining. I will go back!

E
Elaine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We used to eat at the Arlington location regularly, and this was our first time at Alexandria and during COVID. The online payment / ordering system is fantastic, but the food was a pretty big miss. Ceasar salad was basic and over-dressed (it was much better when they did a grilled Ceasar, that's been off the menu for a while), mushroom bruschetta was tasty but poorly plated, and the pizza was just off - only a little crispy, mostly soggy dough and way too much cheese / saltiness on top. Didn't have that great brick oven freshness you would expect. A real disappointment after being regulars pre-covid. Would go back for the great beer list, but not for the food.

DE
vipDebE
Washington DC
124 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.

JS
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.

B
vipBday
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best selection of beers and pizza pies around!

JO
JOinDC
Washington DC
33 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.

EW
EWJS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Slow. Understaffed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 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!

L
Lori
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Patio ordering app was easy.

m
meini
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4.4 stars by 1141 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.