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Rustico

4.3
887 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great Beer
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm Happy Hour: Everyday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 224-5051
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zachary Ridenhour
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Potomac Greens Drive
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Parking details
There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.
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Public transit
The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 887 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Good service but food was average.

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vipDebE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Rustico burger is the bomb. Fries...not so much. Brussels sprouts and tomato soup were great. Service great. Music was just awful. Truly. Will go back but hope the music is better.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Our party was made up of all out of Towners and needed a place to gather and talk. Rustico was able to accommodate our party of 9. Pizza was very good as well as the appetizers. Quite pleasantly surprised and would definitely return on a future visit.

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RRossS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The meals were very good. I suggest they find a local baker that makes a nice “rustic” loaf and serve it with some Brie or olive spread.

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ArlingtonFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place for a friendly gathering or with the family. Food and service were great. Plenty of local craft beers on tap, including some from Veil out of Richmond!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Pretty good food, BAD SLOW SERVICE.

The food here is pretty good. I have been here several times over the years. Pizzas are good, truffle fries good. My complaint is the service. The service is bad every single time I have been here this past year. Last night we we had dinner and we sat at our table for at least twenty minutes before anyone came over to greet us and take a drink order. This also happened when we went here for dinner the time before in November. We also noticed that the table sitting next to us struggled to get the attention of their server. Seems to be a theme in this place.

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Bgsi (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The meal, salad with salmon and a hamburger were fine. Nothing amazing but good, decent food in a convenient spot that was quiet enough to talk.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Entrees (pizza and burger) were just fine--really good pizza (gluten-free option sounded interesting, but we didn't need it), chef nailed medium rare on the burger--but sides left a lot to be desired. Grilled Caesar had interesting (in a good way) flavor, but it's no longer a salad, just another cooked vegetable. Truffle fries tasted fine, but were seriously overcooked to near-tooth-breaking crunch.

Service: aggressively friendly, maybe a little overloaded and hassled, but when I ask how big the burger is (to decide between medium and medium rare), I expect something better than "oh, medium large." I'll give a pass on bringing back an open bottle of the AF beer when the errand was to find out what they had. Know the ounces; that's what I'm asking for. And no response when I assured that I didn't want change.


To Open Table: I got an email with 100 points; my account says zero. ???

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vipRaeC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent brunch and great service. We were very pleasantly surprised by Rustico’s ability to accommodate my family of 11, including 5 kids under seven. We had plenty of space and never felt like we were in someone’s way or being too loud. The brunch menu and restaurant week specials were fantastic. Our server was nice, efficient, and generally on top of his game.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Consistently good food, however, beware of “specials”. Waiter told us about special beer of the day and failed to tell us price. We ordered it and discovered it was $40 once the bill came. Very misleading!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Crispy Brussel sprouts and carrot hummus were amazing! Also highly recommend the roasted beet salad with seared salmon.

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Salbert884 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good beer and pizza as usual but when you are not seated at bar the wait is frustrating.

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vipLAKatz (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Having been to Rustico only once before and quite some time ago, I was not sure what to expect when my wife and another couple had dinner there over the weekend. We were pleasantly surprised by a very good meal and excellent and friendly service, all at a reasonable price. It was quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation, the surroundings were tasteful and the food (two different pizzas and some sides) were all excellent. I would definitely go back.

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vipJediMaster (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Service was very very good. Great pizza. Could use some sound damping.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was very solicitous and well orchestrated, and the prices are very reasonable. Go to restaurant for easy dinner and good atmosphere. Server was great.

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vipDebE (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Window booth seating. Quick service, accommodating hostess, attentive server. Shared Brussels sprouts (yum) and we each had a Rustico burger. Delicious! Beverages were a beer and a glass of wine, both reasonably priced. Even on a busy Saturday night, we were able to get in and out in an hour, happily fed, fully satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was amazingly tasty. Very large beer menu. Great place for american/Italian. The food menu is kind of small but everything sounded yummy.

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vipFoodFan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Our first time at Rustico and we were impressed. The service was great and the food was excellent. The parmigiana fries were a great appetizer and the white pesto pizza was quite tasty; really good crust. We came for lunch this time on a cool and windy day, so the restaurant wasn’t too busy which was nice; peaceful and easy conversation. We will certainly try dinner her sometime. If you need a quick bite of quality cuisine, give Rustico a try!

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vipwinelover (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Was seated by the bathroom even tho we made reservations afew days in advance.

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kmn53 (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

I've been there several time and had everything from pizza to salmon. It never disappoints.

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Alexandria (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

The starters and pizza were very good. Great beer selection.

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vipChrissy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

The grilled chicken caesar is always my go-to! Love it!

This time we sat in the bar and it was a bit dark...Im assuming some lights were out above? Overall, Rustico is always a good choice for dinner!

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momof4va (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

They have the most amazing rissoto tots and pecan rolls. Their salads are good and the beer selection is amazing. The main dishes leave something to be desired. This used to be a fantastic place to eat, but the quality of the food has gone down and the wait staff is horrid! The hostess needs some customer service training.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Went back for a casual dinner. Despite wide open seating, hostess was intent on seating us at undesireable table - by cold windows; hidden behind mountain of highchairs. We are beer affectionafos, but offerings at Rustico tend more quirky than interesting. Brussel Sprout starter was quite good, but $11 for Brussel sprouts?? Burger was good, also, but table and otherwise limited menu overshadowed the food. Will cross off Alexandria dining list.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Went here for our anniversary and the pizza was amazing! It was a little hard to hear our waiter over all the noise, but it was peak dinner time so we can't knock them for that :P Great wine and beer also! 10/10 would recommend and we will be going back!

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Jeremy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Food, always fantastic. As is the beer selection. Always kind, polite, and knowledgeable. Sometimes the staff will take awhile to get to you, but it's worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Loved introducing Rustico to my colleagues. I travel to the Alexandria area for business and always try to include Rustico in the plan. I have loved everything I have ordered. The grilled Caesar is always a favorite. The pizzas are delicious. I went with the mushroom burger this time. Yum! My team had mussels, pork sliders, pizzas and everyone was thrilled. Thanks for a great experience.

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Chalkitup (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

I ordered my favorite, the mushroom pizza, and was delighted, as always.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Made a Friday evening reservation on Open Table for 7pm. Got a call from the restaurant at 6:20 that they did not know why Open Table allowed my reservation, and they had no tables at 7pm. After some discussion, it was determined that they could "make it work" for me at 7:30. My group of 3 arrived at 6:15 and were seated immediately as there were several tables free -- so I have no clue why they said they could not accommodate us at 7pm!! We have eaten here many times, but we have not been in the last couple of years. The food has gone downhill. We were all disappointed with our choices -- basket, chicken, and burger. Throughout our dinner, servers tried to remove our plates before we had finished. Once finished, however, it was difficult to find anyone who wanted to take our plates away -- and no one offered us coffee to dessert options -- they just put the check on the table!!! Too many good choices in Alexandria to go back to Rustico again.

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Friendfamilydinner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent meal as always. Love this restaurant. Lots of food choices for a vegetarian and great starters

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