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For 2
Date
Sun, 4/22
Time
10:30 PM
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Rustico

4.3
909 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • 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 909 People Are Saying
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service
4.2
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4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Took a really long time to get drinks, order, be checked on period. The waiter was swamped with tables that all sat down at the same time and had no help from any other employees. We had several glasses on the table that were not clean (lip stick stains) and had to wait a long time to request new glasses. Our waiter was good but couldn't keep up with needs of the table just based on his work load. It was also extremely hot in the restaurant too, no air circulation. Overall the experience was not great based on service and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always a fun stop, great craft beer on draft and in bottles, with a substantial wine list and cocktails. We started with the wrinkled peppers that are roasted with sea salt. My husband loves them and ate almost the entire bowl. I was nice enough to share the glazed delicious brussel sprouts. We shared the meat pizza that was tasty. I tasted two sours and two saisons, all were interesting. My hubby enjoyed two IPAs, I'm not remembering...we did finish with a delicious KBS, hard to find and totally rich and thick and tasty!

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Took 40 minutes from ordering until our food came

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Never had a bad meal at Rustico- they have a large variety of food and beer. Definitely would recommend the risotto bites!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Met up with friends for a birthday dinner. Tasty pizza and salad. Attentive wait staff. Delicious chocolate cake. Not overpriced and enjoyed our night.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Was very nice as alway, but this time the music was too loud and somewhat annoying. Pls turn it down. Thanks

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Other than the gentleman who poured our water basically all over the table without saying much dinner was delicious

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great experience, very crowded (Easter Sunday), food was delicious...

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love that the bar has a steady rotation of local NoVa beers on tap, particularly those that are hard to come by unless you visit the brewery itself. They tend to always have 2 or 3 from Veil, out of Richmond, which is worth the visit alone.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overall good experience and the food was really good. Kitchen messed up one order and it took FOREVER (almost an hour) for our entrees to arrive.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service from the staff. Have been to Rustico many times and food never disappoints; however, this past visit left more to be desired. The wings were not cooked through and the sauce tasted funny. Have gotten the Brussel sprouts several times, but again, this past visit the dish provided was so small. I dislike inconsistencies in the same dishes. Otherwise, beer and burgers continue to be excellent!

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was not good. The pita bread came out burnt and was not acceptable. Not sure why they thought it was okay to even serve. Ordered a mojito from the bar and it took 30 minutes for me to get it. When it arrived it tastes like club soda and mint. NEVER again will I go here!!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Neighborhood Gem! We recently moved to the Del Ray area and have been to Rustico once a week. It came highly recommended by several friends, we really enjoy having this option in the area. They are very kid-friendly as well.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food, beer, and location. Never disappointing 😀

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

My friends and I enjoyed the bento box lunch. It included a delicious butternut squash soup or fresh salad plus a choice of several half sandwiches. We loved the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the Panna Cotta for desert. Our server was terrific!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was great. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

If you are looking for Pizza- this is good- everyone enjoyed the Pizza. The Pork chop with brussel sprouts came with virtually raw brussel sprouts. There was a thick pork chop (that's nice), but required a knife other than a butter knife to cut- which I would have been happy to request had the server come back prior to the end of the meal. Would I try it again? Probably, but only if I wanted Pizza or a burger.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always a favorite !! Neighborhood gem too~ Food is reliably good and fresh !!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Very pleased with recommendations by our server, food was excellent, service also great. Never had a bad meal there

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food, great service... would definitely go again!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was our second visit and we were less impressed with the service this time. The food was tasty, but not exactly plentiful considering the price. We both had the salmon, which was very good, but my portion was considerable smaller than my wife’s. I also think. The kitchen botched the prep the first time, but they would not say so; it too them 40 minutes to bring our meals and the restaurant was not too busy. We registered our concerns with the manager, who kindly adjusted our bill and offered a free dessert which was a fair concession. Good food, but be prepared to wait and do not hesitate to voice concerns.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We go to Rustico frequently and have never been disappointed. The food is great, service is friendly and good and the dining room is pleasant. It is a little loud in the bar area as when the dining room is not open as the TV is usually tuned to sports and it is hard to hear conversation but the waitstaff are always pleasant and the food is always good.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Good service but food was average.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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