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About Rustico

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.

827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub

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

Cross Street:
Potomac Greens Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 224-5051

Website:
http://www.rusticorestaurant.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Zachary Ridenhour

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Rustico Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Was SO disappointed with this place. They gave walk-ins our reservation and sat us at the worst table (even our server said it was). Never gave my daughter a drink, waited 20 min for our drinks (not even food, which included a kids meal). AC must have been broken. Hostess was incredibly flustered. We had a toddler and 7 year old, definitely would not recommend this place based on service, ambiance, etc. We just walked out without ever even trying a bite or drink.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Salads were very good. Service not. Had to flag down other servers three times, because our server would leave the area and not come back, or if he did, he'd avoid looking our way. Only once did he have time to be pleasant, and that was when he handed us the check.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Brunch was outstanding!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

A reliable neighborhood joint. It's got an awesome beer list and is solid bistro cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Very good service !! Great food as usual...we were taking our time and our waitress was excellent at dealing with us..

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Rustico rocks! Great food! Awesome beer selection! Love!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Organic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great dining. Outstanding pizza and great food. Highly recommend

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Vegetable over cooked
Salmon undercooked
Air conditioning not working well

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I've never been disappointed with Rustico, the menu is delightful, serving sizes are good. For lunch it's a great place to stop by if you're pressed for time. The staff is courteous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The restaurant was recommended by a friend in Alexandria because we were meeting out-of-town friends who were staying in Alexandria. We were quite disappointed. First, they misrepresent that they are on the "edge of Old Town", which is stretching the truth. Second, they were out of many items. They were out of the beer we ordered. They were out of 2 food items we ordered. The service was well-meaning but not polished. The food was ordinary, what you'd expect from a chain like Applebees. Not a keeper for my money.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The pizza here is amazing and the beer selection is incredible. My Greek Salad pizza was the slightest bit over-cooked in the center (where the dough is the thinnest) and the manager argued with me because he wanted to replace it AND refund me. "We want you to have the best time and the best food here." Wow! Great customer service that's hard to find these days.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Overall very disappointed with our brunch food and service. The best part of the experience was the ambiance of the actual restaurant.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Sons college graduation

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Good family restaurant because my 20-something kids like the beer, and I like the wine. Love the outdoor patio seating.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great spot but the acoustics are bad for the 50+ age group!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Always a great mral. Service can be great or average depending on the waiter but you won't be disappointed.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Since I had to provide a credit card to hold a reservation on a Tuesday night I was expecting a better overall experience. Have been a few times over the years and when a group was coming to town for a business meeting immediately thought of this place. The table was stuck back in a corner out of the regular dining area. It was not set for the correct amount of people and the service was almost non existent. Took forever to get our drinks and the table was not kept clean between the courses. Several times we had to wave our arms to get the servers attention while she was at a table in the dining room making pizza boxes. Unfortunate that the service was almost non-existent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great ambiance and food. Their Brunch menu is small but you will surely find something you'll like. I recommend starting off with the donuts and/or the cinnamon bun. Both are fantastic.
Their beer menu is extensive and well rounded with a good variety of choices.
I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great pizza, draft menu is overwhelming but great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

'Teas good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Had reservations for a Friday night. We we're visiting Rustico for a special occasion. Rustico made our dinner such a wonderful experience! The service was exceptional and the food was mouthwatering, delicious. We had risotto tots and brussel sprouts to begin our meal and ordered a pork dinner and a pizza for our entrees. We finished our meal with doughnuts and chocolate cake and Irish coffees. We enjoyed a fantastic bottle of red during our dinner. It was a wonderful evening for a couple that doesn't get out much but has high expectations and everything was superb. Can not wait to return! Neighborhood gem

Tags: Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great menu, fresh ingredients. Great neighborhood place. Never disappointed any time of day

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Met some friends for brunch. I had the eggs benedict with salmon. The hollandaise sauce was very light....extremely tasty. One friend had the vegetarian quiche and another friend had a salad. Our only complaint....the portions were a bit small. Everything was tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

For some reason the open table reservation did not go through. The staff quickly put us in our own little room with a fireplace. It was great. Food is always excellent.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very consistent good food and service !!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Food is always good here! Good service, well priced, good value.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2017

I was really pleased with Rustico in all aspects. It's a solid choice in Alexandria and a good spot for a business meal.

The service was great from the moment I walked in up until leaving. The waitress came at just the right times to refill drinks, check on us and take our orders/clear our plates.

The food is good. I had the salt roasted beet salad with chicken and it was awesome. The squash in it weren't really what I was expecting and the beets were pretty big square chunks so it was a little much, but the combination of everything was great. Also definitely recommend adding chicken to the salad if you get one. Mine was cooked perfectly and really brought the dish together. I've also been in the past and had their pizza and really liked it, so I'm not sure you can go wrong with any of the options!

I'd definitely come back if it were for a business meal or even just a good, decently priced lunch, but probably not otherwise. It's great, but wouldn't be my top choice for a "foodie" experience in VA/DC.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

We went for a large family dinner with a reservation. They accommodated our group very well. Everyone easily found lots of options they liked. They have a great beer and wine selection too. I look forward to going again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Our group really enjoyed Rustico and its ambiance. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable. Because it was Beer Day, the table decided to have beer instead of wine. Everyone at the table found the beer (forgot the name) that had the olive and strawberry notes quite interesting and went well with our risotto tots, french fries, and falafel. All 3 pizzas (Margherita, Four Cheeses, the Mushroom Cream) were very tasty, however we all did not like the one with chickpea crust. The chickpea crust had a flat and rubbery texture. The donuts were ok. All in all...good food and atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Overall a great find... great food selection. We all had fish with a Brussel sprout starter( excellent). Mahi mahi was a bit dry. Beer selection overwhelmingly terrific! I would recommend restaurant despite the noise level.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Food was good but took a while to get there. It would have been nice if the waitress expedited our 4 year-old's pizza

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Recommend as a place to go for a variety of options.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2017

This has been a go-to for my group at work for going way lunches. The food is great and varied enough that even the pickiest can find something. The wait staff is attentive, and never has a problem giving separate checks (even for large parties of 14!). Definitely recommend. I put noise level as moderate - but I think we are usually the loud ones, so take that with a grain of salt.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Chose this to check out a place outside of the city in our mode recent family vacation. Probably our least favorite place that we are. Food was pretty good but this was our priciest meal and we had eaten at some nice places. Restaurant wasn't very busy at all but it took our waitress quite some time to even come and take our drink orders. We were left wanting for more water and drinks but our waitress was quite busy chatting in the back with the other servers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The donuts are amazing. The rest of the food was good but the donuts made brunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great family lunch with amazing beer selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Open, high ceilinged dining room was inviting with view of open kitchen. Great decor. HUGE beer selection, nearly overwhelming. Service was good, but noise levels made it difficult to hear server. Roast chicken, gnocchi, tater tots were amazing. Burger was well over cooked, even to point of being burned. (Didn't find this until nearly done eating, so staff was not asked to correct.) Would not recommend mashed potatoes with mozzarella; consistency of glue. Staff was prompt and generous in reheating/replacing warm (not hot) selections. Seating is stiff--all wood benches or hard chairs--not at all cozy when combined with noise level. Would like to return to try pizza, outside dining in warmer weather.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was good.
Too loud but our table was near door so people waiting for a table we're talking.
Not sure what the policy is in terms of babies. But the table next to us had an out of control toddler who kept tossing glasses on the floor and they shattered. Parents did nothing. Not only was this dangerous but it was disturbing. I think a manager should have asked them to leave.
They stopped by our table on the way out to apologize and blame their child's bad behaviors on Rustico. Trashed Rustico while we sat aghast as the parents kept drinking wine and not monitoring their child.
Next time I will be sure to get a table next to adults only.
When my kids were that age - I got a babysitter😳

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Have eaten there many times over the years and was sorely disappointed last week. Music from the bar area not only bled into the main dining area, the thumping, deafening music made me and my dining partner as well as the two tables next to us very agitated and I had to yell questions to the "server," Got up and left and explained why The hostess looked like a deer in the headlights at me as if either 1) she didn't hear me or 2) didn't hear me. When I explained why I was leaving not even a recognition that the bar music was loud, nor offer another seat or to turn the music down a bit. We felt as if we were being told 'don't let the door hit you on the way out' from the management of "Disco Rustico!"

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We had a great meal and my husband loved the beer selection. They have a large book of available bottles and a smaller list of drafts that can satisfy the biggest beer snob. I had the mahi which was delicious and my husband ordered the pork shank which he said was delicious. We ordered the brussel sprouts and carrot sides. The flavors were delicious, but both were slightly undercooked. Our server was also a little slow replacing drinks. Overall a very good experience. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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