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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
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Great Beer (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Fun (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Romantic (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·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. ???

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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

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

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·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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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Pittsburgh)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was delicious--Sunday brunch. Service was okay. Bloody Mary was the right amount of spicie.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious! This was our second time here. We came for brunch today and it was awesome. I had the eggs Benedict which came with a side salad as well as the potato pancakes. It was ALL so good.

My husband had the risotto tots which are always amazing. He also had the biscuit and gravy which was also good.

Everything here is fresh and made from scratch. The service was good.

We sat on the patio because it was beautiful out. I loved that they had picnic tables. This is sure to be a go to
spot for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always exceptional, Rustico can go from the basics like really good pizza and burgers to the more upscale items - all at reasonable prices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great time and meal

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Just wanted a Relaxing brunch with good food. It went perfectly. Not too busy, waiter , Mike,was very attentive to our needs At just the right level. Food was served piping hot and in a reasonable amount of time. We had a very good brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious food, great server, nice ambience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great service, food, and atmosphere for my birthday dinner with friends.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The fried cauliflower small dish was absolutely delicious. Rustico has the largest beer menu around.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Went here on a date, the ambiance was great and it's in a cute neighborhood. The food was fair, not memorable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Dirty, no one was in the restaurant and we still had slow service, food was mediocre at best.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The good food and vast beer selection is now no longer worth the mismanagement and bad staff. We've tried: it's nearby, it strikes the right menu balance for our family, and on point for price. But the service is terrible. Always. Every time. Preventable mistakes that spoil the evening.

Tonight, at the outset "we're under staffed so we appreciate your patience," said to a 1/4 full room. They were out of a major menu item, announced after the orders went in. The salads were missing a key ingredient. The app was forgotten and then arrived only after the mains.

Once would be a bad night. Twice would be bad luck. Three. Four times of this, it's just bad management. The owners either don't care about their investment or are just that bad at running a restaurant. Fire your Manager. Retrain them. Do something. Either way, there's too many other places, offering too many interesting menus to put up with this.

I'm done. I surrender. I'm tired of it. I won't be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Last minute business meeting -- food and service were very good and it was a great setting to talk and eat at your own pace.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Sports, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Host seated us promptly. Ordered mussels - very small size and void of any flavor. Had to ask wait staff three times for a seafood fork only to find out they did not have one (English should be first language in a restaurant). Server did make a concession and had the chef whip up some sauteed garlic spinach because asparagus not on the menu (although it was on the web menu).

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