About Rustico - Ballston

Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub in the heart of Ballston in Arlington, Virginia. 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 bar with 40 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.

4075 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22217
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Happy Hour: Every day 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
Randolph

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(571) 384-1820

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

Catering:
For those who have enjoyed dining with us at Rustico and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.

Parking Details:
On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.

Public Transit:
Ballston-MU Metrorail station;# ART routes serving Ballston- * ART 41 * ART 42 * ART 51 * ART 52 * ART 53 * ART 62 Metrobus routes serving Ballston, * 1BCDEFZ * 2ABCG * 10B * 22A * 23AC * 25A,C,D * 25B * 38B

Executive Chef:
Alissa Jeffery

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rustico - Ballston Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (4)
Fun (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Healthy (3)
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Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We dined at Rustico for a friends get-together. Seating was comfortable and conducive to good conversation. The “lunch box” special was a very good deal. We enjoyed our lunch and will likely return

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·Dined 4 days ago

Very nicely done! Greeted warmly ; the service and food were great. We’ll be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food good. Service attentive and timely.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Rustico has unfortunately become a hit or miss place for both, quality and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great lunch menu- lots of choices. Try the lunch special: soup, half sandwich & small salad! Yum!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Coworker going away lunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was not great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Have gone several times (lunch, bunch and dinner) and the food and service never disappoint. Th gnocchi and braised short ribs, this time was excellent. Great neigborhood restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I went with a group of 10of our friends and we had a lovely time. Great atmosphere and delicious food. They were very accommodating to our large group.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always a great place for meeting colleagues

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went during restaurant week. Portions were huge and the service was terrific!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

My favorite thing about this place is the knowledgeable bartenders who know the beers and do an excellent job of explaining their tasting notes... and of course, the beers themselves!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

A friend and I ate there a few nights ago and really enjoyed the food. I had the beet salad (larger size) which was excellent and definitely big enough for an entree. My friend had the chicken pizza which was outstanding and very large. He had to take most of it home. We also tried the carrot hummus (excellent) and the risotto tots (also quite good). All in all I would recommend it and definitely go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Birthday dinner- great pizza, burgers, and beer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Easy Open Table reservation. Had flowers delivered for friend's birthday, handled/ presented perfectly. Food and happy hour service, selections, perfect. Excellent value. Very pleased.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good brunch. Shrimp and grits were awesome. The brunch burger was also a hit with our crew.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been here several times and are never disappointed. The beer list is huge, food is very good and they have good sized portions so you can split them and try several if with a crowd.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Rustico is very good. The feta cheese dip is what I imagine heaven must be like. I have been twice and have been happy both times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent place for any types of get-together.

Make sure they update the Open Table reservation. I got a notification even after attending that I was a no-show. Open Table took care of it later though.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 11, 2017

WE have dined at Rustico about a dozen times over several years and always enjoy it. The menu is varied and creative. Food quality excellent and well presented. Service always attentive and professonal. Nice decor. My only complaint is the noise level. It's always busy and the bar area is not well separated from dining, but nonetheless, it seems to be one of the noisier restaurants. Otherwise excellent.

Tags: Casual, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The risotto tots that we ordered upon sitting down were quite good. But we noticed our table was wobbly and it was only fixed the third time we asked. We asked for bread after our appetizers arrived and that was also forgotten until we had to ask a second time. Adult beverages were delivered promptly, but the kitchen seemed just as excited to move quickly preparing our food, so the main courses were brought to our table when we were less than half finished with our appetizers (we had to wait for bread for a while). We refused the mains and asked that they be brought later. When our mains were brought back the chicken was quite dry, and the polenta so rich with butter that I couldn’t eat more than a few bites. My companion’s salad was soggy since the kitchen didn’t have the courtesy to make it again after waiting 15 minutes to bring it back to the table so the greens had just been soaking in the dressing for a while. The chocolate fudge cake was dry and lacking any character - could easily have come out of a box from Sysco.
I was in from out of town and suggested Rustico to my friend who lives around the corner since I used to frequent their Alexandria location when I lived in the area. We were both disappointed by our meal, and I doubt he will return. He has been making fun of my taste in restaurants for a full day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I tried this out for the first time and we will go back.
We arrived just before the main restaurant opened, so we sat at a booth by the bar which was fine.
The service was swift and pleasant.
The chicken wings were really good.
The main courses were delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great pizzas, amazing selection of beers. Glad we made reservations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had an excellent waiter you provided great service but let us enjoy the company of each other.
A repeat location for sure

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

good pizzas and the donuts for desert are some of the best around.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This place is consistent and good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Gluten Free chickpea crust! One of the best we've tried!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our large group had a great table location and permitted everyone to engage. The wait staff was excellent and attended to all our needs. Great time was enjoyed by everyone.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

An amazing brunch! Everything there is so good

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Eric was our server and he was fantastic! Brussels sprouts were amazing. Will definitely come back again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I love this place. I had the arugula/beet/goat cheese salad and it was delicious. I then split a mushroom pizza with a friend. They put this yummy cream sauce on it and the crust is light and crunchy. You really can't go wrong here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

GreAt spot to be outside w good friends, accomodatinb to our 4 yo while still fun for a grown up experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great server and food but hostess experience could use improvement.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Amazing beer list including 40 on tap.
Amazing beer list including 40 on tap.
Amazing beer list including 40 on tap.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This was our first visit to Rustico. The server was efficient but a bit rushed; he had many tables to cover and so was not as present as much as we would have liked (needed to flag him down for refills, etc). y companion had a burger and said it was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had their "lunchbox special": soup, salad, and half sandwich. This is a good deal financially. The tomato bail soup was nice a chunk but a bit spicy for my palate. The toasted cheese with arugula, basil pesto, and tomato sandwich was excellent. The spring harvest salad high on frisee and low on other items. The cheese and risotto "tots" were wonderful! Would I return? Yes, if I lived or worked in the neighborhood. Not worth a special drive, though.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Awesome experience! Our server was prompt and gave us excellent recommendations. I wish there was a quieter area available inside (we were there for an interview) but other than that, no complaints!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I Wanted more variety on the menu. It seemed like there wastn enough options, but great truffle fries.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The menu on Open Table was different than the menu that i received. I was not sure if they change their menu seasonally.

Food was very salty. The hamburger and quinoa underneath the salmon loaded with salt. I was unable to eat the quinoa. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

pulled pork eggs benedict was a disappointment--eggs overcooked, no real Hollandaise or BBQ sauce. But the risotto tots and the fried potatoes accompanying the eggs--really good! Nice cocktails, nice beers, a few nice things to eat. gigantic inside, some outdoor seating. Sunday at 1pm it was very quiet!

Tags: Happy Hour
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