Rustico - Ballston

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
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.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was slow and forgetful. Add the price and it was not a worthwhile experience.

KH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable place with great food and drink. Will come back again.

B
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pizzas were fantastic. The chicken dish was not anything special. The chickpea dip was very good.

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Ballston. I usually go for dinner. This time, I met a friend for brunch. We shared egg sliders, hash browns, and baked feta. All of the food was very good. Service was a little slow, but it was fine because we were not in a rush.

CJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were looking for a sports bar that wasn't mobbed and wasn't crazy loud. Rustico is perfect. Seated in a booth in the bar area afforded us multiple views of the TV monitors while we enjoyed a lovely dinner including conversation at a normal level while watching the World Series. Super friendly staff included!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service.

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OM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Arlington Restaurant Week menu was absolutely fabulous and such a great deal. Everything was delicious including the cocktails!

AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everything was delicious! Loved the Caesar salad, pizza and wings!

HL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our third visit to Rustico! We live out of state, but have visited 3 times this past year! The carrot hummus is amazing!!! But everything we’ve had has been great! Every drink is great too!!! I gave 4 stars for service...it seems they are just always busy & staff might be worn a tad thin...but always a great experience even if there’s a slight wait for stFf!!!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a neighborhood favorite, and we went for brunch on a Sunday morning. We enjoyed the food but it was clear our server was slammed as the only bartender and server for the entire half of the restaurant we were seated in. Not sure if that’s typical of a Sunday brunch for Rustico, but it was surprising to us both having worked in the industry. The food was great, maybe slightly on the expensive side for the pizza, but we do look forward to returning! Pink Ocean pizza was our favorite. Leftovers went too fast!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat service we’ve had and great food!

PC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great selection of beer. I had the NY strip that’s excellent.

m
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

screwed up my food, looked a bit run down.. maybe Bar was Ok

f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Rustico used to be one of my favorite pizza places. The many dozens of beers are still a highlight, and our server was very attentive and friendly. However, they've shrunk the pizzas, which also weren't as well made as in earlier years, and the pear salads were mostly greens and far too light on the pears and cheese. It looks like cost-cutting has become corner-cutting, and Rustico is no longer the value it once was. I won't be going back.

M
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the salads and the cheesecake; outstanding, quality of food, service, and price; bravo Rustico!

F
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The burger was in seasoned and over cooked they usually have great food

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for happy hour. Great place for food and a variety of beers.

G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I ordered an arugula salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata. But what I received had no arugula. And no one responded to our attempts to get attention. Furthermore, we had to ask to order. And we had to ask to receive a check.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Everything was meh.... steak was tough, veg were under cooked..... restaurant needs a revamp of both food and interior

NZ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Service was fast. Food was delicious. Excellent value. We are definitely coming back.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Unfortunately they cooked one order incorrectly twice, taking significant amounts of time in order to cook each time. They cooked a second of our party of nine incorrectly as well. The waiter was not well-versed on what foods would be vegan or gluten-free and frequently disappeared for large amounts of time leaving us having to ask where he was. I read a lot of good reviews but in fortunately we did not have a good experience at this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't like to waste my money on bad experiences and food. This place more than met my expectations. I'm still thinking about the delicious food.

G
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was such a great experience. I had been once before and really wanted to go back for a date. It was perfect. The pizza was good and our waiter was fantastic. Enjoyed a glass of never never found found beer while my partner enjoyed some cap sav wine. Highly recommend.

HG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Main courses were not as fresh and tasty as previous visits.

A
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, restaurant has dark lighting and was hot/humid when we ate. Great for a large group

WD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza, huge beer selection, and the best fries around.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We ordered drinks and food. The food order was never put in, when we asked about it, we were offered to have it put in at that time, but we had already waited about 30 minutes from the first time we ordered so we just asked for the check. Everyone else seemed to be enjoying what they ordered.

CE
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent! The service was great, the good was great and the craft beers were awesome!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Overall poor experience. Food was underwhelming and service was inconsistent. Our waiter came to check on us seemingly every minute, and then forgot about us when he left the check, leaving us sitting there looking for him for at least 15 minutes.

G
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

was disappointed that the only the brunch menu was available, as i specifically called about that a few days ahead of time and was told that items from the dinner menu would also be available.

WT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great selection of beers and food items.

EE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service, as always. We love sitting outside at Rustico! One of our favorite neighborhood spots.

KF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service was very good. The only downside was that it was trivia night & was very loud.

m
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great waitperson, Roderigo- Rustico a neighborhood gem!

AV
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall, the food was good and moderately priced for being a suburb of DC. The tater tots were an interesting take on the traditional food, but still very good! The turkey burger had a little too much black pepper and there was nothing super special about the toppings on it, but the fries on the side were really good. I give Rustico only 3 stars for service because they would not allow me to sit until the rest of my party arrived, even though 95% of the restaurant was empty and the waiter took a while to come back and forth... Also the restaurant was just as hot and humid inside as the weather outside and the lighting was dim.

B
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice, laid-back ambiance. Great beer selection, and very good food. I'm a fan.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Father’s Day

MS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

vast beer list, food was great, loved the outdoor seating!

OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here multiple times and always have a good experience. Sat outside this night and it was great. Service is a little slower when you are outside and it too a long time to get the check but I had a wonderful time overall and would definitely recommend.

j
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a terrific location for a dinner with friends. The food was excellent. Wine and beer choices made everyone at our table happy. Ate inside but had the option for outdoor dining. Definitely recommend!

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