Rustico - Ballston
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All-around wonderful dining experience! I fell in love with the baked feta dip appetizer.
I came here for lunch with friends. I rated the restaruant as quiet, which it was, but they were not busy. The luncheon special (soup, 1/2 sandwich, salad) was a good bargain, but too much food for me at one sitting. Upon ordering I asked for my sandwich in a "to go" box and they gladly accomodated. Waiter was attentive but not overbearing. I especially loved the curry chicken soup and beet salad. My dining mate said the pizza was great too.
This is a great little Balston destination. Good food and great service with very good fresh fish of the day.
I picked Rustico because I had a friend that needed a gluten free option, but we wanted pizza. She said it was on of the best gluten free crusts she’d ever had! I even enjoyed the chickpea crust, as someone who is not gluten free.
Our waiter ignored us most of the time and when he did he was rude, expensive for very poor service the food wasn't that good either
Tots were outstanding. The mushroom and spinach pizza was great as well. The best thing was the wide selection of beers that this place has.
The food menu seemed a bit sparse. I had a pizza, which was good and certainly enough for a meal. The service was good, though the restaurant itself was uninteresting and a bit noisy. I'd recommend it as an OK place to go, but it's not a go-to place.
Everything was great except for our server. He took our order but it was all Wong. He seemed more interested in chatting at the reception desk than providing quality service.
Excellent as always. We love meeting friends there.
very nice with gluten-free options ... great beer list
Rustico food is good and the atmosphere very nice. Check it out, you will not be dissapointed!
My fish was tasteless but everything else was nice.
Delicious and good tofu scramble. Service was good. It was the most amazing meal ever, but definitely a solid option for Sunday brunch, especially if you have vegans in tow.
Expensive for the quality of food. I was disappointed.
We had a reservation at 7:30, but were not seated until around 8. The staff then seemed to be rushing us in an effort to free up our table. Food was just okay. Nothing special. Definitely not the wait with reservations or the price.
We always enjoy the food and atmosphere at Rustico. Excellent service too.
We made a Friday night reservation hours ahead of time, on OpenTable. We arrived on time. And we waited ONE HOUR to be seated. The restaurants explanations we just lame excuses (too lame to repeat). Simply unacceptable. What's the point of accepting reservations if you can't manage to honor them?
The ambiance and service was great. However, my salad with Salmon was overally salty and the restaurant didn't offer any upscale salad green selections like Arugula. The mussels were dry. I would only come back here for a drink.
We had a larger group which included several kids, and we were given a nice quiet spot with ample space. Everyone was happy with their food, and the kids options were great. We'll be back.
Atmosphere and food was good. Reasonably priced. Service was terrible. Waiter largely ignored us after serving entrees. Had to get up and go to him to get the bill.
We took a year plus break from Rustico after being fans for years and becoming frustrated with consistently terrible service. I am glad we gave them another chance. Service this time seem dramatically improved. I believe they also put some noise canceling panels on the ceiling which really seemed to help with noise level. We could actually carry on a conversation. Food was also very good. The broth for the muscles should be a little warmer, seems like that item may have been a little rushed out of the kitchen. But overall food was good, service was good. I'm optimistic that management has corrected service problems from recent years and we will go back in the near future in hopes that our old favorite has recommitted to providing good service and food.
Best burger I've had in a while. We arrived early, but by the time we left the place was buzzing. Great service, pretty view of green space, and good food! What else do you want?
Probably shouldn't rate it this low as i have had much better experiences at Rustico in the past. This time, we waited almost 20 minutes with a reservation. No one came to our table for at least another 10 minutes. I ordered the pumpkin ravioli and it was dreadful - very overcooked and dry - only the filling made it palatable. If I had not been there with others, I would have sent it back. Others enjoyed their fish of the day and the carrot hummus was pretty good. Service improved slightly but was never great. I hope it was an off night and I will give it a second chance.
Excellent neighborhood spot for casual or more upscale dinner, depending on mood. Good bar atmosphere in one half with sports on tv, quieter dining room next door. Reliably good food.
They have an incredible lunch deal! $15 for soup, salad, and sandwich. Amazing plus their outstanding carrot hummus can count as a sandwich if you want. I couldn't be happier!
Great food. The service was on par for a very busy night. No stop by a manager, but again, it was slammed for Valentine’s Day.
I would come again with hopes to have more attentive service.
P.s. the donuts were amazing!
Carlos was a great waiter. We had never eaten here but it was recommended to us and we appreciated being able to converse without loud background noise.
Wonderful as always. Good local spot and good is always great! Highly recommend the pizza!!
The only reason we gave 4 stars and not 5 is because my husband couldn’t get the beer he wanted. Such a first world problem. Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are to die for.
Great pizza, beet salad and wine list. Stumbled upon this place while visiting a dr in Clarendon. Very nice casual dinner! Recommend for an easy dinner.
The pumpkin ravioli was over cooked and dry with no sauce. My son did love the wings and fries. The fried Brussel sprouts were delicious. Our waiter was not good. He would disappear for a long time. He told me of happy hour wine prices and I ordered one but by the time he came back it was past happy hour and I got charged full price. Took us 15 min to flag him down at end for a check.
Made a reservation and the restaurant was closed. You could email, phone to say the restaurant was closed or update your website.
Gave low rating due to water main break at restaurant and was not informed immediately. Understand things happen, but you could have notified customers who made reservations ahead of time - info was provided (name, phone, email).
It was closed. We were so disappointed. We made an OpenTable reservation, which was accepted and confirmed and then when we made our way there on a rainy, cold night, it was closed due to water damage and apparently had been for days. Why would OpenTable accept and confirm our reservations for a restaurant that was closed?
Food was excellent but server inattentive.
Our waiter was quite patient with us as we took a long time to decide what we wanted to eat.
It was a last minute booking for dinner on a Friday night and they were able to fit us in for a late dinner. It was a nice restaurant the food was decent although the menu was a bit limited.
Went for the Maine Beer co tapping. Awesome event!
We and several other parties arrived for 6:00 PM reservations on New Years Eve - only to be informed the restaurant was closing from 6:00 - 9:00. No prior warning recieved and our reservations were accepted online by Open Table. Previous non-holiday visits have been good-to-excellent.
Wonderful service and the food was delicious. We had the spinach salad, which was very tasty, and the Greek salad pizza, which was absolutely delicious!