Rustico - Ballston

4.5
1028 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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NZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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

A
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waitperson, Roderigo- Rustico a neighborhood gem!

AV
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

MS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good. We all (5) had salads. They were creatively composed with house-made dressings that took the ingredients to the next level. Our starters were calamari, risotto tots, and wings. The aioli and remoulade dips were extraordinary. Happy hour extended until 7PM on a Saturday! Our waitstaff was attentive, but unobtrusive even though we stayed to talk for at least an hour. The street dining was loud with emergency vehicles passing through several times, but this is city living. Our lone beer drinker was impressed with the huge selection. So Rustico is a good place to both eat and drink!

m
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food. It was quite loud inside and hard to have a conversation but the food was delicious!

LC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I met a friend for dinner at Rustico, and it was great! We sat inside because it was a really hot night, but I wish we had enjoyed the outdoor seating. The ambiance was vibrant, and food was delicious. Highly recommend

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant as usual. Love this place.

LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, chic yet chill vibe
Trivia was super fun

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and good service.

AH
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the brussel sprouts for an appetizer-very crispy and delicious. We also experienced our first chick pea pizza crust-we thought it was very good!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Awesome food but the service absolutely horrendous. Not sure if it was a fluke or what but it was terrible. Everyone around us was complaining how bad it was. Only thing that saved it was the fact the food was very good. I would go back to see how the service is but would not be surprised if I don’t make it back. Shame.

C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food. The pizza was absolutely amazing

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere indoor and outdoor. Fast service. Great food.

WT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as usual, and the beers were as well. They have some awesome beers on tap for any craft IPA fans like me, and the server was knowledgeable about them as well which was nice. The service this time was awesome! Our waiter Aaron was great, and the manager took care of our appetizer as we thought we needed it for our 1 yr old son and tried to cancel it before it was made. We were able to eat the appetizer and not pay for it which was a nice tough by the manager. This place gets it and gets it every time. Greatly appreciated!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers day

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was Mother’s day so the place was busy. We were seated in the far back corner (which in my previous experience is the “lost table”. ) It took 45 minutes to get the tea My daughter and I ordered and they ran out of coffee. The appetizer came out before we were served drinks. I watched 8 people get coffee refills before they told us they were out. The food was good, but the waiter only seemed to care about the larger tables. Probably because more tip. Can’t blame him, but it made our experience not so great and a very long wait. Honestly I think it was the waiters fault and not for not caring about the smaller groups and not the Actual Restaurant. Even though they employ him. The food was good and reasonably priced. Still gave the waiter a $10 tip on a $40 tab. I’ve been there before and service and the food has been great. I’ll give our waiter the benefit of the doubt, but will ask for another waitress or waiter if I get the same guy next time.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch on Mother’s Day but definitely want to go back to try their pizza and beer selection! They gave all the moms truffles made by the chef. The food was amazing and the ambience was really unique.

GP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Large portions, reasonable prices and menu diversity make this place s go-to neighborhood favorite’

OS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, excellent service and fair prices. What else could you want? Worth the visit!

BK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good beer selection

B
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took family, which included an eighth month old and a 2.5 yro. It was comfortable and enough room for everyone to be comfortable. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food was great. I highly recommend the risotto and herb cheese tots.

MW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All-around wonderful dining experience! I fell in love with the baked feta dip appetizer.

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