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Rustico - Ballston

4.3
895 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(571) 384-1820
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alissa Jeffery
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Randolph
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Parking details
On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.
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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
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
What 895 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The carrot hummus was delicious! We had issue with the lighting as the restaurant was very dark but overall good ambiance.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We're always searching for great gluten free pizza options. Rustico offers a gluten free pizza made from chick pea flour. I had not seen this before but my wife, who is gluten-free, was aware of it. Most gluten-free pizza are either mushy (rice flour) or cardboard-like. This pizza was robust and fresh. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I recently went here for a business lunch and was really impressed. Somewhat pricy for lunch but good options, nice atmosphere, and an awesome beer list I’ll definitely have to come back and try.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The hosts are always so friendly and helpful. Good servers, too. Great beer list.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always love a date night at Rustico. They’re consistently on point and this time did not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had a great time here last weekend! Very smart business move to have happy hour on a weekend too. Service is great, wine is great, and I have dreams about the carrot hummus

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was great, service was a tad slow and inattentive during the meal. Server was very pleasent

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service was outstanding in both the bar and dining room. Food was very good. Bar was extremely busy and a bit loud. We ate in the dining room - it was fine.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We arrived early for our 5 pm reservation and decided to sit in the bar area to wait the twenty minutes until dinner would be served. We had a round of drinks and then decided we’d just stay where we were and have dinner.
One party ordered the 1/2 linguini and clam sauce and one ordered the full. The price was $12 for half and $24 for full. Makes sense until the plates arrived and everyone at the table commented the only difference was the size of bowl. Some of us think the 1/2 order actually had more food. The full order had two more clams than the four in the half order.
I ordered the pork chop which was over overcook and dried out.
Now comes desert, two ordered the chocolate cake and I had a root beer float. He came back and advised there was no chocolate cake and delivered the root beer float in a broken glass.

Rustico used to be a nice place. Not anymore

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was a disappointment. We were charged $25 per person which was exorbitant. The food offerings were not great, it was a breakfast and the guy was set up to cook you an omelet. Even the fresh omelet came up gray. A few fruit offerings, one salad, brownies and a strawberry something for dessert. That was it. Worse, we felt ill afterwards, got the trots. Will not do that again.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter brunch and won't do that again. They squeezed the brunch area into a tight corner and it was a pretty uncomfortable experience, getting back there to get the food. And $25 a plate for brunch buffet was about the going rate at other places for Easter, but this was a very unimpressive brunch spread. We were just too late in making reservations and didn't have many options.

We've also gone for dinner and for regular weekend brunch (menu not buffet) and we've had a fine time. They have good beer and a decent menu. Generally good service and we like the ambiance of the place.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I generally love Rustico. I've been going to the Alexandria location for years, but was so disappointed when we booked for Easter brunch and they were only serving a buffet. I wanted the regular brunch menu! Had I know it would be a buffet (ie, were it advertised), I would've gone somewhere else. The buffet selections were minimal; it was in a very crammed area of the restaurant. They also didn't pace their reservations well and the first flood of folks all jammed in at once. Not to mention, the restaurant opens at 11am, and at 11:05, people were standing outside in the cold waiting to get in while the staff snickered in the background. I'm going to take this as a one-off experience, but man was it off.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We waited a long time for our entrees while the children grew restless. It was difficult to get the wait staff's attention. The mussels are great!

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service at by brunch was a total failure.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, with a SUPER-size beer list, including lots of draught and bottled beers (I don't drink beer but was totally floored by the breadth of selections), decent wines (could use some more choices), and great food. Their pizza was incredible, including a GF version using chick pea flour.....

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love the restaurant, really good food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice restaurant good menu and the food is good. Love the beer selection. Great draft options and 400 bottles.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Favorite local spot.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Extremely noisy environment. The beer is worth the trip, but the food was found by all three of us as just "OK".

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Awesome mushroom burger and truffle fries. Feta dip was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I didn’t get a booth like I requested and the food is ok for what you pay. Nothing special. I think we come here for convenience because it’s close to where we live more than for the food. Pricey for casual American and portions for appetizers are skimpy. They also messed up our order and put us in a high traffic area which felt cold. Probably wouldn’t return here for any dates.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We normally love Rustico, but the service was slower than usual. The 3 pig sandwich was tasty, but the fries were not hot. The pork chop was just okay. The kids loved their pasta and pizza.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Everything was fine, but it was way too noisy. Could not hear the others at the table of six. Probably won't go for a business meeting again.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Busy bad weather Friday night. Unfortunately our food was a bit delayed (no one's fault of course!) but not only did our waitress acknowledge the delay but the manager came over as well and ensured us we wouldn't be paying for the app. Food was good, great pizzas, loud lively ambience, friendly staff - we look forward to returning soon. Thank you Rustico Ballston.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The waitress never came back after our pizza was delivered, and we really wanted red pepper flakes and parm cheese. We waited 15 minutes eating really slowly in hopes she’d at least come half way through, but she never did. Margerita pizza can always use spice so it was disappointed we didn’t get any.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The salon was phenomenal and the service was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our waiter was very attentive. I told him what type of cider I liked and he came back with a very nice choice. I had the salmon and it was delicious. There were two us sitting across the table from one another. At times is was a bit hard to hear each other. Some of that could have been because we were close to the door. The restaurant was very busy.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious food and very good service. It was super loud in there, but our fault for sitting at a bar table! Love this place

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Rustico is a solid choice for a tasty brunch is a relaxing but inviting atmosphere. Our server was attentive but not overly so, and we lingered but never felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food good. Service attentive and timely.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Coworker going away lunch

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was not great

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Always a great place for meeting colleagues

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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