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Rustico - Ballston

868 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (11)
  • Casual (10)
  • Good for a Date (8)
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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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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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
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Cross street
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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
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 868 People Are Saying
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KLee (Chicago)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

An amazing brunch! Everything there is so good

vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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

MedFoodLvr (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Great server and food but hostess experience could use improvement.

vipDddd (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipSoup (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

Cam11 (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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

vipEdVG (New York Area)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

We went for brunch on a beautiful Saturday. The inside of the restaurant was almost empty, however the outside seating was almost full. The service was really slow and it took a long time for our food to arrive and to get refills of our drinks. The food was pretty good, especially the pizza. Beware the napkins if you are wearing black!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Service was wonderful. Grilled Caesar delicious added grilled chicken. Going to visit again for dinner

vipKaren (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

This is a good local restaurant. I wouldn't make a special trip to eat here. We ate outside on a gorgeous night. The view is of Ballston expanding, but it was fairly quiet on a Sunday. The server was efficient and friendly. There are hundreds of beers and a really bad wine list. Improve the wine list. The hummus and goat cheese appetizer was very good as was the beet salad. I added chicken to mine and it was a filling dinner. The pizzas are good and if you eat gluten free they do a chick pea crust. I would try that on my next visit.