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About Rustico - Ballston
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.
Arlington, VA 22217
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
$30 and under
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On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.
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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
Rustico - Ballston Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The Gem salad was way over priced for what I received. It had just 3 or 4 asparagus stems in it (no tips), the dressing tasted like low quality store-bought, and otherwise just a mound of cheap gem lettuce. Sweetgreen salads are way better - higher quality ingredients and more diversity of ingredients - all for a third less. I will not return to Rustico.
Service was terrible. I was clear that the waiters were overwhelmed with way too many tables. They did their best to cover for each other but, we ended up waiting for such a long time for just about everything in the dining experience.
Food was upsetting. My mushroom pizza was supposed to have goat cheese on it and there was barely any-- maybe one "dollop" the size of a dime on the whole pizza. They were "out" of a lot of items.
All and all not impressive. No rush to go back.
It was okay; nothing to write home about. The service was good - they were very helpful in moving us inside when the evening insects became too much. The pappardelle pasta was fine but there wasn't much pesto sauce on it and what there was wasn't very flavorful.
Nice dinner on the patio, as indoors is quite noisy. Service was rather slow and sporadic, except for when Ryan the Bar Manager was helping out. He provided an encyclopedic explanation of the beer offerings, provided a sample, then even helped bus the tables.
We came here a year ago and everything was great. Food is still good, but the service was awful. Very inattentive waitress. Had to ask for water/coffee refills multiple times, I had ordered the roasted carrots with my burger but it came out with fries, my husband ordered a beer from her and she dropped it off to the wrong person, and when we ordered dessert (the brunch donuts) they came out with only one dipping sauce when it should have come with all three (she never asked if we just wanted one) and she took all of our napkins and utensils so we had to eat them with our hands. We waited for someone to walk by so we could ask for utensils but no one came so we just ate them with our hands and got our check as fast as possible. The donuts were also a lot better last year-they were hard and doused in powdered sugar. Also, when she eventually brought out the roasted carrots they were very undercooked. Really disappointed with how the service has gone downhill in just a year.
*disclaimer, I work in this industry and empathize with servers/bartenders, but the restaurant was not busy and she was very lax about our experience there*
The brunch was excellent! I had the shrimp and grits and it was awesome which says a lot since I have had shrimp and grits all over the southeast and consider myself an expert critic on the dish. The sausage biscuit slider app was amazing and I would have been perfectly content with a couple of those for my meal! At our table we also got the brunch burger and the bbq pork benedict and no one was disappointed!
We started out sitting outside in the back area but about 5 minutes after, I got all but up by a mosquito and hurried to move inside which they nicely accommodated. We were there for a later dinner so there were a lot of open spaces but not too empty. I always get the chickpea pizza crust and this time I tried the Tuscan chicken which was delis with a great pesto sauce BUT I do have to say Rustico always skimps on their pizza toppings. My boyfriend got the Three Little Piggies sandwich which was humongous and looked like it was dripping with grease and butter. He had a headache afterwards but probably from the saltiness. This visit was fine, nothing special but overall just a pleasant dinner, minus the bug bites.
I enjoy Rustico and have eaten there many times in the past, however this experience was not what up to expectations. We (my husband and I plus our two 80-something mothers) made reservations for the 4th of July at 6 pm. There was nothing on either the restaurant's website or the Open Table app indicating that they were not serving a full dinner menu. There was also nothing in the "message from the restaurant" sent out via Open Table. Imagine our surprise to find out that only the bar menu was available (basically, pizza, snacks or a hamburger) and that the last call was at 7 pm because they were closing early. The service was rushed -- our appetizer, salads and pizza were all delivered at the same time. The food itself was good, no complaints. But Open Table and the restaurants it works with need to give potential diners accurate information during the booking process.
First visit to Rustico. We make a habit of date night Fridays, and usually look for a neighborhood type place. Our criteria are 1) good beer list and 2) simple but tasty food. We were not disappointed here. Our server was able to answer all of our beer questions and make some recommendations based on what we said we liked. I kept it simple and opted for a burger to go with my IPA, while wife had a beet and arugula salad. She was very happy when the server said she could add a protein to the salad (though it would have helped a lot had the menu mentioned this option- it is not listed). She said the grilled shrimp she added were among the best she has had in a while. I likewise enjoyed by burger very much. It was cooked medium, like I asked, but still very juicy. I especially liked that the roll was soft and minimal- one of my pet peeves is when a burger is overwhelmed by the roll, but this roll was perfect. I will note the burger at The Sovereign was a little tastier, but I preferred the roll at Rustico, and it was a few dollars less.
My one and only complaint involves the fries (same complaint I had at the Sovereign). At Rustico the fries were just plain, frozen battered fries. They were cooked fine, but there were what they were. I have a thing against battered fries, and they were not at all what I expected from reading the menu.
All in all, we will be back, I will just skip the fries next time, or hope they step up their fry game!
The food at Rustico is consistently great. I've been many, many times and always loved the food. It's American comfort food, pizza, great apps, but usually with a more creative twist that makes it a little more unique. I love the carrot hummus, had the potato pizza, etc, all great. The fried donuts are dynamite. The service on my last visit was great, but can sometimes be hit or miss. Overall though its a solid restaurant and a great option for just about anything.
We decided to meet here for brunch on Father's Day. We had eaten at the Rustico in Alexandria and enjoyed it and this one in Arlington was comparable. The food was good and we had a variety of dishes from pizza to country fried steak & eggs. Our waitress was attentive and the fathers especially liked getting a free beer on their special day!
Rustico seemed great. I was looking forward to eating there after moving to Ballston recently. Unfortunately, it was a little disappointing. I ordered the lamb ravioli and the sauce was strange and it was overpriced for what I got. The service was a little slow and inattentive. People who ordered the pizza seemed to be enjoying it so I maybe I will give it another chance in the future.
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