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.

4075 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22217
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Randolph

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(571) 384-1820

Website:
http://www.rusticorestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.

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

Executive Chef:
Alissa Jeffery

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

Rustico - Ballston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
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Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
People Watching (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Seasonal (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Gluten Free chickpea crust! One of the best we've tried!

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

An amazing brunch! Everything there is so good

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great server and food but hostess experience could use improvement.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·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!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The feta dip is on point!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were able to get a table outside and when a thunderstorm came through the manager brought us inside and even offered to give us a free dessert. Great service all around and very good food, as always. We'll be back.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Great Beer
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Thanks for the service, ambiance, and excellent food!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great lunch!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

It was lunch time and very quiet. May have been a non-peak day. Food was average. I enjoyed the ambience and service better in the Alexandria location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

I think I speak for both of us that had the hamburger – – it was truly one of the best hamburgers we have ever had.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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*

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice casual restaurant for getting together with friends. Excellent service and great pizza

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We greatly appreciated the server who arranged to lower the music volume when we asked. Always nice to be able to hear the people across the table. Thanks!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Best pizza I've had in a long time. Excellent appetizers too. Nice atmosphere, lively but not too loud. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I took my 2 daughters out to lunch. They loved the pizzas. It was quiet since it was the Monday before the 4th. I don't know how quiet the place will be on a normal day.

Great food and great service.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Food was all over the place – wings really good, fried deviled eggs not so much, burger and salad solid. Good service. Fine for a bite but nothing special. Great beer list.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Excellent beer selections. Very good service. Don't order the Margherita pizza well done. It will be massacred.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene
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