Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
481 reviews
$30 and under
American
The menu follows a Southern-fried meat-and-three concept, meaning diners order a meat, plus three sides. Those will include Ruthie’s mac and cheese, of course, but also white-soy-braised greens, stewed chickpeas and smoked cauliflower with a spicy soy glaze. “We’re going to be changing it a lot based on seasonality,” Hill says of the menu. “ Every vegetable has got to be fantastic because it has to stand on its own.” One thing that will help that: Hill is already growing all of the restaurant’s own herbs at his South Arlington community garden plot.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 481 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRachelA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We came for Father’s Day. Made a reservation almost a month ago and was pretty disappointed to get there and pork, brisket and ribs were all sold out. Poor planning you guys.

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ChErD
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cute, good Service, good highly over priced food, super loud. Might go again.

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Sampsonite30
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They were out of most meats. It was Father’s Day. The food we had was very good, not exceptional

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Deborah318
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day

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SheilaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening sitting outdoors. The service was excellent and so was the food. The staff moved an umbrella for us to provide shade. I would recommend eating here to friends.

JS
vipJSRS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service lived up to the high standards set in the reviews. Unfortunately, the noise was majorly distracting. We could not hear conversations. I sincerely hope the owners invest in soundproofing materials.

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vipDogwood
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

EVERY TIME WE GO TO RUTHIES I ALWAYS PLAN WHAT I'M GOING TO HAVE ON MY NEXT VISIT. IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT A DINER AT A NEARBY TABLE HAS ORDERED THAT LOOKS IRRESISTIBLE. IVE BEEN PROVEN RIGHT ON 4 VISITS LEADING ME TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS SCRUMPTIOUS. THE BISCUITS & THE YEAST ROLLS ARE EXCEPTIONAL & PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE 'MAINS'.

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Rose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We ended up moving inside owing to the threat of rain. It was very kind of the hostess to accommodate us.
My friend and I sat next to each other at a table in the middle of the room. It was so noisy we had to shout to hear each other, and I still could not catch some of what she said (there's nothing wrong with my hearing!). I hope something can be done to dampen the noise level inside. It takes the fun out of catching up with friends when conversation is so difficult.
That said, my brisket bennie was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is consistently fresh and amazing.

TM
TiffanyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night dinner! The smoked oysters are incredible. Very fast service and good food.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great and tasty experience. We were sat quickly, the food was great, service was great, leading to a great experience

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vipElizabethS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had a reservation but had to wait for 30 minutes before we were seated outside. The woman seating us told me our drinks would be comped but they were not. I love traditional meat and there’s in the South but usually the vegetables and the bread are the best part. Here, the meat was cooked really well (we had chicken tenders and brisket) but the sides were disappointing and the bread was cold and was served without butter.

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Drew
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It is nice southern food with southern portions. Everyone at the table took leftovers. I don't know if it is because we are coming out of Covid, but it seemed like there weren't enough waiters for tables. My father's pulled pork were missing sauces and no napkins for the ribs. It took us at least 10 minutes to get the waiters attention. Other than that it was a great experience.

JM
vipJMNoVa
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Nice patio area. Great service. Outstanding food. Will return.

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Rhoda
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this restaurant and will definitely go back. Like that I could reserve outdoor seating.

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vipTimT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for dinner and enjoyed everything. The spare ribs were perfectly done as well as the Branzino, which was delicate.

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ArlingtonBoricua
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Halibut special was superbly cooked, the rhubarb gastrique & kale were perfect complement. I know RAD is a bbq joint but they have a knack for delicate & extraordinary cuisine. So many other reasons we will continue to visit their knowledgeable servers, great bar selections, fab managers that greet us like family & a kitchen that rocks🥂

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mdhm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Went in the evening and service was VERY slow and VERY intermittent. Food, including appetizers, took more than an hour...wasn't sure if our server forgot to put in the order. The experience was difficult, but the food was delicious. I've only been a couple of times and had a very different experience both times thankfully - quality of service, ambiance, and food was on point and delightful. Hoping this negative experience was a once-off.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! The servers were attentive and the outside porch had a relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

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kmurr
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

As always, had a lovely meal - although I hope you can work on the acoustics in the near future :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Patio is lovely, plenty of shade but when the sun was intrusive we asked the waiter to adjust our umbrella which was not an issue at all. High chair available for my little one, no kids menu which for us was fine, portions are huge. All of the food was SO good. Service was prompt and friendly.

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MDLAlex
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, helpful server. A few more servers on the patio would be great!

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Circagirl
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was amazing, full of flavor, generous portions and attractively presented. The restaurant was bustling and the staff was quite busy. We were lucky to be seated at an outside table. Inside the restaurant the noise was deafening.

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ChristyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a little gem this place is. There's something for everyone on the menu and the food is excellent. I had the grilled curry shrimp with a side of the fennel arugula salad and the roasted sweet potatoes. The arugula salad had just the right amount of dressing and the sweet potatoes, as simple as they were, were buttery and perfectly seasoned, probably the best sweet potatoes I've had anywhere! The curry shrimp was phenomenal and not too spicy. I can't wait to return and try other things on the menu.

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vipSoup
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first visit to RAD was a good experience. The weather was splendid, so we ate outdoors. We each had "simple" sandwich, with a side of the roasted sweet potatoes. The brisket was quite tasty, although one piece was extremely fatty. The coleslaw topping and the pickles were good compliments to the brisket. The potatoes were excellent -- not too sweet. No room for dessert -- we will try that next time! Parking can be a challenge if they are busy.

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SamuelD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here twice already with plans to keep coming back. Their food is very good, and they have friendly and professional staff that provide great customer service.

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Paul
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to visit. Good variety of food and nice front desk and table service. Prices are very reasonable. Try for outdoor dining though as quite noisy inside for some.

MB
vipMauryB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great, casual place with outstanding food and service.

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SteveJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a bit early for our reservation but they were able to seat us right away. Quick, attentive service, the portions were generous and the food was very good. We were seated outside so the noise level was fine. I’m a retired restaurant lifer and very happy to have a quality place like Ruthie’s All Day in the neighborhood.

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SueinAlexandria
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal outside with great food; we enjoyed everything we ate. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipTES214
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have visited Ruthies All Day and sat at the outdoor patio. Both times we have had excellent service, excellent food, and an overall excellent experience.

We were a group of 6 for brunch. We started with orders of both the deviled eggs and cornbread; both excellent and worth ordering. For our mains we ordered: Fried Chicken Cobb (Great), pimento sandwich (worth ordering), vegetable benedict (Great), grain salad (hearty, but light), breakfast plate (standard). We really enjoyed brunch, but loved dinner, so will probably come back for dinner again next.

We didn't order breakfast cocktails, but saw some come out, which looked very nice and colorful. It was pretty busy, so it looked like the bar may have been a little backed up, but everyone around us looked happy.

Also, order dessert. The campfire cookies were amazing. Unbelievable. I am mad at myself that we skipped dessert after dinner on our first visit.

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Stacey
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Plenty of outdoor seating.

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TammyC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food. Nice to have a quality local place to visit. We will
Go back

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Helen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

great food, a tad expensive.

love the variety of food.

I thought the "starters" would be made to order; however, the cornbread was a tad "less than" warm.

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Leslienva
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the brisket and pulled pork. Delicious food and great service!

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vipShinyNeighborhoodGem
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Politely attentive service. Tasty brunch menu options, so long as you’re not being hyper-sensitive about calorie counts. Skillet cornbread appetizer is a tasty treat for a few shared nibbles between a group of four. Any main option with a biscuit will leave you full and happy.

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BobbiesBytes
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We entered a highly lively atmosphere heightened by concrete flooring, an expansive space my brisket was tender and smokey. The sides of cheesey mac n' cheese and creamy coleslaw were traditional tasty comfort accompaniments; the charred brussels sprouts with fish sauce was awesome. The substantial portions unfortunately did not leave us with room for dessert...next time! Ruthie's is a terrific neighborhood spot to relieve the stresses of the week (parking is not a problem, no worries there!).

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VaSquareResident
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Very good food and generous servings. Noise level beyond comfort. The noise level distracted from the dinner. Something needs to be done with the noise before I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Highly recommended and will be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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You can order delivery directly from Ruthie's All-Day using the Order Online button. Ruthie's All-Day also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 888-2841.

Ruthie's All-Day is rated 4.7 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.