Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
883 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 883 People Are Saying
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vipJohnny
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fun place, overall good, nothing extraordinary.

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AngelaT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Ruthies and have already booked a return visit! The food was so good as was the service.

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vipMere
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service!!! But make a reservation, they are busy for brunch.

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vipafenia
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly staff from the time we walked in. Initially we were seated on the patio in the sun but we were asked to move to shade & done so. We ordered hot apple cider and it was yummy. The brisket hash was a beautiful blend of seasonal vegetables.

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owenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious meal, great cocktails and good service!

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GretchenM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been there so often about ready to call it Ruthie’s Every Day

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Banbury
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside, so we could hear each other very well and were able to worry less about Covid infections. It was a chilly night, but Ruthie’s has heaters spread around their outdoor area. Still, I’m not sure what they plan to do when it gets really cold out.

The food was wonderful!

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vipKarimE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent BBQ, fantastic drinks and great ambiance and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends

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vipCharlesD
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is great, service attentive without being overbearing,the ambiance is fine…just the noise was definitely a notch or two above what it’s comfortable. Maybe it’s because we always come for brunch?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good, particularly the apple donuts. The service is also very good.

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ClaireP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie’s All Day is delightful. Great menu with something for everyone, friendly staff and low-key but very comfortable neighborhood atmosphere. This place definitely is on my regular schedule!

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LUIST
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We lives no too far from Ruthiie’s and definitely we liked it. Good place to recommend

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GJ09
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS. Get the oysters--holy moly. You really can't go wrong with anything. Wait staff is attentive. Reservations are definitely needed for dinner.

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Michael
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A unique menu with generous portions of very well prepared and affordable food.

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vipKris
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as all the reviews say!

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Beachbound
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had asked for an outside table, but somehow that request didn't get noted. Everything was great, except inside it was nearly impossible to hear each other. The noise level was quite intense.

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Tracey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed a great meal outside on a lovely fall evening. the staff is lovely…warm, welcoming. something delicious on the menu for everyone. the dessert menu is limited so we got one of each!

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KyleC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

would recommend for outdoor dinning option -- great food, bbq, etc

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Rise2gthr
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've now taken 3 different friends to lunch at RAD. I've eaten indoors and on the patio. I found both seatings perfectly comfortable (well, the indoor chairs are a bit hard on the tush). Even when the restaurant was crowded, I did not feel too close to other tables, and, while the conversation levels were high, I had no problems hearing and listening to my partners. Oddly, the music in the bathroom is much louder than in the main rooms, which, lol, serves a useful purpose, although I don't know if that was intentional! The food is really excellent, I have fallen in love with the Nice Grilled Salmon salade nicoise and appreciate that the anchovies are fresh and on the side. My dining partners seemed extremely pleased with the RAD burger and the Whole Grain salad, the hush puppies and the corn bread. Note that the sides are pretty big servings and are most easily shared. I'd like to try the breakfast menu next! Don't forget that you need to make reservations.

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vipBarbie
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Patio dining is wonderful - nicely spaced tables and umbrellas. Inside the ambiance is somewhat more like a diner - all hard surfaces and little acoustic muffling so it is very loud when full.

The food is very good- large portions and nice ingredients.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The autumn weather was perfect yesterday, so there was no doubt about where to go for an outdoor meal - Ruthie's All Day! The healthy grain salad has been a favorite of mine since RAD opened; last night I added the black bean and quinoa burger to the salad and it was a fabulous combination. Karen had the smoked duck entree with her two favorite side dishes - mac'n'cheese and the pulled pork pinto beans. We finished the meal with the warm campfire cookies and ice cream. Where else in Arlington can you walk from home to this type of meal and neighborhood ambience?

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LindaU
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for a first face to face with a new team member. Service was great and the outdoor seating comfortable. The food was good. The beer selection was great and the mocktails were fun.

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GretchenM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

RAD never ever disappoints! Food has been beyond good every time I have been.

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Sweep
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quality food, great service. A couple menu items a little salt heavy (greens, bbq sauce). Oyster excellent, brisket excellent!

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vipThomasL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meals were wonderful. Smoked Brisket, Salmon, Hanger Steak were all excellent. Even better were the sides. My favorites were the braised greens with smoked tomatoes and the pulled pork pinto beans. Both had great flavor!

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vipDCLiveWorkPlay
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although my husband and I have been to Ruthie's many times, this was our first opportunity to bring my parents along with us. My mother can be a pretty picky eater and hard to please (unfortunately), but she loved everything we ordered - from the dry rub wings and hush puppies to the brisket and sides that she enjoyed. (She even said the mac and cheese was the best she's ever had and commented on how light it was - not a common descriptor for mac and cheese, but it is delicious.) We were really glad we finally got to share the RAD experience with them on their short visit with us.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Girls trip

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JonathanR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. I had a top notch pork sandwich ($8) with a fennel and arugula side ($3); my friend had a corned beef hash which I thought sounded disgusting but turned out to look terrific—big chunks of meat among home fries. The menu is appealing and includes some meal salads as well as brunch and lunch classics. The cloth napkins are ample and parking is easy. The down side was the noise. Really clattery and all hard surfaces. If they toned it down by a few decibels it would make a big difference. Come on, Ruthie, what’s the point of comfort food in an uncomfortable space? But the patio is appealing, so it may be better as a warm weather option

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JonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Second time eating here, and was eager to return after the first - and wonderful - dinner experience.

Once seated (4 adults and one toddler for lunch), it took the waiter close to half an hour to come by with water and take our order. Oddly, by 10:15am they had run out of tea (bar mint and chamomile), which was a shame as it was very cold out and tea is a pretty basic brunch staple.

We had to ask about our order a couple of times, and once it arrived we found that there was missing items on one person's plate, while another received items he didn't order. The food itself was tasty, and would have been better if it hadn't been stone cold. Only reason we didn't complain was because by that time we'd been sitting for more than an hour & just wanted to leave.

Ruthie's is a great restaurant with wonderful food, a peaceful atmosphere and nice staff. This experience was probably a one-off, but if I didn't already know how good it could be I probably wouldn't return as a result. I guess brunch just isn't the time to come.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second meal at Ruthie's All Day in as many days. The staff was able to change our outdoor reservation to indoor dining (due to weather) very seamlessly. As during past visits, we ordered the grilled seafood special. Everything was outstanding. The grilled octopus appetizer is, without a doubt, the best octopus appetizer in the greater D.C. area. We are quite fortunate to have this neighborhood gem within walking distance of our home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We’ve been to R.A.D. twice. Most recently four of us went at 10:30am for breakfast and ate outdoors on their patio. We experienced the most interesting brunch menu around that was absolutely delicious, especially the biscuits, eggs, salad and grits. Surprisingly the prices were not inflated despite the superb food quality.

The first time we came was around 3:00pm when the menu was good but limited. That time we ate indoors. We almost had to scream to hear each other. The music and overall sound in main restaurant was unbearable loud — almost a roar - and we felt sorry for the staff who were exposed to this constant noise. Happily the music is not piped outside. Outdoors will be be our go-to location whenever we dine at R.A.D. again, which will be soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is packed for a reason, food is delicious and service is really good. Was my first time, but won’t be the last one.

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Reviewer
Chicago
7 reviews