Rustico

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$30 and under
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American

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Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. 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 inverted T bar with 30 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.
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VD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we were there. Got a lot of different items. All delicious.

GW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food as always is really good. Would like the seating area to be open around 5pm instead of 5:30pm though for those just getting off work.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice on the side, nice atmosphere!

C
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustico is a great place to get together with friends to enjoy artisinal pizza and a wide variety of beers on draft. Love their outside seating with fire pit. Service is very good. Recommend!

s
Denver
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Typically I love Rustico and highly recommend it, going frequently as its a block or so away. But last night, it was off its game. The service was lackluster (one server clearly unhappy, not friendly, and just grunting when grabbing glasses to refill, food took an inordinate amount of time and was cold, wine was warm and tasted as if it was turning, it was hard to get the servers attention when we needed it, but they managed to continually interrupt the conversation - I know that's a really hard balance to get right). Plus it was ever so noisy for dinner time, impossible to talk, unhappy baby, so the music was turned way up. Just not enjoyable........which was unexpected.

OT
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Three years of our multi-generational family of 7 patronizing this restaurant every Friday night (checks always >$150) was not enough for this restaurant's manager to consider that some of our family's adults really liked the kid's personal pizza much better than the meh pizza from the regular menu.. The manager decided to disregard customer loyalty and admonish family members for trying to "game the system". We will not return there ever again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing gluten free pizza and truffle fries!

j
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting even better

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IB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu items - mushroom pizza was delicious - but favorites remain. Excellent service as always. Enjoy trying new beers especially local ones.

DB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We love this restaurant but will not go back for awhile. I do not appreciate that servers and runners can not use common pleasantries, please, thank you, you’re welcome. Our server NEVER said thank you, when presenting the bill or after we had paid the bill. That is just not acceptable.

d
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Rustico...the food and service are both outstanding. HOWEVER, it is NOT worthwhile to use the Restaurant Week menu because it offers no bargain over prices on the regular menu. I wish our someone would have pointed that out to us. Also, when we were there, a nearby table had two little kids whose parents did not seem to care how much they screamed during the dinner. Granted, they were screaming with delight while playing with each other, but it did detract somewhat from our dining experience. So, by all means visit the restaurant. But do NOT order from the Restaurant Week menu and try to steer away from the screaming little ones, which is not always easy to do.

j
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We asked that the music be turned down and it was- immediately! Server was not attentive and was not particularly interested in what we needed. Food was not hot and not particularly inviting. I have been here before and was very disappointed. At this point I could not recommend Rustico to a friend- I have enjoyed it in the past.

SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and exceptional.

a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic and the truffle pizza was excellent! Great find.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good but food portions were somewhat small (at least for the ravioli) and the restaurant was extremely warm and muggy.

VD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were surprised that our pasta entree, which was tasty but expensive, didn't come with any sides and certainly wasn't enough food to make a meal on its own ($17 for six ravioli!). One son said the pizza was okay, and the other liked his fries but wasn't a fan of the fish that was part of the fish & chips meal, usually a favorite dish of his. Although ice cream was supposed to come with the kids' meal, it wasn't offered to my daughter who ordered off the kids' menu. Otherwise, we liked our server. The music was loud enough to make it hard to talk.

MS
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great!

S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the pizza. Excellent salad. Good service. Nice atmosphere just a little loud. Excellent selection of beer

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Music was not appropriate. Almost like staff picked something for themselves.

MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location and good food. What more could you ask for?

BH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little place! Great and interesting variety of beers complimented with good food. Try the Cauliflower - yummy!! Service was excellent- Rebecca was outstanding and helped with beer choices and great recommendations for food.

DL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A little expensive for what you get, but their beer selection makes up for any shortfalls. Truly, one of the best beer selections in the NCR/DMV. Their food selection has too few options. Pizza and a few other items. Food is always well prepared and tasty.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very accommodating for our party of 10. They allowed us to bring a cake and kept it in the back until we were ready to sing happy birthday. Our waiter, Paul was great and made sure we had everything we needed. Our experience couldn’t have been better. We will definitely go back. Oh, the food was really good too.

BC
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Grilled Caesar salad is worth it. Service was excellent

a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Loved Rusticos. Great food and waitress.

NB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustico is our neighborhood place in Alexandria. We are total fans and have been for the past 6 years, even though it is now very popular at certain hours and you need to make a reservation. Putting aside that well-deserved success, Rustico is the perfect place for a late afternoon snack and drink, particularly during its Happy Hour from 4-7. We had some excellent Chilean white and red wine for $5 a glass, and our favorite appetizers Crispy Cauliflower and the Feta Dip. Our "snack" was then a pizza and a burrata salad. Rustico has the best thin crust pizza in the city and we love it. We were in the bar area (where thankfully you do not need a reservation) and were in and hour in less than 90 minutes.

GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu – and new items on it – never disappoint! We sat outside and it was a perfect night. Great service, too - thank you!

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The fish and chips were good but overall the menu is just really heavy. Go fo pizza or comfort foods.

j
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A consistent fantastic meal and experience

IB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Rustico. I'm returning next week to meet other friends. I appreciate that it's quiet, the menu offers a wide variety of dishes from salads to sandwiches and pizza and the extensive beer list. The same server has waited on me several times and she is great. She knows her beers, is enthusiastic and present without being intrusive. The free parking is a huge bonus. Living in DC, it's not an amenity I take for granted. Keep doing what you're doing!

B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice brunch meal outside.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rustico is our goto local bar & grill place. Great food. Wood fired pizza. Something for everyone.

AD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustico is our neighborhood gem!

GG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and service, just wish there were more menu options.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Solid restaurant with good food. Went got Mother’s Day dinner. Mussels tasted a bit fishy this visit, but we will try again. Got the gluten free pizza crust for the first time and it was surprisingly decent! I think the waiter was in training because he got a few things wrong with our order, but managers stepped in to make things right.

CR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our grandchildren love Rustico. we were there on Mother's Day around 1:30 and the team did a very good job in a challenging situation of a full house, people waiting for tables, etc.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Dinner

AL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Been going here since it opened and it gets a little harder to come back each visit. The food is great and the service excellent. The main issue is the draft beer. Seems that each time we come, it becomes more challenging to get a full pint of beer. There are 10, 12, 14 and 16 ounce pours but there is no apparent reason for this. It is not alcohol percentage. Maybe a supply issue? I can easily to go to Yard House for full pints (or more) with a better variety of beer choices. This needs to improve or They are going to lose us as loyal customers.

JW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an early brunch with a one year old in tow. Staff was attentive, and the food was presented beautifully. We didn't feel rushed.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Rustico! Our server Thomas was perfect. I was catching up with an old friend, and we had a great time. I always take everyone I know there because it is one of the few restaurants that in consistent in the fact that the food is always good, the service is always great, and they have local beer! Risotto tots are my fav!

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