Rustico - Ballston

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1068 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Great Beer
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.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Will definitely be back.

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StaceyB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nothing to add to my rating. Not something I need to do again.

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Rasc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great pizza and drinks. Fresh fish was very good too

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DavidR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We go there often and the food is always good. The atmosphere is good too

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ClarkD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Decent place to eat, limited menu but food was pretty good. The decor was fancier than the food, so it was a little odd. Good prices, especially for the Ballston area.

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ronnieg
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was terrific. The service so slow and food came
At
Different times. Some that waited for all to be served had
Cold brunch.

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ROBERTL
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The happy hour draft beer selections are awesome and at a great price. Very friendly server. The pizzas were absolutely delicious. We will be eating there very often!

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RunMamaRun
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good drinks and food. Enjoyed the 5 dip option and risotto tots. Would like to see a few more entrees to choose from that are not pizza...

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AC123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The portions were so small for the money, and the waiter never said anything when we ordered. We all left hungry and disappointed.

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vipHungry
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Great beer selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the food was incredible. Our service was amazing and we really enjoyed everything about the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went during Restaurant Week, Jan. 16, 2020. RW special was excellent, with generous portions over five courses. It was a bit difficult to get refills on drinks, but that was the only issue. Overall, excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food was ok. Have had better pizza. Brussel

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lwithaz
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Four of us went to Rustico during Restaurant week, and we were glad we did. All four got the special, which was Five courses for $35. Every course was delicious, starting with the deviled eggs, with bits of bacon sprinkled on top. That was followed up by a pear and arugula (?) salad, then a terrific course of burrata on diced squash and pomegranate seeds! The main entree was a steak with roasted carrots and onions, cooked perfectly and very tasty! Finally, dessert was a molten chocolate cake! Everyone loved it, but I was so full I had to take my cake home. The drinks were reasonably priced, which was good because we were all drinking something different. Definitely will return in the future, looks like they have lots of outdoor seating for the summer!

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MorganP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Server was terrible, not happy to be there. Made it difficult when ordering food and drink; had to flag him down for the check. He had an attitude when us customers were asking simple questions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant has high ceilings and does little to mitigate noise, so it was pretty noisy. The dipping appetizers were fairly commonplace. The lentils in particular were over salted. The wait staff was very good and even discussed with us the traits of our beer choice to make sure that was what we wanted. We ended up changing our order on the beer after the discussion. The waiter brought us a small glass of the originally selected beer so we could have a taste.

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vipouttakitchen
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The pear salad was very good, burgers were good as well. What we especially loved were the dip selections with bread. Excellent and different. Highly recommend the trout, feta, and the eggplant. Service was excellent. Bar area was cozy.

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vipDeniseS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a family favorite. Service was terrific and we enjoyed our meal. Nice to have a go to for Mom, Dad and the 3 teens.

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visitor
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I enjoyed my dinner with two out-of-town guests. Our service was great and we appreciated that we were note rushed. We were excited to try the chickpea crust pizza and share a bottle of wine. The cauliflower dish was also delicious. I do wish there were more salad options on the menu (especially without meat/cheese) and more whole grain options, in general.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was slow and forgetful. Add the price and it was not a worthwhile experience.

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KHoran
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable place with great food and drink. Will come back again.

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vipBbvis
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pizzas were fantastic. The chicken dish was not anything special. The chickpea dip was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Ballston. I usually go for dinner. This time, I met a friend for brunch. We shared egg sliders, hash browns, and baked feta. All of the food was very good. Service was a little slow, but it was fine because we were not in a rush.

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ClaudiaJS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were looking for a sports bar that wasn't mobbed and wasn't crazy loud. Rustico is perfect. Seated in a booth in the bar area afforded us multiple views of the TV monitors while we enjoyed a lovely dinner including conversation at a normal level while watching the World Series. Super friendly staff included!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service.

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OliviaM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Arlington Restaurant Week menu was absolutely fabulous and such a great deal. Everything was delicious including the cocktails!

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AlyeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everything was delicious! Loved the Caesar salad, pizza and wings!

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HelpfulL
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our third visit to Rustico! We live out of state, but have visited 3 times this past year! The carrot hummus is amazing!!! But everything we’ve had has been great! Every drink is great too!!! I gave 4 stars for service...it seems they are just always busy & staff might be worn a tad thin...but always a great experience even if there’s a slight wait for stFf!!!

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Sarah
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a neighborhood favorite, and we went for brunch on a Sunday morning. We enjoyed the food but it was clear our server was slammed as the only bartender and server for the entire half of the restaurant we were seated in. Not sure if that’s typical of a Sunday brunch for Rustico, but it was surprising to us both having worked in the industry. The food was great, maybe slightly on the expensive side for the pizza, but we do look forward to returning! Pink Ocean pizza was our favorite. Leftovers went too fast!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat service we’ve had and great food!

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vipPeterC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great selection of beer. I had the NY strip that’s excellent.

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marke
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

screwed up my food, looked a bit run down.. maybe Bar was Ok

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fsofed
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Rustico used to be one of my favorite pizza places. The many dozens of beers are still a highlight, and our server was very attentive and friendly. However, they've shrunk the pizzas, which also weren't as well made as in earlier years, and the pear salads were mostly greens and far too light on the pears and cheese. It looks like cost-cutting has become corner-cutting, and Rustico is no longer the value it once was. I won't be going back.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the salads and the cheesecake; outstanding, quality of food, service, and price; bravo Rustico!

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vipFamilytime
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The burger was in seasoned and over cooked they usually have great food

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for happy hour. Great place for food and a variety of beers.

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vipGkenn
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I ordered an arugula salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata. But what I received had no arugula. And no one responded to our attempts to get attention. Furthermore, we had to ask to order. And we had to ask to receive a check.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Everything was meh.... steak was tough, veg were under cooked..... restaurant needs a revamp of both food and interior

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vipNathanZ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Service was fast. Food was delicious. Excellent value. We are definitely coming back.

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Rustico - Ballston does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rustico - Ballston also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 384-1820.

Rustico - Ballston is rated 4.4 stars by 1068 OpenTable diners.

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