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Rustico

3.9
3.9
1194 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 224-5051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rosmyn Guevara

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Zarah Zijp smelby@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Potomac Greens Drive

  • Parking details

    There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,194 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. C

    Christine

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Our one dish was cold (mashed potatoes) and undercooked (grilled salmon), the manager was nice enough to remove that entree from our check but mentioned they were low on stock with salmon and may not have been able to make a new one anyway. Asked for it to be cooked medium when placing order and it came out rare. Strange experience and overall poor quality of food
  2. B

    Boats1331

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific food, good service during a busy evening. The pasta bolognese was very good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience
  4. BB

    BarryB

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was great as usual, but need to improve service. Never got water, had to get a server to get our drinks well after our food arrived.
  5. JS

    JessicaS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Alexandria. It’s gone way down hill unfortunately.
  6. MG

    MartyG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Generally, we like the food and the restaurant has a lot of potential. We have visited three times thus far. However, improvements are needed to ensure that this restaurant lives up to its capacity. We ordered appetizers and our meal. We expected that the appetizers would arrive first, however, everything came at once. The noise level is acceptable. My husband ordered pasta and asked for bread. We were told the restaurant does not have bread. We would have been glad to pay for bread but we couldn't order it. This, of course, cannot be held against the establishment -- except, possibly the hostess can seat people strategically. At the end of the meal I asked for coffee and it did not taste like coffee. When I asked that it be replaced by another the waitress said that coffee is always a problem "here". I would recommend Rustico with reservation. Loved our waitress.

    RusticoResponded on October 25, 2022Hi Marty, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry to hear about your experience and that we didn't meet the level of service we strive for. I am glad to know that you loved our server. Your satisfaction in my priority and I personally would like to invite you to give it another try. I apologize again for any inconvenience this caused you and looking forward to serving you side of bread and fresh coffee soon. Rupal Kavi General Manager

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Server didn’t put some of our orders in, then put wrong orders in, then overcharged us. Also soda and tea refills are charged per glass so if you get two refills you’re paying $9 for Diet Coke. It’s not on the menu and they don’t tell you when your order or refill…bizarre for fountain drinks. Also there’s a 3% “admin fee” on the check that no one can really explain. For the cost it was just a crappy experience.

    RusticoResponded on October 25, 2022Thank you so much for your review. Every guest’s opinion matters to us as we continually striving to improve our service. We would be even more grateful if you could contact us to let us know what we could do to make your experience better.

  8. L

    Lisa

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We were a group of four. We had not been to Rustico for many years and I’m afraid we won’t be returning. This place needs a management make-over. None of the staff are properly trained which resulted in a really sub-par dining experience. The hostess wanted to seat us at two separate tables for two, not even next to each other. We saw the same thing happening to the party behind us. The waiter was a nice guy, but the service was terrible. Quite a long time before anyone approached the table, even to provide water. The bus staff, again, nice people, were clearing plates before we were finished eating. The drink order took so long that the appetizers came out before the drinks. The drinks are tasteless (don’t get the fall fizz). The pizzas are good, but not good enough to warrant a return visit.

    RusticoResponded on October 25, 2022Hi Lisa, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so sorry to hear we were unable to give you the experience you deserve. This is certainly troubling, and I would love to hear more about it. I would be grateful if you could provide me your contact information. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

  9. K

    Katydid

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    It gives me great pain to write a negative review. I've patronized Rustico on and off for several years and happily referred friends there. This time, it was a bit of a mess in multiple ways which was a shock given my previous experiences. First, we reserved a high top a few days in advance for a Thursday reservation due to a medical issue for a dining companion. When we arrived, the hostess seemed surprised and no high tops were available when looking to seat us. She offered that the staff often doesn't monitor when people go into the bar/tables in the bar to be reserved and was sorry a table wasn't available but we could sit in the restaurant which we did. Once seated, it took several minutes for someone to come to our table. The server, while nice, was completely clueless which seemed to indicate he was new or poorly trained. He seemed unfamiliar with the menu and when a beer was ordered by one of my guests, he brought it unopened with a glass of ice and asked if we wanted an opener which was the only way to open it. He then took a few minutes to retrieve an opener since he didn't have one on him. When we told him beer isn't served with a glass full of ice, he seemed perplexed. Not a fatal flaw since we could decline it, but a surprise for a place that is know for it's extensive beer list and knowledge. Others in our party ordered beers only to be told they didn't have them. After making a few attempts for everyone to get a beverage, precipitated by him going back and forth from the bar to deliver news that a choice wasn't unavailable, he disappeared for about 10 minutes so we had to wait to order food. The food was really good, per normal, but once it was delivered, we didn't see him until we asked for the check. We wanted to order another round of drinks, but that was made impossible due to his disappearance. We left feeling sad and frustrated for the difference in our typical experience. We are now reluctant to go back again or refer friends to visit.

    RusticoResponded on October 25, 2022Hi Katy, I would like to thank you for taking time speaking with me today. I'll be following up with the team to make sure it doesn't happen going forward. Looking forward to serving you in near future.

  10. CH

    ConstanceH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Enjoyed eating outside at Rustico yesterday. The service was slow, but the waitress explained they had a staff shortage. The chicken and waffles was delicious. Would recommend this restaurant. Hope it will be on Restaurant Week list so I can try out prixe fix menu to try other entrees and dessert.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Server was lovely, very personable. My first time here and I had some questions, she was new and did an excellent job finding answers if she didn’t know them. Ordered Steak frites, fries and salad were delicious. The steak was initially sent out too cold to melt the butter topper but the kitchen made it right! Overall, good experience and I’ll return/recommend 😊
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited over 40 minutes for drinks and never was served our food order. Will NEVER go back again. Had take out several times in the past always enjoyed the food. Tried in house dining this time worst experience we ever had. Waiter acted like we never ordered. I will definitely not recommend this place to anyone. So disappointed.

    RusticoResponded on October 16, 2022Thank you so much for your review, I am glad to know that you love our food. Every guest’s opinion matters to us as we continually striving to improve our service. I would be even more grateful if you could contact us to let us know the details about your experience so I can make it right personally. Thanks, Rupal Kavi General Manager

  13. JA

    JeanA

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My nitro stout and white pizza were both delicious! Amazing crust and perfect amount of toppings on the pizza.
  14. LS

    LaurenS

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best meal yet. So glad to have brought a business meeting here with out of towners. They love love loved it! A neighborhood favorite, we did too!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was the most impressive thing. It was excellent. Service quick and very good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, nice vibe outside. Server was new and uninformed but was very nice and accommodating. Enojoyed, would return!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, fun atmosphere.
  18. RG

    RestaurantGoer

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The server was not there mentally. When we asked when our food would be ready, he asked in a surprised tone, “it hasn’t come out yet?”. Then a few minutes later, he showed up saying that the computer system messed up and our order hadn’t gone into the kitchen and he wanted to take our order all over again, even though we no longer had menus at that point. When we asked to discuss it with the manager, he went away and came back in a few minutes to say that she wasn’t available to talk with us.
  19. CL

    CarolynL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    New Staff. New Hostess. Staff did not know the menu.
  20. NB

    NavyBlue65

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rustico is my neighborhood restaurant and I was there recently with my family, including my 8 year old grandson. We had a wonderful meal, the food was its usual well prepared (pizzas, burgers, and salads) and everyone had a great time. I want to point out in particular the attentiveness of server Lily, who made our experience, particularly my grandson's, so enjoyable.
  21. n

    notcarol

    Dallas

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It’s brunch - they should have coffee! Twice now on a Sunday Rustico hasn’t had coffee at brunch. Go to Target and buy a coffee maker - this shouldn’t be a hard thing. It just seems lazy. Don’t have brunch if you can’t serve coffee.
  22. TU

    TeresaU

    San Diego

    47 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We made a reservation requesting a quiet booth inside. We got there the hostess kept pushing us to go sit outside I said no thank you we have a reservation for inside, we requested to sit inside at a quiet booth. Her response, “why don’t you want to sit outside the booths are for other people.” She then reluctantly walked us to a booth. She appeared young, has a strong accent, never smiled ones come and didn’t introduce her self. The waiter was nice polite introduced himself, took or drink orders drinks and took our food order. The appetizer was great, we did ask if the music can be turned down as we had to yell to have a conversation. The main meal was all right, I had a hamburger which had came with fries and a pickle. The pickle had a bite in it. I showed it to the waiter who seemed in shock, took the food away but still charged us.
  23. E

    Elij

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This is probably a good place to have a beer, but I don't recommend them for brunch. There really are only a couple of items on the menu that one would consider breakfast, so, my bad for not realizing this. I have to say that the French toast, comprised of two basic slices of sandwich bread and a scattering of fruit, was described as "stuffed", but we couldn't detect any filling and it didn't come with any syrup or topping, nor was any offered. It was not busy when we were there, yet our server dropped off our food and then never checked back. I would have had to get out of my seat and physically intercept him as he never even glanced at us, and if he gave us his name, none of us heard him. His co-worker stopped by as we were finishing to see if we needed anything.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Brought food with my allergy on it out right after being asked. No bartender that day so the manager made drinks. Food was good but clearly understaffed.
  25. IB

    IsabelleB

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Rustico is always pleasant and never crowded. I appreciate good food, good service and the ability to hear conversations.
  26. K

    Katie

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a great evening - staff were great and apologetic about the wait times. I don’t mind waiting as long as the wait is acknowledged. Food was great - only knocked it down a star because I was expecting my cocktail to be more of a gimlet, but it was kind of watered down and served in a giant tumbler. Just wasn’t as expected. I’ll be back for great food and service! Thank you!
  27. m

    minova

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Available table, attentive server checked often about our meals and needs including drinks. Food was great!
  28. H

    Hardcoreprep

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Over all brunch was okay, nothing I’d rush back too.
  29. G

    Gaylemd01

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As usual, the Grilled Caesar Salad was AWESOME! The Rustico Burger is a must order.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and people here. Pet friendly!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food is always solid and as expected and the beer was good — but we finished every bite of food and drink on our table and then waited another 10-15 minutes before a waiter even got close enough to flag down. No one checked on us once our food arrived — I likely would have ordered another beer but no one came by until we were ready to go. A group of waiters, including the one assigned to us originally, was sitting at the bar eating pizza with their backs to us — it was very unclear whether they were on a break or not. The only waiter who seemed to be working was not originally assigned to us and had to walk all the way across the restaurant when we were finally able to get her attention.
  32. D

    Diner360

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, very tasty. Best fries in Alexandria and refreshing cocktails.
  33. MG

    MaryG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and large salads brought promptly. Loved the beer. All staff were helpful and personable. We had a great time.
  34. MS

    MathewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Only reason I gave slight noise was that we were outside and the road can be quite busy. Apart from that, great food and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Will definitely be back!
  35. BB

    BarryB

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. We had the Baked Feta appitizer on the recommendation from our server and it was fabulous. We all had burgers and they were excellent as well! Great time, food, and service!
  36. V

    Vulturecap

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The salads were uninspired — the Cesar was bland and romaine had no taste. The pizza was good as was the beer selection, although they didn’t have the beer I wanted. I’ll give it another try.
  37. VF

    ValerieF

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    It was Father’s Day and we have been there a couple of times before but the lack of servers are affecting the place. Our food for the first time wasn’t great. Salmon was dry and my son had pasta and it was flavorless. We told the server our concerns. But overall service is always good and food too.
  38. BC

    BettyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing brunch experience today! The food, atmosphere and service at Rustico was so very good. Will definitely be back!
  39. F

    Foodreview

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We waited 1.5 hrs to get our lunch and the place was not busy but they had no cooks per the server
  40. RM

    ReynM

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The baked feta and bacon-wrapped dates were delicious and it’s always nice to be able to dine with our pup on the patio.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rustico using the Order Online button. Rustico also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rustico also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 224-5051.

Rustico is rated 3.9 stars by 1194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Rustico

827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Potomac Greens Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is free parking located behind Rustico, as well as limited street parking near the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rosmyn Guevara

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 224-5051

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Zarah Zijp smelby@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com

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