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Rustico - Ballston

4.1
4.1
1156 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 384-1820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Angel Gonzales

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Rustico Ballston! located within walking distance of the Ballston metro, Rustico Ballston’s private dining room and bar are waiting for you!

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Chuvalas: (571) 384-1820

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Randolph

  • Parking details

    On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.

  • Public transit

    Ballston-MU Metrorail station;# ART routes serving Ballston- * ART 41 * ART 42 * ART 51 * ART 52 * ART 53 * ART 62 Metrobus routes serving Ballston, * 1BCDEFZ * 2ABCG * 10B * 22A * 23AC * 25A,C,D * 25B * 38B

  • Additional

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

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Grabbed a quick dinner with friends and was very impressed with the pizzas. The fungi is delicious.
  2. VS

    VictoriaS

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a single diner on a work trip, this was such a great experience. Outside patio under the string lights was great ambiance and the service was amazing even with one person taking up a 4 top table! Food, wine & dessert were all excellent
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    V cracked coffee mug. Food not hot enough. Poor English muffin.
  4. TS

    TonyS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great meal and service! Will go again…..
  5. J

    Jacqueline

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service is excellent. The vibe is lively and fun without being so loud you can not hear each other. The baked feta was amazing. Creamy and hot served with pita. The brisket cheesesteak was delicious with just the right amount of heat. The mushroom pizza was yummy. The creamy mushroom sauce with the mixed mushrooms perfect. Overall great value for great food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was thrilled to see that they still feature the beignets (now called donuts on the menu). Three of us shared multiple appetizers and dessert. Delicious. The service was wonderful—Landon was very attentive!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Service was not great. Typically a big Rustico fan-however sat down at 615pm, and food did not arrive until 840. Simply inexcusable
  8. GC

    GailC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was up visiting my son at college. Server was pleasant and efficient. Great food options and food came out without feeling rushed or waiting to long. Food tasted very good, from apps, burgers and pizza.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The service and food was awful. Fountain drinks where not drinkable. Waited for a waiter to show up about 30 minutes with a drink.
  10. MS

    MSBunny

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Labor Day Monday in the late afternoon meant low turnout at this beer-laden gastro-pub. But the TVs had the US Open tennis on, and the accompanying food and drink was very tasty! I had a dark coffee-esqe Marvelo (sp?) beer that paired nicely with the piping hot rigatoni con bolognese. The waiter was quite good and attentive. The bill was reasonable, although I had to question the 3% "kitchen appreciation" charge since I'd never seen that before. Worthy of a second visit, for sure!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    On vacation. Visiting a family friend in Arlington, she recommended Rustico and we were very pleased with it all! Extremely tasty food and just excellent experience. Would absolutely visit again!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Really poor service. No waiters at all. Forgetting drinks. Never coming by.
  13. m

    maddiem

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service was seriously lacking. We couldn't find our waiter for 30 minutes and the manager was rude when we requested a new glass as the one we were given (with our drink in it) was dirty with lipstick!
  14. p

    painter216

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The service here was very good on a not busy Saturday evening. There were two large groups at opposite ends of the dining room, but our waiter took very good care of us because there very few other diners besides the groups. The interior of the restaurant has a bit of an echo - not much here to absorb sound, so it was noisy. However the food was very good and nicely prepared . The individual white pizza with grilled chicken on top was excellent. The Rigatoni Bolognese was very good too. There is a full bar and enough wines by the glass to make an choice easily. There is a public parking garage around the corner, if you can't find street parking. It is $10. for 2 hours.
  15. EH

    EllisH

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food and drinks were very good, but the service was terrible. Our waiter was unkempt and unprofessional. Our drink order was delivered during the meal - who drinks a cocktail with their main course? When we asked for the check because we declined dessert, our server disappeared for 10 minutes- I had to ask the manager for the check. I understand that service sector challenges continue to impact the dining experience. But please don’t charge me $30 for a dish, ask for my feedback, and then fob me off with a list of why you can’t get good help.
  16. c

    catiet

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Food was just alright -- service was absolutely terrible. Only one of the appetizers came out, when we ordered a glass of wine they brought the wrong wine 3 times.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Poor service from start to finish.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual!
  19. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food is great, love the fried cauliflower and baked feta shareables, but the service is so consistently bad it makes it tough to recommend or bring friends and family. Even when it’s slow, the service is somehow even slower. But the food is always a hit.
  20. S

    Scott

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    This experience at Rustico was so bad it pains me to write this review. The first time I went here I had such a great experience but yesterday was the complete opposite so I will not be going back again. We arrived for our reservation and were seated at a table where we did not have a waiter. We had to scan QR codes and order our food for the entire table. We then proceed to have food runners bring out drinks and food in randomized order despite ordering everything at the same time. We received main dishes, and apps first and had to wait 45 minutes for our bottle of wine to finally arrive by the time we had pretty much finished eating. It was a terrible experience would not recommend, and they absolutely need to change that model.
  21. j

    jace

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not the normal neighborhood pub. Great beer selection and EXCELLENT food. We didn't try the pizza, but we will for sure on our next visit.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    We were seated at a booth inside that was so darkly lit we couldn't read the menus. The light fixture over our table was broken and hanging down. The staff was definitely trying hard to get to all the tables and they were short staffed. It took 20 minutes to get water served and the food was overly salted, especially the spaghetti and meatballs. Nothing special here, Will not be going back. Better service if you sit at the bar.
  23. MS

    MicheleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service Would recommend
  24. R

    Richard

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Overall it was fine. There weren't any outstanding negatives or positive. One drink was made incorrectly, but the manager jumped right on it and remade the drink and brought to the table; a demonstration of a great manager. The food was fine; nothing bad, nothing that stood out.
  25. S

    Sari

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was slow but it was Mother’s Day brunch and it was very busy so that is somewhat understandable. Food was quite good.
  26. MM

    MaryM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  27. M

    Ming

    Washington DC

    196 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a surprisingly good lunch here. I'd been here 10 years ago and my meal was not good so I hadn't been back until yesterday. Pleasantly surprised. Good lunch deal. My sandwiches was good. My soda was good and fizzy. We were seated in their pleasant outdoor patio. Waiter Charley was attentive, informative, and welcoming. All in all, life was good.
  28. F

    countryFrenchhopeful

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Ever since the start of the pandemic Rustico Ballston has really struggled. I used to love the place but now we go mostly out of convenience. I hope they can begin to improve.
  29. P

    Peter

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This was a business lunch. Service was incredibly slow. I think they lost our order. It took 90 minutes to get a salad. My guest ordered a chicken sandwich and received a chicken salad. The waiter never refilled my iced tea once in 90 minutes. I was disappointed. Will try the oyster place nearby next time.
  30. JM

    JMSDMVT2

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    It was Easter Brunch the service was lacking but the food was good. Don't think I'll return.
  31. BS

    BrionnaS

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    It was ok! No one was at the hostess station to seat us until after a 10 minute wait. Only 2 servers on our side which made it hard to even place a drink order. Food came out fairly quick, so that was pleasant. Only thing is they charged my card twice putting me in the negative saying it will be refunded within 3-5 days such an inconvenience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very loud, people kicking the back of my seat. Too dark to read the mienu. Pizza was cold. Salad never came. Drinks took forever. Out of lots of drafts.
  33. j

    jmfitzz

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal and thought the atmosphere was great. The service was friendly and fast. Nice variety on menu. But the wine pour was weak.

    Rustico - BallstonResponded on April 12, 2022Thank you so much for your kind words, Jm. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us! Sorry about the wine pour, if you have the time I would love to hear how we can improve. I can be reach here via email - esosa@rusticorestaurant.co Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  34. C

    Cherrios

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Gosh. Sat down and waited for a server to show up. 20 minutes went by and still waiting. If the server has yet arrive to work, don’t let the diners sit in their spot, instead of asking us to find our own seating. What a waste of our time. The time to get our bill was atrocious. Why is it that I have to flag someone down, to give us our bill!! Ridiculous. It does not have to be that way.
  35. AA

    AARON

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a neighborhood restaurant/bar scene that's frequently changing, Rustico is a steadfast refuge that consistently offers first-rate food and drinks in an adult atmosphere. The carrot hummus or risotto tots with a cold draft beer are hard to beat.

    Rustico - BallstonResponded on April 12, 2022Hi Aaron, Wow, we were blown away by your positive words, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a detailed review! We’re very grateful for customers like you and hope you stick with us for years to come! Thanks again! Estefanie Sosa General Manager

  36. HT

    HilaryT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing beer selection, great seasonal food options, excellent service - Rustico is always a great choice!
  37. MR

    MoRs

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Our waiter was more concerned with tables outside than any of the indoor tables. He was slow and the experience was tedious. Refills for kid sodas was 3.00 and am adult portion serving of spaghetti was two bites while the adult penne was massive. The Salmon was bland and unimpressive.
  38. AB

    AnthonyB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The food can be fantastic when the place is less busy. The selection of drinks is quite good, and I appreciate the clearly labeled menu. We had an issue with food and some of the waitstaff on our last visit -- this was taken up immediately by management via OpenTable and was handled with care and attention. We will try this location and update scores as it is nearby. But in the meantime, the Alexandria location appeared to be more professional and consistent.
  39. E

    Emily

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour prices and diverse selection to choose from!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food is always good. Was super dirty though.

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rustico - Ballston using the Order Online button. Rustico - Ballston also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rustico - Ballston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 384-1820.

Rustico - Ballston is rated 4.1 stars by 1156 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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

4075 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Randolph

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On Street - Metered, Pay Garage located under building. Entrance off Randolph Street.

  • Public transit

    Ballston-MU Metrorail station;# ART routes serving Ballston- * ART 41 * ART 42 * ART 51 * ART 52 * ART 53 * ART 62 Metrobus routes serving Ballston, * 1BCDEFZ * 2ABCG * 10B * 22A * 23AC * 25A,C,D * 25B * 38B

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angel Gonzales

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (571) 384-1820

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at Rustico Ballston! located within walking distance of the Ballston metro, Rustico Ballston’s private dining room and bar are waiting for you!

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Chuvalas: (571) 384-1820

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