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Rustico Restaurant & Bar

Not Rated.
Rustico Restaurant & BarRustico Restaurant & Bar

69 Reviews
Reviews: 69
Visits: 88
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-1219
United States
phone: (703) 224-5051

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rusticoslaters

Place added by: novabeerguy on 03-05-2006

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 88
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located just above Old Town Alexandria, just before some railroad tracks. The area its in seems to be relatively new and somewhat upscale. The Braddock Rd. stop on the Metro is close, but quite a haul for walking, especially on a hot day. It's doable, but only if you have the time.

Walking inside, there is the standard restaurant area to the left with a long bar toward the back left. There is also a bar in the middle of the right area, along with booths and more tables. The interior is pretty creative, with broken glass and beer bottles in a cylindrical wall toward the center near the kitchen. The same is done in the bathroom with little toy cars, airplanes, and mini-beer bottles (Corona and Moosehead). There is an outside patio area from what I have heard, I didn't see it, nor did I sit there (I wasn't looking for it).

The beer selection is expansive, with a large amount of taps, including a cask ale, and a very large bottle list. The beers that are available are both local and from around the world. The cask ale was a little pricey. I've had cask at other places that were close to the same prices as a standard tap. The pint glasses seemed to be reasonable. The Brooklyn Pilsner I ordered was in a Pilsner glass which I don't believe is anywhere near a pint though.

The food was also pricey, but also not your standard bar food. The prices ranged from $12 burgers to $25 steaks. The tables are set up in a fancy way, with specially rolled and tied napkins sitting on plates that get taken away once you order.

Rustico has a very interesting atmosphere with an outstanding beer selection. Things can get a little pricey, but just sitting at the bar enjoying a few beers won't run up a tab that's much above what you can get anywhere else. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. Recommended.

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3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I've stopped by Rustico numerous times and always enjoy the beer and food. On my last visit they had De Ranke XX ($8), Blvd Saisonbrett ($7), Jade IPA ($5), Spacewalker ($4) and several others. Not bad for a draft list.

One of our beers came out with a bit of foreign material floating in it (probably something from the beer line that dislodged) and our waitress exchanged it immediately. I wouldn't ding Rustico just because it does happen occasionally. We also were brought a beer that we didn't order and were told to keep it on the house.

Food is above average and include pizzas, hummus and other better bar food.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Badger6
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I used to live around the corner from this place...I wish I still did, it is probably the best bar I've ever visited.

The food is unique, eclectic, and always tasty...just understand that you may see some stuff font he menu that will be a surprise, like Pizza Duck Confit. But, don't let that dissuade you, the food is always good, and well prepared. When busy, the presentation can suffer, and sometimes the food quality (which still remains exceptional) is not as good as when not busy. Favorite time to visit the place was late afternoon, right at the beginning of happy hour or early Sunday afternoon.

Service never suffers, but the busier it gets, the longer it will take to get a refill, but planning ahead, and you'll never see the bottom of the glass.

Selection. Nearly 40 taps, casked ales, and hundreds of bottle varietals. You will find something you like there...from PBR all the way to a $40 a bottle rarity. They have it, if they don't they either sold it out, or it is not at the distributor.

Easily a go to...like I said, wish I still lived around the corner.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

One of my go to places when we're out in the town and in the mood for a few good beers. I really enjoy the couches by the fireplace. If you get there early enough, you can secure a seat there. Fun art and tile work decorate the walls. Open and spacious feeling.

Nice list of rotating drafts, offering a variety of styles, to include a few out of market beers. Two casks available.

Decent bottle list, although some of the beers are marked up way too high. This isn't a cheap place by any stretch.

Great food. Far above average for a place that is seemingly focused on beer.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Updated after a 4/22/12 visit.

Very similar to the Ballston location. Excellent selection of beer, but never the same as Ballston, so do not make that assumption. 40+ taps and a book for the bottles.The bottle beer can get quite expensive. On tap is the way to go, especially with 40+ choices.

A good bar scene with a vibe more towards a younger crowd (more so than Ballston). I like the bar and lounge layout better in Alexandria. Seems a little brighter which is preferable for me. Nice bar with knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.

A nice place to eat. Their menu is a bit "fancy." The pizza I had was better the second time. The "grilled" pizza was wonderful.

Parking can get a tight on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I visit this location several times a month, and it never gets old. The atmosphere is really nice. It has a very modern feel with nice decor. It's usually crowded enough to not feel like a forgotten location, but is rarely excessively crowded, though admittedly we don't tend to go here on Friday or Saturday nights. The only place I take off points here is the lighting, which is almost non-existent in some areas of the bar.

The beer quality and selection are both fantastic. While the selection has dipped a bit since Churchkey opened up and presumably takes some of Rustico's allocation, this is still one of the prime spots in Northern Virginia to grab a beer. The tap list is filled with interesting offerings from here and abroad, and is frequently rotating.

The service is normally quite good. Some of the bartenders and servers are friendlier than others, but all tend to be very competent.

The food is quite good. The pizzas are my favorite, though the entrees tend to be very nice as well.

Overall, it is a bit on the pricey side, but not out of the norm for the area.

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Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
96 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.