Rustico Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerSox:
4.38/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located just above Old Town Alexandria, just before some railroad tracks. The area its in seems to be relatively new and somewhat upscale. The Braddock Rd. stop on the Metro is close, but quite a haul for walking, especially on a hot day. It's doable, but only if you have the time.
Walking inside, there is the standard restaurant area to the left with a long bar toward the back left. There is also a bar in the middle of the right area, along with booths and more tables. The interior is pretty creative, with broken glass and beer bottles in a cylindrical wall toward the center near the kitchen. The same is done in the bathroom with little toy cars, airplanes, and mini-beer bottles (Corona and Moosehead). There is an outside patio area from what I have heard, I didn't see it, nor did I sit there (I wasn't looking for it).
The beer selection is expansive, with a large amount of taps, including a cask ale, and a very large bottle list. The beers that are available are both local and from around the world. The cask ale was a little pricey. I've had cask at other places that were close to the same prices as a standard tap. The pint glasses seemed to be reasonable. The Brooklyn Pilsner I ordered was in a Pilsner glass which I don't believe is anywhere near a pint though.
The food was also pricey, but also not your standard bar food. The prices ranged from $12 burgers to $25 steaks. The tables are set up in a fancy way, with specially rolled and tied napkins sitting on plates that get taken away once you order.
Rustico has a very interesting atmosphere with an outstanding beer selection. Things can get a little pricey, but just sitting at the bar enjoying a few beers won't run up a tab that's much above what you can get anywhere else. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. Recommended.
06-21-2009 02:41:02 | More by BeerSox
More User Reviews:
4.76/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
01-22-2014 01:31:38 | More by Badger6
Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
96 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.