Rustico Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Rustico in Alexandria is becoming a go to place for me. Great draft selection (Had Sculpin on draft today), and big bottle list, and always a couple cask ales. The atmosphere is nice, not too loud, and usually not super packed for lunch. The service has been nothing but phenomenal, and I've been there probably 10 times over the last year. I ordered an espresso today, and their espresso machine was on the fritz. My waitress said, "I'll find you one", and ended up going across the street to get me one. Wow. It's been like that every time too. Above and beyond the call of duty. The food is fantastic as well- never had anything there that's been less than stellar. You can drop $30-$40/lunch w/ a couple beers, but it's worth it. Fantastic place, and I will continue to go there at least monthly. HIGHLY recommended!!
03-12-2011 01:38:54 | More by jayhawk73
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4.76/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
One of my go to places when we're out in the town and in the mood for a few good beers. I really enjoy the couches by the fireplace. If you get there early enough, you can secure a seat there. Fun art and tile work decorate the walls. Open and spacious feeling.
Nice list of rotating drafts, offering a variety of styles, to include a few out of market beers. Two casks available.
Decent bottle list, although some of the beers are marked up way too high. This isn't a cheap place by any stretch.
Great food. Far above average for a place that is seemingly focused on beer.
Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
09-12-2013 23:01:52 | More by Huhzubendah
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
04-24-2013 02:26:44 | More by Sludgeman
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My wife and I visit this location several times a month, and it never gets old. The atmosphere is really nice. It has a very modern feel with nice decor. It's usually crowded enough to not feel like a forgotten location, but is rarely excessively crowded, though admittedly we don't tend to go here on Friday or Saturday nights. The only place I take off points here is the lighting, which is almost non-existent in some areas of the bar.
The beer quality and selection are both fantastic. While the selection has dipped a bit since Churchkey opened up and presumably takes some of Rustico's allocation, this is still one of the prime spots in Northern Virginia to grab a beer. The tap list is filled with interesting offerings from here and abroad, and is frequently rotating.
The service is normally quite good. Some of the bartenders and servers are friendlier than others, but all tend to be very competent.
The food is quite good. The pizzas are my favorite, though the entrees tend to be very nice as well.
Overall, it is a bit on the pricey side, but not out of the norm for the area.
02-16-2012 13:25:16 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been to Rustico in Alexandria twice now. First was for a birthday and the second was for Port City Brewery’s One year anniversary stout release. The place has a great vibe, it feels upscale but relaxed. The beer selection is amazing; there was a great selection and variety of beers. The staff is very knowledgeable. It is hard to find a waiter/waitress who truly understands their beers and beer/food pairings. The food was amazing but the prices were a little high. Because of this, I don’t know how often I can afford to go back. Otherwise, a great place.
02-13-2012 16:49:42 | More by DapperGrowler
Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
96 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.