Rustico Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by siege06nd:
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
It's a craft beer bar, a gourmet pizza joint, a foodie haven...basically, it's my favorite bar in town.
Atmosphere: Fantastic. The interior is open, dark earth tones and wood adorn the restaurant. The bar area has a nice assortment of booths, tall-boys with stools, and even a lounge area with a couple of coffee tables. All are first come, first serve. The dining area is also impressive, with booths and table/chair set-ups all over. The design is similar to Churchkey, a blend of modern and rustic (HAH!) that is warm and inviting.
Quality: Great. One of the deepest draft lists and cellars I have seen. Always high quality craft beer on tap, often uber local, import, or rare items. They pair the beers with the appropriate glassware, which is a refreshing break from the standard pint glass that seems to plague this area (yep, I've had Abacus out of a standard pint). Food menu is deep, and foregoes standard pub fare in favor of eclectic, creative dishes.
Service: No complaints. Bartenders are knowledgeable and wait staff is happy to make recommendations on both the food and drink menu. They know the big draw here is the beer, and it is obvious management takes the time to train its staff in this regard. I'm used to staff having to check with the bartender for recommendations or questions, but the wait staff here knows its beer. Doesn't take too long to get seated, even on busy weekends.
Selection: Deepest beer list in Virginia. Great selection of imports, locals, and craft favorites. Almost always something rare on tap as well. They frequently throw events (e.g. brewer's nights). Food is also impressive. Their pizzas are made with choice ingredients and the rest of their menu offers more variety and complexity than one would expect from a beer bar.
Food: Outstanding. Gourmet pizza is the centerpiece of the menu, but there are plenty of other options (apps, salads, steaks/chicken/fish) to choose from, all inventive and all delicious. I've not had anything here that I haven't enjoyed. If you like pairing beer with food, this will be your mecca because of the flavors and complexities offered not only on tap, but on the menu as well.
Value: It's a little expensive, but the experience is one of a kind. Highly recommended.
07-24-2011 18:24:25 | More by siege06nd
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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.