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Rustico Restaurant & Bar

Not Rated.
Rustico Restaurant & BarRustico Restaurant & Bar
BA SCORE
96
world-class

69 Reviews
Reviews: 69
Visits: 87
rAvg: 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

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 87
Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Wanted to try this place out for awhile since they had an impressive tap selection and it was close to a friend's house. Stopped in early on a Friday afternoon and were among about another half dozen people in the bar area. The decor of this place will have you looking around for about the first 30 minutes---bottles sticking out of the wall, broken glass affixed to the bar, etc. Very interesting.

The beer selection was impressive with about 30 selections in distinct categories; Crisp, Hop, Malt, Roast, Smoke, Fruit & Spice, Tart & Funky, and REAL ALE. Something for everyone in the group, to be sure.

What I wasn't impressed with were the food options. From a $10 cheese sandwich to a butternut squash soup, they just weren't selections I would typically opt for when enjoying a few pints. Oh well, to each his own. It's nice to have options and Rustico (with its impressive beer list) will remain one of ours in the future. (933 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of kristougher
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
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. (621 characters)

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cjgiant
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MattNelson
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
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. (625 characters)

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. (726 characters)

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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of DapperGrowler
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (569 characters)

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