Rustico Restaurant & Bar

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

21 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
5.57%
 
 
Taps:
39
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4075 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22203-1797
United States

(571) 384-1820 | map
www.rusticorestaurant.com

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Added by jjboesen on 11-09-2010

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Reviews by rhartogsq:
Photo of rhartogsq
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love the selection here. I can't even mention what they have since the extensive tap list is always changing. And the bottle section is huge!.
I love getting samples of beers I have always wanted to try....though if you get enough, you tab can get high.
The food is decent. I like the spicy shrimp pizza. I hate the grilled pizza. Fried defiled egg is a disappointment, fries are great! If you drive, street parking can be tricky,unless you park in the mall garage. The bathrooms are also cool.
From the same restaurant family as Churchkey.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dave_Treat
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Very nice restaurant and bar. Went for lunch, not too crowded. Food menu was not large, but varied pizza, salads, entrees burgers, etc. The draft menu was awesome. Great selection of locals and other great beers. Very nice ones while i was there like Sump, Hawaiian Speedway, and Bozo. Service was great. I'll be back.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Slack
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Rustico has been a goto of mine for several years. The food and drink are great. Th draft menu changes almost daily while the food is on a seasonal basis.

The good:

The beer. The tap list consists of locals, nationals, and internationals. It generally follows area distribution i.e. Abraxas hits shelves and a couple weeks later it is on tap.

The Food. Pizza is Rustico's main selling point. Pizza is also subjective - some like NY, others Chi-town. The pizza here is closer to NY in looks but taste wise would be considered gourmet. If pizza isnt your thing, they have entrees and apps as well.

The brunch. Two reasons here, the restaurant is generally empty (you can sit in the bar area) and the brunch menu is great.

Bar area has plenty of tv's.

Neutral
Pricing. The beer "taste" prices seemed to have increased considerably from the beginning of 2015 to the end. No ideas as to why but two flights (of four) can be upwards of $40.

Food portions seemed to have decreased a bit too. Previously you got a mini loaf of bread with the mussels pot, now 4 slices.

Reservations. You cant reserve seating in the bar area. 1st come 1st serve makes people stand overly close to your table while sitting there.

The bad
Its loud in the restaurant area.

Drink (table) service can be a bit slow during peak times. Drink bar service is almost impossible during peak times.

Wild cards
Try sitting at he bar at an off hour - the bar tenders are exceptionally knowledgeable about beer and will give you a small taste of anything on tap.

Look through the bottle menu for pricing deals - previously found BC Regular for $15 and they used to give a discount to take bottles home (no idea if they still do).

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Photo of mactarkus
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Awesome selection of drafts -- didn't even look at the bottles. Great menu layout for selecting just the right style. You can order tasters of each draft too -- recommend doing that and sampling quite a few. Food was very well done. I will be back!

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Photo of Boone757
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Wattie
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Bring back the smoked ketchup!

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Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMay419
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Drifter1
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of siege06nd
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of reidjoshua
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of v1p3r06
3.24/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75

CAUTION: Make sure you ask your bartender the cost of a brew you are considering. I got burned the other day when I selected SoutherTier's Warlock (22oz). I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn't anything fantastic so when I got the bill for $22.75 (yep, TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS AND SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS FOR A BOTTLE) my jaw hit the floor. I won't be going back to Rustico's for a long while after that.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vahughes
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The price of the beers are typical to any other place in the Ballston area. They don't have a huge selection on tap but most of the servers are knowledgeable and are not hesitant to let you sample which I like because I am a picky beer drinker. The bar area is nice but I prefer to sit in the outdoor area when the weather is nice

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Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Arlington, VA
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.