Rustico Restaurant & Bar

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96
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69 Reviews
Rustico Restaurant & BarRustico Restaurant & Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-1219
United States

(703) 224-5051 | map
rusticorestaurant.com

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Added by novabeerguy on 03-05-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
91
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
5.96%
 
 
Taps:
32
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere is/can be a little loud, and fast. Very alive. Great patio seating outside if you don't mind the possibility that you could be sharing a large picnic table with strangers. Granted over the great beer and food, they probably won't be strangers for long.

Quality of the selections on draft and in the bottle are hard to beat. From special Brooklyn Releases to a Smuttynose cask that was as unique as it was bad. (RIS aged on some crazy Chai Tea leaves - think Jager meets cough syrup meets Tea.) Bell's Two-Hearted was the next cask.

Service was good, no complaints, very helpful, but nothing extraordinary.

Selection is fantastic. Everything from hefes and wits to IIPAs, Lambics, and RIS. Great bottle selection including some aged and very rare beers that began to get a bit pricey. All drafts can be ordered a sample, 6oz, or 14 oz size.

The pizza we had was fantastic. Probably the best pizza I've had in quite some time. The muscles we had as appetizers were delicious as well. The food others ordered looked and smelled great.

Very reasonable for the DC/Arlington area that seems expensive in comparison to other places.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deereless
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Boone757
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of djhowell
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of kristougher
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Uf0T0fU
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bvoss
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of SteveBrew
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cjgiant
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Badger6
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MattNelson
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
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