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Rustico Restaurant & Bar

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BA SCORE
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
www.rusticorestaurant.com

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Added by novabeerguy on 03-05-2006

PLACE STATS
Place 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 smanders:
Photo of smanders
3.75/5  rDev -14%
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.

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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

Photo of Blazer22
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%

Photo of Saudereth
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DubCo21
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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Photo of seanchai
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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