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Rustico

American Restaurant, Bar, and Pizza Place$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
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  • Ranked #4 for American restaurants in Arlington
  • Kimberly V.
    "Raspberry beer on tap! Get the carrot hummus as an appetizer."(5 Tips)
    Alyssa G.
    "The beer selection is great and the food is quite good."(15 Tips)
    Sylvie S.
    "The grilled pizza is awesome!"(5 Tips)
    Tobi D.
    "You must try the Mama Mannino Ricotta Donuts!"(2 Tips)
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  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 29, 2010
    The 260-seat monster has 400 beers available by bottle, 40 on draft & 3 more on cask. They offer all their beers on tap & cask in 4-ounce pours, so you can drink your way down the draft line. Read more
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WynkoopMay 14, 2014
    Gotta sort out the logistics in the bar area. Received our pizzas before we got our appetizer and had to ask for plates. Great pizza though. Can't go wrong with San Marzano tomatoes.
  • Karla J.
    Karla JonesFebruary 8, 2013
    The mushroom, spinach & goat cheese pizza was amazing. If you want to skip the regular crust go for the chick pea crust. It was surprisingly good.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MentzerJanuary 9, 2011
    Best beer selection in the area, though casks not up as of 1/2011. Food is great, entrees pricy but pizza, sandwiches and apps are reasonable and tasty. But go here for the beer and fun bar.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HopkinsAugust 21, 2013
    Awesome beer snobbery joint. Food and portions are good, though the selection is limited. 4-7pm happy hour worth a few bucks off drafts and craft brew cans. Go here. Enjoy.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.December 20, 2012
    If you love dry, cured meats, the grilled pizza is pretty is a solid bet - add anchovies if you are feeling wild - I WAS! The gluten free chickpea crust is pretty good too!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    An excellent Grilled Day Aged Cheddar Burger on a toasted brioche bun with red-wine shallot aioli and malted fries.
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy FongSeptember 25, 2011
    Enjoy a lovely patio dinner if you can- by requesting to sit on the side patio that faces the courtyard. Get there early.. as they often 'sell out' on top dishes.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "A side of ultra creamy mac and cheese finds its matching top as ground salty pretzels skim the surface for bites that feel silky and snappy all at once." - November 2012 Issue
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Rustico has moved well beyond its artsy pizza and craft beer origin story into a mature, multi-talented dining operation. - November 2011 issue
  • Fallon F.
    Fallon ForbushJanuary 21, 2013
    The doughnuts and the moo hoo are a great way to finish your meal! So good!
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Participants will explore beers whose preparation and flavor profiles were influenced by food with Greg Engert and Culinary Inspired Beers at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 – June 1. Read more
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJune 10, 2015
    waitstaff knows their shit about beers. get a bunch of tastings and they will put them on a cool flight with labels for you
  • Stephanie D.
    Awesome Beer Selection! Great food as well, be sure to get the mussels and the burgers!
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Phil B.
    Phil BesharaSeptember 4, 2011
    Like ChurchKey, lots of good beers to choose from. For brunch check out the Bacon, Egg, & Cheese "Pannino"- it's the bomb.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WSeptember 7, 2013
    Had the deep-fried deviled eggs and Breakfast Poutine for brunch. They looked worthy, but were flavorless. Nice approach, just off. I'll be back to try something else, hoping it will be better.
  • Edea N.
    Edea NorApril 8, 2011
    The Carrot Hummus is simply delish. A must try! The lunchbox special is a pretty good deal. 4 items for 15 bux
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyApril 1, 2015
    The 3 Little Pigs Burger. 3 kinds of meat on top of a 4th kind of meat. What's not to like?
  • Travis V.
    Travis ValentineJanuary 2, 2011
    Come for brunch! Parfait and breakfast pizza are delicious. Everything made to order so it's good for vegetarians, too.
  • Joie T.
    Joie TolosaNovember 15, 2015
    They have good beer selection. The salads are big and the pizzas are yummy. Try the roasted mushroom.
  • DealChicken
    DealChickenNovember 7, 2011
    Call ahead on Fridays or Saturdays for a shorter wait time! But if you do have to wait, it's worth it!
  • Jon C.
    Jon CaseyDecember 19, 2010
    The homemade pretzels come with some extra hot mustard! Almost has a wasabi-kick to it.. Very pleasing if you're into that sort of thing..
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Rustico can bust out eight different types of vessels for beer, each shaped to promote the best of that brew’s unique style.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KhouryOctober 29, 2014
    Really nice place and the food is good. But both times I've been here the bar seems understaffed. One poor bartender seems to do everything.
  • Viveka G.
    Viveka GalindezMarch 8, 2014
    Gluten free pizza with goat cheese with mushrooms! Delish!
  • Tricia G.
    Tricia GonzalesJune 18, 2014
    Get the beet salad & add chicken. You won't regret it! Oh and fresh donuts for dessert.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthNovember 9, 2013
    Order the Parmesan fries with truffle oil. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
  • Jon
    JonMay 4, 2013
    Just tell the bartenders what kind of beer you like. They will find something new and great.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanNovember 23, 2014
    Amazing beer selection and delicious pizza. Badr the bartender is a cool guy too.
  • Carla S.
    Carla SidhuAugust 3, 2011
    The panzanella was tangy and delicious. I ordered it with grilled shrimp and had it as a meal!
  • Ted M.
    Ted MunleyMarch 7, 2013
    I done ate one dem pork belly sliders and wash dat jank down with a big ole glass-a-Al Black, and mmmmmboyeee it good.
  • Charlotte Z.
    Charlotte ZimmermanSeptember 24, 2012
    The truffle Parmesan fries are a must!! The pretzel mac & cheese is pretty amaze too.
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GuoAugust 19, 2014
    The beer selection is great and the food is quite good. Salad and scallops are good. But the service is no good. The hostess has a terrible attitude and the wait staff is very disorganized.
  • Christie G.
    Christie GriffinJanuary 1, 2013
    Sooo many yummy things -- don't stress about what to get because it's impossible for you to be disappointed with your dish.
  • Liz
    LizFebruary 26, 2013
    carrot hummus is to die for - just get it as an entree and you'll be set!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NeffJanuary 27, 2015
    Awesome food and over 400 different beers. Great service and fair price of food
  • Becky C.
    Becky CaseyApril 30, 2013
    The grilled chicked caesar salad is great! They actually grill the lettuce - yummy!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JMarch 20, 2012
    Imbibe Magazine recognized Rustico for being one of the Best Places for beer in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue
  • Tony B.
    Tony BauerNovember 12, 2010
    French fries tossed with ranch or Caesar dressing and malt vinegar salt they make in house. Great
  • Furbs
    FurbsDecember 11, 2013
    Not sure what beer to get? If Kelly or Badr are working they will give great recommendations!
  • Heather V.
    Heather VNovember 24, 2010
    this place is basically amazing. the brooklyn lager, fries and boston bibb salad are great.
  • Karen
    KarenMay 29, 2014
    The lunch box is great soup, salad and half sandwich for $15
  • Julie
    JulieAugust 10, 2012
    Burger sliders, lamb carrot humus and ricotta donuts are to die for!!
  • Abhishek S.
    Abhishek ShuklaApril 28, 2013
    The menu for the beer is so good that you won't know what to choose!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RothschildApril 15, 2011
    Be warned: just because there's a picture of a beer on the happy hour sign does not mean it's actually on offer for happy hour.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HurtDecember 8, 2013
    Great selection of beers! Don't get poutaine! Bartender recommended it and it was terrible!
  • ɹǝɟıuuǝſ
    ɹǝɟıuuǝſJune 22, 2014
    Baked potato pizza topped with the carrot and lamb hummus = great idea!
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansOctober 17, 2015
    Our server was so nice and they have a great brussel sprouts app
  • Angelica H.
    Angelica HuescaAugust 28, 2011
    If you have kids, let them walk around the fountain. Helps cut down the wait time for a table.:)
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellSeptember 21, 2015
    Decent draft beer selection and quieter than World of Beer.
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