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Rustico

American Restaurant, Bar, and Pizza Place$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
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  • Ranked #5 for American restaurants in Arlington
  • The Italian food at Rustico is a can't miss
  • 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."(16 Tips)
    Sylvie S.
    "The grilled pizza is awesome!"(5 Tips)
    Abhishek S.
    "The deviled eggs are awesome!"(4 Tips)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HopkinsAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.December 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MentzerJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DeDeckerJuly 30, 2016
    Awesome Beer Selection! Great food as well, be sure to get the mussels and the burgers!
  • 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
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PhillipsDecember 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The brunch is very good. They have an incredible selection of beers and ciders. Almost always eat in the bar so we can watch the game.
  • 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
    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
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Phil B.
    Phil BesharaSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Like ChurchKey, lots of good beers to choose from. For brunch check out the Bacon, Egg, & Cheese "Pannino"- it's the bomb.
  • Antipologirl
    AntipologirlNovember 15, 2015
    They have good beer selection. The salads are big and the pizzas are yummy. Try the roasted mushroom.
  • Tricia G.
    Tricia GonzalesJune 18, 2014
    Get the beet salad & add chicken. You won't regret it! Oh and fresh donuts for dessert.
  • 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!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KhouryOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Jon
    JonMay 4, 2013
    Just tell the bartenders what kind of beer you like. They will find something new and great.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Parmesan fries with truffle oil. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
  • 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
  • Ted M.
    Ted MunleyMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Liz
    LizFebruary 26, 2013
    carrot hummus is to die for - just get it as an entree and you'll be set!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayJanuary 13
    Pulled pork and cheese. Fried deviled eggs. & butcher's block pizza!
  • Charlotte Z.
    Charlotte ZimmermanSeptember 24, 2012
    The truffle Parmesan fries are a must!! The pretzel mac & cheese is pretty amaze too.
  • Becky C.
    Becky CaseyApril 30, 2013
    The grilled chicked caesar salad is great! They actually grill the lettuce - yummy!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanNovember 23, 2014
    Amazing beer selection and delicious pizza. Badr the bartender is a cool guy too.
  • 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.
  • Furbs
    FurbsDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Not sure what beer to get? If Kelly or Badr are working they will give great recommendations!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NeffJanuary 27, 2015
    Awesome food and over 400 different beers. Great service and fair price of food
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GuoAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Travis V.
    Travis ValentineJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for brunch! Parfait and breakfast pizza are delicious. Everything made to order so it's good for vegetarians, too.
  • 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.
  • Carla S.
    Carla SidhuAugust 3, 2011
    The panzanella was tangy and delicious. I ordered it with grilled shrimp and had it as a meal!
  • 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
  • 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..
  • Julie
    JulieAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Burger sliders, lamb carrot humus and ricotta donuts are to die for!!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HurtDecember 8, 2013
    Great selection of beers! Don't get poutaine! Bartender recommended it and it was terrible!
  • Karen
    KarenMay 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The lunch box is great soup, salad and half sandwich for $15
  • Abhishek S.
    Abhishek ShuklaApril 28, 2013
    The menu for the beer is so good that you won't know what to choose!
  • ɹǝɟıuuǝſ
    ɹǝɟıuuǝſJune 22, 2014
    Baked potato pizza topped with the carrot and lamb hummus = great idea!
  • Alicia C.
    Alicia C.March 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the grilled Caesar with grilled chicken. It's perfection! Also one of the best burgers in town.!
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansOctober 17, 2015
    Our server was so nice and they have a great brussel sprouts app
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmythJanuary 19, 2013
    You don't have to choose just one. Feel free to order a half-and-half pizza!
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the Buffalo wing dip, pork-belly sliders, and Caesar salad.
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziFebruary 1, 2014
    Grilled pizza? Porky pig has got nothing in this pie! I be-le-le-le-le-le-lieve that's all folks!
  • Frank C.
    Frank CottonJune 28, 2013
    They need some serious HVAC work done in this place. Food was great, but man it is an oven in here.
  • Angelica H.
    Angelica HuescaAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • David C.
    David COctober 13, 2013
    If you have a large party 6 or more ask to split the bill ahead of time. They include 20% gratuity, but tag a "service charge" in addition of you do not split the bill.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GuizloMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The lunch box is a great deal, three items and a drink for $15
  • Tony B.
    Tony BauerNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    French fries tossed with ranch or Caesar dressing and malt vinegar salt they make in house. Great
  • K T.
    K TSeptember 7, 2012
    Grilled pizza = lots of meat on just a crust. Wasn't what I had hoped for, but some may love.
  • 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.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DJuly 29, 2012
    Side Patio next to the splash park is the best spot in Arlington toddler parenting..
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyApril 1, 2015
    Service was good. Menu is a bit pretentious for the quality delivered. Good beer selection, but can get crowded quickly.
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziFebruary 1, 2014
    Grilled pizza? Porky pig has nothing on this pie, I be-le-le-le-leieve that's all folks!
  • Heather V.
    Heather VNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    this place is basically amazing. the brooklyn lager, fries and boston bibb salad are great.
  • Ben M.
    Ben McGinnisMarch 23, 2012
    Even though the Grilled Caesar salad is from a bag, it's still pretty good
  • Beatriz R.
    Beatriz RFebruary 20, 2015
    The pizza and brunch are great.
  • Carrie N.
    Carrie NydenApril 9, 2012
    They have my favorite Riesling - Leitz Out! Not overly sweet. Just right. :)
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GustafsonFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't order the brisket cheesesteak you'll regret it.
  • Joao P.
    Joao PereiraApril 6, 2012
    Best brew place around...great variety of beers
  • John S.
    Excellent beer to choose from. Great pizza.
  • AJ S.
    AJ SiegelMarch 27, 2014
    The carrot hummus dip is perfect
  • Megan I.
    Megan IngramAugust 8, 2013
    Great food and atmosphere. Def would go back.
  • Tommy T.
    Tommy TaltyOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask Ray about the beer...you'll leave with an MBA in brewology
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah ViningMarch 12, 2012
    Beat salad with chicken. Pasta chips = interesting appetizer.
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GuntyApril 13, 2013
    The risotto tots were wonderful, if a bit spicy
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 9, 2015
    Good pizza. Fabulous beer selection.
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VanJanuary 12, 2011
    Raspberry beer on tap! Get the carrot hummus as an appetizer.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HummelMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I seem to be one of the few people not super impressed with Rustico. Kinda boring, typical "new American" fare. YMMV.
  • BEAR
    BEARMay 31, 2011
    The aged cheddar burger is good but ask for extra cheese to make it better.
  • Lefteris H.
    Lefteris HNovember 30, 2014
    Tried the chickpea crust pizza!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MuñozOctober 1, 2013
    Try the truffle fries with parmesan
  • Gaurav B.
    Gaurav BansalMay 4, 2013
    One of the better pizza places in the area.
  • Henri B.
    Henri BooneOctober 4, 2013
    Eat natural, sustainable food for lunch or dinner
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 3, 2015
    Voted "Best for Brunch Events" by the Bitches Who Brunch in 2014! Read more
  • Nick G.
    Nick GatorJune 12, 2014
    Starters are the best part of the menu
  • Brooke G.
    Brooke G.July 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The ever-so-elusive Original Sin Cider can be found here.
  • Jim S.
    Jim SwiftFebruary 3, 2012
    Not fun if super crowded. Great food and beer selection
  • Katie F.
    Katie FirichMay 23, 2013
    Most comfortable swivel chairs ever!!! #executive #likeaboss
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'KeefeMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The carbonara is out of this world.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RothfussFebruary 17, 2013
    Amazing beer list and pizza!
  • Heather
    HeatherDecember 31, 2014
    Beer selection and mushroom pizza!
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DiBitettoJune 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy Hour 7 days a week from 4-7pm!
  • Tobi D.
    Tobi DavisMay 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You must try the Mama Mannino Ricotta Donuts!
  • Miguel M.
    Miguel MonteverdeSeptember 23, 2011
    This this great fun place serves Fat Tire. I rest my case.
  • Abhishek S.
    Abhishek ShuklaApril 28, 2013
    The deviled eggs are awesome!
  • Heather M.
    Heather McPhersonNovember 19, 2013
    Loved this place! Gotta come back
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 13, 2014
    Good pizza and fun happy hours!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HoffOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The tap list may be impressive but do not ignore the equally impressive bottle list.
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    do not pass on the ricotta doughnuts! Read more
  • Tony
    TonyMarch 22, 2012
    Painfully slow service but good food. They need training from the Alexandria location.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BillyOctober 26, 2012
    Carrot hummus.....on point
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