Rustico Restaurant - Ballston | Arlington, Virginia
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Rustico Restaurant - Ballston
Excellent based on 10 ratings
Type: Restaurant

4075 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia United States 22203 [ print map ]
571 384 1820 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon 4 - Midnight; Tue - Sun 11:30 - Midnight

Mayor: DCLawyer (3) | Affiliated user(s) here rusticoslaters | Taps: 40 | Bottles: 400

Rustico Restaurant - Ballston

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Beer Available At Rustico Restaurant - Ballston (arranged by most recent)
Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout 100, Sierra Nevada Weizenbock 96, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (Cask) 91, Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break 99, Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer 96, Bayerischer Bahnhof Original Leipziger Gose 86, Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils 50, Blue Mountain Classic Lager 45, Blue Mountain Kolsch 151 49, Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner 84, The Bruery Rueuze 98, Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner 79, Lost Rhino Rhino Chasers Pacific Pilsner 50, Wild Wolf American Pilsner 34, Allagash Merveilleux 99, Ommegang Wild At Heart 78, Westbrook / Evil Twin / CBX Justin Blåbær 94, Fort Collins Out of the Ashes - Mesquite Chili Lime Ale , Fort Collins Out of the Ashes - Rauchbier 75, Marble Manchester Tripel 91
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10 reviews for Rustico Restaurant - Ballston
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  76%
 Selection  85%
 Food  80%
 Value  64%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer  (75) Falls Church, Virginia | October 7, 2013
Excellent well-thought-out beer list, both draft and bottles. Always have many rarities, and know how to serve them. Good food. You pay for it, though.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BierMaedchen  (2) | September 29, 2013
Very nice location, with a pretty great atmosphere. I’ve been there 3-4 times so far. Unfortunately my last time was kinda lackluster (didn’t get app, waitress didn’t know much of anything about the beer, plastic in my dessert). I still like the place, though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 11, 2013
Visited 7/10/2011.

Visited on recommendation from one of my Reserve Society people. Walked in around 10:30 pm and the bartender informed me that it was going to be last call in a few minutes. The website says they’re open until midnight but I guess since it was slow they were closing early. The place is pretty big, seperated between a dining room and a bar room that has some more tables. There are a number of fridges full of bottles, some of which are reasonably priced, most of which are not.

Since there weren’t many patrons (if any, I think the other people hanging out were employees) the service was great and helpful. It was very quiet. Not a whole lot to say really other than they had a good tap and bottle selection and the staff was friendly. I didn’t get to eat there but the menu looks really good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan  (156) McLean, Virginia | December 22, 2012
Nice ambience, though I prefer their Akexandria location. Large number of drafts and two casks. Interesting bottle selection.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito  (68) Nueva York, New York | July 5, 2012
This place is like churchkey, except that you can sit down. I visited this place on a Saturday and sat down for a dinner. I managed to get some obscure beers, although of the beer styles that I wanted to drink on a hot summer day, I had most of the options. Prices are a little better than Churchkey (where an obscure beer can cost $12, but here it would be either $9 or $10... I compared prices). The food was good. I had a Catalonian pizza and enjoyed it thoroughly. Later we moved to the bar area and the service there was quite good, although the bartender was a little flustered it seemed. He was still a very nice guy who didn’t mind having a chat. Interior decor was pretentious, but still very nice. Personally, I prefer this place to Churchkey, because the same beers are cheaper (although there might be slightly fewer of them) and I was not forced to stand for 45 minutes waiting for a table.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (1381) Washington, Washington DC | June 9, 2012| Updated April 3, 2014
Churchkey’s younger sister. Spacious place, with a solid draft list, as expected. Bottle list is a bit smaller than CK, but still tons more extensive than anything else in the area. The pizzas are a nice addition, and are creative and tasty. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
rhartogs  (11) Arlington, Virginia | March 8, 2012
Pretty solid place. I love the ability of sampling. They get some really great beers not seen anywhere else in the area. Service can be spotty at times. Food is pretty decent. Can be a little dark inside though. A great place in Arlington
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (590) Hanover, Maryland | January 22, 2012
This Rustico location is in the middle of the action in Arlington. The bar is more open than the Alexandria location and the beer selection is similar but can be different at times. The food is the same and very good; the prices are typical for the area but not overly outrageous. Parking is street parking and hard to find, though there are decks nearby. There are metro stops all around here, so just take public transit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (148) Fairfax, Virginia | January 2, 2012
Rustico - Ballston, like its older sister in Alexandria, is a fantastic place. It’s just across the street from Ballston Mall, but not off the beaten path - the place has been very busy all the times I’ve gone, but have still been able to get a seat or booth in under 10 minutes. It has a great rotating beer selection and something like 25 taps.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
Pivoyager  (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | August 11, 2011| Updated May 31, 2012
This is the second Rustico location – its older sibling being just north of Old Town Alexandria (See My Review); it is housed on the first floor of a generic office building, which is a ten-minute stroll from either the Ballston or Virginia Square Metro Station (Orange Line). Much like the other Rustico, this venue offers a sleek and modern décor that makes do with shiny metal and sharp angles. Upon entry, to the right, is a well laid out dining area; keep going and you come to the large C-shaped bar, an ebony-topped beauty that comes accompanied with a matching fleet of plush stools, surrounded by a smattering of high tops and tables amid a scheme of minimal lighting. All in all, the room provides the aura of a Las Vegas hipster lounge. In addition, there are strewn several plasma TVs, which should help distract you from the person you’re with – or who is most likely blathering away on a cellphone as you peruse the sweet beer menu. The beer selection, while not as extensive (or overwhelming) as Greg Engert’s other venue, the beloved Churchkey, is a well thought itinerary of the major styles and several small, but up-and coming, breweries – such as Blue Mountain and Clown Shoes, to name but a few. I counted 34 taps, which includes two casks. Some of the victims for this visit included: Schlafly Kolsch, Blue Mountain Lager, Papa Scottish Ale (from Weyerbacher) and (Sigh!) Founder’s Porter. The service was attentive, although not particularly knowledgeable in the ways of the craft beer. (In any case, I consider myself “knowledgeable” enough in these matters.) As for the grub; there is an obvious commitment to expanding one’s cuisine universe with enough eclecticism to make the search for food a worthy one. My meal was a very filling, and extremely tasty, pizza. Basta! As does the aforementioned CK (also owned by the Restaurant Group), the thirsty patron is provided with individual tasters priced more reasonably than the regular beers. There are some rarities that will cost about $9.00 as well. Rustico also has a Happy Hour – on weekdays only, I believe.

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