Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria

827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, Virginia United States 22314

703 224 5051
restaurant
rusticorestaurant.com
Mon 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Tue - Sun 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM

Mayor: GenDV138 (4) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: ~250
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (2222) Washington, Washington DC | December 14, 2008| Updated September 12, 2013
Upscale strip mall style, but pleasant enough. Emphasis is clearly on the food, at least in the restaurant portion, and the entrees did not disappoint. Impressive beer list, more than a dozen on draught, seven or so additional pages of bottles. Classifications were not helpful, but maybe that is quibbling. Worth trying.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
3fourths  (1496) Boulder, Colorado | March 23, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
Nicely designed, faux high class type building in a somewhat out of place gentrified section of a neighborhood. Inside is low lightning, open, high ceilings, modern wood and metal but not ultra modern (WTF does that mean?). Tap selection is good, definitely serious about their beer, and occasionally they’ll have something uber rare, such as the Scherlenkerla Festbier. Prices are outrageously expensive if you don’t get 1/2 price drafts during happy hour, and food prices are also ridiculously expensive, with no happy hour food specials. Pizza will be $10-15, entrees are $20+ mostly, and draft prices are $6-10. For these prices I can go eat and drink at Brasserie Beck instead. Caveat emptor.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (889) San Diego, California | November 21, 2010
Nice place in Alexandria with a pretty good beer selections. Two cask ales rotate through, along with many bottled beers, some rather expensive. The food is plentiful and very tasty, fresh. The service is quite attentive.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick  (807) Columbus, Ohio | September 28, 2014
(Visited 07/2014): Rustico’s Alexandria location is on Slaters Lane off the Jefferson Davis highway. There is a shared parking lot amongst the businesses in that area.

The brick building is tall and has a clock at the top of it. Inside opens to a table seating area, then the curved bar is in the back. Brick walls and hanging fans in the bar area, and large windows let in light. There is a large board on the far wall next to some artwork that lists the beers by categories of "Crisp", "Hop" and "Fruit & Spice". Behind the bar is a row of tap handles and a cooler with bottles.

The beer selection consists of around 30 beers on tap, with breweries like Perennial, Lost Rhino, 21st Amendment, Wild Wolf and DC Brau. There are a couple hundred bottles as well covering domestic and imported craft breweries.

Service at the bar on a weekday lunch as pretty good.The bartender was efficient and knowledgeable about the beers, and was kind with samples.

The food menu at Rustico is pretty robust. I opted for a burger and it was good.

Overall this is a nice spot for food with a solid beer selection outside of the DC/Arlington area.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (773) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | May 29, 2012
Located in a newish development outside of Alexandria. It was a very comfortable bar space with very nice chairs and bathrooms close to the staging area. Obviously there was a lot of thought to mood and the drinking experience. They had 25-30 taps plus 2 on cask. The prices were typical of the DC area although the price on the JW Lees Harvest Ale was very reasonable. I’ll definitely be back.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (672) Oceanside, California | November 22, 2012
Same owners as Churchkey, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, and comes across at Churchkey Lite with a big focus on beer but smaller tap list and smaller bottle list, but still huge compared to most beer bars. Interior is spacious, more like a corporate design inside rather than custom like CK. Tap list had much less bizzare stuff, only perhaps 1 or 2 beers I had never had before. Offers small pours of tap beers, which is nice. Pizzas were very nice. Loved the Greek pizza. Took my grandfather here actually and he enjoyed his pizza as well. Quick service. I liked it. Excellent place to stop by especially if picking up or dropping off someone at Reagan National that is only about a mile away. Only qualm is that the full menu is not available under 5pm or something so you are having the ’bar menu’ which is mostly sandwiches and pizzas. Thankfully the food was all very good.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (381) Hoboken, New Jersey | May 29, 2012
Swung in here for brunch and a brew when we were down in NOVA this past weekend on the way to Old Town, and I was rather impressed. The place had a really nice design/feel to it. The serer was friendly and attentive. The beer list was quite nice as well, with some interesting drafts and a huge bottle list. It was semi-reminiscent of Church Key (for obvious reasons), but it felt like its own place. My brunch was also outstanding, which is always a nice plus. I would definitely return if I was in the area. Not quite on the Church Key level for a purely beer perspective, but still an excellent place to visit.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Terminus  (356) St. Louis, Missouri | August 4, 2013
I would say that this place is somewhat over-rated. The beer selection is very solid however, pales in comparison to Churchkey. however, they make up for with decent food and solid service. I had a burger and it was pretty tasty. Pretty modern decor at the corner of an up and coming neighborhood in Alexandria. Decent place but there are much better in the DC area.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem  (321) Berlin, Germany | August 31, 2012
Open and airy place with a modern feel, despite the name. Good pizza and other grub, with the diverse and interesting beer list we’ve come to expect from Greg Engert & Co. I appreciate the well-chosen mix of American craft and interesting imports. Wish it were more convenient to the Metro line, but it is walkable in fair weather.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138  (298) Falls Church, Virginia | January 25, 2014| Updated January 26, 2014
Been here about 3 times so far and have had an enjoyable time each visit. Medium size bar with comfortable bar seats. Haven’t sat in the dining areas but there looks to be a good amount of tables. Good selection of drafts along with two casks and a sizable bottle list. Draft and cask beers are available in full glass and 4 ounce pours, the latter of which come in a labeled flight/tasting tray if you order 4 at a time. Nice deals on happy hour available daily including $2 off full glasses of drafts/casks. Good food menu including snacks/appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and entrees. Enjoyed the deep fried deviled eggs, risotto tots, pork sliders, and pizzas, the last of which has a gluten free option with a chick pea crust. Free 3 hour parking in the back lot that fills up during peak hours, street parking otherwise. Closest metro is Braddock Road, not a convenient walk but still doable.

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