Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria | Alexandria, Virginia
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Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria
Excellent based on 51 ratings
Type: Restaurant

827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, Virginia United States 22314 [ print map ]
703 224 5051 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Tue - Sun 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM

Mayor: argo0 (3) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: ~250

Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria

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51 reviews for Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  77%
 Selection  84%
 Food  78%
 Value  67%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (1927) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths  (1453) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (821) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick  (797) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (752) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (661) San Diego County , 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (343) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus  (340) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem  (305) 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.
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | September 27, 2007| Updated October 1, 2007
Very modern and trendy restaurant bar. Crowd is mixed, but seems to be heavy on the 25-35 young professionals. I stopped in two nights in a row. The first night, I caught the tail end of a DFH tasting and a buzzed Sam Caglione was still there. In fact, he was blocking the path to the pisser ignored me when I said "excuse me." The second night (wednesday) was a little slower and not as noisy, which is more my speed. They have one engine and a nice rotating tap list. Bottle selection covers a broad spectrum. Prices are a tad high (at least what I am used to), as a standard 12 ounce bottle of micro starts at $5. I did not eat, but the Pizzas looked delicious. I do have one gripe. I tried calling them to see how late they would be open and to get directions around the construction. What do I get? An answering machine that directs me to the web site. Uh- it’s hard to surf the web while driving. You have a phone line- answer it! All in all, this is a very nice place to have a beer. Alexandria badly needed a place like this. If you are staying in the area, I highly recommend you stop by. It is much easier than going into DC.

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