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: GenDV138 (4) | Taps: 30 | Bottles: ~250

Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria

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Olivers Draft Punk 75, Dogfish Head Higher Math 40, Ardent IPA 87, Bruery Terreux Tonnellerie Rue 95, Rusty Beaver Roy’s Big Bad Brown Ale , Isley Stunt Dubbel , Strangeways Rot•In•Hell Pumpkin Sour , Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning 90, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu 95, Hardywood Toasted Coconut Porter , Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA (Coffee) , Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (Cherries) , Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale 74, Great Lakes Lawn Seat Kölsch 64, Tröegs Nugget Nectar Ale 99, Beavertown Black Betty 99, Birrificio del Ducato Beersel Morning 98, Zure van Tildonk 2014 89, Lagunitas ScareCity #2: Rye Cocoa Porter 96, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale 98
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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 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | September 25, 2009
Located in Alexandria (VA) in an up and coming part of town, Rustico is well out of the way, but well worth seeking out. One of the best beer bars in the area , hands down. Although the interior is somewhat funky, and the bar could be larger, this is a great establishment that serves great food and matches it with a superlative selection of beer, bottled and draft. I reccommend the flights offered.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm  (145) Duluth, Minnesota | May 17, 2009| Updated May 30, 2009
Stopped here a little before 11 pm on a Saturday. Was somewhat busy, but really not nearly as many people as I had expected, as there were many open tables and a number of open bar seats as well. The staff at the front door was very friendly, and the people behind the bar were quick to help, and quite nice as well. The place had a good feel to it, and I have little to complain about in that respect. The beer selection is outlined in a metal binder, with its pages sorted by tap/bottle, and then by flavor profile/vintage. Tap selection was good, and they seem to rotate their stuff fairly often. Bottle selection was better, but prices on the more interesting things were too high for me to even consider them. Food was fast and good, and although many things cost an arm and a leg, the pizza isn’t unreasonable. Overall a very good place that is worth visiting.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83  (239) Fairfax, Virginia | March 6, 2009
Rustico was a fantastic find. Hidden away at the edge of Alexandria, the place is out of this world. It’s large, the seating is comfortable, and when we arrived there was not a commotion about getting into the place. The best beer selection I could compare it to (from memory) is DC’s RFD’s, which I have last been to over 2 years ago, so the comparison may not be apt anymore. 30 taps, some great finds as well. Bottle selection is very good, and quite a few of them can be viewed from the bar area. We arrived after the kitchen closed, so we were unable to eat any of the food, assured by one of our party as being very good. I really liked the pre-created beer samplers. Nice touch. Prices are not too out of this world, even for "city prices." Certainly a place to return to.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 6, 2009
I have to say that I enjoyed Rustico. large, new, clean, and bistro-like interior with huge windows. Not a very personal feel, but comfortable and classy. They have definitely put some solid effort into creating a good beer list. Thirty beers on tap with a list on their website that is up to date. One rotating cask ale, and a few pages of bottles including a full page of vintage stuff. They do sampling draught flights with funny names that looked interesting. Most draught beers are available in six ounce glasses for half the price of the regular fourteen ouncer. That was pretty cool. The server that I had was a bit off his game though. It took him like fifteen minutes to get my beer and somehow my pizza came first. Delicious pizza by the way. I had the duck and brie drizzled with balsamic reduction and it was great. The beer prices were slightly steep, but thats par for the area I guess. The food is more reasonable, though still reflective of the high quality of the place. A soli
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD  (111) Portland, Oregon | December 22, 2008
Wow, ok, Im really surprised I havent rated this place yet. I went tonight for the 3rd time, and I was impressed once again. Its nice to be able to try great beer on tap that I havent rated and the other beer on tap was stellar. I have to say the food is very good, the dessert tonight the peanut butter triffle was killer and the beer list is pretty good. The value is preety good but not amazing. Nice to see Chokolat, Weyerbacher 13, World Wide Stout, and another bunch of good beers. Bottle list is decent but limited.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (2122) 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 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete  (5) Lexington Park, Maryland | August 21, 2008
This is one of my favorite places to go. The prices are a little high for both food and beers, but both are great. I haven’t had anything from the menu I didn’t like. They have 30 taps that always have a few highly interesting things as well as some hard to find beers occasionally. The rest of the lineup is a solid cast of a wide variety. The bar staff is great and most of the bartenders I’ve met will introduce themselves. Many remember me when I come in even though that’s fairly infrequently.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
handsomejn  (53) Arkansas | July 6, 2008| Updated June 29, 2012
I loved this place. The service was off the scale good. Fantastic beer selection, draft, bottle and reserve. The duck confit pizza is the best pizza I’ve ever had. The salad with duck ham was like something out of France. If you love beer and good food, go there. WOW.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Stine  (198) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 2, 2008
Location in a new-ish condo park type area of old town alexandria. Big atmosphere. Kind of flashy. But nice, definitely. Wait service was fine. Beer menu was detailed and seemingly chosen with care. A wide range of style choices represented from an equally wide range of sources, which is much more interesting than the several taps from regional micros and standard imports that many beer bars tend to keep to. Had a nice kellerbier, a great vienna and finished with racer 5 on tap. A pretty unbeatable, refreshing happy hour. Probably a good dinner date type of place. Food seemed carefully done, and my pizza was pretty good if a bit lacking in a few ways (smoked tomato sauce was barely noticeable, goat cheese tasted sandy and not tangy enough). A great place to be if you’re in the area, or to visit now and again if you’re reasonably close.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher  (134) Columbus, Ohio | May 21, 2008
I visited Rustico during a visit to the DC area for the Brewer’s Association SAVOR event. Between the two experiences, I left the weekend thinking that beer certainly enjoys a classier image in DC than it does in the taverns of my current locale (Wisconsin). Rustico is a nice, not-over-the-top-expensive restaurant with an excellent (but not cheap) bottle list and a clear understanding that beer and food belong together. There were some beer/cheese pairings on a chalkboard and beer was featured in numerous menu items. Draft beer could be had in one of three sizes (sample, medium, large). I had a Brigand Belgian and it came in Brigand branded glassware. I had some home-made fettucine with pork shoulder which was quite good. 2 x entrees + 1 beer = $51 including tip. Didn’t challenge our server, but she seemed capable. Incidentally, I thought this place was very kid/family friendly both from a menu and décor perspective while I think adults will still find it to be nice and sophisticated. Non-beer drinkers will also enjoy it. It did not strike me as a stop-by-for-a-few-on-the-way-home place. I would recommend it for dinner or lunch, and hope to return.

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