Another great place from the same owners as Churchkey in DC. High ceillings and comfortable climate with a suburban feel. There is a well selected bottle list at fairer prices than Churchkey, but certainly not as extensive. It feels less posh and more colloquial, which is good for getting people in the door. The staff is passionate, attentive and honest. The Pizza is all I tried here for food, and it’s certainly tasty and reasonably priced. The draft sanitation is top-notch and the rotation of drafts is great as well. Two casks are on at all times and about 30 taps. I don’t think they serve as accurately to temperature as Churchkey, but that’s not to big of a concern for me. As Dr. Steve Brule would suggest, "just warm it up with your hands, ya turkey!"
The only problem with this place is the location if you are in the DC metro area. The cab fare is not cheap, as it’s about 20 minutes out of the city. Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit.
This is a great palce, samples available and while many of the beers are more commom, there are plenty of specialties. proper glassware if not with labels. Nice staff and very friendly. If you are visiting from Old Alexandria, it needs a cab ride or car. the area ariound is not that attractive
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.
I had really high hopes for this place. The beer list is fairly extensive (though I could probably locate most of the brews elsewhere in the area at a cheaper price) and the menu looked decent enough. It’s in a nice quiet area of Alexandria, far away from the waterfront and King St. Well...the server was a straight up bitch who obviously didn’t want to be there. The bar area is way too cramped and the pizza was lame. The people running this place just seem to have an identity crisis - are we a cozy little hipster beer bar or are we a fine dining restaurant? They don’t know and they do both half-assed. That said, I’d definitely return as there are far too few places like this in the DC area. This is about as good as it gets around here.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | October 16, 2009| Updated May 8, 2010
Nice restaurant with a good beer selection. about 20 taps with high quality and regional drafts. Extensive bottle list. prices are on the high side on par with the area. Food is very very good. More worthwhile visit for the food, but have a solid beer collection. It is not really near old town which is where all the other bars and restaurants are, unfortunately.
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.
sthlm (147) Blank, Alabama | May 17, 2009| Updated June 2, 2017
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.
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
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.
Travlr (2986) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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.