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Rustico Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
827 Slaters Lane
phone: (703) 224-5051
(Place added by: novabeerguy on 03-05-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 67 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here with Mike (Thorpe429) while in town, this was a very short walk from his house. How lucky to live within walking distance of a nice place like this.
We didn't order food, but it looked like they had a really decent menu. The taps were my main draw, maybe 20 deep and all solid. Good local breweries like Port City and DC Brau, also a nice cross-section of other major cities. The beer styles were widely represented as well, I had no difficulty finding a flight of good things to try.
The atmosphere is very nice as a restaurant, laid out to be family friendly but also with a central bar. We took outdoor seating as the weather in DC is a lot better than central OH.
Prices were reasonable, especially given the quality. Recommended.
05-18-2011 20:00:09 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The atmosphere and vibe of the place is a little funky new age. Nothing bad but nothing fantastic. It isn't the real bar feel but something trendy.
Quality and service were good. The staff was knowledgable and they were attentive. It is a little slow getting your beer but I was not in a rush. note on the service - I orders a gueuze from the bottle menu and they accidently poured the same brewery's lambic and just gave me both while only charging me for one. I enjoyed that. Bonus points.
Selection was incredible. Always good solid beers on tap. They always have at least two taps that suprise you "wow that's on tap" 2 please! They also have things on cask all the time which is awesome. They do a 4 brew taster in little snifter glasses which is very nice and well priced in my opinion. The bottle menu is awesome and they have a good balance and selection of new bottles and age rare offerings.
Food was great! Get a pizza they are all good! I didn't ask for it but the staff is well versed enough to pair brews.
Value - a bit pricy in general but for the selection and quality I like it.
Notes: Go earlier in the week. They release their beer menu early in the week and you are more likely to get what you want on draft that way.
They have a can craft brew happy hour for 3 dollars a can craft beer. Not bad for the area. Ill take a Gubna for 3 bone!
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03-30-2011 18:38:37 |
More by CuttDeez
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Rustico in Alexandria is becoming a go to place for me. Great draft selection (Had Sculpin on draft today), and big bottle list, and always a couple cask ales. The atmosphere is nice, not too loud, and usually not super packed for lunch. The service has been nothing but phenomenal, and I've been there probably 10 times over the last year. I ordered an espresso today, and their espresso machine was on the fritz. My waitress said, "I'll find you one", and ended up going across the street to get me one. Wow. It's been like that every time too. Above and beyond the call of duty. The food is fantastic as well- never had anything there that's been less than stellar. You can drop $30-$40/lunch w/ a couple beers, but it's worth it. Fantastic place, and I will continue to go there at least monthly. HIGHLY recommended!!
03-12-2011 01:38:54 |
More by jayhawk73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a quick beer and fries for lunch after reading good reviews of this place.
Wow, what a beer selection!!! 2 cask ales, about 24 drafts of quality brews, and an uncountable number of bottled beers. I sat at the bar and ordered a Franziskaner draft and started looking over all the bottled beers: Dupont, Trappist Rochefort, and on and on.
The service, to echo prior reviews, was great. Beers are served in proper glassware for their types. The barkeeper was attentive, but allowed me to enjoy my beer in peace. I received a nice cloth napkin and silverware before the fries came.
I will be a repeat customer, since I enjoy quality service and I need to try those cask ales.
03-03-2011 20:55:34 |
More by SingleFin1969
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
This place is a beautiful beer bar/restaurant; a wonderful ambiance. It manages to do everything at once, cozy, spacious, cool, you name it.
The beer list is absolutely great. I could spend an afternoon there just drinking beer.
The service was friendly and attentive, but not so much that I felt rushed, (like the Sweetwater restaurants), a big point if you like to savor your beer.
The food: I eat out four to six times a week somewhere in Northern Virginia. While this may not make me an epicure I have experienced a lot of food. The main items we ordered were marginal. That being said the bib lettuce salad was very good, but it should be, for what was essentially a ten dollar pile of lettuce. The hamburger, ordered medium, was dry and tough. The Italian sausage pizza was described by my wife as like a certain brand of cheap frozen pizza. She was right. Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg is far better. Apparently pizza is more of an art than I thought as Fireworks is having trouble with their Clarendon location pizza chefs.
They hit all the high notes except for the food, I may go back to drink.
01-30-2011 15:53:39 |
More by ethippo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Tucked away in what I can only describe as a Pleasantville-esque enclave of Alexandria, off Rte 1, between the Potomac Yards No-Mans-Land and Old Town, is a community of bougie stores and chi-chi townhomes, all perfectly laid out in a development that must look as good in real life as it did on the blueprints. Being there makes me feel like I've discovered suburban Shangri-la.
Rustico is a restaurant on the corner of "Good Food" and "Something for Everyone." It has beer (lots of beer), it has wine, it has pizza, it has burgers, it has chicken, it has fish, it has steak, it has salad, it has pasta, it has pork, it has fries, it has chips ... Lots of beers on tap - management (beer directors) here seem to know a bit more about beer than the Ballston location. This and the other place gets really packed on the weekends and peak dinner times during the week even. Impressive selection of beers. I asked the beer director for his off-the-grid beer selection and he recommended me Green Flash Le Freak which he charged $20 and another smoked beer free of charge as we built on rapport about the beer community and all that. Really nice experience here and I plan on going back to both locations often.
01-29-2011 20:25:31 |
More by CuriousMonk
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is definitely a standard craft beer drinking establishment in the Northern Virginia of the Washington DC.
Despite its name, there isn't much rustic about this place. It is very contemporary, with beautiful, yet weird glass architectural structures on the walls.
The food menu may not be extensive, but the quality of the food they have there is stupendous! My wife and I ordered fries with ranch dressing. What they brought out were orgasmic golden, freshly cut potato strips, with tons of yummy spices, and tossed in high grade ranch.
Our waiter knew a little bit about the beers. For instance, he knew that "Katherine the Great," while classified as a Russian Imperial Stout, is not exactly what one might expect from that style (more golden in color and fruity in taste).
I was a bit disappointed in brew selection the particular night that we went. Some of the more popular drafts were out, including: Founders Breakfast Stout, New Holland Icabod, and a couple of others. Some of the rare gems: Bruery Mischief, Avery IPA, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bell's Two-Hearted, and a few others. They also have an extensive bottle selection.
I've heard many say that they think the restaurant is overpriced. I disagree. My wife and I split a pretty good sized pizza for $14-15 bucks, a huge vat of fries $8, and two beers each. Since we went during happy hour, the beers were $2 off each. We walked away more than satisfied, even if our waistlines felt stretched afterwards.
09-18-2010 17:11:19 |
More by Chaney
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Quite the reference, even before Churchkey-Birch & Barley opened, and now it still maintains a distinctive edge, well worth stopping by if one is nearby.
Located in a relatively new brick construction off mainstream Alexandria, Rustico offers a broad and rich selection of bottled and on tap brews, assembled with care and dedication, always including at least a cask offering, and occasional rarities, as well as related events.
Atmosphere is friendly, contemporary, and relaxed. The bar might be short but is rather comfortable, and it is family/kid friendly in particular around lunch times. Staff is typically well trained and knowledgeable, eager to help with good insights. Food is a blend of rich bistro fare with upper contemporary touches. Rather rich, even if it may not look like it from the outset. In that context a medium/high price bracket is actually not that high considering all that Rustico has to offer.
07-05-2010 21:03:37 |
More by Daniellobo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for lunch while in town for the SAVOR. Appears a lot of new development in the area, the Rustico is a newer building with a nice clean and modern atmosphere. Nice seating area outdoors, however, with the high temperatures decided to dine indoors. Bar area was not large, however, the seating area was very spacious.
Beer selection was very impressive, approximately 30 on tap and a 30 page beer menu. Some very nice beer flights were offered. The Servers were extremely friendly and our server was very knowledgeable on the beers served.
Nice food menu, decided on the chopped salad which was excellent, along with a nice Italian sausage pizza.
Very enjoyable experience and I hope to return soon.
06-04-2010 20:18:25 |
More by dtivp
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally made the stop here after having this place on my radar when driving south past Wash DC into Virginia. Only about two miles off I-95, it is easy to find but parking is a bit tough.
It is a nice brick building with outdoor seating. Upon entering the bar is on the right and can seat about 12 people. Plenty of high tops and couches in front of a fireplace make this more of a homey upscale bar. There are plenty of dining tables on the left.
There are about 30 beers on tap which include some nice selections I can't get in NJ like BBC Jefferson Reserve Stout, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Loads of bottles are able to be viewed in glass front refridgerators behind the bar. A beer menu makes it easy to select what you want.
Service was friendly and they knew the beers. Food was very good, especially the pizzas and crab bites appetizer.
This is a great place everyone should make an effort to get to. I will visit this place each time I head down I-95 in the future.
03-30-2010 22:29:53 |
More by Gavage
Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
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