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Rustico Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
827 Slaters Lane
phone: (703) 224-5051
(Place added by: novabeerguy on 03-05-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 67 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is a very friendly and clean environment. You can really enjoy your drink here and not worry about some one steeling your seat if you get up. It seems to be an older crowd, which is nice because you don't have to deal with the typical bar crowd. Your tab is always right and the staff is professional. This really is a place were people come to relax.
If there is one thing they do right its beer. They offer cask beer at the right temperature, and the have a great display that showcases each and every beer available. The light hits them as if they were miniature trophies. And after you win a couple of these awards you can enjoy the food.
Here is an excerpt from the web site:
There's no mistaking Rustico's love for barley & hops! The bar's focal point is a custom galvanized inverted T bar with 30 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 331 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts. If you need beer on the go, we've got you covered. Grab a larger bottle of your favorite brew with a Rustico pizza for dinner or pick up a six-pack to take with you to a party. Just ask a bartender to hook you up!
03-06-2010 07:00:13 |
More by Greenline13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
An overall good experience at Rustico. Last night my wife and I ventured into NOVA for dinner and a beer. We both ordered a pizza and had a couple of beers.
The restaurant looks like a modern American restaurant. Big open floor plan, high ceilings, a bar, varied seating, stand alone tables, high tops, a long bench with several small tables ponied up to it. The place looked busy but its so huge in there, we were seated immediately. The waiter brought us chilled water with no ice. This is a pet peeve of mine, ice water. Ice is a huge waste of energy. I usually ask for two glasses of water when I'm at a restaurant, one without any ice, then I mix the two. No need here. Chilled water, no ice.
The waiter was reasonably attentive. My first beer took forever to come out but I guess he was busy. Our food came out quick, the appetizer was brought my someone else. Our bill came quickly and he was friendly.
Beer selection is good. There are about 20 beers on draft and nothing terrible. There are some interesting obscure beers available. I didn't even look at the bottle menu (which if its not on their website it should be) until it was time to go. This is the point I got pretty impressed. Great selection, nicely done. Probably several hundred bottles. Organized by style / flavors. An interesting way to organize the menu.
Our food was decent, we both ordered pizzas. I would recommend the italian sausage on anything. It was really good. Our beers were in 5$ range and our food was in the 15 - 20$ range. Food was a bit pricey but the beer was reasonable. I would go back.
12-03-2009 14:20:06 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went straight here from the airport with a friend who is a local and knows I have a thing for places with a good selection or beers and this place did not disappoint. The atmosphere was lively and the bar was packed on a Friday about 9. The bar tenders still were fairly attentive and did not mind answering questions but did not do so well in the recommendation category. The beer list is extensive with good selection of bottles and drafts but very few large format beers. They did have a cask which was a nice touch. The beer did overshadow dinner which was good but nothing to write home about. The polenta appetizer is very interesting and had good flavor but the pizza could have used a touch more flavor. The prices were right with beers being about $6 and appetizers and cheap entrees for as little as $11 to $15. All in good value and selection with comparable service, certainly worth a revisit to try and couple more beers on their list.
11-17-2009 07:23:47 |
More by jnezda
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Wanted to try this place out for awhile since they had an impressive tap selection and it was close to a friend's house. Stopped in early on a Friday afternoon and were among about another half dozen people in the bar area. The decor of this place will have you looking around for about the first 30 minutes---bottles sticking out of the wall, broken glass affixed to the bar, etc. Very interesting.
The beer selection was impressive with about 30 selections in distinct categories; Crisp, Hop, Malt, Roast, Smoke, Fruit & Spice, Tart & Funky, and REAL ALE. Something for everyone in the group, to be sure.
What I wasn't impressed with were the food options. From a $10 cheese sandwich to a butternut squash soup, they just weren't selections I would typically opt for when enjoying a few pints. Oh well, to each his own. It's nice to have options and Rustico (with its impressive beer list) will remain one of ours in the future.
10-10-2009 14:31:56 |
More by smanders
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Only ended up at this bar because we wanted to go out on a Sunday night, and upon hearing that the Dogfish Head Alehouse closes at 10 pm on a Sunday, we headed into Old Town Alexandria to give Rustico a try.
We sat in the bar, and first off, our waiter (Naheem) was courteous and extremely knowledgeable. It became clear that there was a great server education program, as he had intimate knowledge of both their draft beers and a number of their bottled beers.
They had the Otter Creek IPA on pull-pint as a Real Ale, my first uncarbonated American real ale - it was awesome. The freshness of the hops really shone through, a quality you just can't get from a carbonated, bottled beer. I also ordered the Green Flash West Coast IPA, a really outstanding grapefruit and pine-centric IPA. Extravagantly hopped, indeed.
Menu was extensive, but frankly, a little on the pricey side. That said, the servers were knowledgeable and friendly, their beer menu could keep anyone happy, and they clearly know their beer. A clear reason to stop over in NoVa.
07-27-2009 05:22:03 |
More by MisterBisco
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located just above Old Town Alexandria, just before some railroad tracks. The area its in seems to be relatively new and somewhat upscale. The Braddock Rd. stop on the Metro is close, but quite a haul for walking, especially on a hot day. It's doable, but only if you have the time.
Walking inside, there is the standard restaurant area to the left with a long bar toward the back left. There is also a bar in the middle of the right area, along with booths and more tables. The interior is pretty creative, with broken glass and beer bottles in a cylindrical wall toward the center near the kitchen. The same is done in the bathroom with little toy cars, airplanes, and mini-beer bottles (Corona and Moosehead). There is an outside patio area from what I have heard, I didn't see it, nor did I sit there (I wasn't looking for it).
The beer selection is expansive, with a large amount of taps, including a cask ale, and a very large bottle list. The beers that are available are both local and from around the world. The cask ale was a little pricey. I've had cask at other places that were close to the same prices as a standard tap. The pint glasses seemed to be reasonable. The Brooklyn Pilsner I ordered was in a Pilsner glass which I don't believe is anywhere near a pint though.
The food was also pricey, but also not your standard bar food. The prices ranged from $12 burgers to $25 steaks. The tables are set up in a fancy way, with specially rolled and tied napkins sitting on plates that get taken away once you order.
Rustico has a very interesting atmosphere with an outstanding beer selection. Things can get a little pricey, but just sitting at the bar enjoying a few beers won't run up a tab that's much above what you can get anywhere else. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. Recommended.
06-21-2009 02:41:02 |
More by BeerSox
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Atmosphere is/can be a little loud, and fast. Very alive. Great patio seating outside if you don't mind the possibility that you could be sharing a large picnic table with strangers. Granted over the great beer and food, they probably won't be strangers for long.
Quality of the selections on draft and in the bottle are hard to beat. From special Brooklyn Releases to a Smuttynose cask that was as unique as it was bad. (RIS aged on some crazy Chai Tea leaves - think Jager meets cough syrup meets Tea.) Bell's Two-Hearted was the next cask.
Service was good, no complaints, very helpful, but nothing extraordinary.
Selection is fantastic. Everything from hefes and wits to IIPAs, Lambics, and RIS. Great bottle selection including some aged and very rare beers that began to get a bit pricey. All drafts can be ordered a sample, 6oz, or 14 oz size.
The pizza we had was fantastic. Probably the best pizza I've had in quite some time. The muscles we had as appetizers were delicious as well. The food others ordered looked and smelled great.
Very reasonable for the DC/Arlington area that seems expensive in comparison to other places.
06-09-2009 22:55:56 |
More by Loki
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Rustico is one of my favorite spots in the DC area. The tap list always rocks and the food is really great with the prices being reasonable for the area.
Rustico sits in a relatively neighborhoody area just off the GW parkway a few miles south of National Airport (worth the cab trip if you have a layover!). The inside design is very interesting with glass mosaics covering the large inner wall that separates the kitchen from the seating area. The tables and chairs of the dining area are chic and relatively intimate while the bar is more vibrant with stools, tall tables, and arrangeable couches and such. The noise level is medium high but not because of annoying music, more because of the hard surfaces of the rooms and the amount of people talking.
I have been to this place many times and have never had a bad or even questionable meal here. The daily frittata at lunch is always great and inspired. The rustic burgers and fries are great. The pizzas are very nice. The more complex menu items are fantastic as well.
The draft selection and the cask are always available at the website. The bottle selection is also very substantial. I find the draft selection to be wisely diverse so as not to alienate certain customers that aren't ready for huge flavored craft beer (RIS, DIPA, etc.). There are big beers on the menu to be sure, but a nice balance exists with lighter lagers and Belgians.
*** Especially notable is the chef's menu. My wife and I took part in this (reservation ahead of time only) and found it to be exquisite. The menu is especially prepared by Chef Morales and the beer connoisseur, Greg Engert brings beer pairings for all 6 courses. Greg also speaks about each beer's style and history before presenting it. For our occasion he brought out some rarities and cellared beers. The food was spectacular and substantial (not a tasting morsel, but a half entree per course). The counter you sit at faces into the kitchen so you can see all the food being prepared. This is a must for all beer lovers/foodies! Highly recommend.
05-23-2009 18:46:21 |
More by ahalloin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place was pretty damn awesome. A friend of mine treated me when I was down visiting and I was happy she chose Rustico. The beer selection was amazing. The food was top notch. The atmosphere, while loud, was not crazy and the design was nice. I had 3 quality beers (none of which I can get where I live) and wished I could have tried a dozen more! Moderation prevented me. However, if you live in Alexandria you are very lucky. If you live in DC you are lucky, though have to deal with a bit of a drive. Worth seeking out.
04-07-2009 15:43:49 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Admittedly biased, I will try to remain objective as a local/neighbor to this extraordinary establishment. They have brought the beer to the forefront of the dining experience. The food is good, and there is a beer for everything on the menu and an endless list of options for just, well, drinking. Would even suggest that the food is paired to the beer as opposed to the reverse (not really a bad thing).
It is impossible to get bored with the bottled beer selection and rotating/seasonal draft options. Cask beer! (speaks for itself) Beer Dinners and other special events keep it interesting year round.
The use of proper glassware is an understood priority, and the staff are knowledgable - most seem to really appreciate the value of their product and carry a sense of pride. Only criticism is that it gets a bit loud and hard to carry a conversation. Worth a trip, especially if you are not up for a jaunt into the District for RFD or Brickskeller.
03-30-2009 16:54:31 |
More by NathanStraub
Rustico Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria, VA
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