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Taps: 39 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4075 Wilson Blvd
phone: (571) 384-1820
(Place added by: jjboesen on 11-09-2010)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$$$
CAUTION: Make sure you ask your bartender the cost of a brew you are considering. I got burned the other day when I selected SoutherTier's Warlock (22oz). I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn't anything fantastic so when I got the bill for $22.75 (yep, TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS AND SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS FOR A BOTTLE) my jaw hit the floor. I won't be going back to Rustico's for a long while after that.
10-31-2013 14:02:31 |
More by v1p3r06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
The price of the beers are typical to any other place in the Ballston area. They don't have a huge selection on tap but most of the servers are knowledgeable and are not hesitant to let you sample which I like because I am a picky beer drinker. The bar area is nice but I prefer to sit in the outdoor area when the weather is nice
09-20-2013 17:11:43 |
More by vahughes
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$$
Had a nice Saturday brunch here with some friends. Overall good experience, would definitely go back.
The interior of the restaurant is contemporary, posh. Our waitress was okay - quick to take our order and bring drinks, but after we finishes we lingered a while before the bill was brought.
Definitely a top notch draft list and bottle list. All high quality selections, diverse styles, that range from local breweries, to the big national craft breweries, to Belgian imports. Extremely well organized list too, with good brief descriptions. Every bar should follow their lead.
Food was very good - I had a unique "Brunch Burger", and the whole table was happy with their meals.
The only downside is the cost. I realize this is in a high-rent district, but being from the suburbs of PA I thought the prices were pretty steep. Drafts ranged from $6 to $12. Some of the specialty beers maybe justified their cost, but $6 for a Brooklyn Lager or Stoudt's Pils is a bit hard to justify.
08-09-2013 21:47:34 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I finally checked out Rustico after wanting to for a couple months. I parked at the mall and walked the block to the restaurant. Pretty fancy looking place over all. Semi dark and not the best decor or atmosphere in my opinion, but beer and food was the main reason I went so who cares that much.
The beer list seems top notch for the area and the prices reflect that. I could have gone the cheaper route of getting a pint $2 off with happy hour, but instead I had some tasters. Taster prices ranging anywhere from $2-8 for what I think is a 4 oz. pour.
I enjoyed stopping by and the burger was pretty damn good but I am in no hurry to go back. I would rather go to Pizza Paridisio or Mad Fox but I do suggest stopping by if in the area looking for some food and beer.
12-01-2011 00:46:05 |
More by Eriktheipaman
District of Columbia
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went to the new Rustico in Ballston a couple weeks after they opened. I've never been to the original Alexandria location. It was extremely busy; I called ahead to reserve a table, and I was told the wait was about 1 hour. Showed up after the hour and still waited about 20 minutes for a table; but I'm sure they were still getting used to opening crowds and just getting the system flowing smoothly. Very loud restaurant since it was so packed. The lit up wall of empty beer bottles was a nice touch, very pretty.
The beer selection was large and well-rounded. Nothing was available on cask yet when I was there; this may have changed by now though. The bottle/draft selection, instead of being sorted simply by style, were sorted according to taste profile, such as roasty, hoppy, earthy, etc. which I thought was novel and convenient for finding an appropriate food/beer pairing. Beer was served at a seemingly appropriate temperature.
Service was just fine. Servers were very friendly considering how bad the crowds were. I didn't get a chance to ask too many questions about the beer so I couldn't gauge the waiters knowledge of the selection.
The food is classic American fare; there were plenty of seasonal dishes on the menu that sounded quite good. The pizzas were, well, plain old pizza. Nothing spectacular. Salads were novel and interesting instead of the same old stuff.
Overall a nice establishment. I will certainly be back (I do live right only a couple blocks away); I am very interested to see what the cask offerings will be.
11-27-2010 23:31:05 |
More by goldbot
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I love the selection here. I can't even mention what they have since the extensive tap list is always changing. And the bottle section is huge!.
I love getting samples of beers I have always wanted to try....though if you get enough, you tab can get high.
The food is decent. I like the spicy shrimp pizza. I hate the grilled pizza. Fried defiled egg is a disappointment, fries are great! If you drive, street parking can be tricky,unless you park in the mall garage. The bathrooms are also cool.
From the same restaurant family as Churchkey.
02-14-2012 01:21:36 |
More by rhartogsq
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
We visited the Ballston Rustico for a Thursday lunch. First off, it was fairly dead, but the mid-afternoon timing was a little awkward. It's been awhile since I've visited the Alexandria location, but the decor scheme here seemed to be in sharp contrast - very modern, though muted with wood tones. Not uncomfortable but not exactly warm, either.
It's not surprising that the selection is not only large but diverse as well - in keeping with the other restaurants in this group. Drafts numbered 43 at the time of my visit, with 2 of these casks. Locals have a fair representation, with plenty of national and Belgian/import selections as well. A current draft list is posted on the restaurant website. I went with a Saison De Silly, which was just alright. Appropriate glassware use.
Feeling something lighter, I opted for the cider glazed sea scallops. They were quite good, cooked properly and well accompanied with a bed of of parsnip puree and brussel sprouts. The rest of the family enjoyed their burgers and such.
Service was fine - fast and friendly. The place is generally on the pricier side, but happy hour can remove a little of that bite.
03-03-2011 04:11:04 |
More by blackie
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: This is located just a block or two away from the Ballston Common Mall, one of the more ghetto malls in the DC area, and is situated among a slew of rather posh eating establishments. Inside, the place is clean, well-kept, and the bar has plenty of space to accommodate a healthy-sized number of people.
Quality: Lots of taps (I'd say around 20-30 total), and all of them count! I didn't see any macro-muck in the tap area, but I did see a couple of people drinking Michelob Ultra... if that is your bag (Ugh!).
Service: Our bartender was outstanding. He actually had a very good pulse of the place and did a great just gauging our interests. For example, he knew I was interested in the stuff that was set to be release, so he brought me out healthy samples of both Maharaja and Sculpin that had just recently been tapped, but was not set to go on sale yet.
Selection: While I was there, I ordered a Port City: One (which was why I was in there to begin with) and my wife ordered a Founders Breakfast Stout. Like I stated before...20-30 taps, all great!
Food: I've heard some complaints from people before, but we've always enjoyed our meal here. I've never had the pasta, but the pizza and appetizers are quite good.
Value: I don't remember anything being out of the realm of feasibility on the $$ front here, so I'll give it a pass.
This is one of the DC area craft beer staples. Check it out!
03-20-2012 11:32:50 |
More by Chaney
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the second Rustico location – its older sibling being just north of Old Town Alexandria (See My Review); it is housed on the first floor of a generic office building, which is a ten-minute stroll from either the Ballston or Virginia Square Metro Station (Orange Line). Much like the other Rustico, this venue offers a sleek and modern décor that makes do with shiny metal and sharp angles. Upon entry, to the right, is a well laid out dining area; keep going and you come to the large C-shaped bar, an ebony-topped beauty that comes accompanied with a matching fleet of plush stools, surrounded by a smattering of high tops and tables amid a scheme of minimal lighting. All in all, the room provides the aura of a Las Vegas hipster lounge. In addition, there are strewn several plasma TVs, which should help distract you from the person you’re with – or who is most likely blathering away on a cellphone as you peruse the sweet beer menu.
The beer selection, while not as extensive (or overwhelming) as Greg Engert’s other venue, the beloved Churchkey, is a well thought itinerary of the major styles and several small, but up-and coming, breweries – such as Blue Mountain and Clown Shoes, to name but a few. I counted 34 taps, which includes two casks. Some of the victims for this visit included: Schlafly Kolsch, Blue Mountain Lager, Papa Scottish Ale (from Weyerbacher) and (Sigh!) Founder’s Porter.
The service was attentive, although not particularly knowledgeable in the ways of the craft beer. (In any case, I consider myself “knowledgeable” enough in these matters.) As for the grub; there is an obvious commitment to expanding one’s cuisine universe with enough eclecticism to make the search for food a worthy one. My meal was a very filling, and extremely tasty, pizza. Basta!
As does the aforementioned CK (also owned by the Restaurant Group), the thirsty patron is provided with individual tasters priced more reasonably than the regular beers. There are some rarities that will cost about $9.00 as well. Rustico also has a Happy Hour – on weekdays only, I believe.
07-19-2011 21:07:34 |
More by jjboesen
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
don't usually review places, but the travelling BA needs to know... The new Rustico Ballston is clean, well set up and run very well. The beer list is diverse and includes something for literally everyone. The staff is trained to be courteous and helpful. The food is really good. Only down sides may be the crowds that flock here during busy times, and the fact that the prices are a bit high ($26 for a 375ml Hanssens lambic? $11 for a 10oz of Les Deux Brasseurs?). Other than that, you will be hard pressed to find a better beer experience anywhere near here. There has been a recent explosion of good beer in the area, but Rustico does it best for sure. A must if you are in the area.
03-06-2011 11:49:49 |
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