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“Rustica - nice watering hole, good food as long as you like crowds”
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Ranked #123 of 763 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Potomac Greens
Transit: The nearest metro stop is on the blue/yellow lines at Braddock Road.
Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a good, hopping bar scene restaurant and is somewhat too noisy but has a lot of evening life starting at happy hour and going on. The food is great, albeit slightly pricey, especially the cocktails. They have an outstanding and crowd pleasing variety of beer. The pizzas are very tasty and other entrees are nicely presented as well as delicious. Their tables are too small, however, and guests are indeed packed in, especially on weekends and it is hard to hold a conversation anywhere... bar or restaurant at peak times. Much better to go to lunch there if you can. Some limited parking lot adjacent to it.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Met some friends here for a late night bite + drinks. Love the pizzas and other pasta options. They also have a great beer selection. The atmosphere is perfect for late night gatherings or watching sporting events.

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had a pizza that was delicious. The server was very friendly and knew the vast beer selections and made some suggestions. The atmosphere is nice, lots of booths in the bar area which is good.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

I had another great repeat experience at Rustico earlier this week. You gotta love a place where most of the 30 beers on tap are unfamiliar. Bartender Will made some great suggestions for me and my wife based on our preferences, and offered up some samples before we decided on our pints.

We had lunch at the bar; I did the white pizza and she opted for a burger. Both were excellent; the burger was cooked to perfection, moist and juicy on a roll that did not collapse under the weight. The pizza really hit the spot, with a crisp, thin (but not too thin) crust and plenty of gooey cheese.

The service was excellent from start to finish, friendly and attentive without hovering. The prices were also quite reasonable. We'll be making excuses to take the trek from Annapolis to Alexandria, I saw lots of other tempting menu items, and there are so many more beers for me to sample.

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Thank John V
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This place has quite a selection of great beers! Mainly bottles, but that is better for us craft beer lovers. THey do have a decent selection on tap as well. My all time favorite pizza is the goat cheese, spinach and mushroom pizza. To die for! The panzanella salad and bibb lettuce salads are fantastic too.

Thank Whitney T
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