Rustico - Ballston
Rustico used to be one of my favorite pizza places. The many dozens of beers are still a highlight, and our server was very attentive and friendly. However, they've shrunk the pizzas, which also weren't as well made as in earlier years, and the pear salads were mostly greens and far too light on the pears and cheese. It looks like cost-cutting has become corner-cutting, and Rustico is no longer the value it once was. I won't be going back.
Love the salads and the cheesecake; outstanding, quality of food, service, and price; bravo Rustico!
The burger was in seasoned and over cooked they usually have great food
Met a friend for happy hour. Great place for food and a variety of beers.
I ordered an arugula salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata. But what I received had no arugula. And no one responded to our attempts to get attention. Furthermore, we had to ask to order. And we had to ask to receive a check.
Everything was meh.... steak was tough, veg were under cooked..... restaurant needs a revamp of both food and interior
We were seated immediately. Service was fast. Food was delicious. Excellent value. We are definitely coming back.
Unfortunately they cooked one order incorrectly twice, taking significant amounts of time in order to cook each time. They cooked a second of our party of nine incorrectly as well. The waiter was not well-versed on what foods would be vegan or gluten-free and frequently disappeared for large amounts of time leaving us having to ask where he was. I read a lot of good reviews but in fortunately we did not have a good experience at this restaurant.
I don't like to waste my money on bad experiences and food. This place more than met my expectations. I'm still thinking about the delicious food.
It was such a great experience. I had been once before and really wanted to go back for a date. It was perfect. The pizza was good and our waiter was fantastic. Enjoyed a glass of never never found found beer while my partner enjoyed some cap sav wine. Highly recommend.
Main courses were not as fresh and tasty as previous visits.
Great food and service, restaurant has dark lighting and was hot/humid when we ate. Great for a large group
Great pizza, huge beer selection, and the best fries around.
We ordered drinks and food. The food order was never put in, when we asked about it, we were offered to have it put in at that time, but we had already waited about 30 minutes from the first time we ordered so we just asked for the check. Everyone else seemed to be enjoying what they ordered.
It was excellent! The service was great, the good was great and the craft beers were awesome!
Overall poor experience. Food was underwhelming and service was inconsistent. Our waiter came to check on us seemingly every minute, and then forgot about us when he left the check, leaving us sitting there looking for him for at least 15 minutes.
was disappointed that the only the brunch menu was available, as i specifically called about that a few days ahead of time and was told that items from the dinner menu would also be available.
Love this place, great selection of beers and food items.
Awesome food and service, as always. We love sitting outside at Rustico! One of our favorite neighborhood spots.
The food and service was very good. The only downside was that it was trivia night & was very loud.
Great waitperson, Roderigo- Rustico a neighborhood gem!
Overall, the food was good and moderately priced for being a suburb of DC. The tater tots were an interesting take on the traditional food, but still very good! The turkey burger had a little too much black pepper and there was nothing super special about the toppings on it, but the fries on the side were really good. I give Rustico only 3 stars for service because they would not allow me to sit until the rest of my party arrived, even though 95% of the restaurant was empty and the waiter took a while to come back and forth... Also the restaurant was just as hot and humid inside as the weather outside and the lighting was dim.
Nice, laid-back ambiance. Great beer selection, and very good food. I'm a fan.
vast beer list, food was great, loved the outdoor seating!
I have been here multiple times and always have a good experience. Sat outside this night and it was great. Service is a little slower when you are outside and it too a long time to get the check but I had a wonderful time overall and would definitely recommend.
What a terrific location for a dinner with friends. The food was excellent. Wine and beer choices made everyone at our table happy. Ate inside but had the option for outdoor dining. Definitely recommend!
The food was very good. We all (5) had salads. They were creatively composed with house-made dressings that took the ingredients to the next level. Our starters were calamari, risotto tots, and wings. The aioli and remoulade dips were extraordinary. Happy hour extended until 7PM on a Saturday! Our waitstaff was attentive, but unobtrusive even though we stayed to talk for at least an hour. The street dining was loud with emergency vehicles passing through several times, but this is city living. Our lone beer drinker was impressed with the huge selection. So Rustico is a good place to both eat and drink!
We really enjoyed the food. It was quite loud inside and hard to have a conversation but the food was delicious!
I met a friend for dinner at Rustico, and it was great! We sat inside because it was a really hot night, but I wish we had enjoyed the outdoor seating. The ambiance was vibrant, and food was delicious. Highly recommend
Pleasant as usual. Love this place.
Great food, chic yet chill vibe
Trivia was super fun
Tasty food and good service.
We enjoyed the brussel sprouts for an appetizer-very crispy and delicious. We also experienced our first chick pea pizza crust-we thought it was very good!
Awesome food but the service absolutely horrendous. Not sure if it was a fluke or what but it was terrible. Everyone around us was complaining how bad it was. Only thing that saved it was the fact the food was very good. I would go back to see how the service is but would not be surprised if I don’t make it back. Shame.
Amazing service, amazing food. The pizza was absolutely amazing
Great atmosphere indoor and outdoor. Fast service. Great food.
The food was great as usual, and the beers were as well. They have some awesome beers on tap for any craft IPA fans like me, and the server was knowledgeable about them as well which was nice. The service this time was awesome! Our waiter Aaron was great, and the manager took care of our appetizer as we thought we needed it for our 1 yr old son and tried to cancel it before it was made. We were able to eat the appetizer and not pay for it which was a nice tough by the manager. This place gets it and gets it every time. Greatly appreciated!
It was Mother’s day so the place was busy. We were seated in the far back corner (which in my previous experience is the “lost table”. ) It took 45 minutes to get the tea My daughter and I ordered and they ran out of coffee. The appetizer came out before we were served drinks. I watched 8 people get coffee refills before they told us they were out. The food was good, but the waiter only seemed to care about the larger tables. Probably because more tip. Can’t blame him, but it made our experience not so great and a very long wait. Honestly I think it was the waiters fault and not for not caring about the smaller groups and not the Actual Restaurant. Even though they employ him. The food was good and reasonably priced. Still gave the waiter a $10 tip on a $40 tab. I’ve been there before and service and the food has been great. I’ll give our waiter the benefit of the doubt, but will ask for another waitress or waiter if I get the same guy next time.