Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
1008 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The menu follows a Southern-fried meat-and-three concept, meaning diners order a meat, plus three sides. Those will include Ruthie’s mac and cheese, of course, but also white-soy-braised greens, stewed chickpeas and smoked cauliflower with a spicy soy glaze. “We’re going to be changing it a lot based on seasonality,” Hill says of the menu. “ Every vegetable has got to be fantastic because it has to stand on its own.” One thing that will help that: Hill is already growing all of the restaurant’s own herbs at his South Arlington community garden plot.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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ArlingtonBoricua
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a delicious adventure eating anything on Chef Hill’s RAD menu!!!!! Better yet; service, management, meal portion & bar offerings match the outstanding menu.

We will continue to celebrate RAD at any occasion!

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vipDiegoh
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Big plates are actually big. Stupendous steak and eggs.

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Babydurr5
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I had been so excited to try this place and definitely hyped it up in my mind - perhaps too much.
The good: my flat white was tasty
The interior and design is very nice and comfortable

The not so good: tbh, all the food seemed to be lacking something. I got the hushpuppies, the deviled eggs, and the Brisket Hash. The flavors were lacking and unremarkable across the board. It was edible but completely unbalanced and without pizazz. The hushpuppies had an “off” taste to them. The deviled eggs just weren’t good. The Brisket Hash ... just seemed like the wrong mix of flavors and textures. The brisket was too smokey (and I would have liked it to be more tender), the Brussels sprouts should be removed (too bitter, throws off the balance), and the double combo of sweet potato and regular potato seemed like too much potato. Just not much flavor there. Also - too oily!

Based on the food, I don’t really see a reason to return - very disappointed considering the other reviews! It was a busy place and seems popular. But the food is missing a spark that wouldn’t draw me back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Sitting outside wasn’t my favorite experience but overall a very nice place!

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vipPatv
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, varied memo so both the salad and barbecue eaters were happy. Nice, friendly but not intrusive service. Nice patio heaters so nice to eat outside even in December!

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Mitch
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Short menu with good variety, great flavors, and substantial portions. Highly recommended.

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Heightseater
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always get the brisket but tried the halibut special and it was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu options; prompt service; nice decor

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Jerry
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the lunch was truly delicious. And the bill was very reasonable. Will come back.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the meat was superb! We’ll be back next date night!

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cathies
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mac cheese, biscuits w raspberry preserves, farm salad w red wine vinaigrette. Yum.

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ChristinaL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and they prepared a special treat for my niece’s first birthday.

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vipHolly
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie’s is always the best. It’s my favorite go to place.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ruthie's brunch menu had something for everyone in our party - from the delicious scratch-made biscuits and house-made jam to the flavorful sausage that is made and smoked on the premises. Ruthie's All Day was the perfect Sunday brunch destination that gave us all a break from our Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Basqueman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! I will be back again. Keep up the good work.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place for brunch! Love the atmosphere of inside and a nice patio outside when its nice out!

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SuyapaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My husband’s first time, we had to wait almost 10 minutes to be acknowledged once seated.
Server was busy, probably had more tables than normal but even a quick greeting would have been nice. There were quite a few busboys but they didn’t offer water or coffee.
Omelette was good

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Ahmah
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Busy weekend brunch with indoor and outdoor seating. Great food choices for different food intolerances. Temperature was a little chilly near the windows but air-flow is good to keep us healthy these days :)

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Cat23
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside and it wasn't too cold to enjoy. Food was delicious.

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SuDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu variety. Large portions. Lively atmosphere. Accommodating staff.

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Angie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar during brunch. Our bartender was a young gentleman and made great recommendations on the menu. He was very quick to serve us and ask us if we needed anything. The food was outstanding as well as the service. 10/10 recommend

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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
96 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stopped for breakfast. Amazing breakfast we had. The apple donuts are worth it. Will be back if we are in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the decor!! The staff was friendly and the menu had great options for sharing , cocktails and a variety of items. The portions were generous and I recommend the apple donuts with raspberry jam!!

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vipGuster8
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove down from NJ during Black Friday and totally misjudged how long it would take us to get to the restaurant. I made a reservation for 6:45pm and we got there around 5:35pm. In addition, my reservation was for the outdoor patio and no heat lamps were available because it was so windy and would cause the lamps to toppled over. The hostess was very accommodating and were able to seat us right away and indoors. We ordered 3 appetizers - the corn bread, the grilled octopus and the dry rubbed wings. Everything was delicious. My family thought the corn bread was a little dry but the butter more than make up for it. The entrees were also delicious. We had the salmon entree w/ mac and cheese and hand punched fries, salmon salad, brisket sandwich w/ hand punched fries and hangar steak w/ brussel sprouts and greens. There was lot of food. I have to say the brussel sprouts were best I ever had. If I knew ahead of time, I would have skip my salmon salad and ordered a few of the brussel sprouts sides. Both salmon were cooked to perfection. We were so full, we had no room for desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great find. Not your typical diner...outstanding!

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MHC4
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The smoked duck and the salmon salad were delicious. Good portions of each dish. Someone in our party noted that a bowl of soup is not really a dish to share. Biscuits were disappointing for a southern-themed restaurant.

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TraceyT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant! Thoughtful menu, parking is easy, nice vibe. The meal was excellent and service was attentive.

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as good as last visits. The hanger steak was tough and the burgers not cooked as ordered. The cornbread excellent as usual. The ribs succulent.

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SueinAlexandria
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food, service was friendly if slow on a busy pre-holiday, but it is very hard to carry on a conversation. Everything tasted homemade! Can't wait to come back.

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Bunny
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant, food was outstanding, especially loved my brussel sprout side dish and cookies and ice cream dessert. Very yummy!!

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DorineA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although it claims to a diner, I've never been to a diner like Ruthie's all day. The food was very, very good with a some dishes worthy of fine dining. Great bar.

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FrednRae
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were coming from Charlottesville, VA, for a concert in Alexandria, and wanted to have a special meal with special friends—one of whom we learned was actually his birthday the next day! So it was perfect, and their choice!

We loved the selection of food which was both broad and eclectic, while also familiar and intriguing! Love, love, love the corn bread (gorgeous heap of butter on it’s crown!), and the unexpected twist on a favorite of mine, the hushpuppies (was that shrimp in there?), SO good! The burger and fries were great, and others who got the Cobb Salad, duck, and bbq were all exclaiming and sharing amongst themselves! (A family, so did so safely!) We had one of every dessert—Butterscotch Pudding! Who knew!? What a fun basic but yummy comfort food! The Apple Crisp and Campfire Cookies and Ice Cream were equally as yummy and comforting as they were delicious!

And it all allowed us a sweet and yummy opportunity to catch up. The wait staff, while attentive and sensitive and showed up at all the perfect times with food or refills, were also perceptive and heard us exclaiming about the birthday at the table and included a candle for our birthday dad at the table! A perfect evening and meal together. Best part was not having to cook and just showing up! Prices were reasonable and service was great! The confidence and relief to have our spot reserved through Open Table allowed me to focus on other details related to our trip! It was great to know that was taken care of! And the app allowed me to easily share info with others in our party! It’s come a long way since I last used it when living in DC! (And pre-Covid!) All went smoothly! Thanks to the Ruthie’s All Day staff and Open Table for making our sweet reunion possible, enjoyable, and seamless! Bravo!

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ArlDCDiner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food is good. My main thought is the relatively narrow food menu. Lots more beer and alcohol options which is fun for happy hour.

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JimK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. That means everything from first course to dessert.

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LorrainK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

RAD is a very cool spot with great food. The staff is friendly and responsive. The food was great. My husband's branzin