Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
1090 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
What 1090 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was incredible. My nieces want to return but to sit inside.

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WallyR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We stopped in for a Saturday Brunch. Nice experience. We'll probably come back

CB
CBfoodie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first time and definitely not the last. We reserved outdoor seating but when we arrived the heaters weren’t turned on but they turned it on once we were seated. The food was fantastic! And the service exceptional. Wear layers if you plan to eat outside.

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AshleyinVA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! The brisket is delicious as are all the side dishes!

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vipStonehouse
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome drinks (great wine and beer), service and food. Had the brisket, biscuits, smashed potatoes. All were excellent. Highly recommend making a reservation. This place is always busy.

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Carol
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Comfort food with a modern spin. Great cocktails too. Loved the hushpuppies and mac & cheese. Vegetarian entree (stuffed delicata squash) was huge and delicious. Warm campfire cookies to end the meal were wonderful. Big portions and great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive service. Comfort food with a twist. Extensive and interesting drink menu. Perfect biscuits. We came for dinner and look forward to trying breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the only guests sitting outside. It was 25 degrees but sunny with blue skies. The staff turned on all the heaters near us. They brought all our food at the same time. They even brought us piping hot cups of water to keep our hands warm. Such a fabulous crew! We love this place

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Stlgem
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit after driving past a few time. A pleasant spot to meet the girls for lunch. Food was perfect. Service was timely and extremely pleasant. We agreed we need to come back and enjoy the cocktails too.

CS
vipCharlesS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect meal in South Arlington? Grilled octopus appetizer (best in the DMV area); grilled fish entree (you can't go wrong with any grilled entree special at Ruthie's); and the warm campfire cookies with a scoop of cookie dough ice cream. We have never allowed poor weather to stand in the way of an outstanding meal at Ruthie's!

CO
COLA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great - the fries were fresh and delicious - I will be back soon enough - Thanks Ruthie;s All-Day

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Aces
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding. The staff get to know you and are always welcoming. Fantastic place.

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vipDayc
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve become a regular here, it’s one of my favorite restaurants. Everything I’ve had from the menu has been consistently good, the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable. I love this place.

DM
vipDavidM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great food and service.

JF
vipJasonF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really interesting menu with nice twists on old favorites. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the menu is diverse and a great value. Service was professional but not rushed. Love the open feeling of the dining room with windows on 3 sides - only minor quibble was the noise level but it didn’t interfere with our very enjoyable evening

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vipBobB
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

sat at the bar--favorite thing to do--great bar staff

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LindaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast RAD bowl broke our fast after routine annual Dr. appointment. It was great. Always a pleasure to visit Ruthie's.

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vipM202
London
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. We will be back.

DK
DohyungK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food amazing, service great. Our family is quite picky but they are all satisfied.

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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's was the perfect ending to a long day of flight delays for our friend who was returning to the D.C. area. We shared the grilled octopus salad - the best octopus appetizer in the DMV - and we each enjoyed the excellent grilled fish entree. Our friend also sampled two sides that she hadn't tried before, and she is now a big fan of the mac'n'cheese and the brussel sprouts. Although we were full from dinner, we each took a soft and chewy campfire cookie home with us. A great way to start the New Year!

KB
KenB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding. It's normal to expect one item on the menu or in your order to be above average and perhaps extraordinary, but everything was top notch from the salad to the entrees and good portions. Excellent. I recommend highly, and very affordable on top of all that.

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Miesh
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie's was amazing, we will definitely be back! We had the biscuit sandwich and the burger, both amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go every week. They never disappoint. It’s. So. Good.

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cep3112
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Recommend the biscuits and gravy! Neighborhood gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good. Food staff decor and ambiance. Just all around good.

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ECJ199
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food, but the restaurant was much too loud for my aged ears. At my age, surrounding noises aren’t processed as well as they used to be, so it was hard to maintain a conversation at the table. The brisket blennie was excellent, with quite tasty brisket and a great cracker underneath. The accompanying greens were fresh, but whatever the dressing was it had little taste. We all enjoyed sharing the apple donuts and jelly and the very good deviled eggs. My daughter liked her apple pie pancakes, although she couldn’t finish them. My wife had the pulled pork, which was plentiful but a little dry, although the bbq sauce was pretty good. Service was good.

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SueinAlexandria
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good, enjoyed our food at Ruthie's! Always happy to return here. Wish they covered their patio to transition for the cooler months (plus to block some of the sun in the warmer).

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KateS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch! Loved fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches and the corn bread. Great service!

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Nicole
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic local gem. Delicious food and great service.

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StevenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice New Year’s Eve dinner
Great brisket, bronzino, desserts.
Fun ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is great. Only minor complaint is that I wish wine prices were a little lower.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was the best!

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LocalFan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as usual--we had the cornbread, grain salad, brisket, and cobbler. My guest lived in Atlanta for many years and loved everything.

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Jill
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish your site shows the hours you served breakfast when opening the website or making reservations, rather than having to click on menus. We assumed Ruthie’s “All Day” meant breakfast offered all day.

Reservations were easy and service was terrific.

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ACLL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5