Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
985 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 985 people are saying
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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
96 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
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 a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LK
LorrainK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

RAD is a very cool spot with great food. The staff is friendly and responsive. The food was great. My husband's branzino was smoky and delicious, my daughter's salmon was moist and perfectly cooked, and my chicken sandwich was delectable. We ate an early dinner to try to avoid crowds and it worked, and the staff was good about spacing out the tables.

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Bernadette
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious! And reasonably priced! A tad too busy so you need to flag the waiter.

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DCRedHead
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite places--the food is always delicious and the service is good. Love the ambiance as well.

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JeffreyA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and always a good vibe. Todd the owner rocks!

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KateK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

My friend and I had the best brunch there, service was a little slow. But the food was spectacular and worth the wait. I wish we there was an option on open table to sit inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selections for brunch ! So clean & bright & spacious. Very friendly and competent staff. Delicious & unique

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Lenni
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

As usual the food was outstanding. We come here about every two weeks. The one thing we have been noticing is for some reason that getting drinks and tea or coffee takes a long time and refills take even longer.

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AmyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food but it IS loud.

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vipStefi2015
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ladies front of the house let us seat early & change from outdoor to indoor COLD evening! Old Bay Shrimp Curry Mac & Cheese Brussels Cookies & ice cream ALL delish Server so attentive! Visiting Dad in VA from CA Spent day caring for him Nice treat bro & sis for hard days work! Thank you Ruthie’s for making our day a little sweeter!

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Gail
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I tried the pork BBQ sandwich instead of the pork BBQ entree. The meat was dry unlike the meat I have eaten on the entree. Forget the sandwich, go for the platter.

I am taking teenage grandchildren for breakfast over the holidays. We are looking forward to trying breakfast.

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DebC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become my go-to, favorite restaurant. I love everything about it. The food is outstanding and it's a good value. Love the vibe there.

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vipHestia
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Salmon was excellent but potatoes in potato salad a bit undercooked and in desperate need of salt. Noise isn't as bad as my first visit and appears they have installed sound absorption panels in the ceiling but needs a little something more because it is still on the noisy side. Floor is slick so be careful in heels!

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EdwardL
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Very good food, a little more than we we would usually spend for a lunch. Good service. Very noisy, probably because there is nothing to absorb sound since the floors are concrete and the decor very minimalistic. We will go back. The food was delicious. Loved the deviled eggs and the brisket Sammis. The fries were excellent and the burger was the best I had in a long time.

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CoachJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a restaurant that has great food at reasonable prices, terrific service and awesome energy and vibe, look no further than Ruthie's!!! You will be impressed!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Highly recommend

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Lovegoodfood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My girlfriends and I had a very good dining experience. The food was wonderful and our service was attentive. I was happy that we were seated in one of the side rooms since the main dining area was noisy.

Look forward to going again to try out other menu items!

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Frank
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Definitely will be a regular.

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Annc0593
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow but the restaurant was very busy. A little too noisy for my liking but overall a nice experience.

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anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Liked the opportunity to create my own combination of foods.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruthie’s is an outstanding restaurant. Go!

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BradT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and great for leftovers today! We are visiting from Chesapeake for the second time

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LouiseM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Noise level was a real problem. Fried chicken added to my salad was dry and even a bit tough. Salad would have been better with more dressing; next time I'd ask to get it on the side.

JC
JCG2
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5