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Ruthie's All-Day, Arlington, VA

Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
4.7
1772 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 888-2841

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Hill

  • Catering

    Ruthie's All Day provides off-site catering for all occasions and special events. We are able to provide drop-off platters, or provide staffing for more formal catered events. Please contact us at hello@ruthiesallday.com for more information!

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Glebe and 5th St South

  • Parking details

    Ruthie's All-Day has 40 private parking spots assigned for our guests!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,772 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    American

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. f

    fitnessnut

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    I had read great reviews for this restaurant, and my experience did not disappoint. Although we had made our reservation for outdoor seating, by the time we arrived it was cloudy; and sitting outside was not inviting. We were able to be seated inside with no problem. Our server was attentive, and the food was delicious
  2. JH

    JaneH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food and an appealing atmosphere.
  3. CT

    CorinaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every visit to Ruthie's All-Day is a joy. They received the RAMMY for casual restaurant of the year and it is easy to see why. First and foremost, they serve delicious food. We particularly like the brunch menu, which is varied and outstanding. As a result, they remain constantly busy during weekend brunch hours. They willingly make reasonable changes to menu items to suit your preference. RAD has a nice wine list with lots of value buys and Todd is happy to recommend wines not on the list, which is a great way to discover new wines. We especially love the fact that you can specifically reserve a table on the patio or indoors.
  4. W

    Wordsgal

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Delicious meal! Wish my kiddo’s birthday was acknowledged but it was busy on the patio Saturday night. Service was pretty slow after we were seated and once our orders were finally taken our cocktails arrived at the same time as our dinner and our son’s drink (chocolate milk) arrived halfway through the meal. Just wasn’t the same as our previous experiences at Ruthies. We love the food and will be back.
  5. NA

    NotAFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was my first time at Ruthie's with my sister (also named Ruthie) and two cousins for our monthly Cousins' Dinner. We all loved it! The menu has something for everyone and choosing the two or three sides was a challenge - they all looked so good. Our server, John, was attentive and two of us chose our entrees based on his recommendation of his personal favorites. I was concerned that the restaurant might be a little loud, but we had no problems hearing one another. It's a charming place and has a definite "neighborhood bar" feel. I got the sense that many of our fellow diners might be regulars. I would be if I lived nearby. Ruthie's is now on our fairly short list of favorite places to enjoy for our family check-ins.
  6. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another beautiful day to be seated on the outdoor patio at Ruthie's - where each member of our party of four chose a favorite entree from the lunch menu. Those favorites included the brisket sandwich, the hearty grain salad with salmon, the farm greens salad with chicken and the pulled pork sandwich. Portions are generous, so we didn't have room for dessert - but we each ordered a Campfire cookie to go!
  7. KD

    KensingtonDiner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant! Delicious food (the skillet cornbread is a must), friendly servers, terrific outdoor dining space. Always a pleasure to eat at Ruthie's.
  8. g

    geril

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. The patio is beautiful. Our server could have been a little more friendly.
  9. P

    Peggy64

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience at Ruthie's. The food is delicious and the service is very attentive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    we thought this place might serve brunch, or be open 24 hours like a diner like the name says, but neither of those things are the case. We did like the corn bread and the deviled eggs. Everything else however, seemed to suffer from trying to be innovative or different, when it didn’t need to be. For example, the barbecue pulled pork was very vinegary, normally when we go to a barbecue place you got the meat as a base and then you can choose your topping. In this case, you don’t have a choice, it’s vinegar or nothing and then you add the barbecue sauce later, which still ends up having a vinegar flavor because the meat is flavored that way. Other items suffered from this over complexity, like the mash potatoes, the grits are cheese grits, the pickles are half something, neither dill nor sweet. basically, everything our teen daughter ordered, which she typically loves at any other restaurant, got the thumbs down and is very forgiving, she didn’t like at all. And we tried it and agreed with her. We also got the chicken sandwich, which one of us liked, but again it had the hot sauce and if any other of us in our party had ordered it, they wouldn’t have liked the hot sauce. Again it was trying to be innovative and more, when it didn’t need to be. It was already good. Sometimes a brownie is enough, it doesn’t need walnuts, pecans or whatever. We didn’t have brownies, that’s just an example.
  11. l

    lincolnt

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was a little slow, but the servers were attentive when the food did come out. Very nice staff! Food was grrrrreat!1
  12. GO

    GeorgeO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was delicious
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time as always except for being reported to Open Table as a no-show!
  14. n

    natty

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good no matter which meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner!!
  15. P

    Paupau

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this place, and their menu. Service is great. My only issue is the noise level. Even early on a week night, it was a little loud for my taste. Guess cuz it’s popular! Make a reservation. Less stressful.
  16. B

    Betty

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time and I was as impressed as I’d hoped to be given all the good things I’d heard about the restaurant. I was especially appreciative of the excellent and kind service. The staff was very patient with my guest and I considering it took us a while to order and finish. Thanks for everything. Great food, service & ambiance. Will be back.
  17. R

    Ricco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A regular and the food is always amazing, good southern food BUT still no sweet ice tea and specially in the summer no peach ice tea? When it comes to food and drink, there are many images that are summoned when we think of the American South. But the most popular and persistent of them all is peach sweet tea. Think about it? thank you and see you soon.
  18. k

    kgindc

    Washington DC

    150 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great for outdoor seating. My main course - smoked pulled pork shoulder - was REALLY dry.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin, our server was awesome. The food was fantastic, loved all the southern fair they offered. Having an Albariño on the menu was a BIG hit for me!!! Will definitely go back!!
  20. HC

    HeatherC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent, and they let us hang out out a bit longer longer than usual without rushing us. it was a bit loud, but otherwise, an awesome brunch experience!
  21. JB

    JoyceB

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great - nice patio, attentive service, good food & refreshing cocktails. I’ll be back!
  22. KS

    KathleenS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived a little early for our reservation but found space at the bar. Staff was attentive and professional, food was excellent. We both remarked that it’s a go-to restaurant.
  23. PN

    PennyN

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is excellent, service great. We love Ruthie’s - our only caveat is that it is hard to hear when you are seated inside.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I had high expectations based on the ratings but overall everything was just average. Not bad, just no real wow factor to make me want to come back again.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have been wanting to try Ruthie’s for quite some time. It did not disappoint. Great quality food and enjoyable atmosphere.
  26. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific grilled octopus appetizer; generous portions; flounder as a special entree; homemade bourbon peach cobbler; perfect weather for dining on the patio - all of these things contributed to a fabulous first impression on our friend who was dining at Ruthie's for the very first time.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic BBQ, cornbread, and comfort food that makes you feel like your at your Mama's house. Yum!
  28. EG

    EllenG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I was pleased they could accomodate our outdoor reservation inside due to storms. Food was great and service attentive. Perhaps due to storms increasing volume of customers inside, the restaurant was quite noisy, tough to hear conversations.
  29. KM

    KathyM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great. I think our server was trying to give us space but it ended up making things a bit slow. It’s way to noisy inside.
  30. KG

    KelseyG

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great Tuesday morning breakfast! I wish that the brunch menu would have been available, but really enjoyed the smaller breakfast menu!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Keep breakfast open all day!! We came for the pancakes and were highly disappointed we had to order from the dinner menu
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service and the food was delicious.
  33. M

    Mcamp

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous. Always enjoy their brunch menu. It was pretty crowded at 9:30 am but the service was smooth and the outdoor seating is comfortable.
  34. BS

    BoShuff

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I do not get the hype. After hearing about this place for a bit now, we made a reservation for breakfast/brunch. It is the definition of nothing special. The apple donuts were under cooked a doughy, but fine. Hubby got biscuits and gravy. It eas biscuits and gravy. Honestly wouldn't know them from anywhere else. I had the pulled pork grits. The only flavor is smoke. Edible but forgettable. The decor looks like leftover HGTV farmouse chic, which is also fine, but does nothing to lower the sound level at all. Wood tables, concrete floors and tile decor means you will hear everything from any corner. Just like a diner with standard breakfast fare. All of that would be fine if breakfast for two didn't cost $50.
  35. H

    Hame

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our second visit to Ruthie’s confirmed our impression it is a pleasant neighborhood restaurant with great quality and interesting food at reasonable prices. The staff are friendly and welcoming. We’ll definitely be back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, best in NOVA
  37. v

    vmarsha

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing… you could tell everything was completely made from scratch including the breakfast sausage which were delicious. I would definitely go again!
  38. TS

    TonyS

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is SO cute! It's not too fancy like many DMV area restaurants, but also feels really nice and trendy. The food is delicious, unique and comes in very hearty portions especially for the pretty low price. Unlike most breakfast joints, this place also has killer coffee to match the really good food. I got the brisket hash, and would highly recommend it. The brisket was some of the best I've had in the DMV. I really want to return for dinner to try the more traditional barbecue offerings that weren't offered for Sunday brunch. Make your reservation early, this place always has a line, but it's definitely worth it!
  39. BS

    BetsyS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Ruthie's All Day is a charming neighborhood upscale diner with very good food and very good service. It can get quite noisy because it is always packed but somehow that doesn't take away from the experience of eating there. My husband an I eat at Ruthie's regularly and have particularly enjoyed the smoked brisket.
  40. FL

    Foodie4Life

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved the Straffe Hendrick. Music was too loud and intrusive. Food was great, as always!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ruthie's All-Day using the Order Online button. Ruthie's All-Day also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 888-2841.

Ruthie's All-Day is rated 4.7 stars by 1772 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Ruthie's All-Day

3411 South 5th St, Arlington, VA 22204

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Glebe and 5th St South

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Ruthie's All-Day has 40 private parking spots assigned for our guests!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Hill

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 888-2841

  • Catering

    Ruthie's All Day provides off-site catering for all occasions and special events. We are able to provide drop-off platters, or provide staffing for more formal catered events. Please contact us at hello@ruthiesallday.com for more information!

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