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Ruthie's All-Day, Arlington, VA

Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
4.7
1781 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 108 times today

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  • 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 1,781 people are saying

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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

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  1. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Matt Hill had some very appealing specials to offer in addition to the tried and true items on Ruthie's dinner menu. Corn bread with some added pizzazz was a starter special; a grilled 16 ounce ribeye steak with chimichurri sauce was an entree special; and last but not least a fabulous chocolate and peanut butter pie (presented similarly to the excellent butterscotch pudding) was a dessert special. These wonderful surprises - on a weeknight - are part of the reason that Ruthie's earned its prestigious RAMMY award for "best casual restaurant" in the DMV. Find out for yourself!
  2. SC

    SeniorCitFoodie

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    My husband is a big fan of Ruthie's--loves the smoked brisket. I don't like smoked brisket so I experiment each time we go there, trying to find a meal I'll enjoy as much as my husband enjoys his. Most recently I tried the shrimp and was disappointed. The Old Bay curry sauce was good, but the shrimp was (over)salty and rubbery. The sides are always good. We both like the arugula and fennel salad, the cornbread, the biscuits. My husband likes the slaw a lot. The greens and the grits depend on how you like them: the grits are rich; the greens are strong on vinegar.
  3. KM

    KMW2

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took visiting relatives here and had a lovely meal. We were quickly seated at the outdoor table that we’d reserved. Everyone was delighted with the beverage offerings and the extensive gluten-free menu. Our server, Ali(?), took great care of us and confirmed that everything we ordered would work for our health needs (several in our group have celiac and/or food allergies.) Our relatives said they can see why Ruthie’s is one of our favorite places.
  4. TM

    TheMacFam

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place in Arlington: great eats, bright & cheerful ambience, fantastic attentive staff!
  5. W

    Wendy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I've been here several times without issue, but this time the service was very slow. Our server would go long periods of time without approaching our table and would only come over if I flagged him down. I had the fried chicken salad and it was good but lacking dressing and missing a few ingredients (green beans). Not a huge deal but disappointing when a salad costs $17.
  6. f

    fitnessnut

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days 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
  7. JH

    JaneH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    CorinaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days 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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fenomenal brunch!
  10. S

    Strock

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great portions, fast efficient service, and a GREAT team.
  11. W

    Wordsgal

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 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.
  12. NA

    NotAFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 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.
  13. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    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!
  14. KD

    KensingtonDiner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    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.
  15. g

    geril

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

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

    Peggy64

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    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.
  18. KT

    KTHoya

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch! Everything was fantastic. Would absolutely go back!
  19. 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
  20. GO

    GeorgeO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was delicious
  21. 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!
  22. 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!!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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!!
  28. 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!
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 1781 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 108 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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