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Ruthie's All-Day, Arlington, VA

Ruthie's All-Day

4.7
4.7
1926 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

19:00


Booked 100 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!

  • Area

    Arlington

  • Cross Street

    Glebe and 5th St South

  • Parking Details

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

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 1,926 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    American

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. LA

    LALA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great brunch spot! The food is VERY good - will be returning again.
  2. I

    Impresario

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited with a friend for a birthday lunch. We had a later reservation at 1:30, a good idea since the dining room can be very noisy. We enjoyed the brisket, a speciality of the house, and it was even better than we had imagined. Our red-haired waiter was superb and for my birthday dessert we enjoyed the butterscotch pudding. Highly recommended!
  3. GW

    GaryW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great natural light, easy parking, and excellent staff! Hard to beat the cornbread!
  4. k

    kathleenm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the fried chicken cobb salad and it was absolutely wonderful. Bought a half-pound of brisket home to try (it smelled SO good) and it is super. While I would like for everyone else to stay home and leave Ruthie's all to me; I must highly recommend the food, service, and attitude.
  5. GS

    GayleS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty comfort food and a friendly and efficient staff. Best Brussel sprouts I've ever eaten!
  6. GL

    GloL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So far I have only dined twice, after three high recommendations: dinner and brunch. The food is quite fresh and flavorful. Service for dinner was amazingly fast. I will be going back for more!
  7. n

    neighbor

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I loved some of the food, but thought the sauces too abundant. Would prefer simpler presentation. Noise level was tough for having a conversation in a booth. I would suggest to friends to eat outside or at odd hours to avoid noise.
  8. A

    All2prodigal

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and such friendly service as always. Our server Matthew was awesome 👏🏽
  9. RZ

    RomiZ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was incredible, always is. Not sure what happened this time but we waited about 20 min to be greeted, and then waited over an hour for our food. We asked a few times for our food and even mentioned the long wait when paying the check. Server was really nice but not sure whose fault this landed on. Would have been nice if our bill reflected the issues that we had since it seemed like staff was aware
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great venue and terrific space.
  11. D

    Debbie

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ruthie's is always a solid choice. It was jumping on Friday and the noise level was distracting but the food and service excellent as always. Maybe a daily special or two would mix it up a bit.
  12. AS

    AlixS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fantastic food! Very safe gluten free food also. Good for a celiac.
  13. c

    cedar

    Washington DC

    226 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    226 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful, warm atmosphere with very good service and great food. I thought the prices were very reasonable! Four of us each had a delicious meal and cocktails or a glass of wine for around $50 per person. The chef knows what his guests like, that's for sure!
  14. C

    Cecilia

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My favorite local diner.
  15. P

    Pickyfamily

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious sandwiches. Always consistent
  16. DA

    DanielAhn

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was outstanding! Everything we ordered was delicious especially the chicken wings. I really appreciate how most of the proteins spend time on the wood fired grill. Highly recommended and I’ll definitely be back often! Kudos to Chef Matt Hill and his team! 🙌
  17. t

    threedsr1

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavors! Great service! This is our “go-to” for special occasions!
  18. CL

    ChristinaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Always consistently great food. Service was a bit slow tonight, but not terrible.
  19. PS

    PhyllisS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great! Food very good….often not consistent, however. Sometimes, when those b=buttermilk biscuits are warm from the oven, they are great…I’ve been to breakfast when those biscuits seem to have been leftover from the night before. But it is so very noisy!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for brunch. And I recommend it! The atmosphere is joyful and friendly. The drinks were excellent, and the food was as well! Be sure you have a reservation; brunches are very busy at this place
  21. EM

    EmilyM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the server went out of their way to accommodate an allergy request.
  22. C

    Cathy

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live on the West coast and travel to the East on business. As soon as I know I am traveling I book a reservation at Ruthies as this is my number on go to place for weekend brunch.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, but service a bit slow. Clearly understaffed.
  24. SE

    ScottE

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good menu for brunch. We all enjoyed what we had whether it was breakfast items or lunch ones. Good selection of drinks as well. Would definitely go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Food tasted great but came out cold.
  26. M

    Momanddadsnightout

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed it! The food was good, though left us feeling very full (rich food) and lots of herb flavor. The hushpuppies were the star. Our waiter was great though very busy.
  27. r

    reston

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfort food, good service, urban understated chic vibe. What’s not to like here.
  28. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four enjoyed a terrific lunch and a gorgeous autumn afternoon on Ruthie's outdoor patio. We were all repeat customers, so we ordered our favorite dishes - the healthy grain salad, the fried chicken cobb salad, the beef brisket sandwich and the pulled pork sandwich. We were very tempted to try the lunch special - a sandwich that featured thinly sliced beef that had been smoked for twelve hours - since chef Matt Hill excels at smoking all of the meats on the RAD menu. Maybe next time!
  29. J

    Jerry

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lunch was excellent. The food was just delicious and the service was excellent.
  30. KH

    KarenH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated at first near the center of the large central space. Even before the restaurant filled up, it was much too noisy. We asked to move, and fortunately there was a table near the edge of the room, much better for hearing each other without having to yell. We really enjoyed our lunch!
  31. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Server was rude. Food was good. Part of dining is catching up with those you are dining with. The server seemed annoyed when we were not ready to order immediately, then after ordering a few sharables he continued to come back every other minute to get the entree order. Our menus were still sitting in front of each party member and we were clearly in the middle of conversation. Servers are typically able to "read the room" and can see when you would be interrupting conversation. Then after we received food he seemed to question us/seemed offended when one party member requested lemon for oysters. After our entree was served he was hard to "track down" to order a cocktail. Just seemed clueless regarding social cues.
  32. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been fortunate enough to try numerous specials on Ruthie's menu. Last night was no exception: the featured special entree was a chicken pot pie with a biscuit topping. The chicken/vegetable mixture was flavorful and dense with just the right amount of gravy to keep the contents moist. With the winter months approaching, this is comfort food worth repeating on the menu!
  33. A

    Alice1

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    love the coffee and the food - great selection, and very yummy flavors
  34. R

    Rose

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two colleagues and I sat on the patio between two heaters, as the evening was chilly. We had a delightful time. The food was delicious, service attentive, and noise level much more conducive to conversation than I have found it inside.
  35. MV

    MariaV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! A bit expensive but nice ambiance particularly for a nice occasion!
  36. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at 7 PM on a Sunday evening, and the place was packed. It is no longer a secret that Ruthie's All-Day is the go-to restaurant in South Arlington. We sampled some of our favorite dishes (smoked duck, grilled branzino) and we were quite tempted by the special entree - grilled rockfish with a sweet potato puree.
  37. CN

    ChristyN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a large party (over 15) coming together for a special meal - and not only did they accommodate us at one large party but the service was fantastic! You know how so often servers are overwhelmed by a large party and/or can't handle splitting the check? Not here! Our server was absolutely fantastic - handled us and other table with ease, including our multiple food allergies. He even caught a possible source of contamination and brought the chef to us. Highly recommend!
  38. W

    Winnie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was fine, went for brunch, the only time we've been. Biscuits were very disappointing for an upscale hip diner-vibe. Slow service but I guess everyone's short staffed these days.
  39. PS

    PhyllisS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s quite noisy at Ruthie’s. Waiter was great. Dinner could have been hotter…. Sides were just okay, nothing to rave about. But the dessert!!!! I think it was an apple crumble. Fantastic!
  40. g

    gfpair

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great airy, sunny space buzzing with possibility. Brunch food was good - especially the outstanding biscuits - but we would have liked several more lunch menu selections to be available at 2 pm. Service was excellent. We will return outside of brunch hours.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff 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 1926 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 100 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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