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Posted by ANetliner on 01/20/2012
The burgers here are a must-- thick, juicy, high-quality beef, and cooked to order. I am very picky about burgers-- I like mine rare and juicy, and very few restaurants deliver. Rugby's gets it right every time. Rugby's is my go-to place for burgers in the DC area.
Posted by Omar Ibiza on 09/23/2009
So after many attempts to find the best burger and the best hangout bar combined, my friends and i have stumbled upon Rugby Cafe! Now, i have to admit the service isnt stellar, but its not a dive-hole in the wall place as some other reviews here would imply. What do you expect - its a cafe attached to its main revenue stream of Rugby/Ralph Lauren Clothing! Comparing apples to apples, I've tried Neiman Marcus cafe as well as Nordstroms cafe and neither had food as exquisite as Rugby cafe! Hence, forget the service & just enjoy the atmosphere, great drinks and food in such a caliber shop in the District. My favorite is the Flankers burger! Switch out the toppings and get goat cheese on it instead and you'll not regret it. I've even tried to duplicate their burger recipe at home, but to no avail. This place is the best of two worlds, great hangout bar, a variety of choices for drinks and the crowd on any given friday or saturday night precedes that of the same crowd pre-gaming the M street line of bars. The dress is as casual as you want and as dressed up as you choose as well. Quaint little tables outside are few so be ready to wait for one on a wknd brunch time. All in all, the best place for fun. I used to live in Austin and the place that resembles Rugby there is a place called Crown & Anchor near the UT main campus on the West end, so if you're a fellow Austinite, then you'll be familiar with the crowd, service and food! Enjoy!
Posted by IrishPrivateChef on 04/09/2009
I've been on a personal quest to find the best burger in DC and after finding several good, many not and a few notables, I have found the best there is! I've been back too many times to count and the burger has always been spot on! King Burger is the way to go... fresh, thinly sliced pineapple (not from the can!), tomato, mixed greens, perfectly cooked thick burger, nicely cooked egg, all on a beautiful roll and sweet-chili sauce added! Fries are always cooked perfectly and salted good. I always ask for them to be extra crispy, but that's my preference. My service has always been great and I've never had problems, in fact they are some of the friendliest in town. Great place!
Posted by dc foodie on 07/08/2008
As a student in DC, I've been to Rugby more times than I can count. The burgers are amazing, and you must order the fries. On the other hand, do not go to Rugby if you are looking for amazing service. The waiters are never really that bright, and they will probably come off as stuffy or rude. However, I do hope that the fact that my friends and I continuously go there despite the less-than-OK service shows how good the food really is!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2008
There´s an Australian place in DC after all! You don´t find reviews about this or any other aussien place easily but I happend to notice Rugby cafe. And I´m definedly going back! Pies are homemade, tasty and takes your hugry away!
Posted by foodie on 01/19/2008
Ahh the Rugby experience. It is hilarious that this place is made to look like a page out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad when it was nothing more than the stereotyped Parisian cafe experience. It's ironic becuase I think it replaced what used to be a little French restaurant/cafe where the treatment / food and atmosphere was really very good. But I digress... From start (greeting or lack thereof) to finish the service at Rugby was atrocious. We couldn't decide whether the waitress was being smug or a simpleton. Perhaps both. It was particularly amusing being treated this way by someone dressed in sneakers and jeans. She would barely pause long enough to take our order let alone answer a question. She was adamant that they didn't have (nor had they ever had) the beers I was ordering - despite the fact I was reading from GIANT chalkboard behind the bar. Parenthetically, they charge $6 for a bottle of beer you can get at Mr. Smiths or Garretts or any other restaurant for about $3-4. After we ordered she yanked the menus from our hands without a word and walked off. Mind you she never wrote a thing down. We ordered the Artichoke dip, which she brought with nothing but tiny chip remnants. I called her out on that. Her response, "oh you wanted regular sized chips". I said "Yeah. Do you think you can find another bag?" She did about 15 min. later. I know, it's the ambiance right? Right... The whole place smacked of wannabe or overly privileged trust fund babies while the food and service lacked any genuine warmth, sophistication or class.
Posted by georgetown1234 on 11/24/2007
Rugby has possibly the best burger I have ever tasted in my life. I have been there at least half a dozen times, and not once have I been disappointed with the food. I have recommended Rugby to at least four other people who have come back telling me how wonderful it is. The atmosphere is fun and comfortable. I will admit that the service is slow and impersonal, but it is worth it! I love Rugby and recommend it!