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RT's Restaurant
RT's Restaurant
  • Address:
    3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22305
    Neighborhood:
    Alexandria
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

RT's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rtsrestaurant.net
  • Email: rts_restaurant@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (703) 684-6010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Ralph Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private full service, tablecloth dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 50 people. Separate restroom facilities
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Galvin (703) 684-6010

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glebe Rd
  • Public Transit: Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
A word from RT's Restaurant
RT's Alexandria's renowned neighborhood restaurant has been the place for fresh seafood in Northern Virginia for over 26 years. RT's has been a fixture on the Washingtonian Magazine's "Top 100 Restaurants" list in the metropolitan area and is one of the highest rated seafood restaurants in the nationally acclaimed "Zagat Survey". Their unique menu features many Creole and Cajun specialties including Jack Daniel's Shrimp, Spicy She-Crab Soup, Cajun Veal Oscar and their popular Crawfish Etouffee. This "Little Gem" is located in the heart of Alexandria and not only features a great menu but also has an extensive special list that changes on a weekly basis.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I've eaten here for almost thirty years. While I no longer live in the area I visit often and try to get back. Food is always on the money, enjoy the environment, cost reasonable. good value, good time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A great casual neighborhood restaurant. Storefront shop opens to a bar in one room, and 2 large family friendly dining rooms. The shadowbox art on the walls is worth a serious look; it pops & brightens up dated booths & tables. Best, while the dining room was busy, the noise level was sufficiently low to make it possible to carry on conversation. Service was great; fast and friendly. The menu was primarily New Orleans and cajun style seafood (lots of Étouffée), yet broad enough to find something agreeable if you prefer turf to surf. My shrimp & rice dish had a great peppery bite to it; my friend's parchment cooked shellfish made her happy . Our order was served quickly; the presentation lovely. We will return."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A real Cajun gem. Greeted by a very sweet barmaid named Kate. Makes a really mean martini. Cajun sea food done really well. Wait staff was exceptional. Attentive but not hovering over the table. Wine list was small but decent, Will return. Had a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "If any place merits "Neighborhood Gem." this is it. Year after year, RT's is a reliable source for New Orleans-style food while others have come and gone. A chocolately roux (no tomato) underlies many dishes -- including the crawfish etouffee we can't seem to not order. The shrimp and crab beignets seemed more generous with the seafood but were lighter and greaseless with a delicious remoulade. Good attentive service. Serviceable selection of wines by the glass."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went to RTs after hearing how great the food was. Decided to order one of their specials that day, and while it was definitely yummy, the amount of salt was ridiculous (way too much). I believe my girlfriend enjoyed the jambalaya a lot more though and would have given it an outstanding rating. The salt was something I could have gotten over until... we were rushed out at the end. A waiter came by and asked if my girlfriend was done. She said sure, she'll take the rest home and eat it for lunch the next day. He says okay, takes the plate, and never returns with a box. A minute later, while the fork is in my hand, our table's waitress comes by and asks me if I'm done. I tell her "Almost" and she takes it away..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Friendly neighborhood place with excellent food; lively conversations at every table, and just enough noise so you can't hear what anybody else is saying. Perfect for Washington."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "While the food and service were very good the decor of the restaurant is frozen in the 1980's with drab green banquettes, blond wood, and outdated ceiling fans. Nothing has changed in 25 years and it is time for the interior of this restaurant to be as good as the food with a new layout, new color scheme and fresh accessories."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant and it was amazing. Great service and even better food. My boyfriend and I have said that this restaurant is going to be our new spot."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Unhurried meal freshly made for a late 2:30 pm lunch. Very attentive but unobtrusive service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "As always, my husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The appetizer special mussels were great….I had to fight my husband for them. I had the Smothered Catfish and my husband had the Oysters Nezpique. Both dishes were served hot…just the way we like it! The service was first class, they were attentive to us, keeping our water glasses filled."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Arrived early for a show at the Birchmere. Was curious with all of the other opinions. Have been to Orleans several times for the real thing and like to mess around in the kitchen. Their food was very authentic. Had a great fried catfish smothered in Ettoufee with very tasty shrimp, and nice bread for soaking it up.I'm still learning how to make a great Roux. Wife had the Gumbo to die for. Wonderful flavors all seafood was very flavorful, too much for her to eat. We finished it the next day over blackened Catfish on the grill. All I can we really enjoy the dinners."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had their oysters and chicken gumbo. Both items were excellent. Bar was very quiet, which is exactly what I was looking for at the time. The told me it's not usually that way, though."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We have never had a bad dinner at RT's. When you're in the Louisiana Bayou mood...RT's is the place to go."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The only problem was trying to decide what to order from among the many. Love it and planning my next visit"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We are from PA and this restaurant is a must when we visit Virginia. For 30 years, RT's food and service have been excellent. It is a great gem."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had the fried oyster salad at lunch - really delicious. Light batter, the oyster was creamy."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Authentic Cajun cuisine. The specials for Fat Tuesday were fantastic. The Seafood Etouffe and the Cajun Short Ribs were delicious. Good wine selection. Also, the ambiance in the restaurant with all the staff wearing and passing out Mardi Gras beads made for a fun atmosphere. Highly recommended. Also, the local art in RT's made for a nice conversation."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My friends and I go to RTs every year for Mardi Gras. The service was pretty good - server was attentive. The atmosphere was lively. They have the best hurricanes. My friend found a baby in her king cake and received a really awesome gift basket. We love RTs and will be back every for our favorite holiday."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "In my opinion this tastes like amazing New Orleans food - salty, spicy, oysters everywhere. We had an oyster with ham and cream sauce appetizer, étouffée and another oyster for dinner. They have Abita beer. Free king cake on Mardi gras. The music was very low and the waiter was very busy. Drinks were empty at a time. Decor is like a pub with modern art. On Mardi Gras you would think it would be more jovial. Perhaps the fault of serious patrons? Very nice hostess, called when we forgot the credit card in the sleeve. We left saying "why don't we eat here more often than once a year?""
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was a little salty. It was good though! I would come back and try other dishes."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I've been here multiple times over the past 20 years and the food is always excellent and has it's own unique flavor and spices. The table we had wasn't ideal right next to the Maitre d' table but the place was full on a Friday night. If you're looking for someplace different and old school, this is it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very comfortable and warming. The food was great as well as the overall service. Because my husband liked it so much we will return for again to RTs for dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was a party of 6 at my table. My food wasn't ready with the rest of my party, so the waitress decided to bring out an order that was ready in the kitchen, so I can eat with the rest of my party. I sent it back. I ordered some red beans and rice. It was so bland even after adding salt and pepper, but worst it was room temperature and so is another party member.I'm waiting for my order to be done and when it was serves to me,e veryone in the group is done with their plate. I didn't receive any complementy for the inconvenience. I alreadys refer people to RT's but nit anymore. I will never step foot in that terrible resturaunt again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was really great time, I truly enjoyed my self . I love RTs"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was awesome. Service was a bit slow but overall a pleasent dining experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "As always, the food was great and the service was outstanding. The restaurant is a great spot for a date and truly a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife knows and loves good crab cakes. I did a search for the best crab cakes in Northern Virginia and RT's was given some high reviews. She had the crab cakes and they were delicious. I had the gumbo and it too was great. Prices are very reasonable and I suggest you make reservations. Our reservations were at 6:00 and there was no line or wait. We left around 8:00 and the place was full with a long line waiting to be seated."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a great local restaurant with authentic food straight from New Orleans. Everything I have had hear has been great. I love the gumbo, shrimp and crab étouffée, and desserts. My husband loves all of the oyster dishes. Service is always good. Best Cajun food I have had outside of New Orleans."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I found this restaurant on Yelp and was interested in trying it because of the seafood menu. Once we arrived, we realized it had a Cajun theme. Each of us was pleased with our food. There was not much of anything on the menu for gluten-free or dairy free, so my choices were extremely limited. Nevertheless, what I ordered tasted great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have dined at RT's a number of times over the years and we have never had a bad experience. GREAT restaurant!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "RT's is a long-time favorite for us. The food is the best!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "3 out of 4 of us had good meals, but one of the specials, "seared, blackened tuna," requested to be cooked rare, came back cooked all the way through and not good at all. We had no time to change bacause of tickets to the show at Birchmere."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at RT's. We were immediately greeted and offered a seating preference. Our server, Kat, was great. She was friendly and described the specials in great detail. Our drinks, appetizers and main courses were promptly delivered to our table and were delicious. Kat made sure that our beverage glasses remained filled and a manager stopped by to make sure that everything was okay. After our meal, Kat described the dessert offerings. Our selection was as delicious as the meal. We were in and out in less than an hour and a half. I will definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Living far from New Orleans, it is hard to find good Cajun cooking. RT's hits the spot when it is hard to get to Louisiana. Reservations are highly recommended. We used open table and were seated immediately; others waited during prime time on a Saturday night. We tried two appetizers and two entrees and enjoyed them. We will definitely be back. The atmosphere is unassuming. Not fancy or pretentious..just plane good food! The Jack Daniel shrimp and Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets! My favorite was the beignet,nothing like what you would think,enough for two to share. The crawfish etioufee had good flavor and spice. We tried a blackened fish special--not quite as good as the other food. We can't wait to go back. Truly a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I love RTs for the quiet atmosphere while I'm dining. This is the place. Even with the restaurant full, we were able to dine and converse at a whisper level. The bar and two separate dining rooms provided a feeling of privacy with comfortable ambiance. The selection of food allowed the foodies numerous choices all specially prepared, served hot and presented in a timely manner. Prices were moderate and competitive. Wine list provided a wide selection."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My sister-in-law recommended RTs to us about a year ago. My husband took me there for my 50th birthday and it was great; the menu variety is great. I had salmon, and he had catfish - each of our favorites, and they did not disappoint. Of course, in return he wanted to go for his birthday. He got his other favorite meal - gumbo ! Another great choice. This place is our best kept secret that we will share with a select few. We made reservations as we knew it was going to be crowded on a Friday night; surprisingly it wasn't which was great. You've got to try it for yourself."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "RT's is more than just a great neighborhood restaurant. It has the best Cajun food in the region, with a well-varied menu. Get the lamb chops if available. Be sure to have the She Crab soup or, better yet, the Alligator Stew, which is outstanding. To pick just a few dishes, the several etouffes are terrific, as is Death By Gumbo. Fresh ingredients, well-cooked in an authentic Cajun style. Plus, it's quiet enough so that you can converse at normal volume and hear what others are saying. The service is great. I've been going to RT's for years, and have never had less than an excellent meal there."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "great seafood, good service, can't be beat!! First time at your place, and It was GREAT. Food was excellent, wait staff responsive and had good suggestions. Would highly recommend your place to others. I booked at RT's due to a friend recommendation. He said great things about the food. I will definately be coming back. I took my friend to RTs for her birthday, she had your veal special. Absolutely loved it. I had the stuffed shrimp. I wanted to lick the plate. We each had deserts which were wonderful, I had the chess pie and she had the bread pudding. Really enjoyed dining at your place. Thanks."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, with great jambalaya/ Server was very courteous and sincere, but provided my wife real coffee rather than decaf so she spent the entire night up watching old movies. I'd bring a large group here with no problems, as the restaurant seems to accommodate them well and in a fashion that does not disturb other diners."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food we had was really good. However, my wife commented a few times that the decor didn't make the place feel like a place she would want to stay and have another drink. We will definitely be back for the food, just not a good "date night" location."
    Dined on 1/25/2014