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

RT's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rtsrestaurant.net
  • 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
  • "RT's in Del Ray is the friendly "funky place" we take our visitors from around the country and the world for crab dishes. RT's Special Lump Crab entree and RT's Soft Shell Crabs are always a delight, as are the Crawfish and Shrimp Beignets. The casual and welcoming atmosphere make dining at RT's a real treat."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. The food and service is excellent. They have a great menu selection. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food and service are excellent. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Good Cajun food, not so great neighborhood but close"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We came back again and she remembered us :) Kat made some wonderful drinks and also helped in getting us the specialty entree of soft shell crabs as an app. The crab was delicious. I ended up ordering the Fried Catfish and it was perfect. I was torn between that and another dish and Kat said get it and I wasn't disappointed. A wonderful night again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "A little disappointed in this visit. Party of 3. Two had fish entrees which were quite good. 3rd had the "Death by gumbo" which was quite mediocre. Not up to usual standard. Portions of seafood were skimpy at best and the sauce lacked any kick at all. Will try once more, but it will need to return to its previous standard if I am to continue to patronize."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Good service, reasonable menu, though high proportion of fried items. The building is ugly, the neighborhood contested."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Waitress was very helpful explaining the specials and how food items were prepared and spiciness. Her name was Mary and she was very attentive."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I am from New Orleans and I was impressed with all the dishes I ordered, especially the oysters on the half shell. The only one disappointment was the side of Red Beans that I ordered, they tasted more like a meat chili - Not the red beans that I am used to in New Orleans."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The She Crab Soup was amazing!! Fried oysters and fish was great also!! The other dish was étouffée over fried catfish n rice, which was awesome!! A taste of the South in the North!! Loved!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The cuisine is very special. Cajun menu, not very often found in this area. Food was well prepared and nicely presented. Portions are generous. Welcome staff and wait staff are very nice, knowledgeable, and attentive. We appreciated our waitress', Mary's, comments and attention to detail."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Always great tasting and hot….never disappointed when my husband and I eat at RT's. I had one of my favorite entrees, catfish etouffee and my husband had fried catfish. For desert, I had my favorite….RT's famous bread pudding."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were a group of 10 celebrating my husband's birthday. Great food, Great service and enjoyed by all. The kitchen did a super job with all of our various requests - oh so good!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food and service were great but I would not take my family back because of location."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I really enjoyed dining there. Food and service was excellent. Had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Trying to find a place around 10pm can be difficult but luckily this place was still open and we decided to try it. Kat was a great server/bartender, well versed on the menu and very helpful. Get the shrimp n crab beignets appetizer, very tasty. I wanted classic so we got étouffée and I loved it, and they can also kick it up a notch spice wise for those real Cajun eaters. They also serve cheese/andouille fries, outrageously delicious. The kicker was the dessert as we found a special creme brûlée that I had never seen on a menu, white choc macadamia brûlée, it rivals the brûlée specials I still remember while living in Europe."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food is always great. We come for special occassions and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I came to this as a recommended Cajun/Southern restaurant and the menu certainly reflects that. I had a very good jambalaya though the catfish ordered by my friend was frankly rather bland. It was moist and nicely friend, but the batter was just... nothing. Overall, a recommended place though!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "service, ambiance, especially the food is excellent, as always."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We hadn't been to RTs in a while, and as we started eating, we asked ourselves, why not? The restaurant decor is definitely dated, but the food is outstanding. The crawfish beignet appetizer never fails to deliver. I had some leftover from my main course-combo shrimp and crawfish etouffe-and it was just as good the next day. I wouldn't go for the service or ambience, but the food is wonderful, if you like creole style, lots of seafood and delicous sauces."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "New Orleans' style cajun food isn't usually one of my favorites, but this place never disappoints. Actually, I can probably remember most of the dishes I've had there--in detail--because they are just that good. Take the chance on this off-the-beaten-path spot, and you will not regret it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have dined episodically at RT's since the 1980s. I love it. First, it is simple: no airs; superb food; quiet; and great service. My server for the last 26+ years has usually been Susasn. She is perfection.. She cares about her guests. She always remembers me! Food is cooked to perfection and served perfectly. If someone wants good food with Louisianian ingredients and preparation, RT's is the only place outside Louisana where it can be had. Always sit at a table where Susan serves (although the other servers are good, too)."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wouldn't have seen this spot in that little strip, lucky to have found some awesome Yelp reviews to lead me here. Seated earlier than my reservation, which was nice. Server was mildly attentive, but that's how these neighborhood spots go, she seemed to have a lot to talk about with other tables. It wasn't really a hindrance. Food made up for any tiny inconvenience, it was amazing and extremely authentic. The small dining room was attractively decorated if that matters to your dining experience, we enjoyed the shadowboxes. Would have loved to try dessert, but the entrées were too bountiful. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Best Cajun-Creole food East AND West of the Mississippi!!! Very consistent. Very best Gumbo than anywhere else on the planet!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "1115 on a Monday. Everything was perfect. Clean, cool, great service. Delicious food. Parked across the street."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "If you want authentic Cajun/Creole cooking without going to "Nawleans," RT's is the place. I ordered the crayfish, red beans & rice, one of RT's specials. What an answered prayer to my taste buds! The service was delightful. Note: there seemed to be an inordinate number of "regulars" In there, which to my mind, speaks volumes to the longstanding popularity of RT's. The waitstaff were personable and on the ball without hovering around. There was an impromptu walk- in party of 25 while I was there, which the waitstaff handled well. They needed my table for the party, and paid for my dessert (caramel custard, YUM!) in exchange for moving to another table. If I lived here, I would be one of the "regulars.""
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I grew up in Louisiana and love RT's version of Mom's dishes. I'm still looking for the dinner or appetizer that's not quite right. I've enjoyed the meal each time. Wish there was a little more room around the tables though."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "RTs is the place to enjoy the great taste of New Orleans cuisine without traveling to the Big Easy. Try the Sazerac … if you dare!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've been going to RT's for over 25 years. It's an upscale pub. The food is excellent as are the wait staff. I love the crawfish dishes. The other seafood is always tasty. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great creole food, will have a hard time deciding what to order, lots of great choices."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is a MUST GO if you are in the Alexandria area. By far, the BEST restaurant I have had the pleasure to dine at in the area. The food is exquisite, especially the Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets, those were TO DIE FOR. No, I am not exaggerating. The steak I had as my entree was "melt in your mouth" delicious. The ambiance wasn't anything to rave about, but with out of this world food and first-rate service, it was irrelevant. Count me in as a frequent diner at this wonderful establishment."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Attentive and Professional Staff - Excellent Food - A Lovely Restaurant. Has my Enthusiastic Recommendation!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Soft shell crab is one of my favorites, so when it was a special , I had to try RT's version. Crab was very meaty and nicely prepared. I was not disappointed. Accompanying vegetable of green beans was nicely seasoned, though a little over cooked for my taste."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The dishes never disappoint us….always served hot and taste great! Luv, luv, luv the creole/cajun dishes! I had smothered catfish with shrimp etouffee and my husband had the shrimp norman…both were delicious as always."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service - everything was great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "the food at RT's is always good. Terrific soft shell crabs and great gumbo. There really isnt any dish they serve that isnt well prepared. Very laid back atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I like eating here because the menu is unique, creative and fun. The waiter was hard to understand and was not the most attentive but the food always makes up at this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "mussels with andouille sausage were very nice and the gumbo was great. nice she crab soup too. would have been even better if kids items came with a healthy side. but i will be coming back over and over for sure!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "RTs has been a local favorite for years, and they always provide a great dining experience. The wait staff is knowledgeable and courteous, and the food simply outstanding. Worth a stop for those looking for excellent cajun seafood and other delicious entres. And...do not skip the chocolate chess pie for dessert. You will not be disappointed. There is adequate free parking in a lot across the street from this iconic neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "New Orleans food is hard to find outside the Crescent City. That makes RT's rare. We loved the crab imperial, luxuriously creamy and utterly fresh. The tossed green salad with the mustard vinaigrette is as fine a salad as you'll find. When it comes to main courses, I always get the oysters nez pique - fried to a golden brown, topped with a brown roux-based sauce with tasso ham, seasonings that awaken the palate and rice that is the perfect vehicle for the gravy. My wife swears by the she-crab soup that is graced by a generous amount of lump crab meat. She delights in the chocolate mousse. Don't miss the Pabst on tap and the old fashions."
    Dined on 4/18/2014