RT's Restaurant
RT's Restaurant

RT's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rtsrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 7036846010
  • 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: Seafood, American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • 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 7036846010

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
RT's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (45)great for lunch (21)good for groups (20)special occasion (20)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)romantic (2)Show More
  • Cissy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Would have gotten the highest ratings if the oysters had been bigger. Overall, a great fish restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We live in the neighborhood but had completely forgotten about RT's. There street appeal is not great but the friendliness and the staff and their knowledge about the food, menu and specials is first rate. Go for the baked oysters - can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTs, a dependable establishment
    Ominvore
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    RTs has always been, and continues to be, a reliably good restaurant. The food and service lack little to be desired. Nothing more needs stating. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • consistency
    AlexDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you are looking for a consistent dining experience, look no forward. Always - great food, intriguing specials, comfortable surroundings, a noise level that allows you to talk - all that and more. Our latest dinner was no exception - took an out of town friend for authentic creole. Huge hit - the only criticism, I think I know what I want when I walk in...but the specials tempt me to change my mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Orleans in the District
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Every Bite Was Excellent!! Very friendly and accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food, mediocre service
    businessluncher
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    For the first time, RT's disappointed on service. Server was slow, despite having only two other parties in the restaurant at the time. She missed bringing us an appetizer. Food as always was amazing, great flavors, well prepared, fresh and flavorful. We will be back - every server has an off day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfectly-cooked seafood
    Unperson
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The chef and cooks know precisely how long to cook all their seafood (undercooking is rarely a problem; it's always overcooking). The etouffee rivals what I ate at Bon Ton Cafe in New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best She-crab soup ever! Wonderful service and great food and drink!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went for restaurant week
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went for restaurant week and thought it was two for $35 however it was $35 per person therefore it was a little pricey:( The appetizers were good (fried green tomatoes and crawfish and shrimp beignets) the entrée was New Orleans Steak and Frites which was great:) My entrée was the shrimp and crawfish Etouffee which was way too fishy for me:( the waitress was very nice and very prompt. The chocolate mousse was awesome but the Melvin's coconut cake was a little dry and would be better if it was a chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband has been telling me what a great place RT's was. We finally went together the other night. Casual environment and the food was outstanding. Service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service was perfect. The waitress was extremely knowledgable and gracious. Strongly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent winner.
    LikeGoodFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food excellent as always. Service was great. Neighborhood restaurant of exceptional quality. Neighborhood a little sketchy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    partridgepegVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    RTs is known for it's seafood and Cajun cooking, and it never fails to live up to the high standards it started with many years ago. If you haven't tried one of their Cajun dishes you should -- all of them are terrific. There is something for everyone and their soups are especially good. In fact, a soup and Po Boy would satisfy any taste for a great lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • great food!
    ena1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    been here several times the food always meets my expectations!! this time they seemed to rush out due to the crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Some friends and I had dinner during Restsurant week and food was just alright and service was good, but I loved the coconut cake though. Just not what I expected and not worth the drive from MD.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Treat
    MSESQ
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like good food you eat here
    Luvcfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a great restaurant. The food and service is excellent. They have a great menu selection. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent
    DrsJVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food and service are excellent. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Cute neighborhood find
    DiningDorsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good Cajun food, not so great neighborhood but close
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best cajun around
    stapelzVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not quite as good as before
    Chach
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good service, reasonable menu, though high proportion of fried items. The building is ugly, the neighborhood contested.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Waitress was very helpful explaining the specials and how food items were prepared and spiciness. Her name was Mary and she was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RT's Restaurant
    Iluvtapas
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Service n Food
    JnAl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice evening
    nknm235
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite neighborhood jaunt
    Critic4gfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Birthday!!
    OkieGinger
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food;bad location!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food and service were great but I would not take my family back because of location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time guest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed dining there. Food and service was excellent. Had a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Cajun in VA
    stapelzVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Gem in the neiborhood
    Jeri
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food is always great. We come for special occassions and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, varied menu choices
    spoorweg
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    service, ambiance, especially the food is excellent, as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A classic
    LuncherVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    CAinVA
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great spot I never noticed!
    IRarelyRateRestaurants
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OHouston
    OHoustonVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Best Cajun-Creole food East AND West of the Mississippi!!! Very consistent. Very best Gumbo than anywhere else on the planet!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate