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RT's Restaurant, Alexandria, VA
RT's Restaurant, Alexandria, VA
RT's Restaurant, Alexandria, VA
RT's Restaurant, Alexandria, VA
RT's Restaurant, Alexandria, VA

RT's Restaurant

4.8
4.8
2141 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
RT's Alexandria's renowned neighborhood restaurant has been the place for fresh seafood in Northern Virginia for over 34 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, Crawfish Etouffée , Jambalaya and their popular "Death" by Gumbo . This "Little Gem" is located in the heart of Alexandria only steps away from The Birchmere music hall and not only features a great menu but also has an extensive special list that changes on a weekly basis.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 684-6010
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    George Christou
  • Private party facilities
    Private full service dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 40 people.
  • Private party contact
    George Christou: (703) 684-6010
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Cross street
    Glebe Rd
  • Parking details
    On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
  • Public transit
    Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,141 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

2,141 Reviews
  1. NandJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two great meals in one week at RT's. Loved the crawfish etouffe, the shrimp and grits, and the Jack Daniels shrimp. Our servers were wonderful both times. It had been years since we've been here--but will be back again soon!

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  2. Eamon

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    RT's never disappoints. The food is outstanding for its preparation, presentation and authentic Creole taste. The service was excellent The prices very reasonable, particularly compare to other restaurants of the same quality. It is no wonder that RT's has been there for decades.

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  3. RichardP

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent seafood with a cajun focus. Service was exemplary. Food was delicious, and arrived without undue delay. A neighborhood gem.

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  4. Fit1

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant! There is absolutely nothing on the menu that we haven't tried and each dish is exceptional. We are so happy to live only a short ten- minute ride from this neighborhood gem. There aren't enough adjectives to describe the food, service, and welcoming atmosphere.

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  5. MichaelandMimi

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    RT's is our go-to restaurant for delicious creole food at a good price. The offerings are always hard to choose from, but we try to choose before we arrive...then they have the specials and you throw your previous choice out and go with one of the specials! You can't go wrong either way! You always receive a generous portion of food no matter what you order. We frequent RT's several time a year (It is a trek from our house) but we have never had bad service. All of the wait staff are friendly and do their jobs well. This visit, we ordered Chicken and Cormeaux Andouliie Gumbo (to die for!!), Smothered Catfish (It is "smothered" with etouffee'!), Oysters Rockefeller (My favorite ! Best anywhere!), and Oysters Nezpique (Maryland fried oysters covered with a crab etouffee'). Everyone was more than pleased with their food choice. Give RT's a try. You won't be disappointed!

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  6. Bill

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Brought new-to-the-area neighbors who were happy to add RT's to their dining options. Appreciated the back-office research that retrieved the remaining balance of our misplaced gift card!!!

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  7. GinaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall it was a nice dining experience. However we asked for key lime pie for dessert but were given pecan pie. Very upsetting.

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  8. JacquelineH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I think the food is overall fairly good. It very much depends upon what is ordered and I believe that the kitchen may have been overly taxed with the back to back celebrations of Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. My crawfish etouffée was not bad, i.e., the crawfish was fine but the sauce was bland and gelatinous like an old congealed gravy. Neither piquant nor creamy in texture and without any flavor of crawfish - suggesting that they were cooked separately. A noticeable oddity was that the black patrons were ALL seated toward the back of the restaurant near the kitchen and restroom. It looked very Jim Crow in the dining room. Hard to think it was random.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious as always and the ambiance was great for Valentine’s Day. It’s a small place so some tables seemed to be placed in odd places but I guess they were trying to get as many people in as possible. Thankfully, we had an 8pm reservation so it wasn’t as crowded. RTs is one of my favorite quaint restaurants. It never disappoints.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was the perfect Valentine’s location. It delivers as promised. The decor, food, service and ambiance are stupendous. I’m greatly looking forward to my next opportunity to dine there again.

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  11. DonH

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places for dinner with friends.

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  12. Skip

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always our meals were up to our standards and delicious. We continue to wish you and your colleagues success. Thank you!

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  13. LLong

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and great food. A lot of fun celebrating Mardi Gras

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  14. PamC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have not been here in years but it’s just as good as I remembered. Love the free parking.

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  15. Proseco

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    andouille in the gumbo was overcooked; service was a bit brusque at first but improved.

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  16. Patrick

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I bring friends to RT's every year for Mardi Gras. The place is all decked out for the big day, staff attentive, and food authentic & delicious. A real gem!

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  17. DonnaS

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit every chance we get, so we will be back for more delicious food served well in a welcoming atmosphere.

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  18. Maureen

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always wonderful. Best Cajun and Creole food outside of New Orleans!

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  19. Steve

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is really authentic Cajun food. Been coming here for years and it is always a solid meal. I really enjoyed the Crawfish and Crab Catahoula. Won't find anything else like it in the DC area. Definitely recommend their Hurricanes as well.

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  20. Sammie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good. I love cajun cooking and they came through. So much to choose from. Will definitely be back!!

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  21. Mike

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent as usual. Service was sub-standard due to large groups and waitress inattentive to our small (2 person) table.

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  22. DonnaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    RT's is a gem off the beaten path. The food is divine and the staff attentive and friendly. Worth every penny spent.

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  23. LaniG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was great! I have been eating here for 29 years!

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  24. JamesN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Neighborhood Gem! I recommend it highly.

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  25. HughV

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end, a great dining experience. Hosts are friendly. Service staff are excellent. Food is delicious. We love RTS and we go often.

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  26. RalpyF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good very good, as usual. Service good an unobtrusive. Birthday treat at the end was a nice touch. Far side room too noisy for us old folks

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  27. BarryK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at RTs is excellent. My family is from Louisiana and we know this kind of cooking. The blackened rockfish, the etoufee, and the smothered catfish was excellent. I have already made RTs one of my regular spots.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is consistently excellent. The service was also top-notch.

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  29. MaryC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    RTs never disappoints! From the reasonably priced cocktails to the delicious appetizers and entrees, it is always a pleasure to dine there. I have been doing so for two decades and the restaurant is consistently excellent! And the desserts are the perfect ending to an outstanding meal. The only problem with RTs is I have so much trouble selecting just one entree because there is nothing on the extensive menu that I do not like!

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  30. Tony1947

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and great service in a non-pretentious place. Try the Gumbo.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is always wonderful!!! Special thanks to everyone for taking such good care of us every visit.

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  32. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good meal at RT's and Restaurant Week was no exception.

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  33. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Terrific New Orleans cuisine with some non NO dishes. Efficient, friendly service. A wonderful 50 year old decor helps to set the vibe. We'll priced for the terrific food. A fun, wonderful, casual place. Yup, it's worth the drive.

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  34. Paupau

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love RT’s!! The atmosphere is friendly, comfortable but upscale. The food is always delicious!

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  35. DesireeG

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    As a Louisiana native, my quest for authentic Cajun/Creole cuisine led me to this restaurant. It offered good value for the price, and while the overall food quality was good, it fell slightly short of the greatness I anticipated. However, there was a standout – the scallops. They were truly amazing, adding a delightful touch to the dining experience. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp and crab beignets. If you're a fan of Cajun flavors, value for money, and delightful seafood, this place is worth a visit, especially for the outstanding scallops and the delightful shrimp and crab beignets.

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  36. AngelaF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was with a group of elders who asked to have their checks separated but was told that they are unable to do that. These ladies visit RT's often and has always had it done. When they mentioned to the gentleman, he then says that you guys don't do that and then said you should have told me earlier. Which is correct? Either way, it wasn't an issue because I calculated their totals, but it was the way he said it. These are elderly retired educators who love your facility, and they were very upset. I'm not sure if we will return in the future.

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  37. DavidM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Much better than expected. Seafood cooked perfectly. Everything came out hot and delicious. Very pleased. Thank you!

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  38. JOHNB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're looking for delicious Cajun style food, the best crabcakes in the DMV, excellent service, with a great ambience then RT's is the clear choice.

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  39. ArlingtonVa

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was as delicious as expected. Service (Clarisa?) was excellent.

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  40. EvetteD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing as always, always consistently very good.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from RT's Restaurant using the Order Online button. RT's Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. RT's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 684-6010.

RT's Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 2141 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for RT's Restaurant

3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Glebe Rd
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
  • Public transit
    Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    George Christou
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 684-6010
  • Private party facilities
    Private full service dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 40 people.
  • Private party contact
    George Christou: (703) 684-6010
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