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RT's Restaurant

4.7
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1343 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1343 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.2
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vipFoodie
Western NC
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The she crab soup was awesome and the service was great. The entrees were meh. I had the smothered catfish and it was under seasoned. My husband had the spicy red beans and crawfish and it was weird. It has an oddly sweet sauce that was unappetizing. Kinda disappointed since the other reviews are so good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing quality of fresh seafood. Every time I’m in town this restraint is a must. You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT’s is my husband’s go to place whenever he is in the DC area. Having just moved back to the east coast, this was the first place he wanted to go. Never disappointed at RT’s! ❤️❤️

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AntoniaP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was ok, they were all VERY nice. However, for the price of the food, it was not worth it. Ordered the calamari, 11.95 for a very small portion. Shrimp and grits were not very good at all. Very very nice and welcoming hosts and servers....food didn’t match that. Unfortunately, I won’t return because of this.

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vipTmack
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's is one of the best and most established places to grab New Orleans style food in the DMV. They do this without being pretentious. Great place for a versatile range of occasions.

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HansD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent just like the old days I’ve been coming here for more than 20 years always recommend it to my friends.

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vipTimD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

RT’s is one of our favorite restaurants, and we had not been there since mid-February. The food and service were absolutely the same (outstanding) and they did a great job resetting the dining room to accommodate social distancing. The prices are a bargain for the size and quality of the entrees.

We recommend RT’s regularly and we are so glad they have survived being closed, and then reopening.

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JZient
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to see familiar places. Our meals were delish! Slightly updated menu; still plenty to choose from. Can’t get to NOLA? Then plan a visit to RT’s...our “Cheers”!

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RonaldE
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Only patrons inside. New ownership, Maria was very friendly and personable. Wish them the best.

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DonaldW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, relaxed atmosphere. First time out since the lockdown.

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DennisT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Polite and great customer service. Food was really good. Wife is from Louisiana and food was as close to any place we have tried in the area.

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LaurenH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is STILL delicious!!! Atmosphere is perfect. And RT’a in compliantly with COVID-19. Seating arrangements are far apart. Everything was nice! Waiters/waitresses wore masks and were very attentive

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DwightS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant with a Cajun feel and flavor

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JaredB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good etouffee with just the right amount of spice

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SuzanneW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Steve was great!

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DiningFun
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word, fantastic! There were so many appetizing examples of Cajun food on the menu that my wife and I couldn't decide what to get. We decided to get several dishes and share them, knowing we would take home doggie bags. Our several was very accomodating, splitting our Caesar salad, and providing extra plates so we could divvy up the shrimp and crab beignets, and jambalaya pasta. Our favorite was the crab and shrimp catahoula!
It was pretty quiet inside and not crowded. Not sure if that's because we were there at 6:45pm on a Friday, or coronavirus scaring everyone away, but it was pleasant to be able to have a conversation without having to yell over background music or neighboring tables. Prices, weren't dirt cheap, but not crazy expensive either. We ordered an appetizer, a salad, and two entrees, and spent under a Ben Franklin.
The neighborhood seemed very "transitional," but I wouldn't let it scare you off. Parking on the street wasn't too bad when we got there, and there was a small parking across the street, but I could imagine it getting crowded at times. We'll definitely be going back!

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vipLuncher
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a birthday celebration here and the staff couldn't have been nicer!

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WillT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The food was seasoned very well and prices were good as well.

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vipBrianS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place in Alexandria. We have been going there for years and know the owners. A true neighborhood bar and restaurant. The smothered catfish is to die for and the jambalaya is over the top. How they manage to keep the consistency over the years is a miracle. I could not give this place a better review. It is great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner. Food and drinks were perfect. Waiter was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful the staff was respectful and professional. The food was delectable and appetizing as well, overall a great experience.

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cody71
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp and grits were wonderful and gluten free! My friend said he would love to return the following night just for the pasta. Even though I didn't have any, my group said the coffee was great too.

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RickN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good good & great service! We enjoyed a relaxing and delicious meal.

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JohnRabbit
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! Best Creole/Cajun food anywhere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cajun style I’ve had in DC. Reasonable prices and great variety.

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JonL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic restaurant all around. From the freshly baked bread they started the service with to the delicious alligator soup with an unforgettable death by gumbo main course that was only eclipsed by the near perfect dessert menu. Reall a 10 out of 10. Thank you!

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Cecile
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy date with great food. Fantastic service

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vipOldTowner8
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful fried oysters!

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RevSFWms
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

RT'S is consistently excellent! Keep up the great work and I will keep dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fat Tuesday

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PattyC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect, casual spot for authentic Cajun cooking with a lively bar scene, extensive menu and daily specials.

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ElizabethF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful New Orleans/southern style cuisine in a down home atmosphere.

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KristinC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from bartender Steve and absolutely delicious food: crawfish étouffé and seafood bouillabaisse (catfish was too deep-fried however). Loved the chocolate chess pie (pure decadence) and the key lime pie, all made in-house. RT’s never disappoints. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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vipOlivia
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three ladies celebrating Fat Tuesday. Food and service we meet excellent

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DavidP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love RT’s - great little gem tucked away in Arlandria

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RickR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and prices! Will be back again!

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Nick
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great authentic NOLA-inspired food and cocktails at a reasonable price.

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vipCarky
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had 2 dishes - each one a different rendition of crawfish and crab meat. They were both DELICIOUS! The wine was quite good. The service was excellent - friendly, helpful, and prompt. The ambiance leaves somthing to be desired, but the food was so good that we didn't care. The price of dinner was quite reasonable.

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PaulH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Quiet, friendly, SUPERB food, calm, efficient service, reasonable prices, wonderful drink selection, casual atmosphere....great place!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT’s is our favorite. Food is great, not overly peppery with lots of flavor. Service is great.

FAQs

RT's Restaurant does offer 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 4.7 stars by 1343 OpenTable diners.

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