RT's Restaurant

4.6
1192 reviews
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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 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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CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as usual. We had a large party two young children with us and they were very welcoming.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food and service are outstanding!

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NL
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on RT's menu is superb! The staff is attentive and knowledgeable about their menu. There are ALWAYS great specials! The scallops wrapped in bacon are insane, as are their crab cakes! ANYTHING CAJUN is authentic and delicious. Their desserts always tempting. They fix a great cocktail too! Make reservations and you won't be disappointed... ever!

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ET
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and food was very good. Not quite what we expected from the menu description, but the Seafood Norman was very tasty and portions were plentiful. Will definitely be coming back soon.

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J
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exactly what a remember from 10 yrs ago. And pecan pie is amazing

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we went for lunch at RT's. We have been many times for dinner. As usual, the food was wonderful and a good value for what we ordered. My Smothered Catfish was wonderful. The portion was good and it was cooked to perfection! Lots of shrimp in the etouffe'. My husband had the Crab and Shrimp Etouffe' and he said it was fantastic! I snarfed a taste and it was! The service was perfect! The ambiance was lovely and we could have a nice conversation during our meal and not hear the conversation at the next table. Just a great place for lunch or dinner!

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NG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Appetizers were decent, service was decent, food is just bland and not authentic. Was hoping for more flavor.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pleasant place to go, although my companion thought it rather noisy though I did not.

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T
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 6 and were seated quickly. We ordered drinks and all were made with fresh ingredients. We ordered dinner and literally 10 minutes later the food arrived. Never seen a meal served this quickly!! Food was great, tender and full of flavor. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys barbecue.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very Good as always. Don’t like sitting in the back dining room tho and it was hot until they turned up the a/c. The neighborhood is dirty.

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S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RT's is a gem. We have been here a few times over the past several years, but as it is not particularly near our home, we don;t get there often. This was a birthday dinner and RT's was the perfect spot. The noise level is low making conversation easy. The service is friendly and attentive without being in your face. And the food is always terrific. RT's puts a Creole twist on every dish, like topping fried green tomatoes with lump crab in cream sauce.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

RTs never disappoints their food is always on point, great flavor, perfect food temperature when served.

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BS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends come to town and RTs has been an excellent choice for seafood, value and convenience.

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DL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal and our waiter was so helpful.

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JR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You can never go wrong at RT's. Food is great, service is fast and friendly, and your money goes a long way there.

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JC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

RT's is always excellent. Consistently delicious food from the apps to dessert. Do not expect a swanky interior but get ready for good service followed by a yummy meal.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Cajun cuisine in a delightful casual atmosphere. This is not one of the King Street places, but it is so worth it to get off the usual path a little. Easy parking is an added bonus.

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

First time at RT’s and it will be my last. I just didn’t feel comfortable the moment I walked in. It’s a tad bit too cramped for my taste. The service was great but, my smothered catfish was tasteless. The shrimp had a strange after taste. I hate to say this but, during the night I threw it all up! I’ll pass on this one.

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal was good, service was good. Got exactly as expected. We will return when in area.

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AA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

We have been eating at RT's for literally decades. It has always been reliable and good to excellent. This is, sadly, no longer true. We had the calamari as an appetizer, something we almost always do. It has always been about the best in town, properly cooked and tender. This time it was greasy and tough. We sent it back. I had the veal chop which is one of my favorites. It was about 2/3 as thick as in the past, and it was so coated with spices that the veal flavor was lost. They need to go back to the old cut and method of preparation used for decades.

I certainly hope Ralph takes note and corrects the food preparation.

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DH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was perfect for a birthday lunch--two birthdays a week apart. While waiting for the 5th person, we ordered two orders of the crawfish & shrimp beignets. Were they wonderful!!! Everybody raved about their entrees--Andouille po-boy, shrimp po-boy, scallops wrapped in bacon, Death by Gumbo and oysters Nezpique. The birthday two shared a chocolate mousse with a birthday candle. Of course, we sang.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a wonderful experience at RTs. The food was wonderful, tasted tastes amazing. The portions was a little slim but the food was good.

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RS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

RT's is my favorite restaurant, a neighborhood gem. I recommend it often to anyone who loves seafood and Cajun, Creole cuisine.

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PS
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was very accommodating and professional. Food was great.

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JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

RT's is a totally reliable place to take your favorite friends and family. Never disappoints. Great menu, and food prepared to suit every taste. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A true taste of New Orleans! Food was flavored to a T! I am coming back for the she crab soup and Kat was a great server as well!

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GA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious! Excellent choices for the night specials although we went with offerings off menu. Desserts sounded delicious but too full to order any dessert. Certainly would return again.

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MN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Old, established restaurant with a knowledgeable staff. The food was GREAT! The service was excellent. Highly recommended.

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always excellent. Cream spinach outstanding. Fried green tomatoes were the only disappointment as it seemed like they were prepared in advance of our order. Fish was outstanding

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TW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had family in town and went to celebrate our daughter’s high school graduation. Started with oysters (yum!), calamari (cold and dried up), friend green tomatoes (very fishy tasting) and beignets (also yum!). Crab cakes were average, parchment seafood was good, steak frites were enjoyed, stuffed shrimp was great.

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NL
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about RT's! The food, the servers, the everything! We are moving south so we'll miss it A LOT!!! Particularly the scallops wrapped in bacon and the shrimp & crab etoufee!

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DI
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Three of us had pork steak, soft shell crabs, pecan crusted haddock. All good. I thought the sides included with the main course were a little skimpy given the price. I did not see, based on the food, what made it a Cajun/creole restaurant as other reviewers have observed.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rt’s is a “must go” for those who love southern, Cajun and Creole food, it doesn’t get any better than Rt’s.

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OT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always!

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t
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the alligator soup (finely shredded, but I prefer slices or chunks), my husband had the She Crab soup- we enjoyed them both.
I had the Crawfish Étouffee and rice- oh my goodness- mmm, takes me back. I wished the shells were on.
Down side, my husband ordered the fried oysters that weren’t cooked half way or flash cooked but dropped raw into the fryer. He isn’t the type to return something but those were still raw.
Overall we have a nice time.

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MM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

RT's has become our favorite restaurant. They never cease to please us, great food and great service!

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g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go-to places. Always great food. We went after a show at the Birchmere...got there a half hour before closing. It was quiet, but Cat was behind the bar and she was friendly and gracious and treated us like we were important customers. the chef made me Shrimp Diane, which I love but had been taken off the menu. Excellent experience!

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always. Our waiter, Smart was excellent in helping make our choices. He even helped me order my favorite dessert, Strawberry/Rhubarb pie which was excellent. Love RT’s. My wife and I always start out with a cup of She Crab soup, the best in town.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

An Alexandria treasure. Favored by Presidents and residents alike. Doesn't look like much on the outside but is a treasure inside.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite. Great food and great service. We do our family dinners and it’s always great.

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