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RT's Restaurant

4.6
909 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American
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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
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Phone number
(703) 684-6010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ralph Davis
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Private party facilities
Private full service, tablecloth dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 50 people. Separate restroom facilities
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Private party contact
Jennifer Galvin: (703) 684-6010
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glebe Rd
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Parking details
On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
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Public transit
Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 909 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.0
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

All the seafood is cooked as well as much pricier establishments. Sublime experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Every bite was incredible. Flavorful and fresh! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great little neighborhood gem. Ordered fried catfish and oysters. Both were very good. Great Cajun/Creole in our backyard. Can’t wait to try their other dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We've been going to RT's for many years. The food and service are reliably excellent -- never had a bad meal or dish. She Crab soup remains my favorite. Prices are very reasonable.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was good, but not great. It was just enough creole to make you want better creole. Service was great all around.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It's the best Cajun restaurant in the DC area. The decor is about 30 years old and the ambiance is quite informal.
The food however, is very dependable. Best ingredient and consistent preparation. I come here for about 18 years now and had not one 'fail' in the food or the preparation.
Lucky me, it's 45 min away from my house. Otherwise I would probably have gained a few pounds ...

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

RT’s never disappoints! Neighborhood charm and a comfortable place either at a table or in the bar. The food options are plentiful and everything is so delicious from the crawfish and grits appetizer to the shellfish etouffe and shrimp Norman. Louisiana fine dining —so good. And the people who work here are friendly and competent.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Lovely meal, friendly service, and terrific value for the price. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Girlfriend and I went here for a casual date night, and it couldn't be more perfect. Got a shrimp appetizer, girlfriend got the crab special, and I got catfish smothered with etouffee. So authentic, and amazing hearty flavors. One appetizer, two drinks, two entrees, and a dessert were $100, and definitely worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We've been eating at RT's for years and the food is consistently good and the staff is very friendly. I usually recommend RT's when friends want to gather for dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

RT's is always excellent. A 20+ minute drive for us each way but well worth it. My wife likes the catahoula (not anything to do with the dog breed). Me--everything

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent Service, Great Food We went there for the first time for a birthday celebration.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nothing special about this restaurant other than very good service. Food was just ordinary. No need to return.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

RT's was wonderful as always. They never disappoint us.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Aid made a reservation through Open Table. The website gave the hours and I was able to successfully reserve a table. Once my business colleagues and I arrived vis an Uber ride, we discovered that the restaurant was closed even though the website stated the restaurant would be open.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

First time I had ever heard of this restaurant but wanted to take my mom somewhere good for her 70th birthday. RT's Restaurant received good Yelp reviews so I figured it would be safe to give it a try. When I told my mom where we were going, a few days later she mentioned that RT's Restaurant sounded very familiar to her. When we arrived there, it turns out she used to come to RT's for lunch with her former co-workers back in the 80's/90s and they all LOVED the restaurant. We both ordered the She Crab Soup and my mom said it's exactly as good as she remembers...I too was impressed.

I ordered the Trout and she ordered the Pecan Haddock, both were very very good! When dessert time came I passed because I was quite full but my mom wanted dessert and the server recommended the Oatmeal Pie. We both had never heard of this and thought it sounded so odd but since the server recommended it and said it was his favorite, mom ordered it. Oh. My. Goodness was it delightful!! I actually ate almost half of it, lol...but it was quite a good size slice so I didn't deprive mom of to much of it.

RT's keep up the great food and service!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I'm from New Orleans and this restaurant is the closest thing to home I've found.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My wife and I recently had the opportunity for a date night. We decided on dinner and a movie and I didn’t want to go to one of our usual spots. I remembered that RT’s had seafood so I looked them up. I loved what I saw on their menu but we’d gone here before many years ago and didn’t love it. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did. Our server was fantastic. She was friendly and upbeat and very knowledgeable. No hesitations when explaining the specials and happily answered all of our questions. I had the cream of crab soup and the crab cakes and both were out of this world. I also tried a glass of the house Chardonnay and it exceeded my expectations. It really did. I’m sure that we’ll return again soon because it was just that good. I’m so glad that we gave RT’s a long overdue second try.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

RT's has long been a favorite of ours, and they never disappoint. Delicious food, attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Love this restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Traveling for KS and came across RT's and ended up having a wonderful dinner and great service. Will hit again when in DC.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

RT's was excellent as always. We took friends who had never been there, and they were as delighted as we always are. Two of us had the stuffed rockfish special and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. My friend had a steak and reported that it was great. My husband had the court-bouillon, as he often does, and it was just as great as usual. And our server John is one of the best in the business.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

First time for us. We will be back as this was a hidden gem under our noses. Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We discovered RT's several years ago on New Year's Eve. My husband is from New Orleans and the son of a chef. He is very critical of food advertised as New Orleans cuisine if it does not come correct. RT's is the only restaurant in the DC metropolitan area that he loves. He swears that if the chef is not from New Orleans he was taught there. The food is always wonderful and the atmosphere cozy. I highly recommend RT's to everyone, you will not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good food, friendly, accommodated a large party, convenient.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

RTs has been around forever. Great Cajun food, great service and kind of a little gem in a poor latino community.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This restaurant is a jewel. Superb service, remarkable food. Chefs deliver your ask, menu item or not. Creative and scrumptious. You will not leave a bite!

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

After multiple visits for special occasions, our dinner on Feb 27 2018 was a surprising disappointment on most fronts. Slow service. Over cooked calamari. Dried out filet mignon. Too salty Shrimp Diane. Watery cokes. Feeling shoved into a corner booth too close to the other customers rather than seated in the other dining room as if staff was too limited to accommodate another room.
If this had been our first visit, we would not return. We'll give it another try in a few months, hoping for a return of what we'd come to value: great food, attentive service, casual and comfy ambiance.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It is amazing that this restaurant has still maintained a consistent and reputable menu and atmosphere. The she-crab soup was delicious, and the broiled stuffed shrimp were tasty. The service was attentive and non-obstructive, yet efficient. There is a large parking lot across the street from the restaurant. I will not wait so long to return to RTs.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The decor is a little dated, but the food was good.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Not in an area you would expect s restaurant to be. New Orleans type food. Not too spicy. Food was average. Thought prices were a bit high.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Awesome as usual! Great food and drink and very attentive service!!!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I had totally forgotten about RTs and decided to return. The food and service were both excellent. I loved the She Crab Bisque and the Seafood in Parchment Paper was excellent. Prices are not bad at all and the service is pretty good. Definitely one to try in the Arlandria area.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Very good, down home Cajun food. First time visit and expect to go back soon and often. Very busy on a Sunday evening, clearly a local favorite hides behind the unassuming entrance. Pre-dinner Sazerac cocktail hit all the marks. She-crab soup was rich and absolutely delicious. Loved the Oysters Nezpique and the red beans and rice. Most main number dishes ran in the $20-$25 range with many oyster options. Very respectable wine list; the Gruner Veltliner went very well will the food and there were many other varietals available by the glass. Yes, the presentation and ambiance is more 60’s fish restaurant, but it has its own charm. It does not hurt that there is a free public parking lot just half a block south of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The quality of the cuisine is a pleasant surprise in this warm and cozy neighborhood gem. We were especially impressed by the extensive and sophisticated menu selections. Definitely a reliable dinner favorite.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This place is very low key with amazing food! Although I was here for a date, it was perfect! It wasn't crowded and the waitress was very attentive. The food is on the expensive but the portions of food was perfect! I would definitely return again when I'm in the area.
Plus it's free parking across the street!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good and service was great. Would recommend if someone is looking for flavorful, authentic Cajun food.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Enjoyable with friends from out of town. It’s a neighborhood gem:

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I can’t believe I’ve never been here before. But I will from now on. Everything was delicious. The Shorts Ribs were extremely tender and well flavored, the fish with Etoufee was also delicious. But what made it even better was our Server, Kat. She was great! Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful dining experience as always. My shrimp and crab catahoula was delicious, as always, and my husband loved his stuffed rockfish special. And John is a terrific server.

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