RT's Restaurant

4.6
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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 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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Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Cajun. We dream about their she crab soup. Love the house salad. And tho I always want to try the daily specials, we head right back to crawfish etouffe and pasta jambalaya. Can’t help ourselves.. sooo goood.

C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite venues. The service was great and I have never had a bad meal there. Outstanding!

SG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cute place. Waitress was very nice but when we asked her opinion she didn’t have one- she kept telling us what was popular which we don’t necessarily care about. Their “famous” appetizer jack daniels shrimp and lump crab we found bland however We loved the oysters Rockefeller. I picked my entree based on it sounding like it did not have a heavy sauce on it. The shellfish in parchment description on the menu needs some more information. It had a cream sauce or butter sauce in it which I did not want. My husband had the special haddock stuffed with crab and it also had cream sauce which he did not want on it and again- the sauce was not mentioned on the menu.

We did enjoy trying out this place and we will come back but we will be a little more prepared to ask questions on the menu items.

c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We've been going here for 30+ years. We love the place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I came her to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. I told him don’t let the outside fool you. He’s used to upscale dining. Once he sat down and saw how quaint everyone was. The service was exceptional. And as always the food was REMARKABLE.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great funky restaurant with outstanding cajun food. Will go back again when in town. Try the Oysters Bienville.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice place, a little dated, but good food.

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing and everything was prepared nicely. Best restaurant week visit I’ve ever had.

DJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant gets crowded and it's best to have a reservation. There isn't much standing room and folks waiting for a table are gathered at the front door. There is a lot of noise in the bar area. The food and service was great.

D
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome. The service was great. Enjoyed the crabcakes and mussels. The bread is delicious as well.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with friends

RG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The atmosphere was relaxing.

HC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to go.

MF
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ve been here at least 5 times over the years and always enjoy my meal

F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated birthdays during restaurant week. Had excellent service and good food as always.

GD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This unpretentious, Louisiana-based gastronomy, restaurant is highly commendable, for a very relaxed, friendly, atmosphere, delicious comfort food and efficient but self-effaced service. You need not dress up to the hilts to come here, but it is very pleasant indeed.

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

RT’s is one of our favorite restaurants! We frequently go there after attending a matinee in DC. The food is outstanding. Also, it’s right near the Birchmere.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal! Really enjoyed the a Restaurant Week Menu!

JE
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and service!

JR
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Creole outside of NOLA. Seafood is always fresh & carefully prepared. Jack Daniel's shrimp is an all-time appetizer home run.

RM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best Cajun food I've had outside of Louisiana. I highly recommend this restaurant . Not the most romantic restaurant, but you can't beat the service or the food or the value, whether for lunch or dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

n
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistantly good!

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant whether it’s just the two of us or a group of friends. We’ve never been disappointed with the service or the food! Delicious!

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Love the staff.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RTs has been my go to restaurant for almost 10 years now. Never had a bad meal or experience there in all that time.

T
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. A cozy, comfortable restaurant. Friendly wait staff. Accomodating chef. Glorious cuisine. Benn coming back for almost 30 years now to this unexpected pleasure in Del Ray.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The neighborhood is a little sketchy but the food was great.

e
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Perfect for your cajun fix and always a great place to eat before a show at the Birchmere

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Alexandria. Been around a long time, very comfortable and quality is remarkably consistent. Cajun/creole menu that can hang with all but the best in New Orleans. I am fairly picky but could happily eat almost anything on the menu.

WH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Would highly recommend to anyone. Nationally-known cajun restaurant.
We enjoyed excellent
Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets
Served on a bed of Garlic Aioli followed by
She Crab Soup, then
"Death" by Gumbo and
Southern Fried Catfish
All food was excellent, tasty.
Service was attentive and professional.

G
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

RT's lived up to its excellent reputation on our recent visit there for dinner. Friendly, attentive waiter (Steve); lots of seafood choices on the menu; timely turn-around of our orders; excellent bread; both of our main courses loaded with tasty seafood. We will return.

M
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dine at RT's every time we visit family in Alexandria. Once again it did not disappoint!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Local spot! Great Customer Service. Food was good.

ES
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I really enjoyed dinner. The food was exceptional. The cocktails were on point. Our servers were very cordial and attentive. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the Cajun food.

EQ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wait staff was great. Food was excellent. I always get the she crab soup. It’s so delicious with plenty of crab meat. I got the bowl vs. the cup since I love this soup so much and wanted a bigger portion.

JV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. If you're looking for New Orleans style cuisine, then I'd recommend RT's Restaurant.

A
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A lovely Saturday evening dinner with friends at an longstanding place. The comfortable atmosphere and calm dining room allowed we good friends to have a great evening of conversation. The seafood specialties were also a hit!