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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RM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 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
80 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
55 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
52 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
13 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
7 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
66 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!

RD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have been going to RT's for more than 30 years. I continue to enjoy the best Cajun food in the region. Always good!

GT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great cajun food. A fixture as a restaurant for over 30 years. Bill and Hillary, Al and Tipper came together one memorable night early in Clinton's first administration; the event is memorialized in art work over the reception desk. The she crab soup continues to have top honors. Noise level in the back room is uniquely low in these times of high noise pollution. Great food, great service.

FW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great as always! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and value. Food came out quickly and hot! Very tasty and some unique combinations

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Steve was the GREATEST, and the food was disrespectfully good- as in, it had to be a crime to taste that phenomenal!

FM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service. Depending on which part of the restaurant you are seated, it is possible to find quiet!

DB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at RT's before a concert at the Birchmere. It is a hidden gem. It doesn't look like much when you approach and even go inside but the service and food are wonderful. I would definitely go here again.

s
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I don't write many Opentable reviews but I had to give kudos to our server, Kat. She was one of the best waitresses we've ever had. Very friendly, made good recommendations, almost knew what we wanted before we asked for it. We sat down with her for happy hour and enjoyed her service so much we decided not to take a table in the restaurant and just eat our dinner in the bar area. Nice happy hour by the way 7 days a week.

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

RT's is the example of a seafood restaurant with Cajun influence which makes good food outside of Cajun country. Only thing missing is the rather shabby airs put on by Cajun restaurants. RT's does better.

DG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this place through Yelp and it was as advertised, the food and service were both fantastic!

JY
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious.... fresh seafood, authentic southern/cajun/creole. Delicious etoufee, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. Delectable desserts. Have the chocolate chess pie and the Southern pecan pie for a totally epic other worldly experience... You can't possibly taste all the deliciousness in one meal, so each time you visit, you will want to come back for more. Wonderful!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a long time since I had been at RT's. It was every bit as good as I remembered. I highly recommend it.

BB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and authentic. Service was outstanding. Overall a good value. A great place to get dinner that is walking distance to the Birchmere music hall.

So if you want something a bit more upscale than Birchmere’s offerings but still a good value. This is the place.

c
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's is one of our favorite restaurants. They never disappoint.

r
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ms. Kat the bartender is wonderful! Very attentive and sweet.

S
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had not been in awhile but hankering for the Jack Daniel’s Shrimp appetizer as an entree with a side of rice; soooo good with their chopped salad, and concluded splitting the very good, but unusual coconut cake dessert; looking forward to going again, sooner.

ST
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A hidden gem! We love this place and made a point to stop for dinner on our trip to MD (we moved to GA last Dec). Anytime we're in the area we find a way to work RT's into our schedule!

G
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent food, don't expect "out of the ordinary" but good quality, simple fare. Well worth the money.

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 5 with many libations. Every thing was perfect. The selections were in a reasonable range of seafood and beef and all delivered hot at the same time. We will be back.

SD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant. The food selection is great. I love the variety. I have never been disappointed at RT's.