RT's Restaurant

4.8
1534 Reviews
$30 and under
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 Etouffée. 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1534 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good Cajun style food with plenty of variety. Nice variety of drinks, beers and wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw the reviews and quickly booked it for my family of 4. When we arrived via Uber, did not love the location, but looks can be deceiving. Restaurant interior was nice and the food was excellent. Had fried oysters and scallops for appetizers. All were perfect. My family ordered the salmon, crab cakes, seafood parchment, and seafood pasta dishes. All were A+. Nothing but positive comments on RTs.

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wandah
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. We really enjoyed the service and the people. There was a group of three people next to us that were unnecessarily loud. Nice quaint spot for dinner

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vipScottH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at RTs as usual. This time almost like private dining in the lovely back room.

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BruceC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Great service!! A favorite spot that I go to frequently.

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MarciaT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This place was nice in accommodating the size of our party. The food was just ok. The shrimp and grits as well as a few other dishes lacked flavor and texture. It was mediocre, but the service was great and the staff was friendly.

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BillM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been able to visit RT's for over a year due to the pandemic. In the meantime, we learned that the restaurant had been sold to a new owner. We noticed that some of the portions were smaller now, particularly the Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets. We were served 3 small balls of fried crawfish & shrimp & they were not wrapped in angel hair pasta as they are supposed to be. They didn't look anything like we used to be served. We still enjoyed our meals, but I am noticing all kinds of businesses raising their prices for the same products or services, and in some cases, for lesser products or services.

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AnitaA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as always. The smothered catfish never disappoints!

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SharonC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service excellent.
We really enjoyed the evening. Friends that were with us go to NewOrleans often. They loved the food.
Will recommend to others and will return again

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DebraC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for 9 for a family birthday celebration. When we arrived, the table was ready and we were seated immediately. The server immediately took our drink and appetizer. The service was superb and the food was delicious and was prepared quickly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. We had a wonderful time.

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TerryD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. Customer service was excellent! Good was very good!!

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vipFlowJo
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always, great service, for a great price. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

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AnthonyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Death By Gumbo, etouffee, soft shell crabs, and mussels were fantastic! Top notch service.

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KimberlyK
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants. Highly recommend. Great service

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Yummyfood
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Our server, Melanie, was attentive without hovering. There are a lot of menu choices so it took time to sort through the options. But my family and I enjoyed every entree.

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VanessaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Enjoyed a wonderful evening with family.

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vip1DMC
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Northern VA for the express purpose of having dinner at RTs. That should say it all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem that is notable for their authentic Creole south Louisiana cuisine. The atmosphere is just like a friendly, welcoming New Orleans restaurant the locals frequent. A great experience we love to frequent often for the genuine gumbo, red fish, trout, shrimp, crab, crawfish and etouffe. And the very respectable wine list is the bonus!

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CCMJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious with generous portions. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating. Overall it was an enjoyable meal.

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vipvirginialion
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as was the service. Atmosphere like a local bar.

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LisaP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cajun seafood menu. Everyone at our table got something different and it was delicious!

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Sandra
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fantastic. Service was exceptional. I will definitely go there again!

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HelgaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A total gem of a restaurant serving amazing Creole food in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. RT's has been one of my all-time favorite restaurant in the Greater Washington, DC area for over 20years!
I recommend it highly.

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JosephR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's never disappoints. Great food in a cozy, neighborhood setting, superb service and great value for the money. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended!

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Anonymous
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good service here and tasty food, although it's a bit pricey

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CarolK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very efficient service. Great food choices at reasonable prices. Not my first time at this restaurant. Will definitely go again soon!

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RTsloyalist
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful Creole cuisine. It's like a slice of New Orleans in Del Ray.

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Sandman
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated next to a large group that was very loud. That somewhat diminished our experience this time.

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viptrusgift
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love RT's authentic Cajun/Creole food. My blackened redfish special with lump crabmeat was outstanding and expertly blackened. Desserts don't always measure up to everything else: the bananas foster cake was a bit dry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cat at the bar is incredible, food was outstanding. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

There was nothing special about this restaurant. II didn’t find the value to be worth the meal.

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MarshaB
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband picked this restaurant based on the menu selections and the reviews from Open Table. RT's didn't disappoint! He selected the Smothered Catfish and I had Shrimp & Crab Etouffee. It was delicious and on par with the restaurants, we visited in New Orleans. The servers were friendly and informative. There are so many choices on the menu to delight anyone's tastebuds! A great local restaurant where one can 'kick back' and savor the flavor!

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Supersue
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently excellent! New owners super friendly ….add a neighborly vibe.

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StephenH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Appetizers, gumbo, jambalaya all good. Fish entrees were overdone. Unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to DC with some family who were visiting from GA. I found this restaurant via open table and the reviews were accurate. The food was so tasty I forgot to snap a pic! The service was excellent in addition to the great food! Items we ordered were the salmon, stuffed shrimp, jack Daniels shrimp, shrimp and grits, fried oysters, popcorn shrimp and key lime pie. All the aforementioned items were tasty!

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GaryN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Washington
Can’t beat the food and service

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vipthegodmother
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Portions are a little smaller - but they are trying to hold their prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staffs and great food!!

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Connie
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT’s is the perfect neighborhood venue for celebrating those special life milestones. Wonderful cuisine, welcoming service, and a comfortable , cozy space. Six of us - representing four generations - had a grand, laughter-filled dinner yesterday.

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MistyM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rt's was great as usual! Sat at the bar and Kat was great! Loved the smothered catfish and the she crab soup! Always delicious!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from RT's Restaurant using the Order Online button. RT's Restaurant also offers 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 4.8 stars by 1534 OpenTable diners.

RT's Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/rtrestaurant/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.