RT's Restaurant

4.7
1619 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.

Safety precautions

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1619 people are saying
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gregl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality and atmosphere. Jambalaya is excellent, pumpkin pie a la mode wonderful , skirt steak rocks !!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food; outstanding customer service!

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WendyZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a hidden gem . If you love Cajun do not miss this place ! Clean restaurant and extremely friendly staff. Authentic Cajun food. Will be back!

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WiltonC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RTs has been a favorite for decades. This lunch was no disappointment. The original owner's bouillabaisse is still on the menu (from time-to-time) and it's just as delicious, rich, and flavorful as ever. Cocktails are expertlyl-made and professionally presented. Service is attentive but not overbearing. It's still a favorite.

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vipScottH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very tastefully decorated for US Thanksgiving as it it for all the holiday. Fabulous as always.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best. The food, service, and family environment is hard to match. Thanks for a great evening.

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Diva91
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at RTs. Our table was ready when we arrived and everyone was friendly. Our server was very attentive and made a great recommendation for the Jack Daniels shrimp and crab appetizer. The food came out quickly and all of our dishes were good. We had the fried oysters, shrimp etouffe and the braised short ribs. Everything was delicious and the side of the honey sriracha brussel sprouts was tasty. Overall we had a great experience.

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Scubamama
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It had been many years since we had dined at this neighborhood gem. Fresh oysters, and a great, authentic gumbo. The roux was dark and coffee like with well spiced andouille sausage. The coconut cake soaked in rum for desert is a winner. The service was excellent.

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NancyM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the Jack Daniel's appetizer - best seafood cream sauce that I've ever tasted!

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RandyE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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MaryMary
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat there. Great menu and staff.

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vipLovetoeat
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and plentiful! The menu has slightly changed since I was there but still some of my favorite creole infusion dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food! Great service. We will return.

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vipFoodlvr
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when we dine at RT’s. This is a friendly neighborhood spot with great food, drinks and service. The people are always friendly and whatever meal you decide to get will be delicious. My go to spot!!

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vipRobertJ
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food , great service and good value. RT's is always on repeat for us!

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LarryB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. We could actually speak to each other without shouting. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious!!!

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AnnD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to RT's in quite some time, and we were so happy to be back. The food was delicious and the service perfect. We can't wait to go back.

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vipJudith
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and different menu, all nicely prepared and presented. This is a must for Cajun food lovers!

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Marilyn
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bouillabaisse was outstanding as the daily special. As was the praline pecan pumpkin pie. They never disappoint.

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cheeseandonions
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's is a great neighborhood restaurant with wonderful service and consistently good food. The Death by Gumbo is our favorite!

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vipEvetteD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good every time!

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RENEEP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beeneating there for years and it has never failed to be superb

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family members Birthday

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DavidEatsWell
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hate to say this but because of the pandemic, we had forgotten all about RTs! Sad as it’s the best of the restaurants within blocks of our home. Perhaps it was because we only like eating AT restaurants and not simply EATING restaurants’ food that we hadn’t been enjoying RT’s. I LOVE their jambalaya. And tonight’s Bouillabaisse was amazing. So much seafood! Plus its broth was awesome; took home the leftover broth using the complimentary rice to soaking it all up. That and the leftover jambalaya are going to make for a wonderful second meal.

So glad we got our Pfizer jabs plus the booster shots. 😇

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MarkK
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food & ambience! We'll be making a return visit the next time we're in DC!!! GOD Bless!!!!!!!!!

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JamesF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the first finest kitchens in DC area. Been going fir years and probably my favorite dinner place over the years.

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vipNille
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We walked in to the bar area and was directed to the host stand to the right. We checked in for our reservation and we were seated promptly.

Not pictured: We started with the Jack Daniels crab and shrimp and calamari. Both were delicious. The bread was cold, so I didn't try that.

The service and food were really good. There are a few other dishes I want to try, so I definitely plan to return. The only thing I did not enjoy was the hurricane. It was just ok.

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ToreyS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the Bar and had drinks and dinner. The bartender was very very friendly, attentive, informative and a very pleasant woman. The cocktails were good. The appetizers came fast and was very tasty. It took a little long to get our entrees but that was ok because we were enjoying the ambiance and once the food came we were not disappointed food, we loved every thing we order! Will definitely be back!

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Patty
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Don’t get discouraged by the neighborhood. I’m from a costal city, so I know what fresh seafood taste like. It’s worth it!!! I will visit again when I visit the city. RT’s is on my list for favorite restaurants !!!! Enjoy

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MaryMary
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a relaxing dinner with friends. Great food selection that always is tasty.

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Emil
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great wait staff. Comfort food that is prepared better and tastes better than other well-known, highly-regarded restaurants I've dined at in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice . Will be back

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vipSueT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have been going to RT's for many years. The food is always excellent. The service is very good. The ambience is great too. I almost always get an etouffee and have never been disappointed. It is delicious and just spicy enough. I also love the key lime pie and often have it for dessert.

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vipVeryDisappointed
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to eat inside RT's this weekend after having had take out from it several times during lockdown. We were very happy with everything! Our server was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. We both had the shrimp appetizer, which was good, and shared the house salad which, with egg and hearts of palm, is always tasty. I had the RT's special crab with a baked potato which I always like, and my companion loved his jambalaya. It was a lovely evening!

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BigMike
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RTs is an awesome restaurant. They serve Louisiana style seafood dishes to die for. I recommend the Smothered Catfish.

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vipfoodie
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

we have eaten there often. last night was not as good as usual. fewer specials than in the past, and the dishes we had all had the same sauce on them despite supposedly being different. wine list is weak and needs an upgrade

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Chris
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our long time favorite special occasion restaurant was good as ever. We have moved to Florida, but still come back to the D.C. metro area often, and make it a point to visit all our friends at R.T.s. Great food and great people!

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Awesome
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! Food was absolutely delicious- and service incredible!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute local haunt with friendly staff, good food, and interesting decor

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 4.7 stars by 1619 OpenTable diners.

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.