RT's Restaurant

4.6
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1329 Reviews
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.2
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JaredB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good etouffee with just the right amount of spice

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SuzanneW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Steve was great!

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DiningFun
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word, fantastic! There were so many appetizing examples of Cajun food on the menu that my wife and I couldn't decide what to get. We decided to get several dishes and share them, knowing we would take home doggie bags. Our several was very accomodating, splitting our Caesar salad, and providing extra plates so we could divvy up the shrimp and crab beignets, and jambalaya pasta. Our favorite was the crab and shrimp catahoula!
It was pretty quiet inside and not crowded. Not sure if that's because we were there at 6:45pm on a Friday, or coronavirus scaring everyone away, but it was pleasant to be able to have a conversation without having to yell over background music or neighboring tables. Prices, weren't dirt cheap, but not crazy expensive either. We ordered an appetizer, a salad, and two entrees, and spent under a Ben Franklin.
The neighborhood seemed very "transitional," but I wouldn't let it scare you off. Parking on the street wasn't too bad when we got there, and there was a small parking across the street, but I could imagine it getting crowded at times. We'll definitely be going back!

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vipLuncher
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a birthday celebration here and the staff couldn't have been nicer!

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WillT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The food was seasoned very well and prices were good as well.

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BrianS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place in Alexandria. We have been going there for years and know the owners. A true neighborhood bar and restaurant. The smothered catfish is to die for and the jambalaya is over the top. How they manage to keep the consistency over the years is a miracle. I could not give this place a better review. It is great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner. Food and drinks were perfect. Waiter was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful the staff was respectful and professional. The food was delectable and appetizing as well, overall a great experience.

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cody71
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp and grits were wonderful and gluten free! My friend said he would love to return the following night just for the pasta. Even though I didn't have any, my group said the coffee was great too.

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RickN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good good & great service! We enjoyed a relaxing and delicious meal.

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JohnRabbit
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! Best Creole/Cajun food anywhere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cajun style I’ve had in DC. Reasonable prices and great variety.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic restaurant all around. From the freshly baked bread they started the service with to the delicious alligator soup with an unforgettable death by gumbo main course that was only eclipsed by the near perfect dessert menu. Reall a 10 out of 10. Thank you!

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Cecile
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy date with great food. Fantastic service

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vipOldTowner8
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful fried oysters!

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RevSFWms
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

RT'S is consistently excellent! Keep up the great work and I will keep dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fat Tuesday

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PattyC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect, casual spot for authentic Cajun cooking with a lively bar scene, extensive menu and daily specials.

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ElizabethF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful New Orleans/southern style cuisine in a down home atmosphere.

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KristinC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from bartender Steve and absolutely delicious food: crawfish étouffé and seafood bouillabaisse (catfish was too deep-fried however). Loved the chocolate chess pie (pure decadence) and the key lime pie, all made in-house. RT’s never disappoints. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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vipOlivia
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three ladies celebrating Fat Tuesday. Food and service we meet excellent

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DavidP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love RT’s - great little gem tucked away in Arlandria

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RickR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and prices! Will be back again!

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Nick
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great authentic NOLA-inspired food and cocktails at a reasonable price.

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vipCarky
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had 2 dishes - each one a different rendition of crawfish and crab meat. They were both DELICIOUS! The wine was quite good. The service was excellent - friendly, helpful, and prompt. The ambiance leaves somthing to be desired, but the food was so good that we didn't care. The price of dinner was quite reasonable.

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PaulH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Quiet, friendly, SUPERB food, calm, efficient service, reasonable prices, wonderful drink selection, casual atmosphere....great place!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT’s is our favorite. Food is great, not overly peppery with lots of flavor. Service is great.

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vipPatrickB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going here since it opened. Always great - remarkable consistency.

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vipArlgirl
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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MelodyR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was good. The food was delicious. The only problem I had was the appetizers quantity. I could have omitted that.

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Cake
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sc1Gal
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipAlanT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Closest to being in New Orleans and eating Creole dishes from gumbo to Étouffée. Friendly and casual with outstanding food.

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vipcookie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday and he fell in LOVE. He enjoyed the food A LOT and said the flavors are sooo robust and he definitely wants to come again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice place, a little dated, but good food.

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LavellH
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.

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DavinaJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
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.

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vipDwnw4
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.

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RT's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 684-6010.

RT's Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1329 OpenTable diners.

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