RT's Restaurant

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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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BS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have recommended Its to many, and frequently take family and friends here to experience the great food and service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at RT’s is always a wonderful experience!

r
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just had a salad and a beer. Enjoyed the Cornbread croutons.

JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RT's is always good. Every item on their menu is delicious, and the servings are plentiful enough that I always take a doggy bag home. You can't go wrong at RT's.

FW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as always in previous visits.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good. Waiter was attentive and food arrived quickly. However, the restaurant is advertised to have Louisiana style cuisine. The dishes have the names of Louisiana dishes, but not the flavor. The taste of the food was okay, just not what we expected.

EG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff was great. First time and I will return.

C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

After dinner and lunches at RT's over the past 20 years, this time will be the last. The kitchen has changed. The food has changed. What had been enjoyable is now poor poor, tasteless, and overcooked.

JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great et toufe....red beans and rice, and even great soft shell crab.....definitely coming back...

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service, quiet causal atmosphere. Great dining experience.

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Have been there many times. Especially enjoy the Creole dishes. Decided to try the ‘Special if the Day’. - Wild Sockeye Salmon. What a disappointment!!!! Undesirable, small, measly cut of fish- overcooked, no flavor.
Service was great and Blueberry Peach Pie saved the day.
Guess I will stick to what works next time.

FW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable as always. A favorite restaurant for us.

L
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty good and the service was good as well. I cannot complain about anything per se. Go try it out!

DA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I and my two guests were very pleased with the quality of the food.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very good!

JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a seriously late lunch early dinner. Service was great, quick, and efficient. Thank you Kelly. We ordered the pecan crusted haddock with baked potato and the smothered catfish. We also got calamari, oysters with the corn tomato salsa, and drinks. The food was on point and enough that I have leftovers. This is a special place for us and we will return again.

VL
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and a very quaint and friendly environment. Everything ordered was outstanding, especially the She Crab soup (a must).

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very good service! Highly recommend!

v
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, food, service and atmosphere. Extremely enjoyable evening, as usual

KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All four of us had the pecan crusted haddock (which was excellent) so cant speak of other entrees. The she crab soup and fried green tomatoes were also very good.
Excellent, attentive service by the waitress (sadly cant remember her name). We’ll be back

HC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three if us had lunch and we all loved every bite. The Alexandria Restaurant Week menu was the best deal in town. We all had the she crab soup. Two of us had the pecan crusted haddock, which was delicious. Our friend loved her shrimp. All of us had the melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate mousse. Coffee completed the meal. $20 for everything. Unbelievable!

CG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great as always. My only complaint is that the AC wasn’t working very well.

NH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is great. Decor is dated.

v
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal, great service as usual. Restaurant Week menu was good deal

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming! The food was delicious. The service was great. Awesome cocktails!

TP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at RTs was authentic cajun food. The service was excelent

KJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent New Orleans menu. Authentic and excellent value.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have eaten here at least 20x and after tonight’s dinner we will never be back.

We ordered the soft shell special. Having grown up in this area & being fan favorites - these were the SMALLEST we’ve ever seen served anywhere. I question whether all were even of legal size. We mentioned it to our server who nervously laughed and then avoided us for the rest of our meal. So we ate it, thinking we’ve been here plenty of times, have never received bad food or service, the restaurant will take care of us. I want to note that the servers we've had have always been friendly, polite and courteous - this review is the direct result of the manager and how poorly she handled the situation.

After we get the check, we asked to speak with the manager to express our concerns with our $65 child-sized meal. When we calmly tell her our disappointment and that we come here often, she acknowledged that she recognizes us. The manager (her name begins with an “O”) tried to explain to us crabs come in different sizes and “when they are small like that we supplement with crab meat on top to make it more of a value.” I found her explanation to be absurd. 1st, crab meat was described as part of the dish, so the few pieces of crab meat on top aren’t a bonus. 2nd, if I’m ordering soft shells, I’m ordering for the crab itself. 3rd, if the chef notices the size is unacceptable/sub par and they decide to serve it regardless, they should’ve put another soft shell on the plate.

The manager was dismissive and impolite. There were no apologies given - she asked if there anything else she could do and offered dessert, but neither of us eat sweets. She took the check, and when she returned it, nothing was adjusted. We weren’t looking for a free meal, but just a gesture to show us that you appreciate our patronage. With a curt thanks, we signed the check, and her response, with an attitude was, “well...” then turned and walked off. Since you clearly don’t appreciate our business - we’ll stop coming.

J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been going to RTs for over 30 years and are never disappointed. The crab soup is superb and the soft shell crabs were very tasty! Good value, nice neighborhood restaurant and perfect place to eat before going to the Birchmere!

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was absolutely delicious, spicy for taste, not heat.

R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very crowded evening with lots of noise but the food and service was excellent!

TD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem. Will go back again.

NL
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're moving to Florida, so this was probably the last time we'll be at RT's... Sad Face! We have always found their whole menu delicious -- the service attentive -- the atmosphere usually talkative, but not noisy. My friend and I split the Scallops wrapped in Bacon appetizer -- they sit on a nest of fried onion rings and cane syrup -- delish! I had the Shrimp and Grits and it was fabulous. My friend had the fried catfish -- which she loved as well! No dessert that night, but they had Strawberry & Rhubarb pie as a special dessert... I've had it before and it's just tart enough! I'll miss RT's for sure! But if you like Cajun food and an eclectic menu, don't YOU miss it... Make a reservation!

JW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food. Very pleasant and efficient wait staff

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I could eat RT’s shrimp and crawfish beignets every day of my life.

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as usual. We had a large party two young children with us and they were very welcoming.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food and service are outstanding!

NL
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on RT's menu is superb! The staff is attentive and knowledgeable about their menu. There are ALWAYS great specials! The scallops wrapped in bacon are insane, as are their crab cakes! ANYTHING CAJUN is authentic and delicious. Their desserts always tempting. They fix a great cocktail too! Make reservations and you won't be disappointed... ever!

ET
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and food was very good. Not quite what we expected from the menu description, but the Seafood Norman was very tasty and portions were plentiful. Will definitely be coming back soon.

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