RT's Restaurant

4.8
1497 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1497 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MistyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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Frankiejay
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I can't wait to get back and try something different on the menu. People who work there were very polite and caring.

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JohnB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We decided to try RT’s for Father’s Day and we were.blown away with the quality of the food. Everything was delicious from the oysters to the main courses (crawfish etoufffee, soft shell crabs, and redfish) to the wonderful deserts. Definitely will stay on our special list of restaurants.

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MichaelA
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

06/20/21
First rate service, prompt delivery hot from the kitchen, delicious and interesting, creative food.

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NissaW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must visit if you are anywhere close by or even if you're willing to travel a bit for excellent cajun food and superb service! Don't pass this one up. We'll definitely be back to try more menu items.

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LMMama
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. The. Waitress was knowledgeable and made recommendations and answered questions.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

waiter rushed, food rushed

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PinayMommy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated an early Father's Day dinner and had a wonderful time. We ordered calamari for an appetizer, she crab soup, salad with fried oysters, shrimp and chicken jambalaya, shrimp and crab etouffee with rice, and crab and crawfish with red beans and rice. Everything came out quickly and fresh. We would come here again with our family and friends on special occasions.

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Marge
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT’s is fabulous! Almost like eating in New Orleans

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vipCarenE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in New Orleans for 4 years and have lived here for 30. This is the only restaurant in our area that really does New Orleans cuisine justice. The gumbo and the Bourbon Shrimp are favorites of mine but you can't go wrong with the Catfish or the Steak Frites. The owner tries to keep the atmosphere like a good New Orleans restaurant too... casual, yet nice. I've never been disappointed and have eaten here countless times!

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DorothyB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's is better than ever! We have always enjoyed RT's, but now it is truly wonderful!

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vipCelo
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and location led me to RT’s and the service made the meal even better.

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vipTimothyK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection

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Paul
Tucson
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolutely outstanding restaurant in every way! Service is superb and the food with creole inspiration is a knock-out! Highly recommended.

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vipRestaurantBird
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been to RT's in many years, and we can't remember why. At 7:15 on a Sunday uncrowded. Seating has been updated, mostly seafood and steak choices. Great attentive and friendly service. Hubby had she-crab soup (yummy), fried oysters (really good) with side of slaw and a mound of French fries. My entree was pecan-crusted haddock (excellent preparation) with one side (my selection: sauteed spinach). We were too full for dessert. Next time we will make sure we have room! A delightful experience at what is--for us--a neighborhood restaurant. Worth the drive to Arlandria. When there, we remembered that this is the spot Al Gore introduced Bill Clinton to when they were in the White House. So, good enough for a president!

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LaurenD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Excellent food, the service is spectacular! They accommodate and never make you feel like you are a bother. They never rush or pressure and give amazing recommendations. This is our monthly friend/family get together. You won’t be disappointed.

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Stratocumulus
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food; always top-quality ingredients, prepared like no other restaurant in the area can. And the service is great. You've got to go all the way to New Orleans to find food this good!

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JimtheRoofer
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better under new management. Owner Maria has fine-tuned one of the best restaurants in the DC metro. Staff is friendly & attentive. Chef is the real deal. The quality and preparation of fish & seafood is especially great. Closest thing we've ever found to NOLA's finest outside of the Big Easy.

JR
JRLinALex
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets starter with the two absolutely lovely soft shelled crabs side of crispy honey glazed Brussels spouts was wonderful, my companions enjoyed she-crab soup, huge oysters on the half shell, Shellfish Etouffée , Crab cakes with frites, Veal oscar and key lime pie for dessert!!
All clean plates!!

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vipRcs20814
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely always wonderful and the owner Maria is most always there and checks with every table to ensure all is as expected!!

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darcaf
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

not sure if management changed, but quality of food did not seem up to par

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HaceneB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, good service. Good value. Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the food hot and fresh!

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DwightS
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food

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Shawn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal there and the service is outstanding

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. I will definitely return.

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vipTucker
Philadelphia
263 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience at lunch. All dishes were well executed, tasty, and authentically Cajun.

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vipCarrieS
Mexico City
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I can tell they were busier than expected. Once I got service, it was great! Their signature dish was very tasty. Bread was fine but they could turn it up a notch by grilling it or warming it beforehand. Very friendly female server behind the bar who knew her menu well and was the appropriate amount of engaging. Made me feel very welcome. I had the fried oyster salad. The oysters were juicy and worth the calories. Salad was lackluster but filling. Maybe add some olives or pepperoncini to the salad to make it a bit more flavorful. I will say the mustard based dressing was very tasty!

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vipKSLT
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pecan crusted chicken and fish were both very good and, of course, the Death by Gumbo satisfied the spicy food lover's cravings. The crab cakes were big and tasty and the service was attentive. Definitely somewhere we will visit again.

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dougp
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and drink. We had crab and crayfish. M other's day and it was busy and noisy. We'd go back

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LadeeJay
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall the ambiance and service was excellent. The food itself had great presentation but it was bland. The prices are decent however for the price I would expect the food to be more flavorful. The sangria was absolutely delicious, the calamari was great and the jack Daniel shrimp wasn't wht i expected but it was ok,, not sure how it was jack Daniel's but it was good.. Not sure if I would go back for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

What a little hidden jewel! The food was excellent and our waitress was very pleasant.

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Lydia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great key lime pie and coffee. Quiet and peaceful for conversation. Skilled wait staff. Delicious crab meat.

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vipEssenceO
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy RT's. This was my mom's first time going and she enjoyed it too.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Cajun food I've had outside of New Orleans.

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vipTammy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I found RT's by chance when looking for a place to dine within 2 hours on a Friday evening. I was pleasantly surprised as the restaurant is in what seems to be a historic strip mall. The service was excellent and the food was great. I'm a seafood lover and to get stuffed shrimp with such flavor was just the best. The sangria was a nice change and well worth a 2nd and a 3rd glass. I definitely will be back.

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BSB4MD
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quaint environment to enjoy a great meal

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vipKarenP
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic she-crab soup and seafood entrees are always outstanding.

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DeborahL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (love the she crab soup and Jack Daniel's shrimp); great service - professional wait-staff; great ambiance, whether at the bar or in the dining area. Our favorite restaurant and haven't had a bad meal yet! Excellent drinks, too. Bartender and waiter are fantastic. We've always been able to get a parking spot on the street outside the restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Just very subpar

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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 1497 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.