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About RT's Restaurant

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.

3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Glebe Rd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 684-6010

Website:
http://www.rtsrestaurant.net/

Parking Details:
On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot

Public Transit:
Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue

Executive Chef:
Ralph Davis

Private Party Facilities:
Private full service, tablecloth dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 50 people. Separate restroom facilities

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Galvin: (703) 684-6010

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

RT's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Casual (32)
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Comfort Food (24)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Cozy (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Spicy (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was overall good! The crab soup was the best!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

My third visit was just as tasty as my prior dinners. Reservations are a good idea for weekends. Special of salmon and shrimp in basil cream sauce was fabulous. Beef with horseradish mashed potatoes was also excellent. Always too full for dessert. Only negative is tables are too close together.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wow - glad we found RT. Great menu and well-prepared meal. Cozy and comfortable environs. Our server, Leslie, will likely have her own restaurant in the future - very engaging and knowledgeable. Wonderful evening. We will certainly be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is a wonderful gem that my husband and I stumbled across. Went here after a Kennedy Show and was pleasantly surprised. The food is amazing!

My husband is still talking about the shecrab soup (5 out of 5 stars)
DeathbyGumbo (5 out of 5)
Smothered Catfish (4 out of 5)

We will def. put this on our list of favorite restaurants!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

eat at RTs often and the food is dependably delicious. Service is quick but not in a rushing you out way, but in a comfortable way. will definitely be back and if anyone is considering RTs you need to give it a try!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve dinner - great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My fiance and I have dined there on many occasions. We love it because we have never had a bad meal. The service so are has been outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

RTs is consistently good. The food is always excellent and the service is outstanding. This little restaurant is a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been coming to RT's for many years and the entire experience is always excellent. The food, the service, and the atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Even though some items have been on the menu for years, RT’s delivers great food visit after visit. My friends were first time visitors and can’t wait to return.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ehhh, I don’t know if this was just a bad night but I wasn’t a fan. I tried the jumbalaya and the she crab soup. since there were so many rave reviews about both. Nowhere near authentic Nola style eats. I was highly disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing short ribs dinner!! My favorite place in Alexandria for dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love the food, particularly the gumbo, red beans and rice and shrimp and crawfish etouffe. Food is rich and full of flavor. I ordered the Cajun veal Oscar, which was a treat - tender meat, sautéed perfectly, with a tasty blend of crab, Holland side and Cajun spices.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was great me and the hubby enjoyed... Will return soon

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

How did I miss this place? I've driven by it hundreds of times. Admittedly, it's not much to look at from the outside ... or the inside for that matter lol. But my oh my, the food and the service definitely make this a permanent addition to my rotation. We each started with a cup of gumbo. Deep, rich roux was the first sign that things were off to a great start. Everything we ate was delicious. Fried foods were crispy but not greasy. Sauces were piquant. Most important, the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Holiday seafood dinner was delicious. I recommend the shrimp & crab étouffée and their famous she-crab soup.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fabulous experience, as always. RT's offers the most authentic south Louisiana cuisine in the DC area in a neighborhood tavern style atmosphere. The service is friendly, attentive and accommodating to large groups with the same enthusiasm and courtesy as given to a couple. And the gumbo, etouffee and seafood dishes are consistently excellent. I've yet to find anything on the menu that I wasn't impressed with.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent classic south Louisiana food and attentive service!

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 (Montana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We didnt understand the high reviews for this place. While the service was very friendly and attentive, the food wasnt very good and it was expensive for what it was. While we love cajun/creole and typically enjoy more 'off the beaten track' type places, everything here just seemed very meh/sub-par.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

What a nice place with very tasty menu. Loved my lunch, looking forward to returning real soon to try some of the other items on the menu!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was the 3rd time we have been to RTs. It's a half-hour from our neighborhood so we were lucky to stumble upon it the first time but have enjoyed every visit. The ambiance is friendly and unpretentious. The service is warm and attentive. And the food is consistently excellent. The art is quirky, unexpected, and worth a close look.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I was literally at RT's on its opening night, 33 years ago. Came back into town to attend a show at the Birchmere and just had to head back over.
It is every bit as good as it was decades ago. So glad the Jack Daniels Shrimp is still a staple on the menu. It did not disappoint.
The short ribs fell off the bone and the Veal Oscar was sublime.
Looking forward to getting back there on our next NoVA, DC trip!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have taken dozens of people here over the years. Everybody loves it. Most people say something like, "This is the best fish/seafood/whatever I have ever had." Perfect cocktails. It is straightforward and not even trying to be fancy - but very comfortable and lovely with a mixed clientele of couples, business diners, colleagues, and families. Expert service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My husband & I find RTs to be a special "date" location - always good food & nice ambiance

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

RT's is a wonderful neighborhood with great food and a friendly staff. We love it.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service was OUTSTANDING, however the food was okay. The food was not seasoned well. My husband enjoyed the banana foster cake.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I have been coming to RT's for years and the level of service and the quality of food have still been on point throughout the years. As a native to Louisiana, this is THE only Cajun/creole restaurant in the DMV area that I approve of and/or will eat at. I do highly recommend dining here, it is a hidden gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

RT's is a great neighborhood restaurant call with outstanding Cajun food , and then unpretentious, friendly atmosphere.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

First time at this gem and the entire party enjoyed the Cajun inspired dishes. The waitstaff was great and the food was tasty and not overly salty. We will most def go back before the year is out. This is our new spot without having to travel to D.C. Also, check out the amazing artwork.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Such a great array of New Orleans cooking! I personally recommend Jack Daniels Shrimp.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent seafood.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a delightful neighborhood bar and grill with fabulous Cajun/Creole food. Off the beaten track in a nice area of Alexandria, it’s actually my favorite eating place 9n the DC area. It’s just so unique. Great menu executed perfectly. And the food simply tastes great in the local tavern atmosphere. Try The she-crab soup and any of the crayfish dishes. If we’re in DC for theater, we always dine at RTs. Makes for a perfect day.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Attentive service and delicious New Orleans style food made for a lovely date night with my wife.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The smothered catfish was the best. Highly recommend RT’s if you crave good comfort food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food a little pricey but worth it. Service is great and the bar is on point. I asked for a side car and it was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was as good as New Orleans. We were impressed with the food and service. Also, the noise level was low enough to have a quiet conversation. Will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife and I went around 4pm on a Friday,and we were the only ones there. We sat at the bar and mingled with the bartender. He gave us a break down on what was good and what was to his liking. The food was better than I thought. The salads lacked flavor. Not sure if this place gets crowded after 5:30 but I was told it did. We left at 5:30 leaving one person at the bar. First time at this establishment, and overall it was pretty good. We would go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Absolutely love the food. Service was kind of slow but they were busy so I completely understand. We regularly come here and we always will

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Delicious Food - this was the second time I've been there and had just the spicy Caesar and a bowl of the she-crab and it was excellent. My friend had a shrimp/crab appetizer in a sauce that was fantastic. We had the creme caramel for dessert and it was delicious. However, I did ask for a capuccino after dinner and their machine was broken. The waiter stated it had been broken for a while.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was great, as usual. The daily specials add just enough variety to prevent boredom with a fixed meal, but my standard go-to items stay on the menu. Service was really great, but that's the standard, at RT's. Worth the drive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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