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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Casual (45)
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Comfort Food (37)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Good for a Date (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Cozy (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Groups (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Spicy (10)
Fun (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food at a great price. It was our first visit but not our last!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

RT's is a long-time local favorite. The Louisiana-style entrees are delicious, ample portions.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, dining here is an absolute pleasure for me. This time I even tried a dish (shellfish etoufee) on the special menu and really enjoyed it. I'll be returning soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day all in one. Food and service was outstanding. The best gumbo, crab cakes, and oysters we've had in a long time. Hurricane was New Orleans quality and highly recommend using UBER if you drink more than one. Go there about every 6 months and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great Mardi Gras celebration for a New Orleans expat living in NOVA

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is always so amazing...shellfish in parchment wow!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

True New Orleans flavors, in a comfortable family setting. Great service too.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

RT's a great neighborhood restaurant with a Cajun and seafood menu. I've been going for years and my favorite is Saturday lunch where I can relax in a booth in the bar area. Nice glass of wine and crawfish beignets as a warm up to crab stuffed flounder. Heaven.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a good meal....! We drive all the way from Columbia, MD just to dine there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My friends and I go to RTs at least once a month! This week they had their Restaurant Week menu, so we got three courses for $35.00. That was a good deal! We had crab soup, which was delicious and very good for a cold day. I had the shrimp and grits which was quite tasty. Last but not least I had the oatmeal pie, which sounds kind of weird, but is sort of like a chess pie. They make great cocktails too! Their food is Cajun, a definite New Orleans vibe. It is reasonably priced. RTs is a nice neighborhood place, but can get crowded, so be sure to make yourself a reservation -- through Open Table of course!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

The restaurant week menu was quite limited and underwhelming. The good news is that the price really wasn't discounted so ordering off the regular menu was the same. Would have been nice to have a specially prepared menu. Also, our waiter was testy which made the experience a bit unpleasant (language issues on his part). As far as the food goes, there was a little too much salt on the crab dish but otherwise it was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was very good: Gumbo, smothered catfish, crabcake, alligator stew, bread pudding. Although the garlic butter rice tasted like boxed rice, the rest of the food made up for It! The service was very good too! Overall, it was a nice experience and I would visit again. There is convenient free parking across the street. The prices are reasonable as are the portions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

We have been wanting to try RJ's for a long time - mainly based on the fact that they have She-Crab soup.
So with a great menu option during Restaurant week we opted to finally try for lunch.
The service - the food - the vibe in the room all went above expectations.
One couple as they were leaving stopped to talk to another 'new' visitor. They mentioned that they have been coming here every week for years and never had a bad meal. I believe it.
We can't wait to go back to try so many menu options - from catfish to crab cakes.

I am not a bread pudding fan - but my other half declared it delicious - the chocolate mousse was not sweet and yummy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Rt's is a winner--I have never had a bad or even mediocre experience there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

What a find this restaurant is! First visited with a co-worker and fell in love with the menu and very tasty dining experience. The seasonings and sauces are scrumptious - very good nod to New Orleans cuisine. If you love flavorful food and seafood, you will LOVE RT's!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Four of us had dinner during restaurant week. One had been at RT's many times, and three were first timers. We all enjoyed our experience. The food was excellent as was the service. Three had crab soup and one had oyster appetizer, for main course three had etoufee and one mahi mahi . The bread pudding dessert was amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

RTs is never disappointing! Everything is homemade and absolutely delicious!! Great, quick service, lots of variety in the menu. Can't recommend. Finally tasted dessert tonight -- bread pudding is truly comparable to that of New Orleans!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I first heard about RT's just one week ago as a referral, during a cashiers line conversation about cajun sausages and gumbo. The lady was so very excited in talking about RT's, because of its authentic cajun and creole cuisines.

I wso happen to be seeking new eateries, for dating and friend getaways. The Food-GODS are still on time and accurate in allowing me to find the seemingly perfect dining locations. RT's is not fast food inexpensive; yet, it's not Old Hickory Steakhouse on the riverfront, with the bells and whistles either. Most folks place a premium value on authentic great foods and entertainment.

There are great selections in appetizers and great menu design; it was easy to follow and orderly and easy on the eyes. The biggest issue I did have was making a single selection, out of all the other great options. I just have to return to experience and follow-though on the options I left behind.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Spicy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, People Watching, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful crab cakes and trout. Also, try the hush puppies for an appetizer. The service is prompt and friendly. Lot's to choose from on the menu. Great vibe and just very nice staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Was looking for something near Birchmere for date night and this was perfect as it’s across the street.
Place is small so reservation a must.
Food was outstanding. We started with gumbo which had just the right kick. Stuffed jumbo shrimp was very tasty. Service was attentive without being annoying.
Just excellent experience all around. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We love R.T.'s. It's the go-to restaurant of choice for all of our friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our waiter was aggressive. Wanted our order as soon as we sat down. Otherwise the total experience was ok. Food was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A longtime, true gem. There's a reason these folks have been in business as others come and go. WDC restaurants could learn a few things by visiting RT's. Long-term waiter Smart summarizes the daily special better than anyone in town. Superb food, service, ambiance. Sad we've lost Paul and Susan over the years, but the RT's legacy lives on.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was exceptional as alway except the the cajun onion straws that were cold when served. Was a Wednesday night and not crowded and a good number of locals were there with, what it seemed, like out of town guests.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Worth the drive for the delicious food! Haven't had a bad meal there and the service is always exceptional! Our go to place for date night or dinner with friends. A cocktail with Cat the bartender before dinner is highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We hadn't been here for awhile and, again, enjoyed the food. Lots of southern cooking. I had one of the specials, a wonderful grilled rockfish with a butter, caper sauce highlighted with fresh crabmeat. Yummy! The calamari as an appetizer (shared) was great with one of the lightest batters I've ever had.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Spicy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great service and good food

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

New Years Eve dinner - great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (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 30, 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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vip
 (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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