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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.
Alexandria, VA 22305
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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