RT's Restaurant

4.7
1472 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 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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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1472 people are saying
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Shawn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. I will definitely return.

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vipTucker
Philadelphia
262 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipCarrieS
Mexico City
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
12 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
8 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
29 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
35 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.

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

Just very subpar

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vipScottH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RT's delivers as usual on all counts from food to service, ambience and tasteful decorations.

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes are outstanding. Salmon, shrimp and grits, crab cakes are top notch.

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vipLoriFromDC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to RTs for lunch on April 22. I had the salmon - just wonderful! My colleague had the shrimp & crab etouffe, which is his favorite at this restaurant, and did not disappoint. Only wish there had been room for dessert. I definitely recommend this restaurant. In addition to good food, the people are friendly and make service their priority.

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LDOCOMMANDER
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just another excellent meal served perfectly

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JoshB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice setting and atmosphere, food was served in a timely manner, waiter was awesome and had good recommendations and explanations of dishes. Food was great and also a surprisingly nice selection of alcohol. Would definitely return.

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vipShelly
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a quiet Saturday afternoon treated by a friend. The staff is over the top friendly and accommodating. The food we selected was very good and I look forward to returning.

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RonN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Authentic NOL food. There are so many things on the menu that I still must try. We will be back.

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vipjoel
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good meal. We shared the shrimp and crab beignets which were unusual but very good. Then we shared the pecan crusted haddock (excellent) and the shrimp & crab etouffee (good but a touch bland) along with the fried brussels sprouts (again, excellent). The service was also very good.

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JimtheRoofer
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best DC-area eateries. Exceptional NOLA creole / cajun fare. Fresh fish and seafood are real stars. Attentive and friendly staff, with management committed to customer satisfaction. And it's a lot of fun.

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vipNafiA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. I also enjoyed our waiters attitude, older Hispanic gentleman. He made it a good time.

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MsJay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute quaint creole restaurant. We enjoyed every bit of our experience. Didn’t really know what to expect but the food was good and cocktails were awesome as well. Will definitely be back.

JB
JoanB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a child of Louisiana born parents
I have to say that the food is most close to home, delicious!!!!

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Lynnie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely a gem in the Arlington area. Even working with half a staff, food was brought out timely and was delicious. I'll definitely be visiting again.

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Lesley
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John the waiter was so attentive and kind. First time here , the food was delicious! I want more!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious! Somewhat pricey for the portions but very flavorful. The waitstaff were very kind and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating at this establishment and it was WONDERFUL! DEFINITELY lives up to the reviews and accolades received. The staff was EXTREMELY helpful and friendly. The food was GREAT! Seafood was so fresh it tasted like it was caught that day. We decided that we would make this a regular place to dine on date night.

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vipMotivated
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and customer service. Also the RT specialty drinks and food hit the spot. Postive vibes only

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The she-crab soup is by far the best I've had anywhere! The fried oysters were succulent and crisp, and the "Death by Gumbo" is outstanding!

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CarylC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had at RT’s was delicious. It was a treat to be in a restaurant at last, and one I would go to often. The ta and shrimp beignets appetizer was particularly unusual and excellent.

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Jonni
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been going here for about 25 years now and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the new owners have kept everything just like it was. They are very nice people and will come over and talk to you, warm and friendly

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Mark
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FIRST TIME PATRONS, WE LOVE SEAFOOD, AND WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT VISIT.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

RT’s reminds me of the local neighborhood restaurants you’d find all over NOLA when I lived there. It’s the closest I’ve found to the food you would find throughout the city, far more authentic than all the places that call themselves Cajun. My first time back since the pandemic, and just as good as it was before. The decor is old and dated, but honestly that’s part of the charm; neighborhood restaurants in NOLA are typically old converted houses and not updated. Get oysters if you go, they cook them perfectly. The fried oyster salad is a meal for one or makes a great starter if split. Alligator stew was seasoned well and had great flavor, I just wish the pieces of gator were a bit larger. If you like your food a bit spicier (hotter) just ask for hot sauce on the side which is what I do. The Catahoula is delicious and has lots of crawfish and the pasta jambalaya is generous with the andouille, chicken, and good sized shrimp. Red beans and rice is satisfying, just needs that extra hot sauce! Service is attentive but not annoying. If you want to experience a bit of old school locals-style New Orleans, ambiance and all, try RT’s.

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WillandJess
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and delicious food! It feels very warm and welcoming inside!

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vipScottH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are regulars and RT's always lives up to expectations including its tasteful seasonal decorations, this time Easter. This is a notable exception on food, the shad roe special did not rise to the expectations of our friend who had it.

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 1472 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.