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RT's Restaurant

876 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American
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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
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Phone number
(703) 684-6010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ralph Davis
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Private party facilities
Private full service, tablecloth dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 50 people. Separate restroom facilities
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Private party contact
Jennifer Galvin: (703) 684-6010
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Cross street
Glebe Rd
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Parking details
On street - In the shopping center across the street - one block south of restaurant free parking lot
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Public transit
Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
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
What 876 People Are Saying
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vipBill (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 17 hours ago

Awesome as usual! Great food and drink and very attentive service!!!

vipHadocke (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very good, down home Cajun food. First time visit and expect to go back soon and often. Very busy on a Sunday evening, clearly a local favorite hides behind the unassuming entrance. Pre-dinner Sazerac cocktail hit all the marks. She-crab soup was rich and absolutely delicious. Loved the Oysters Nezpique and the red beans and rice. Most main number dishes ran in the $20-$25 range with many oyster options. Very respectable wine list; the Gruner Veltliner went very well will the food and there were many other varietals available by the glass. Yes, the presentation and ambiance is more 60’s fish restaurant, but it has its own charm. It does not hurt that there is a free public parking lot just half a block south of the restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The quality of the cuisine is a pleasant surprise in this warm and cozy neighborhood gem. We were especially impressed by the extensive and sophisticated menu selections. Definitely a reliable dinner favorite.

Mskris7 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

This place is very low key with amazing food! Although I was here for a date, it was perfect! It wasn't crowded and the waitress was very attentive. The food is on the expensive but the portions of food was perfect! I would definitely return again when I'm in the area.
Plus it's free parking across the street!

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Good and service was great. Would recommend if someone is looking for flavorful, authentic Cajun food.

valark (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Enjoyable with friends from out of town. It’s a neighborhood gem:

vipTracy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I can’t believe I’ve never been here before. But I will from now on. Everything was delicious. The Shorts Ribs were extremely tender and well flavored, the fish with Etoufee was also delicious. But what made it even better was our Server, Kat. She was great! Can’t wait to return.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful dining experience as always. My shrimp and crab catahoula was delicious, as always, and my husband loved his stuffed rockfish special. And John is a terrific server.

vipMomnip (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

RT's is always a reliable choice. Their oysters prepared ANY way are large and fresh, and served ice cold when they should be cold, and well prepared when they are cooked as an appetizer, salad, or main course. The Gumbo was great. And, the filet was equally as good--not to mention the grilled veggies. IF you are a chocolate lover, the mouse is a great choice for desert.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I took my fiancé out for a date on Friday night at 6:45. The place was not packed but definitely full of people. The server was very attentive and treated us to the best service I’ve had in a long time! I usually have the worst luck with service but this was above average for sure. You have to try the She-crab soup, go ahead and opt for the bowl instead of a cup for only $1 more you’ll be glad you did! I ordered the soup and also the smothered catfish. It’s fried catfish smothered in shrimp ettoufee served with their signature rice! Absolutely amazing! Overall great food and service nothing to complain about here!