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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

4.4

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Authentic (35)
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Comfort Food (25)
Worth the Drive (20)
Cozy (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Spicy (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (7)
Great Beer (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
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Fun (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Outstanding! Very nice for every occasion, with great service and great food

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Creole style food was very good. Not quite New Orleans, but a nice effort. I had the oyster trio and they were excellent, just like the French quarter. The trout with shrimp were also very good, nice spice and flavor. The red beans and rice can’t match New Orleans, but aren’t bad for The DC area. My wife had the shrimp etouffee and it was good, just not quite as spicy and flavorful as you get in New Orleans. Overall a nice meal, fair price and good service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Authentic New Orleans cuisine. RT's is one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always great food never disappoints. Service is great.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nearly 30 years on and my visits to RTs never fail. The food is consistently excellent with a great creole flair. We always get the house salad with the hearts of palm, but the other options are equally excellent. Make sure to ask for the specials (I particularly like the soft shells when in season).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I lived in NOLA for a year and ate at every high end and low budget restaurant imaginable. The food at RT's beat all of them! I was impressed by the flavor of everything I tried!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious creole cuisine in a quaint space with outstanding service and attention from the wait staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We love RT's for it's Cajun-inspired menu, cozy atmosphere, attentive service. It never disappoints and is on our regular rotation of Arlington - Alexandria neighborhood dining spots. Although the latest revision to the wine list removed a couple of old favorites, we now have some new wines to try. When in season they are masters of the soft shell crab and their scallops wrapped in bacon, oysters and fried green tomatoes are must-have appetizers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is always great at RT's, and the service was excellent and quick. We were a party of 9.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal food. Great service. The 'Death by Gumbo' is to die for! (no pun intended). Casual in decor, but the food is all that!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This was a great choice for a small family friendly restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great. No glitz or glam, just personable, quaint restaurant with good food. Will definitely go back. The Rt's oatmeal pie was RIDICULOUS(in the best way!).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

This neighborhood staple has withstood the test of time. They can be consistently counted on to offer great food expertly prepared and presented. Everything from salads, sides, entrees, and desserts is first rate. Bar service is excellent, too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We were looking for a place to eat before a performance at Birchmere and this was a great choice. Not only is it right across the street, but the good is really good. The shrimp and crab etouffe is wonderful. The service is also friendly and good. We will certainly eat there the next time we go to the Birchmere.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Always have a wonderful meal there! The Spiced Haddock was delicious! Gumbo very good!
I highly recommend RT's

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Awesome as always been going there for decades!!!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Why have we waited so long to try RT's? Okay, the neighborhood isn't so great, but plenty of parking is available and it's easy to get to. Nice cozy atmosphere, friendly, attentive service and wonderful comfort food. The difficult part of the evening was trying to decide what to order - everything looked great. I'm looking forward to return visits!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fabulous service. Waiter was very attentive. Food was fast. We were in and out in less than 40 minutes, and did not request a fast meal. Nice wine selection. Food was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. This is worth a trip. Spot on for New Orleans taste!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always love to go here it is a Del Ray staple and the only restaurant that makes me feel Like I am in the French Quarter!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great ambiance, old school casual. But then the food is really the star of the show.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I went specifically to eat something I saw them running a special on and advertising. soft shell crab. super sad to go and find out not a lunch item.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Second time for dinner here. Thoroughly enjoyed the Haddock with pecan crust, wow. Great meal, great service. Will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our first time and I'll certainly be back. Great food, great service and a great evening celebrating my wife's birthday. The Death by Gumbo rocked! And the bacon wrapped scallops were cooked perfectly. Too bad I live three and half hours away or I'd be a regular. Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent New Orleans food. I have yet to order something I did not enjoy

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was just OK -- very heavy, floury sauces, vegetables tasted canned -- and not great at all for the cost. Service was very good, however.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

RT's is a great restaurant! The Cajun/Creole dishes are fantastic! We always have a hard time deciding what to order so everytime we get a couple of meals to go. Their Smothered Catfish, Death By Gumbo and Shrimp and Crawfish Catahoula are some of the best dishes we have ever tasted! We go back every year for our anniversary because neither of us wants to go any where else. It is quite a distance from our home, but definitely worth the drive!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion
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