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RT's Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1809 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, Crawfish Etouffée , Jambalaya and their popular "Death" by Gumbo . This "Little Gem" is located in the heart of Alexandria only steps away from The Birchmere music hall and not only features a great menu but also has an extensive special list that changes on a weekly basis.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 684-6010

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ralph Davis

  • Private party facilities

    Private full service dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 40 people.

  • Private party contact

    George Christou: (844) 988-1651

  • Area

    Alexandria

  • Cross Street

    Glebe Rd

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,809 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love RT’s ‘s! It’s our go to place especially coming from Louisiana and living in Virginia now it’s our home away from home meal. The owner manager came to speak to us about the food so pleasant so wonderful service was great as always. Food was outstanding as usual. We will bring our whiskey sauce recipe to share next time we stop in for dinner. You guys are the best
  2. M

    Mee12

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Well paced service. Authentic Cajun food. Drinks were very good. Casual and great value.
  3. R

    Ronaldsr

    Atlantic City

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As always RT's was on point. Food was great and service as well. I always make a stop there if I'm in the area.
  4. MH

    MalissaH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cat! She’s awesome! We ask to be seated in her bar section every time! Great food and great fun! Great service is the key!
  5. NT

    NolaTransplant

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining here. The closest thing have to New Orleans here.
  6. ME

    MichaelE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined at RT's many times and the food is always very good as is the service, the staff is very friendly and helpful. I will return soon for another stellar meal.
  7. PW

    PatriciaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    RT's was more than expected. The food was outstanding and more than enough to eat. We both winded up taking food home. The service was more than outstanding. It would be nice if every restaurant gave you the service that you get here. Not noisy at all -- we got there around 1:00 p.m. I will certainly be going back. I loved the place. I picked this place for a birthday celebration for my girlfriend and classmate of over 50 years. I will be back. Thanks again for the excellent food and service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love this place
  9. NY

    NicoleY

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this place!!! Food was delish! Will be back again!
  10. LH

    LindaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good and Kate, our waitress, was wonderful.
  11. ED

    EvetteD

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soft shell crabs amazing, cornbread encrusted halibut wonderful
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my Dad’s birthday there. The food was amazing. Service was excellent!!! We loved everything and will be coming back!!
  13. f

    foodlover39

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious, gluten free food was amazing and I did not have a reaction.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Staff were very attentive. And food was amazing!
  15. JS

    JoleenS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything I ordered was delicious as well as the service received.
  16. CS

    CSH27

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The stuffed shrimp was definitely tasty. However, the rice needed a little salt and the side salad could have been more appealing in size.
  17. MK

    MitraK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The first time I went to RT’s was over 20 years ago when I first moved to the Arlington area. I remember thinking when I left the restaurant that I had never been so satisfied leaving a restaurant. The food was incredible. It was priced well for what you are getting. There are no frills. It is not trendy or fancy. The food on the plate is all that matters. All these years later I still go back occasionally and it is extremely consistent. I get the Jack Daniel’s shrimp, Crawfish and Shrimp Beignets, and Crawfish and Crab Imperial. Not a meal you can eat regularly as it is so decadent. It is really a death row meal for me. Everything I have tried there has been excellent. It is the best restaurant I have eaten at in Northern Virginia if I am just rating the food.
  18. K

    Kita

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will definitely return. The food and service was amazing.
  19. SW

    SuellenW

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service
  20. AM

    AlexM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I'm from New Orleans, and RT's is the closest approximation to Creole food that I've found in Virginia, and maybe even in the DC metropolitan area. If that's what you are in the mood for, it won't disappoint!
  21. T

    Tracy

    Washington DC

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food, drinks, and server Olive, we’re all very good.
  22. B

    Barnum

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Amazing food, amazing service. We went here for my birthday with our 2 kids and toddler. Do NOT be scared by the location, it is a safe area! The food was amazing: Appetizers: - Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets - WOW! - Fried Calamari - not chewy, lighty coated, soo good - She Crab Soup - really really good, we shared and the kids wanted to lick the bowl - Alligator Stew - again, really good, our 3yr old ate most of it! Main Courses: "Death by Gumbo", some of the best gumbo we have ever tasted and a huge bowl of it. "Crawfish Etouffee" - the sauce was amazing, the crawfish fresh wow. "Crab and Crawfish stuffed Flounder" - This was my dish, it had amazing flavor in the seafood and the sauce, it was one of the best sauces I have ever had in a cream sauce. "Fried Catfish" flaky, lightly battered, hot, not fishy at all...amazing. They brought out a nice little Chocolate Mousse for my birthday it was a great texture and silky smooth, we all enjoyed it, so decadent. We are so happy we can't wait to go back, the kids are already talking about what they will have next! Try RT's, why in 20 years haven't we been there!!
  23. SL

    Saints4Life

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    We’d been coming here for years, but hadn’t visited since before the pandemic. To our surprise, when we walked in, I immediately felt something was off..the southern charm, white table cloths, servers (gentlemen dressed in southern attire), and a general warmth that was here before, was now gone. As soon as we were seated, we were given laminated menus…ok, no problem. I asked our server (most were now Asian and very friendly)…it occurred to me that mostly all were Asian, and that prompted me to ask if the restaurant was under new management. Not to my surprise, I was told yes. During the pandemic, the original owners sold the restaurant. My next question was, “Did the menu change?” We were assured it hasn’t, but boy was that a lie. I’m from Louisiana, and when I first came upon RTs many years ago, I knew it would be added to my list of staple restaurants because the food and food quality reminded me of home…and was authentically and lovingly prepared. Our entrees were nothing like the original restaurant…before being sold. The names were the same, but clearly the new owners made a conscious decision to cut costs to increase profit margins…and that’s fine, but they should certainly not be allowed to capitalize off of the reputation of the original menu without using the same ingredients and quality. In a word, it was awful. This is not a know on Asian people in general, but clearly this owner has decided to go cheap. Sad really.
  24. JV

    JimV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and outstanding Cajun food. RT's is the real deal!
  25. RS

    RevSFWms

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is my favorite restaurant and has been for about s years now. The food and the service excellent
  26. BJ

    BrandonJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, service and they remember when you have patronized before so you feel welcome again
  27. B

    Brian

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their food and service are always excellent.
  28. DC

    DanCalvin

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I hadn't been to RT's in perhaps 20 years since I had moved out of the area. A friend and I decided to go there to remember old times. Although my recollections of what RT's was like were slightly off, the restaurant is a great neighborhood joint for very good cajun food. We both had the Jack Daniel's shrimp and crab meat for a starter and I could have eaten a whole bowl of it. The smother catfish with shrimp and brown sauce and rice really hit the spot for a good cajun food fix. The next time I can work it out, I'll go back for a good taste of southern food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  30. DK

    DianeK

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, right near the birchmere for shows! Thank you!
  31. GJ

    GregJ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was well prepared. Authentic creole and cajun but not overdone. Nice selection of seafood, appetizers and side dishes. Some nice surprises like braised brussels sprouts and bread pudding. Nice amiable surroundings and it was clear that it’s a favorite of locals. Would definitely recommend having a meal there.
  32. AJ

    AndrewJ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic. RT's staff hospitality made our 39th anniversary dinner everything we could hope for. See you again soon.
  33. TH

    TrishH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! I had the soft shelled crab special and boy was it real treat! The best pecan pie and chocolate mousse I have ever had.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We celebrated as a party of 8 here for my dads 63rd birthday. The food was very good, although the shrimp and fries came out very cold. Everything else was delicious. The prices on the menu online and in person vary slightly but overall- the meal was worth it.
  35. CC

    CalabrianConnection

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    RT's Restaurant is an Alexandria mainstay that continues to draw diners from miles around. The food is simply fantastic. It has never failed to please and we have been frequenting RT's for over 22 years. Service is outstanding, and ambience? Visit RT's for a very unique experience you will not soon forget, but beware - you may have difficulty deciding what to try first, and you will no doubt be planning your next visit before you finish your meal!
  36. DH

    DonH

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food is usually good here. But the "jumbo" soft crabs were a bit disappointing. One was small and the larger one had no claws. In addition, they were just warm and not hot like the fries.
  37. DC

    DemencioC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely awesome. We will be back alot
  38. DL

    DracenaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I have never been disappointed when I've dined here.
  39. S

    Sally

    Washington DC

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our dinner at RT’s. I has the Jack Daniel’s shrimp and the sauce was delicious. I also had the black mussels special and they were good as well. My husband had the Jambalaya. Good but not outstanding. Very eclectic group of customers. I would prefer tablecloths for dinner.
  40. AM

    AshleyMarie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time at the restaurant and our experience was excellent. We have the shrimp and grits, “death” by gumbo, and the shrimp and crab etouffee. All the dishes were excellent! Will definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.6 stars by 1809 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for RT's Restaurant

3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Glebe Rd

  • Area

    Alexandria

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ralph Davis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 684-6010

  • Private party facilities

    Private full service dining room adjacent to main dining room accommodating parties up to 40 people.

  • Private party contact

    George Christou: (844) 988-1651

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