RT's Restaurant

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1248 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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.
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JY
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious.... fresh seafood, authentic southern/cajun/creole. Delicious etoufee, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. Delectable desserts. Have the chocolate chess pie and the Southern pecan pie for a totally epic other worldly experience... You can't possibly taste all the deliciousness in one meal, so each time you visit, you will want to come back for more. Wonderful!

MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a long time since I had been at RT's. It was every bit as good as I remembered. I highly recommend it.

BB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and authentic. Service was outstanding. Overall a good value. A great place to get dinner that is walking distance to the Birchmere music hall.

So if you want something a bit more upscale than Birchmere’s offerings but still a good value. This is the place.

c
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RT's is one of our favorite restaurants. They never disappoint.

r
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Ms. Kat the bartender is wonderful! Very attentive and sweet.

S
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Had not been in awhile but hankering for the Jack Daniel’s Shrimp appetizer as an entree with a side of rice; soooo good with their chopped salad, and concluded splitting the very good, but unusual coconut cake dessert; looking forward to going again, sooner.

ST
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A hidden gem! We love this place and made a point to stop for dinner on our trip to MD (we moved to GA last Dec). Anytime we're in the area we find a way to work RT's into our schedule!

G
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food, don't expect "out of the ordinary" but good quality, simple fare. Well worth the money.

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for 5 with many libations. Every thing was perfect. The selections were in a reasonable range of seafood and beef and all delivered hot at the same time. We will be back.

SD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant. The food selection is great. I love the variety. I have never been disappointed at RT's.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous and our waiter Steve was the best!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome everything

SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to RT's about once a month since it opened over 25 years ago. I know the menu well and the food is always consistent and yummy!

SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food as usual. Nicely presented, cooked well. Best of all they were able to present "separate checks" for our group. Much appreciated.

FW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as usual. Great service and food, too. xxxxx

V
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, superior service. Highly recommend.

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought new customers. Knew they’d love it! They did! Never disappointed when we eat here!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the death by gumbo. My husband swears by the jambalaya

BS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have recommended Its to many, and frequently take family and friends here to experience the great food and service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at RT’s is always a wonderful experience!

r
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just had a salad and a beer. Enjoyed the Cornbread croutons.

JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RT's is always good. Every item on their menu is delicious, and the servings are plentiful enough that I always take a doggy bag home. You can't go wrong at RT's.

FW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as always in previous visits.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good. Waiter was attentive and food arrived quickly. However, the restaurant is advertised to have Louisiana style cuisine. The dishes have the names of Louisiana dishes, but not the flavor. The taste of the food was okay, just not what we expected.

EG
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff was great. First time and I will return.

C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

After dinner and lunches at RT's over the past 20 years, this time will be the last. The kitchen has changed. The food has changed. What had been enjoyable is now poor poor, tasteless, and overcooked.

JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great et toufe....red beans and rice, and even great soft shell crab.....definitely coming back...

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service, quiet causal atmosphere. Great dining experience.

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Have been there many times. Especially enjoy the Creole dishes. Decided to try the ‘Special if the Day’. - Wild Sockeye Salmon. What a disappointment!!!! Undesirable, small, measly cut of fish- overcooked, no flavor.
Service was great and Blueberry Peach Pie saved the day.
Guess I will stick to what works next time.

FW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable as always. A favorite restaurant for us.

L
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty good and the service was good as well. I cannot complain about anything per se. Go try it out!

DA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I and my two guests were very pleased with the quality of the food.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very good!

JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a seriously late lunch early dinner. Service was great, quick, and efficient. Thank you Kelly. We ordered the pecan crusted haddock with baked potato and the smothered catfish. We also got calamari, oysters with the corn tomato salsa, and drinks. The food was on point and enough that I have leftovers. This is a special place for us and we will return again.

VL
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and a very quaint and friendly environment. Everything ordered was outstanding, especially the She Crab soup (a must).

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very good service! Highly recommend!

v
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, food, service and atmosphere. Extremely enjoyable evening, as usual

KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All four of us had the pecan crusted haddock (which was excellent) so cant speak of other entrees. The she crab soup and fried green tomatoes were also very good.
Excellent, attentive service by the waitress (sadly cant remember her name). We’ll be back

HC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three if us had lunch and we all loved every bite. The Alexandria Restaurant Week menu was the best deal in town. We all had the she crab soup. Two of us had the pecan crusted haddock, which was delicious. Our friend loved her shrimp. All of us had the melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate mousse. Coffee completed the meal. $20 for everything. Unbelievable!

CG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood!!

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