We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

RT's Restaurant

3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409
+1 703-684-6010
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (29 reviews)
“death by gumbo” (18 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (248)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 247 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Had several of their Cajun dishes and was excited as my wife and I both love Creole. I lived in New Orleans for 2 years. The food was bland, super hot as if just from a microwave, and the sauce on the etoufee was beef...More

Thank Stephenspoon20
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For New Orleans native, this small casual restaurant is one of only two restaurants in DC Metro area that actually serves authentic cajun and creole food. Other is Acadiana which is pricier, but honestly not better. Sampled 5 different dishes and all were well made...More

Thank focusmail
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I ordered the Pasta Jambalaya and my coworker ordered the special fish that we were told about by our waiter. I found the pasta to be very flavorful but somewhat lacking in how much meat the put in the dish with to much filler. My...More

Thank drrosenthal
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

I have been a loyal customer here since they opened their doors in the 80’s. My family and I dine here about once a week and have not had a bad meal. Some of our favorites include the death by gumbo, crab-cakes, crawfish ettouffee, steak...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 November 2017

RT's isn't necessarily a place I'd notice. From outside, it's pretty unassuming. But inside, the food of New Orleans awaits. Definitely get the shrimp and crawfish beignets. The salads are very good for lunch. The service is excellent too.

Thank MCG1300
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The shrimp and crawfish beignets were unusual in that they are not on most menus around town. I ordered this as an appetizer and found them to be filling. I wish they had removed the vein from the shrimp, however, as this seemed to influence...More

Thank loist51
Reviewed 6 September 2017

RT's Tavern, which has apparently been around since the flood, never fails to please with great food and rustic atmosphere. I'm not a regular and, so, the staff doesn't know me by name. Yet, it seems like the kind of place where regular customers are...More

Thank alexandriaJ2818ZZ
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I was in Arlington to go to a concert and I found this place near the concert venue and decide to try it. What a fantastic find in Arlington. This is not a touch of New Orleans, but a real taste of New Orleans. I...More

Thank rallensr
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Always enjoy southern cooking. This old-fashioned restaurant does it very well. The she crab soup is the best I've ever tasted. Seasoned just right, with chunks of crab meat. Yum. The pecan crusted haddock was also very good. The bread pudding may not be the...More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 19 August 2017

You'd never guess from driving by that there is delicious food waiting for you. Was everything great? No, the jumbalaya was very dry and I don't think it was fresh but the gumbo and alligator stew both had excellent seasoning and served at a perfect...More

Thank DCsunseeker
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 hotels in Alexandria
The Reserve At Potomac Yard
1 review
.76 km away
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
778 reviews
1.29 km away
Courtyard Arlington Crystal City / Reagan National Airport
494 reviews
1.31 km away
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
875 reviews
1.36 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Royal Nepal
26 reviews
.03 km away
Northside 10
26 reviews
.66 km away
130 reviews
1.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Synetic Theater
33 reviews
1.50 km away
Alexandria Presbyterian Church
14 reviews
1.33 km away
The Birchmere
303 reviews
.13 km away
Regal Cinemas Potomac Yard
18 reviews
1.27 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
30 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Monsieur_E | Reviewed this property |
No issue.
Ed S
2 June 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Joe B | Reviewed this property |
We had lunch at RT's and no reservations were required.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409
    (Glebe Rd)
  • Public Transportation: Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-684-6010
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing