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RT's Restaurant

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3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409 (Glebe Rd)
+1 703-684-6010
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We went during Restaurant Week and we were pleased with the offerings...she crab soup, shrimp and crawfish beingnet, oysters, etc. Entrées and desserts equally rich and delicious. Our friends had been there often and had never been disappointed. Our waitress clearly loved her job.

Thank Karen P
Fairfax County, Virginia
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107 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The place might be small and dark but the food is bold and delicious. A group of 8 of us went on a Friday night. The service was excellent. The food is good and they have a nice selection of cocktails. I got the seafood dish with crab, and shrimp. It came with garlic rice and a sauce. Very good.

Thank Empathy
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We've been going to RT's for nearly 20 years, and ALWAYS have a great meal! Seafood is fresh, portions are generous, staff is friendly and professional. Try the Shrimp Norman and Coconut Cake Melvin. I don't know who Norm and Mel are, but their food is the best!!!

Thank Kathleen H
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Whenever we dine with friends who are from the south or ones we know like a good cajun meal, this is our go-to place. It does not hurt that it is across the street from the Birchmere music venue so it is easy to find via that landmark. A generous serving of one of their shelf bourbons is a nice... More 

Thank Mike C
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

RT's is a neighborhood restaurant almost directly across from the Birchmere. We went their for our anniversary and ordered their special - Braised Beef short ribs over mash potatoes; the meal was absolutely marvelous in every respect. The beer and wine selection is fine and the overall atmoshpere was quiet and comfortable.

Thank Cump_1865
Woodbridge, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

We have visited this restaurant twice in the last 2 months. It is a hidden gem. The wait staff is professional. The food is absolutely delicious. I especially like the back dining room the best. It is more quaint and it seems romantic.

Thank jackiejfortune
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

RT's has been around a long time and is an unappreciated gem. With a kitchen open until 10 on weekdays, it's a great place for a meal before or after a show at the Birchmere or anywhere else for that matter. The menu is mostly seafood and mostly Cajun. Flavors ring true. This is not a dieter's paradise, though. Look... More 

Thank D C
Mobile, Alabama
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Outstanding Creole/Cajun food. Small,intimate but excellent food and service. The She-Crab soup is the best I've ever had...anywhere and the crawfish beignets are over the top! My dinner partner had the shellfish in parchment which is another of RT's signature dishes. All in all a winner!

Thank Mojo106
Christchurch, New Zealand
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Nice casual restaurant with good food. There were 5 of us and we had a great circular table. Food arrived reasonably quickly. Good wine. Plenty to eat with entree only

Thank Adriandcass
Accokeek, Maryland
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

We really enjoyed the food at RT's Restaurant. My favorite dish was the red beans and rice. My husband enjoyed the she crab soup. He also said the fries were surprisingly delicious! We will definitely return.

Thank Dee A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?