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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 - 23:00
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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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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 rgrcox
Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
4 of 5 bubbles 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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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Lanham, Maryland
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I was starving for lunch (missed breakfast) and thought I would give RTs a try. I was not disappointed! The smothered catfish was delicious and filling! Crispy fried catfish covered in shrimp etouffe over rice. Loads of shrimp! Great meal!

Thank Michael C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I have been here some 30 plus times over the past 15 years. Overall the food has always been good, reasonably priced. The service however has been hit or miss. Have had a few extremely rude waiters and have had wonderful waiters. This aspect always makes me feel like it’s a crap shoot- Otherwise the casual décor and laid back... More 

Thank Bradford B
Lyon, France
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

You cannot tell from the outside what delicious food awaits. We have never had to wait but it would be worthwhile. Crawfish is my favorite no matter the style étouffé, with red beans and rice or the daily special. Do not turn up your nose at the humble catfish! It is lightly fried, NOT At all greasy. The coleslaw is... More 

Thank Teresa C
Alta Loma, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Was not expecting this quality of Cajun?Creole food in Alexandria, VA. Compares favorably to New Orleans and that area. Nothing special from the outside or inside. Looks like local watering hole. Could have made a meal between hush puppies and gumbo. But we didn't. Key lime pie for dessert. Don't miss this place

Thank lakrhot

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?