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RT's Restaurant

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3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409 (Glebe Rd)
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Alta Loma, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we were back in New Orleans. Very authentic creole style food VERY DELICIOUS. The waiter was fantastic --charming and knew when to come to our table (but not hovering over). Reminded us of some waiters who served us down South, We will definitely return and bring friends with us next time.

Thank Mike7980
new england
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140 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried this restaurant because we wanted she crab soup and we were not disappointed The soup was delicious.Service was friendly and attentive .

Thank egretnewengland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gumbo was really tasty and presentation was spot on with a 'shell on' huge shrimp in the center of my hearty bowl of spicy hot goodness. Also ordered the crab topped succotash on the side. Fantastic, loved the light sauce, ate it all up. I was traveling on business but will definitely patronize this locals favorite next time I'm... More 

Thank Juliet G
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove around to find food for the evening and stumbled upon this place. We decided to order to go. I had spicy crawfish with rice and beans. It was alright. I could've done without the beans. My husband LOVED his food. He got the chicken gumbo and shrimp Jambalaya. He raved about it the whole trip.

Thank ChiTownLolly
Alexandria, VA
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Used to dine here all the time because of the good food and the sort of neighborly ambience reminiscent of "Cheers". When the food was not up to standards a few years ago, we shifted to other watering holes. A few weeks ago, out of town visitors wanted to sample some different fare, so we ended up having dinner at... More 

Thank Monsieur_E
Arlington, VA
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188 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I live 2 miles from this restaurant and always ask myself why I don't go more often. Solid Cajun food, excellent wine list, great cocktail menu. The wait staff is always efficient and friendly. If you are in the mood for shrimp, red beans and rice, crayfish or muffuletta this is the place. It has been a neighborhood institution, and... More 

Thank tropicalfan
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Today was our wedding anniversary and since we have been coming to RT's since we started dating in the year 2000, we decided it was fitting to get a leisurely mid-afternoon meal there. Unlike any other visit, we were extremely disappointed. The service was friendly and prompt as usual, but the food was mediocre to awful. The red beans and... More 

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Raymore, Missouri
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

A friend and I ate here during Alexandria's Restaurant week. The food was excellent and so was the service. The restaurant is a little hidden, but worth seeking out. My salmon was excellent, and the dessert was great too. I definitely plan on going back with friends or visitors.

Thank rlgrhb
Stafford, Virginia
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This place is hidden on the corner of a busy street that is visited by mostly locals. Across the street are a few vacant buildings and the neighborhood looks like it had better days, but don't let that stop you from stopping in here. Great place for seafood. Not very many choices for those that have allergies to shellfish.

Thank Pudsey0922

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $24
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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: 703-684-6010

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?