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RT's Restaurant

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3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409 (Glebe Rd)
Bus at corner of Russell and Mount Vernon Avenue
703-684-6010
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 101
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Death By Gumbo - Enough Said

We went here based on a recommendation by an acquaintance. Best gumbo i had so far in this area. I asked for spicy, but the gumbo didn't have an overbearing kick to it. Really loved the atmosphere, parking was readily available, and the staff/service was terrific. A highly recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rudy B
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here based on a recommendation by an acquaintance. Best gumbo i had so far in this area. I asked for spicy, but the gumbo didn't have an overbearing kick to it. Really loved the atmosphere, parking was readily available, and the staff/service was terrific. A highly recommend.

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Thank Rudy B
Manassas, Virginia
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants in this area. From the outside it is deceiving. Once you enter it truly is a throwback to a classic local bar/restaurant. The real surprise is the menu. Fresh seafood and a real Cajun treat. Daily specials including a real "mean" gumbo. Service is superb and attentive. Full bar. Highly recommend. Not a place for... More 

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Thank coyote099
Maryland
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212 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place claims to be a New Orleans-style restaurant, and the menu reflects that, but the food really doesn't. It is way too bland. We ordered a mussels special appetizer that I wish was on the regular menu, as it was quite good. But main courses - my wife's crawfish etouffee was tasteless, and my so-called "spicy crawfish red beans... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place! I've been here many times (5+) and just love it! They have the best oysters Rockefeller ever which I have had multiple times. Their paella is also good. Great value as well. I look forward to trying more dishes.

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Thank Daniel G
Alexandria, VA
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899 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This rustic gem serves up very tasty Cajun flavored dishes that make me keep going back. The surroundings are authentic for the food. The restaurant, which is very popular, has very a helpful support staff and waiters/ waitresses. One of the gems in Alexandria restaurants!! The salmon special and the crusty pecan dishes are delicious! Wine selection is also very... More 

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Thank VAChuck
Arlington, Virginia
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Recently enjoy a birthday meal at RTs with the family. Have been here on multiple occasions. Always excellent, wait staff always attentive, great cajun menu. Parking can be dicey, so we always go early to secure street parking. All entrees are GREAT!

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Thank JohnandBetsey
Arlington, Virginia
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

RT's always seems to be the place we bring family and guests when they come visit. It's consistently good. The etouffe and jambalaya are so good. The pecan crusted halibut is delicious, and RT's always seems to have good oysters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

From She Crab soup to Jack Daniels shrimp to Shrimp and Crab Etouffe, it was all excellent! When the cab driver dropped us off, I wasn't sure we were in the right place. Very unassuming exterior, but the inside was warm and clean and our waiter was very friendly. A most excellent meal before going to stand in line at... More 

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Selkirk, NY
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152 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This was a great reminder of the great food in NOLA. We enjoyed the crawfish beignets with a remoulade sauce and oysters 3 ways for appetizers. I opted for the crab and shrimp etoufee which had just enough spice to complement the ingredients without overpowering my taste buds. My husband ordered "Death by Gumbo" and thought it could be a... More 

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Thank liketotravel010
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a local gem for cajun-creole cuisine and cocktails. I highly recommend trying their seafood appetizers and entrees.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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