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Authentic Creole, Cajun and Seafood Restaurant in Alexandria Virginia
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed February 26, 2021

I went with a group of peers. One being a senator- and was mistakingly over charged twice. Spoke with the owner and he was very angry, insensitive and just walked off. I had to dispute the chargers the next day. Food was good- can’t take...that from them..... but the over all spirit of the restaurant was very negative. Nobody I know will ever go there.... and I have 25,000 follows. It just wasn’t a good night there.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 20, 2021 via mobile

We have been enjoying the creole fare at this Alexandria standout for many years but must comment on our recent experience During the pandemic we have been ordering takeout dinners on fridays with friends on an alternate week basis. This past week we thought to...honor the Mardi gras spirit with creole specialties from RTs. Easy ordering online and off we went for curbside pickup. We were greeted by the charming NEW owner. She and her husband had bought the place a year ago just a month or two before the pandemic shutdown. So now it's just a very gradual opening and takeout. Anyway our dinners were just great and up to the old standards. As an example the famous jack Daniel's shrimp were so good. Don't miss them.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed May 10, 2020 via mobile

Ordered here for take out, and the food was ready on time when arriving. I had the jambalaya, and it was very delicious with a slight kick. There was plenty on the plate and th pasta was cooked just right. I also had the bread...pudding for dessert, it was kind of bland, but the sauce on top made it taste alot better. We are looking forward to trying out this restaurant when it reopens.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 18, 2020

I arrived home late on night coming back from Las Vegas and I wanted some good Maryland/Virginia Seafood, so I stopped at RT's and the meal was delicious. The bartender provided excellent customer service and I will be back to try other delicious meals on...the menu.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

RT's is one of my faves. Their food is great. The service may be uneven, but the wait staff are usually quite good. My favorite is the "Death by Gumbo," which is authentic, subtle and not overly seasoned. However, I like everything I have had...on their menu.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

I ordered two appetizers: Fried Oysters with Horseradish Cream which was delicious, and Jack Daniel's Shrimp with Lump Crabmeat which had a bland sauce and a small amount of crab. I've always had excellent seafood at RT's and this is the first time I was...disappointed in one of their selections.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

I came here for lunch with a friend during Restaurant Week. I had a Restaurant Week special which included soup, salad, main dish, dessert, and coffee. The She Crab soup was to die for! The shrimp special was very good. The dessert was a choice...between chocolate mousse and a chocolate cake. They were both delightful. The restaurant service was prompt, friendly and very efficient!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 18, 2020

Last time I was here was probably more than 15 years ago, so when perusing the Alexandria Restaurant Week list and seeing RT’s, I figured it would be nice to try it again! This time I took 3 others who had never been here. Upon...walking in, we were all a little taken aback by how dated it looked, the ceiling fans spinning in the bar area and small it was, but no one said anything to each other about this until towards the end of the fabulous meal we enjoyed when we all agreed this place was amazing! The food was all very freshly prepared and all completely made in-house. Their various seafood items that we ordered (like their famous Jack Daniels Shrimp, Blackened Mahi and Shrimp Diane) were very fresh and VERY tasty. All of the various sauces were spot-on and packed lots of individual flavor. The blackening on the Mahi was done excellently (screaming hot skillet with spices cooking and then toss in fish), whereas a lot of places claim to make blackened dishes only to use the spice and nothing more. The table bread was actually very good and so was the butter that came with it… We also loved that there was so much extra sauce in the dishes we ordered that we got to enjoy sopping with the bread! Their gumbo was OUTSTANDING!!! Lots of great flavors and spices and nice & hearty! For dessert, their bread pudding was very very tasty, but so was their chocolate mousse! The only thing the mousse lacked was some of their amazing homemade whipped cream on top. Service was incredible… Our server was on-point, extremely knowledgeable, packed all the etiquette you’d expect at a much nicer restaurant and very helpful. He did an amazing job taking orders without writing too! Lastly, their wine and cocktail lists were very nicely put together! The wines were very good for the price point and matched the food perfectly. They have a cool, unique cocktail list also. Overall, this was an excellent visit and I most definitely want to return, get me a large bowl of gumbo! This is what restaurant week is all about, trying something new and wanting to return, so kudos to them for participating!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 9, 2020 via mobile

First time at RT’s and it was really good. Everything our party had was superb. Corn Maque Chaux, Gumbo appetizer, Skewered Shrimp and Andouille, and my favorite-“Death” by Gumbo! Amazing! Service was excellent! The Vieux Carre cocktail hit the spot. Definitely worth visiting!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

It’s run down and it isn’t in a trendy neighborhood, but you will always find a friendly smile and down home cooking at a reasonable price. The menu has plenty of Cajun/a creole selections and local fresh seafood. The food prepared authentically and always good....No gourmet fixin’s here, but a yummy meal as close to a Louisiana kitchen as you can get this far north. You will never be rushed here, so grab a table, enjoy good food and drink, and a long conversation.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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We had lunch at RT's and no reservations were required.
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Frequently Asked Questions about RT's Restaurant

Yes, RT's Restaurant offers takeout services.

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RT's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5