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RT's Restaurant

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3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409 (Glebe Rd)
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff was very friendly and polite. Service was extremely slow. My family and I arrived at 5:00pm and were seated right away as there were only two other tables seated at the time of our arrival. Our order was taken at 5:20pm. Our dinner arrived at 5:50pm. Dessert arrived at 6:30. I had to track the server down for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I reviewed several customer comments before trying this (so-called) New Orleans or Cajun style restaurant. I should have waited a little longer. The two seafood entries (red beans and rice with crawfish tails and Shrimp Nolan) were both poor in quality and presentation. The seafood was not fresh. We could not even finish the meal. You might as well just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been enjoying their great menu for nearly two decades. Never fails to live up to expectations. She crab soup, soft shell crab, oysters in many forms and bourbon shrimp are just a few of the great dishes. Down home atmosphere with local beers make it great for family & friends.

Thank Dennis C
Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They treat you like an old friend, because they know everyone in the place. The large amount of returning guests speak highly of this restaurant. The portions are ample, the prices are reasonable and the food is seasoned to perfection. The wine list is very nice.

Thank reeadytogo
Newport News, Virginia
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love love love RT's. I've been dining there for years, every time I go to D.C., and the Cajun-influenced dishes are always excellent. Their calamari appetizer, étouffée, crab & crawfish imperial, and seasonal lamb chops are my all-time favorites, but I've enjoyed every single thing I've ever tried. Don't be fooled by RT's unassuming exterior -- it's wonderful.

Thank SuzanneSays
Ellijay, Georgia
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We happened by here as we were on our way from the airport to our hotel. SO glad we did. Great food. Love the Catahoula! Definitely recommend!

Thank Mominator15
McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We returned again to another excellent meal so decided I need to review. It is in a area that appears a bit run down but it is not a unsafe area. Just too many closed stores and places offering goods and services specifically for new immigrants, legal or illegal. But RT's has been there for years; rather like a hidden... More 

Thank Grey C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Back again! I am having the special (red fish) and then the hubby is having spicy crawfish with red beans and rice. Fell in love with the food again. Great service and good food.

Thank lilruru264
Rocky Point, New York
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59 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Located in a modest neighborhood in northern Alexandria, the restaurant is in a strip of stores on a side street, with only street parking available. Nicer inside than it looks from the outside. Place is divided into a bar with tables, and the restaurant. Great food choices, with emphasis on seafood, creole style. Gumbo was excellent! We ordered catfish and... More 

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Korumburra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We are visiting the DC area for the first time, and I was dying to get some tasty crab cakes. A friend found this place for us, and 5 of us had dinner here. We started with a lovely salad entree, and then came the main......yum! By far the best crab cakes I have had....all meat, with very little filler....accompanied... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $24
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?