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RT's Restaurant

3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409
+1 703-684-6010
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (30 reviews)
“death by gumbo” (18 reviews)
Closed Now
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very crowded last night but suburb service and value. We went for the Monday special of 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for 32.95. This is the best quality value we have found in Alexandria. All of our food and appetizer were served at...More

Thank 2Alexandria
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is not trendy, hip or elegant, but it has kind of a nice old timey vibe and really great food! I have a very nice cocktail and a delicious arugula salad and crawfish etouffee. Bread was good as was the crawfish with grits....More

Thank minhnvu2014
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Ate at RT's last week. The place was packed but service was attentive and the server helped us with our choices. We finally settled on the restaurant week special. The savory beignets were outstanding and the shellfish etouffee was the best outside of New Orleans....More

Thank stanleyhgeorge82
Reviewed 5 February 2018

I have eaten at RT's a number of times, most recently yesterday. The food is consistently good. The service is excellent. The decor is not elegant, but is balanced by the fact that the noise levels are good. It's prices are in the middle range....More

Thank Valjul
Reviewed 24 January 2018

This place is simple and very good. Not a lot of flash associated with the decor but the service is always nice and consistent and the food is really good. The price is right and a casual little place that will please.

Thank TrvlsEatsExplrs
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Had several of their Cajun dishes and was excited as my wife and I both love Creole. I lived in New Orleans for 2 years. The food was bland, super hot as if just from a microwave, and the sauce on the etoufee was beef...More

Thank Stephenspoon20
Ralph D, Owner at RT's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

For the record. We have served over 300,000 etouffee’s since we opened, all have been prepared with a classic roux and seafood stock by the same Chef for the last 32 years. We do not use a microwave oven in the preparation of any of...More

Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

For New Orleans native, this small casual restaurant is one of only two restaurants in DC Metro area that actually serves authentic cajun and creole food. Other is Acadiana which is pricier, but honestly not better. Sampled 5 different dishes and all were well made...More

Thank focusmail
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I ordered the Pasta Jambalaya and my coworker ordered the special fish that we were told about by our waiter. I found the pasta to be very flavorful but somewhat lacking in how much meat the put in the dish with to much filler. My...More

Thank drrosenthal
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

I have been a loyal customer here since they opened their doors in the 80’s. My family and I dine here about once a week and have not had a bad meal. Some of our favorites include the death by gumbo, crab-cakes, crawfish ettouffee, steak...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 16 November 2017

RT's isn't necessarily a place I'd notice. From outside, it's pretty unassuming. But inside, the food of New Orleans awaits. Definitely get the shrimp and crawfish beignets. The salads are very good for lunch. The service is excellent too.

Thank MCG1300
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31 December 2016|
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Response from Monsieur_E | Reviewed this property |
No issue.
Ed S
2 June 2015|
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Response from Joe B | Reviewed this property |
We had lunch at RT's and no reservations were required.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
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: +1 703-684-6010
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