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Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria
Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com
  • Phone: (703) 684-5080
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Paul Lewis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Street
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several public parking lots on Union Street adjacent to our restaurant.
A word from Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria
Located in historic Old Town Alexandria behind the Torpedo Factory, Chart House is the area’s only waterfront dining location. It boasts panoramic views of the Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge & the U.S. Capitol Building. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 29 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From fresh seafood specialties to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, New Wave Surf & Turf & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Waterfront dining at its best! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The crab cakes appetizer was awesome. I'd go there again just for that. But the entree was bland and the manager said that the chef was being stingy with his sauce. We had the lava cake which was good but slow to come out even though we ordered it early. They gave us the lava cake which was also very good but nothing we couldn't make at home. Service was attentive but nothing exceptional. Would I return? If I was with a group that wanted the waterfront view, then yes. Just us, probably not."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We love coming to your alexandria location to get some good seafood with a great view. your staff is always attentive. Keep up the good work"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "All four of us ordered something different and we were all very pleased with our entrees. The blue cheese crab dip appetizer was excellent and plenty for us to share. The Red Snapper special was delicious - not overloaded with spices but very flavorful and well prepared. Love the waterfront area and all the goings on outside on the docks."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great atmosphere with an amazing view over the river. The Macadamia Crusted Mahi and Prime Rib are delicious!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Natalia was fantastic! Best service we've had in a very long time! She was very attentive and helpful - her service made our entire experience wonderful."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food and views. Only downer was the server kept pushing things like the Landry club for frequent diners and a $10.99 lava cake. We understood the cake required some prep time. But before she took our drink order she was pushing the cake. It was a turn off. Noise level was also not good. Otherwise a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "All aspects of our dinner were beyond expectations! Our reservation was made for my wife's birthday. I put a small note in during my online reservation, not really expecting anyone to read it. I was wrong! We were greated right away and the hostess promptly wished my wife happy birthday. The sat us at a great table with a perfect view. After looking at the menu for a minute my wife was totally surprised to see a happy birthday message printed right at the top! PERSONALIZED JUST FOR HER. What a great tough and far above and beyond what we expected. The food was outstanding - from the appetizers through dessert. Excellent all around!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Maybe it was just a bad night for service. I've eaten here in the past and the service was much better than it was this time. It took an hour to get appetizers and then another 40 minutes for the main course. There were 5 of us to be served. We each received our meal at different times. Basically, one plate delivered at a time. A few minutes later, another plate would arrive. We were very unhappy with the service, but we all chalked it up to just being a bad night for service. We'll try one more time, with hopes of it being a better night. If it's not better, we will not be returning."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love taking out of town visitors here for a taste of Alexandria. The view, food and staff are great."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was awesome and the waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable. This being a fairly expensive restaurant I would expect these things, but nevertheless I had a great experience. It was my second time there and each time my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, wait service and atmosphere. It's right off the water so you can walk the pier and look out over the water. Great place to take a date and impress!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food is average. Good setting for a nice evening. The server was annoying. He gave good service but he wouldn't let us breath. I would go in the summer just for being on the water."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I am frequent guest...love it here. PRIME RIB and the scallopa are the best."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is a great, if somewhat pricey, restaurant for a nice romantic meal. I brought my date their for our first date, and it was awesome. We sat right next to a window with a great view. Food, service, atmosphere, were all excellent. The menu isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for and you will not be disappointed. I recommend the cream of crab soup and a steak."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We went to the Chart House to celebrate a birthday. When I mentioned this as I made the reservation, I was offered the opportunity to have the menus personalized. I agreed, and it was a nice touch to the evening. When we arrived we were shown to our table near the window. Great view, but the best part was that our server was Chris. He made some great recommendations, which we took advantage of and were not disappointed. Each of us ordered something different and we shared. Not a complaint about anything! Chris was attentive without hovering, funny without overdoing it. We'll definitely put the Chart House on our list of go-to places when we need a great experience with food to match."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Everything was great. Outstanding food and good service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Service was a little slow, and while good, the food is expensive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've been here several times. It's always nice to enjoy a good meal by the water. And a slice of molten lava chocolate cake and great drinks makes it even better!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The service was excellent; the food was even better; and the ambiance was perfect for an intimate night out or just a nice get-together with friends. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my evening. I definitely will be returning soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had dinner saturday night and stopped back for brunch on sunday. Everything about this place is terrific!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our food was wonderful and our guests really enjoyed the visit. We were originally by ourselves in a quiet part of restaurant - then we were joined by a family with two young kids who screamed throughout the meal. Parents made no attempt to deal with the kids - even with all the heads turning to stare at them. Since we had already started eating it was too late to move. It got worse and all we wanted to do was get our meal and go."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When we chose to celebrate this special occasion (birthday) at the Chart House in Old Town, we had no previous experience with the restaurant; but it just looked promising. Indeed it was a great experience overall. All the staff were polite and the window view was great. The salad bar was well groomed, excellent, and appealing. My salmon was obviously fresh, which is the only way I want it. The only "disappointment" (slight in the overall comparison) was that it was sometimes not easy to get the attention of our server (once when I wanted more coffee and once at the end when I would have like to order creme brulee). That said, we enjoyed this experience and would consider dining here again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "You can't really go wrong at Chart House in Alexandria. View is great, food selection and taste is always good. It's a good place for a special occasion meal or for just dropping into the bar for a drink and a snack."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When we want a night out with friends with great food and service we choose this place."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always, we have excellent experience. The Manager was consistent in providing excellent service! Food was the best, I always order Lump Crab Cakes and my husband's favorite the Seared Scallop and the LAVA Cake. The server, Heather, was fabulous in recommending great appetizers. Our table was always the best spot in Gazebo area. Kudos to Chart House Restaurant!!! What a phenomenal restaurant by the water!!! We will always come back :)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wish we had asked for outside table. The restaurant was VERY loud, making conversation with visiting friends nearly impossible. It turned out to be a nice evening and the deck would have been much more pleasant. Might have been worthwhile if food had been more interesting and at least served hot."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was great the service was amazing! The waiter went out if his way to make sure everything was good. Best seafood Loved it 5 stars"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was my first time going and it was a great place to go! I took my wife here for our anniversary and she really enjoyed it! We are big restaurant goers in addition to me serving in the military and I was told about Chart house from another military professional. I will definitely pass the word. Overall, I was very impressed! Great customer service! The waiter was really good. She made sure we were taken care. We had a great view, the drinks was served timely manner and the food was terrific. We will come back. Keep up the great work."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food with great, the staff professional and efficient. We had no complaints of dirty silverware or plates. They quickly removed plates and glasses from table after each course. The window table was great. The menus with the personalized birthday wish was excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My wife and I came to the Chart House to celebrate our anniversary. We wanted above usual dining and got gourmet. The wine, food, service and atmosphere was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you for making this occasion even more memorable."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I must say that my family (4) enjoyed themselves immensely during this lunch outing to celebrate my wife's birthday! Although, this was the most expensive outing we've had thusfar it was quite notable. Food was good and the service was impeccable. We will dine again maybe for dinner next time."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We met some very special friends here and had a great, leisurely dining experience! The food was exceptional and we were not rushed!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Chart House is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion or just to dine, beautiful restaurant, great food, wonderful service and a great deck overlooking the Potomac. Chart House is a 5 star restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have been to the chart house many, many times, it is one of my favorite places. This time I was so disappointed in the service for one, we did not see our waiter once after we received our food until we had to track down another waiter and ask for our check. The food was not good either this time around, I ordered a steak medium and it was cooked well done and cold; to be fair my wife's fish was good and cooked perfect."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our experience was awesome and the server was top of the line!! Excellent and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was great selection with 99 cent mimosas."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I would choose chart house again only for the view and only if I could sit outside by the water. The food was very expensive but taste was average. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We continually return to Charthouse because of it's consistent quality in food and service. Recently they changed the way they made our favorite chicken dish and the manager recommended we request that they fix it the old way and they did without question. What a wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food and service at the chat house was outstanding. We visited during the 4th of July weekend, and it was great. We were given a choice of lunch or dinner menu due to us arriving at 3pm. I had the crabmeat and avocado appetizer as a lunch entree which was a perfect portion and delicious. Also, try the Mango mojito for a refreshing change to an old classic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Chart House is a great restaurant and I have spent numerous special occassions there, but the food is not great and the service was not focused on making this a special event. Everyone in our party complained afterwards that none of our meals were delivered as ordered and the waiter continuously forgot things we had ordered, frustrating many in our group. This was an opportunity for us to spend time with our family prior to going overseas for two years, but the lack of attention to our table and poor food quality didn't live up to our expectations of this restaurant. This is a great location with a great ambiance, but I hope they can improve their service and food quality before we attempt to return again (if we do)."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Book worked perfectly, except you cannot reserve window table. Food good, but not fantastic as price is high. Service adequate enthusiastic waiter. However ladies rest room shared with public so massive queue, my wife could not use after meal; major inconvenience which staff aware but shrug shoulders!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014