Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria
Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chart-house.com/
  • Phone: 7036845080x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria reviews from OpenTable diners
620 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (515)special occasion (404)romantic (287)great for outdoor dining (219)good for groups (206)fit for foodies (157)neighborhood gem (153)great for lunch (147)great for brunch (128)notable wine list (101)hot spot (85)kid-friendly (59)late-night find (52)vibrant bar scene (47)Show More
  • Charthouse Alexandria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was fine. Service was very slow for a Tuesday evening. It took 45 minutes to be served. Long waits to order, ask for the bill, put my card with the bill, get the bill back. 2 hours - most of it was spent waiting. Epitaph for a waiter: "By and by, God caught his eye." The waiter talked up a bottle of red wine - "full of wonderful flavours, there's a lot going on with it". Probably the blandest red I have ever had - like a home-made wine (alcoholized Kool-Aid). We felt duped and wondered about the motives for pusing this bottle. I've been to Charthouse before and had decent lunches and meals. Doubt I'll return when there's lots of other selection.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hulapielvr
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very good food. Great location on the water. I would suggest you make reservations. The lava cake is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch
    Greg
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our 3rd anniversary on the deck for lunch. The service was great and very attentive. The food was good, but was not overly remarkable. We had a wonderful and memorable lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal!
    Kamikea
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our waitress did an excellent job and made recommendations we wouldn't normally have chosen and each one was a huge success. All our food was perfectly prepared and tasted great. No complaints at all....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • barbaraVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Alway a great experience. We love the restaurant, view of DC and the food was great. Service was very good too.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic view and great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Not sure why the crab cakes are no longer on the menu however they are some of the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    On Sunday our visit was very disappointing.my chopped salad was old, it had been prepared some time ago. I didn't feel like walking up the the salad bar to get a salad. My trout was extremely salty. It was baked. So not sure why so salty. No bread was offered to us. As I was leaving I saw folks with bread on their table. My husband's seafoos platter was good. Well that is what he shared. I think for the prices they charge, the food quality needs to be improved. I have had better chopped salads at Subway.LOL I thought to return the meal, but my husband would have felt uncomfortable eating his meal while i waited for my to be prepared again. Do not plan to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't beat the view or food!
    Welovedining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a great place in Old Town and has a waterfront view that is amazing so ask for a window table when making a reservation. Food is fantastic with a great selection on the menu. Service was a little slow and our waiter didn't always check on us but was not bad enough to ruin the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    Redleg6
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was our first visit in some time. Some renovations. Overall nice ambiance. The food did not live up to its billing or price. Except for the mashed potatoes, the food lacked joy. I would have to try it again to see if the meal was an aberration. Prime location. Nice view of Potomac and boats in daytime. Not much to see at night. A nice touch was getting a free dessert and having our waiter sing Happy Birthday in the voice of The King. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Received outstanding service which lead to an outstanding diner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not for lunch
    Danny
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    While Chart House for dinner is great - nice ambience, great food, outstanding service, my first experience coming here for lunch was a bit of a disappointment. The lunch menu is very basic- sandwiches and burgers and none of the dishes Chart House does so well- stakes and seafood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cramped Seating
    Ronke
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The only thing wrong with The Charthouse is the cramped seating. The tables are crammed in which means that servers and other users have to sidle past chairs and this means that on several occasions you were knocked which does not make for relaxing dining
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went here for our Anniversary. We had reservations for a certain time and showed up 3o minutes early, we still had a great view and great service!! Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service; OK food
    wrknalexandria
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Dined here many times before and was disappointed this time in food quality. Was entertaining Japanese clients, so wanted good experience. Atmosphere and view is good for foreign visitors. However, entrees were served before our group finished appetizers, and dishes were warm, but not hot. Shrimp and flounder were overcooked and drying out. Desserts were very good, so that helped. Coffee served, but no refills offered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    TamiVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Chart House is always a consistently good meal. The atmosphere is lovely on the water! Our server was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Timetodine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent upscale place to take a date and the food is great. Not necessarily cheap, but definitely worth the money. Have to try the lava cake dessert, it is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Gretcehn
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I took my 75 year old mother to Chart House for a mother daughter night. Everything was so wonderful. The staff, the food, and the view. I could not have asked for a better dining experience
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    Jhby1956
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We arrived a little early and were seated almost immediately. Reggie, our server, was engaging and professional. After a long stressful week, the Chart House, was exactly what was needed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome First Date
    Maurice
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my first time here, in my line of work I have always recommend this place as a must visit before leaving. It was a first date as well and our server was out of this world. I believe her name was Irene
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Chart House
    lovecharthouse55
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our first trip to Chart House was great; food, atmosphere, friendliness. So we go for every special occasion we have. We have been going for 10 years now. Love, love, love!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were seated promptly upon arrival. While we did not have a window seat, we still had a fantastic view and it appeared that you can get a great view of the water from pretty much any table. The service from the waitress and staff was excellent....as was the food. Perfect way to celebrate that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good meal
    jabmike
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have been to several Chart House restaurants and have always had a goo meal. This one is right on the Potomac River and has outside seating. Wife enjoyed the stuffed shrimp and I had the steak. All in all an excellent meal. Waiter (Lou) was extremely friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CH2
    Wolf53Dvr
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Decided to take the family there to celebrate a birthday. The food was overdone... The salad bar was okay. This wasn't my normal experience with this restaurant. All in all, the view was wonderful and the family had a good time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place for a celebration
    ramblingirl
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went to the Chart House to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We were seated in an intimate room with a great view of the harbor. Our waiter, Leslie, was very exuberant and excited to offer us the specialties of the house. We told him it was our anniversary. The meal was very good, and I especially enjoyed the autumn vegetable side that I ordered. I also had the seafood sampler and my husband had prime rib. Both were delicious. At the end of the meal I was stuffed and Leslie surprised with a very large slice of mud pie with fudge sauce and a lit candle! Even though stuffed, we polished off the dessert and I especially enjoyed the fudge sauce. It was a really special and enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuck
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Highly recommend. Food was hot, tasty and we cleaned our plates!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Halloween spiders?
    Sunday44
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was very good and service was excellent. The big problem was our corner window table came with a window full of spiders which were crawling up and down while we ate. They were about a foot away from one of us which was uncomfortable. We ate fast and left.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't rush me!
    PAmmieVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    got there early and snagged a window table. View is great. The restaurant wasn't that crowded. Our waiter was knowledgable about the menu, but pushed expensive items. Crab cakes weren't listed, and when I asked, he said that they had accidently been left off the new menu, but we could order them. I was having dinner with a friend from out of town and we wanted to have our drinks and visit for a few minutes before we ordered. Our waiter kept coming back to ask what we wanted, so we put our order in. It came so quickly, I was quite surprised. There was a sense that he wanted us to eat and leave. We lingered abit, but wish he hadn't rushed us so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    Meme
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great food and view. A bit expensive, but great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Brunch Spot
    MissCJ
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was my 3rd visit to Chart House, and as always, the food and service were amazing! I definitely recommend the salad bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Everything.
    ProfessorLorde
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great time, great food, great ocean view, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress Angel, was excellent!
    tastyplace
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Angel was very attentive, she new exactly when to check on us and great taste in food..... we will be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now Tired and Way Over-priced
    RetiredFedExec
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I used to love Chart House, with great prime rib and the wonderful salad bar, but no more. The prime rib I ordered was totally dried out and 2/3 of it was inedible fat and grizzle. I've had better prime rib for $10.95 vs. $30 here. And no more salad bar with the entree; must pay $9 for it. What do you get for a $30 prime rib? A dried out piece of fat and a baked potato. And the bottles of wine? Way overpriced--most $40 or more. Not for this kind of service or quality of food is it worth that much for a bottle of wine. The waiter was inattentive, bread came after our salads (which we paid extra for), and a glass of wine was like a thimble full. Our California family was not impressed, nor was i. Sorely disappointed. I will not be back-ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Pleasure
    Londa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It is always a pleasure to dine at the Chart House. It is by far, one of my favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the Potomac
    NonRomanticDinner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great time with friends made the high prices OK. Nice view of the Potomac River. Pretty sunset reflection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Swan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I went here with my niece to catch up on each other's lives and family things. We enjoyed the food and had a great conversation. I think the waiter pushed us a little, in terms of trying to take away our plates before we were finished. I know we are both slow eaters but it was not a particularly busy night and he could have been more patient. I've eaten here several times and the quality is the same -- very good. Not the least bit trendy, but a classic and classy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner with friends
    greg
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I invited some Danish and Dutch friends for dinner at 6:00 PM so that we could enjoy the view and the moon put on a spectacular show for us as it rose over the river. My friends enjoyed the stuffed flounder and I had an okay Filet mignon--It was a good piece of beef but I made the mistake of of ordering it medium well--I should have stuck with medium--my bad. We had a great window table. I eat here often and never have had anything to complain about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alexandria Gem...
    2ndAnniversary
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Excellent experience for our 2nd Anniversary. It did not disappoint. The personalized menus acknowleding our anniversary was a great keep sake. The service was excellent....
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience!
    bentley3
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We loved and appreciated our great dining experience at the Chart House. Waiter, Leslie, was delightful and service all around was excellent. Food was flavorful and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great views of the Alexandria waterfront with delicious and interesting seafood dishes. Especially good for business dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed my birthday
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Seated near the window over looking the water, my spouse and I enjoyed a lovely meal and birthday desert.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.