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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria reviews from OpenTable diners
667 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (552)special occasion (418)romantic (295)great for outdoor dining (248)good for groups (202)great for brunch (160)great for lunch (156)neighborhood gem (139)fit for foodies (132)notable wine list (110)hot spot (79)kid-friendly (65)vibrant bar scene (56)late-night find (54)Show More
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend wanted to dine some place with spectacular views of the Potomac. I suggested the Chart House as it's been a long time favorite for years. We had a blast! Very romantic elegant dining experience. We will be back !
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and View!
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Four of us -- three of whom were celebrating birthdays had dinner on a Saturday night. We received special menus with birthday wishes and the manager met us when we entered (I had notified them in advance of the birthdays.) We had a special table by the window and great service initially -- later as it got busier, our server got side-tracked by the other tables he was responsible for. We had to ask to see the wine list after we had a glass of prosecco to start -- and ask for the coffee dessert menu. But the food and view were terrific and the restaurant tried to make sure our evening was very enjoyable! We have been here many times and have recommended to many others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best wine, and food I have had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We came for a birthday, our table was ready right away, the wine recommendation was great, and their were options for everyone, I had an amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change in Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Arrived early and was quickly provided a table with a view. Our waiter, Justin, was informative and very attentive. Good was out of this world - do try the calamari and sea bass; clam chowder is the best I've every had.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food
    statat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My wife and I have been to the Chart House for many years and never had a bad meal as we did last Wednesday evening. We both had the 12 oz. Certified Angus Beef sirloin marinated and the meat had the consistency of straw and no flavor whatsoever. VERY disappointing. We hope that this was just a single occurrence and that the main chef will return before too long.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    AlexandriaLocalVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I love this restaurant primarily because of its location and view. Service by Allison was excellent and she was very attentive to our needs. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    swmboVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary and had a great first-time experience. We were seated in the window, our waiter was attentive but not intrusive, and the food was very good. We live in the neighborhood and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the view
    viohow
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had brunch outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was good and the view was good. The choices for brunch are good and the food was very good. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LocalLoyals
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Table service, as always, was great. From server to busboys, the dining room staff is fantastic. You should pay them MORE! We were early by 1/2 hour for our reservation and told hostess that we could wait if needs-be. However, it seemed like we were interrupting their day, even with reservations, we got "the face." The rice that came with Rainbow Trout was *way* under cooked. Which is unusual since 99% of your dishes are fabulous. We come here often so will not let rice & a cold reception keep us away. Raw oysters on the 1/2 shell, made a wonderful birthday gift.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    Lancastrian
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived at 12:15pm on Saturday. There were 4 of us, and conversation was easy. After an hour, the restaurant was full, and for our last hour we could hardly hear one another. Since the purpose of the visit was to reconnect two couples that hadn't been together in almost a year, the inability to communicate was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!
    Londa
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every time I go, I fall more and more in love with the Chart House. From the wait staff to the food to the view. I was able to introduce 4 of my friends to this neighborhood gem and although it rained, the scenic view was made that much more beautiful by it. Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waste of money
    Clrvs
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were very disappointed with our experience and we will not be going back. Portions of the meal were so bad as to be inedible and even when replaced with other items the replacement was equally bad (lukewarm, overcooked). Service was extremely slow as well and for an 8:15 reservation we were served entrees and 9:40 and had to leave before finishing. Appetizer was also poorly conceived (spaghetti in a spring roll?!) and had LOTS of pieces of lobster/crab shells inside. Overall we are very sorry we spent the money and we will not be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Fouad
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A fabulous experience from reservations to dessert! Our server Connie was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu items. We dined watching riverboats float lazily up and down the Potomac and people meandering along the boardwalk. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the view cannot be beat
    Chuckie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Chart House in Alexandria is a special occasion restaurant. We dine there every 3 or 4 months. Unbelievably, we are seated at the same window table which has lovely views of the Potomac River and the downtown Washington skyline. Service is always attentive but not obtrusive and the courses arrive in timely fashion. We always have one of the wide assortment of seafood dishes and sometimes enjoy the lava cake for dessert. Altogether a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service
    unhappydiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I was absolutely amazed at the poor service. This is a restaurant I frequent and have always recommended. However, I am going to rethink my choices in the future. My waiter was inattentive and never came back to the table to take care of my needs. I waited for a drink order and had to remind him of the order. After taking the order, the waiter never came back to the table until we were about to leave. I ordered dessert of which I intended to enjoy at my table. He boxed it up and I decided to take my dessert and leave. I had the courtesy to leave him a tip of 15% which should have been zero. I passed the manager on the way out and he never bothered to even nod goodbye. It was my husband's birthday. Such a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was amazing that they personalized the menu for us wishing us a happy anniversary
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View & Food
    BeachGirl70
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went there for lunch as an office luncheon and everyone was pleased. All enjoyed their food and the view. The service could have been better. The waiter wasn't very friendly and seemed rushed when there weren't many people in the restaurant at the time. I would definitely go back for dinner and would hope that the service would be better in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the Charts
    AllanNanceVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a rainy night in Old Town Alexandria and the Chart House was a welcome sanctuary. We enjoyed natures light show, the boats on the Potomac River, and then the food and drinks. We both had seafood of course, the snapper special, mixed seafood grill with fresh vegetables and orzo. Well worth the high prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good. Wish we were notified that the a/c was not working. We sweated through most of the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Mystic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely beautiful restaurant. The scene was breathtaking and the waiter was top notch. This restaurant is top of the line........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningexperience
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my first time dining at the Chart House and it was a great experience. The atmosphere was relaxed. The food was delicious, service was great. I will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service left a bit to be desired
    DMVDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were seated as soon as we walked in the door... and then waited and waited and waited to be acknowledged by the waitstaff. He seemed rushed, and didn't provide the level of service I'd expect for white cloth, $30/pop entrees. Perhaps if we had a different server, we would have left feeling a bit more positive about dropping $120 on dinner. We had to ask twice to have water refilled... and didn't ever order second drinks for fear of how long it would take.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a beautiful view
    Foodieluv
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I took my husband here for the first time to celebrate his birthday. I indicated it was his birthday while making the reservation. When we sat the server came over and wished him a happy birthday and handed us menus with happy birthday printed on the top if the menu. I thought that was a nice touch. The view in the downstairs seating area is breath taking. It reminded me of being on a cruise with water all around you. The ambience is dark and romantic with just enough noise to be vibrant. Lastly, the food was great. My husband had the prime rib and loved it. He is hard to please when it comes go his steak so I was happy that I had made the right choice since it is not one of our usual places we choose for steak. Overall, we loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos for return of cell phone
    AlexDiner
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Dinner was well presented and the food was good. The booth and view were beautiful. Special thank you for securing and returning my cell phone. The restaurant secured it and returned it the next day.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 year Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 1 year Anniversary on 9/1/14 and everything I needed them to do thet did and more. Plus this is my husband's favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch restauraunt,awesome view
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food,atmosphere,serving staff and view at Chart House in Alexandria, Va is definately something you should exprience if you can. It's top notch and it doesn't get much better than this !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True waterfront dining
    Dale
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    There are a lot of seats available at this restaurant to sit either by a window overlooking the water, or outside. Either way, it's a beautiful view. Fresh tasting iced tea, delicious cream of crab soup and the Chicken Francese Sandwich made my lunch very enjoyable. Service was first rate, as always when I visit any Charthouse restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!!!
    foodie0914
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    You can NEVER go wrong by dining at the Chart House, Old Towne Alexandria, VA! Service is always great and the food, well what can I say? The food is the best! Our waitress was outstanding, we never had to ask for anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was exceptional. Everything was full of good flavor and taste. Having a great view while eating made it even better. If I could afford it, I would come here every week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter and Food were OUTSTANDING...
    Foody
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    ...BUT, the service at the front desk left a lot to be desired. I had made reservations two weeks ago for me and my Bridesmaids (a total of seven of us) ... well, we were initially seated at a table that sat six (yes, six) people and when we asked to be moved to a larger, roomier table, the "hostess" (I suppose that was her role) said it could not be done and that we needed to talk with the front desk. Well, when we went to the front desk, we were given another table, but not "willingly". It seemed as if we were causing them to be inconvenienced --- and, considering I dropped over $700 that day, I find that very unfortunate. The best part was our waiter ... he was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    HealthyChoices
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I always enjoy the food, service and view when I come here for any occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for special occassions
    iammyownmannequin
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    went here for my boyfriend's birthday and we got the window seating. awesome scenic view by the bay. the service was good and staff are friendly. this is a place that you would like to go on special occassions and/or splurge on good food. a little pricey but the food is delicious! they have brunch special which is fitting for someone on a budget. i would advice for you to make a reservation since it gets a little crowded. two thumbs up for this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HeatherVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time dining at a Chart House Restaurant. Great location on the water, excellent food. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food but noise level very high. Lots of families with young children (including a set of newborn tripletts)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I very much enjoyed my evening out at the Chart House. Great scenery and atmosphere. The food was great, as well as the service. If dining after 6pm on the weekend, definitely make a reservation. The restaurant fills up quickly and, because of the great view and atmosphere, the table turnover rate is slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was not as good as I expected. Waiter seemed preoccupied. Had to ask for bread plates after bread basket put on table. One seat at our table seemed to be the "go through" spot for staff. It was a bit disruptive to make way, especially since the person seated behind us had her chair out too far and no staff (kindly) asked for her to scoot closer to the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday treat
    AlexDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A great place to spend a birthday. As always, food was wonderful, service was just right, and it was a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal at Chart House
    4oldfriends
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Over the years, I have eaten at Chart House, Alexandria, many times. This was by far the best meal I've ever had there! The trout was cooked to perfection and my dining mates agreed. The sweet potato fries were delicious! Desserts (crème brulee and apple crisp should have been warmer when served but were very good).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Return to Chart House
    DanandLinda
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We return to Chart House every time we visit Alexandria. Great views of the Potomac, wonderful wait staff and yummy food made for an enjoyable late lunch. This was our first lunch visit, and we were delighted to find great seafood items on the menu. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. We recommend the blue crab dip with crostini for an appetizer, but be careful, it's very filling!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC Boater
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived by boat and paid $20 to dock the boat. Its super convenient to go to the Chart House for boaters on the Potomac River.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate