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The Wharf
The Wharf

The Wharf Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wharfrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 836-2836
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking available and public parking garage directly behind restaurant.
A word from The Wharf
History has been written inside the walls of the Wharf, with its 1790's style architecture featuring original wood columns and beams that are charred black from a Civil War fire. Since 1971, satisfied diners have been heading to The Wharf in Old Town for whole Maine lobster, local soft shell crabs and prime steaks. The restaurant has recently been renovated and remodeled and the menu updated to include many contemporary seafood items along with their traditional Chesapeake Bay creations.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "mailto:sherrieb58@gmail.com] W We chose The Wharf to fulfill a seafood craving--and were not disappointed. The entree choices were fresh and prepared with quality supporting ingredients. The Wharf's upstairs room is conducive to conversation; the tables are not crammed in and each one has an island of privacy. The server was charming and so professional. Many people wouldn't see this as a complaint, but I thought the portions were too generous for a fine-dining restaurant, especially the starter salads. There was certainly no room left after the seafood and mountain of tasty garlic mashed potatoes to even split one of their interesting desserts."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My dinner at the Wharf was an outstanding meal. Choosing one of the specials--the filet mignon with lobster was the right idea. The service, the ambiance and the wine were components of an exceptional evenging out. The handsome and more than capable wait staff was attentive, but non obtrusive--the perfect combination. They paced the meal appropriately so that it could be savored instead of rushed. They offererd great suggestions. They know their menu and its strengths and speak well to it."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great seafood restaurant with amazing service. Highly recommend you try one of their specials"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great dining experience at The Wharf this week. As always, the food was top quality (especially the she crab soup) and the service was outstanding. I was there on business and it capped off a great night."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Such a wonderful that captures colonial charm and outstanding food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We continue to go to the wharf and have yet to have a bad meal. The food is always great, the service is always on top of its game, and we always have a great time. Make sure you have a reservation."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "If you are going in the evening be sure to make a reservation, the food was very good, service was excellent. Close to the river walk and parking garage."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is the second time I ate here - both times bringing friends from out of town with me. I chose this place because it serves wonderful fish and seafood. It did not disappoint. The crab cakes are fantastic as is the cod with lobster. There is no dress code; however, we were certainly underdressed in our shorts and sneakers."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The scallops were cooked to perfection! They melted in my mouth. This is an appetizer but was a perfect size for a meal. The fried onions they were on had a perfect sweet sauce. We were seated quickly and the waiters were fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. The Blackened Tuna steak & the Halibut were cooked perfectly. Service was excellent as well. Overall a great dining experience I'd highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was just ok. The bread and butter were like what you'd buy at the supermarket. The she crab soup was delicious. I got the soft shell crab special but it was drenched in butter. I couldn't really enjoy it. I got the mixed berry creme brûlée. It was more like pudding brûlée bc the creme part was like jello pudding consistency with some berries sprinkled in. I will not return but the experience was not that bad as to ward others off. Folks can try it out for themselves to see if their experience will be better."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My southern catfish was well overcooked, so much that I couldn't slice the fish with my fork. It's not hard to fry fish at all, so the Chef must be overworked or just without talent. On the other hand, the vegetables were seasoned perfectly. The Wharf clearly hasn't spent much time on the decor. I get that it's heritege decor, but uncomfortable isnt a compromise to decor. I dumped $100 in this place and didn't bring it since I was on a first date and didn't want to leave a bad impression. I do not recommend at all. What a waste of money. I wish I could have my money back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Wharf was great! We went for our second anniversary and the lobster and pasta was amazing. The portion sizes were perfect, the serving staff was on top of everything, to include knowing when to give us space. Love this place and would recommend to anyone looking for a special evening seafood based meal."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was wonderful! Service with Barbara was super! Clam chowder was so yummy! Steak and sea food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The price for quality and quantity was lacking. My 12 year old daughter asked for a salad but requested that chicken be added. Waiter came back and stated chicken strip would be an additional $12. The kids meal chicken strip dinner was only $7. We felt very rushed. Open Table would only allow this to be submitted if I answered the would I recommend question. Need to have a "maybe" option."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here Saturday evening and were lucky enough to get an outside table which made the experience all the more enjoyable. The wait staff was very attentive yet let you take your time and enjoy your dining experience. The crab cakes were wonderful! She-crab soup, scallops and lobster mashed potatoes were all very good. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Sat outside on a beautiful Saturday. Good beer. Good crab cake sandwich, although small. Good salmon. Ok mussels. Small potion and small mussels, but good sauce. Service somewhat slow. All in all though a good time"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good food but very expensive. Not vary many choices for kids and not very much flexibility with the menue. Waiter was kind but didnt seem to kno the menue very well and didnt go out of his way to make sure we got what we wanted"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took advantage of the outstanding weather on the 4th of July and dined outdoors at the Wharf. Not a quiet experience with Alexandria rushing by on King Street, but a great dining event nonetheless. Had the Mahi and Stuffed Flounder off the menu (Mahi was outstanding, Flounder was very good), took our own bottle of wine ($25 corkage). Great food, good service, would return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We periodically come to the Wharf to dine and enjoy it each time. The interior is quaint and reservation staff easy to deal with. They also have tables on the sidewalk during the summer months for people who enjoy a true people watching experience! The menu choices are very extensive and they have lots of specials - whether you like fish or steak there is something for you to enjoy!! Their seafood soups are delicious and desserts delicious. When you are in Old Town be sure and make a reservation!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food amount was insufficient, the cost of wine was too high, and we didn't think the quality of the food met gourmet seafood. Too much for too little."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The best she crab soup I have ever had. Waiter was wonderful. A very pleasant dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Went specifically to get lobster for our daughter's birthday. Main courses were good & shrimp garlic appetizer. Sides were really less than I expect for this price range. 'Garlic mashed potatoes' tasted like instant potatoes. No good fresh choices like a good steamed veggie, etc. asked about it but no real solution was offered. Did get a free dessert for daughter's bd. Spent ~ 250$ for 5 ppl."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Dinner was great. The filet was very good. I understand the scallops were very tasty from another guest in our party. The kids enjoyed it as well. Service was quick (another plus when you have children)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wanted to go to a nice seafood restaurant for my birthday. The food was delicious. I definitely recommend dining here."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had Sunday Brunch and the food was very good. The lobster and asparagus fritatta was delicious!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Group dining is very tight. There are no options for picky teens who don't eat seafood."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food and service in quiet setting at fair prices"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Two friends whom I haven't seen in a long time and I went to The Warf. It was a great place to go for a nice seafood meal (especially for my out of town friends) in a place where we could chat. The services was excellent - efficient, but not rushed. We had a leisurely meal. We ordered salmon, crab cakes and the cod. All dishes were delicious. I look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Of 4 different entrees, 1 was spectacular (Shrimp linguini), 3 were okay (Mahi Mahi special, Chilean Sea Bass special, and the Surf and Turf). While the wait staff were lovely, it took 20 minutes to get espresso after ordering and it seemed that only the person refilling water glasses was actually paying much attention to what we needed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our 2nd or 3rd time at the Wharf, and the first time eating downstairs, and the first time for lunch. We had a seat at the windows along King St which provided great people watching. This time my party had fried oysters & succotash, she crab soup, crab & shrimp fritters, seafood norfolk, and a shrimp pasta dish. The soup and the fritters were outstanding. The oysters and succotash were good. The succotash was freshly made and it showed, although it could have used more seasoning. The seafood norfolk was OK. The seafood was cooked well, but the dish is unispired and could use much more seasoning. I think that is the overall theme - decent seafood albeit on the bland side."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Looking for a local place to enjoy some seafood, The Wharf was recommended by Open Table. The dining experience was enjoyable and the food was okay. My Po Boy sandwich was more bread than oysters however my wife's salad had a good size piece of salmon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was good and the people were very nice but I have never had a baked potatoe with bacon where they just put a whole strip of bacon between and left it there. Why not break it up in pieces?"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "DINNER ON SATURDAY NIGHT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE. SEAFOOD TOWER AND THE CAESAR SALAD WAS EXCELLENT. IN THE PAST TIMES AT THE WHARF HAD SOFT SHELLED CRAB AND SAUTEED IN BUTTER AND ALMONDS WHICH WAS ALWAYS DELICIOUS. NOT OFFERED ANYMORE, JUST THE SOFT SHELLED CRAB IN BUTTER, BUT THIS WAS VERY GOOD. VERY ENJOYABLE EVENING."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant has been in operation since 1971 but is very up-to-date within it's old time architecture style. The menu has everything from seafood to Italian pasta dishes to a "Cowboy steak." The food is very good and wait staff is energetic and eager to please. We had seafood - mahi mahi for me, jumbo shrimp for her. We didn't have wine but they have a good wine list. I recommend a seat by the window on the second floor. You can watch the foot traffic on King Street while you enjoy your meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We just went in for lunch. It was great! We sat outside Really enjoyed everything. While were were the only table outside, I thought we might be "forgotten." Not at all, our server was very attentive, while not being over-bearing. The She-Crab Soup was amazing! I am definitely coming back! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Hands down one of the best crab cakes I have ever had!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We live in Mount Vernon and have been everywhere else, but not here before. I can't believe it took us so long. We wanted seafood, and tried it out. Spectacular mahi-mahi, and swordfish. Garlic mashed potatoes were excellent, as well as a modesty priced Sauvignon Blanc. Save room for dessert."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I took a chance going here never hearing of it before but I was familiar with the area. GREAT location and the food... Lovely! Very friendly and attentive wait staff. Booths near the front are a bit too cramped but overall it's a great place to done with amazing food and the decor is so one of a kind! You won't regret going to The Wharf! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014