The Wharf
The Wharf

The Wharf

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wharfrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 703-836-2836x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
The Wharf reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)romantic (63)neighborhood gem (63)fit for foodies (55)good for groups (29)great for outdoor dining (27)notable wine list (27)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (8)scenic view (8)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Non nonsense - very good food
    PreferPils
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I've never had a bad meal at any establishment that serves Pilsner Urquell beer. Excellent steaks and seafood, this time I had the Norfolk triple [lobster, shrimp and crab] - outstanding food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is very good dining experience.
    Larry
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at the restaurant many times in the 5 years that we have lived in Alexandria City. It is great for the best seafood preparation in the Old Town area. The quality of the service staff and the preparation of dishes in the kitchen has always been excellent whether at lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • friendsfromVA
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great quality seafood but avoid going Sat night. Waited 45 min between appetizer and main course.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As a Baltimorean I am always leery about ordering crab cakes outside of my hometown. They almost always disappoint. The Wharf is the exception. They were nice a big with all lump crabmeat and broiled perfectly. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An out of towner--
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I live in NJ but when I'm in the area, I always make time to have a meal at The Wharf. The food is consistent & the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fish and seafood
    Hadley
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good fish and seafood, blackened tuna was really yummy, as was the scallops. 3 of the 4 dishes were well done...recommend not ordering the crusted cashew chicken, it was swimming in oil and a disappointment. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant evening
    fussyfoody
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    After a long day of touring, we met for an early dinner at the Wharf. We enjoyed it very much, and found the service to be outstanding. Frankly, we were surprised that it was not particularly busy, but we enjoyed the peace and quiet, and excellent, accommodating service. From soup to dessert, we enjoyed our meal and the wine we chose to accompany it. My husband and I chose to share and entrée, as we wished to each enjoy an appetizer, and had eaten a fairly substantial lunch. At some restaurants this might have been frowned upon, here it was just fine with an extra plate supplied, no issues whatsoever. We greatly appreciate that level of service. It also enabled us to enjoy one of their lovely desserts. We would happily return for another delightful dinner when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Was wife's B-day, so was looking for something special. Found it at the Warf. Excellent food and service. The cheese-cake surprise to wife was a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good
    Gator
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My son and I ate here two nights ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ordered the She Crab Soup and loved it, but so did my son so he finished it. Very quiet setting and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paso Jim
    LRLJames
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had been to the Wharf once before and were very pleased with their soft shelled crab. and this time for lunch we both ordered the seafood fetuccini and it was just delicious. The scallops, shrimp, crab and lobster were all fresh and cooked just right. The pasta was perfect and the alfredo sauce excellent. We will definitely include the Wharf in future Alexandria, VA visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always enjoy our meal at The Wharf. Everything from our table location, quality of our food and our server was A-1!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Meal
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We sat upstairs and it was very quiet. Our waiter was nice and promptly refilled our water glasses. We started with the shrimp and crab fritters, and we thought that they were yummy. My husband had the seafood stew which looked and smelled delicious when it came out, and he said that it tasted as great as it looked. He had a side of mashed potatoes which was ok. I had the cod topped with lobster and it was dry/over cooked as well as luke warm. I got the side of saffron rice which was served room temperature and tasted over salted. Overall good service, but the meal and experience did not reflect our bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood cooked right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife & I shared an appetizer of Shrimp & Crab Fritters. For mains we had broiled scallops and their Eastern Cioppino. If overcooked the scallops, mussels, clams & calamari are rubbery; the lobster and shrimp becoe tough and lose flavor. Everything was perfect. Portions were large - no room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab Cake Heaven!
    MisplacedVirginian
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    These are The Best Crab Cakes! The atmosphere is a little staid, and interior dining rooms outdated, but our outside dining was a real gem! Service could have been better....a little stuffy, but we enjoyed every moment! This wasn't my first visit, nor will it be my last!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster mashed potato
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Sea food was great but mashed lobster potato side is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wharf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The reception area was very chaotic when we arrived and the fact that we had reservations didn't seem to matter to anyone. Food was good, pricey. We probably had a right to expect a bit more in terms of quality and specialties. We had blueberry martinis which were sensational. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to the 80s
    SerialDiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The menu is a little dated (when was the last time you saw a lemon skirt) but the food was decent. Our group of 6 split the appetizer for 4 and it was a nice portion so we all got to try some of each, except for the oysters. The crab soup is deliciously creamy, but the soft-shell crabs, which I love but they were "soggy" so unfortunately I was rather disappointed (as was the rest of the group; 5 out of 6 of us ordered it). Service was decent, waiters are all very polite. One other thing I'll mention, most of their seafood food is swimming in butter - I love butter, but just a little too greasy for me (I'd ordered a broiled shrimp dish last time I was there and this time in the shrimp part of the appetizer).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    She crab soup is exceptional. The scallop-shrimp au gratin was excellent. The little gratis salads had more than just lettuce and were a nice additional to the meal. Our waitress, Stephanie, was a delight ~ very professional and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood are us
    DCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I wanted lobster, so my elderly aunt ordered it as well. For her they removed the shell and cut it up which I really appreciated. They also offered grilled vegetables so I was able to eat healthy up and til dessert where chocolate offerings waylaid me. Delicious chocolate pecan pie for me and a rich yummy chocolate mousse cake for her.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a group of 12 for lunch for a retirement. None of us had been to the wharf before, so did not know what to expect. Everyone loved it! The food was great at a good price. Loved the building, it seemsed dark in there, but had no trouble seeing the menu or food. Everyone said they would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but pricey
    Cdawgie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tried the Wharf for the first time last Sunday for an early dinner. I had the "triple crab" special and it was excellent, the softshell crab, the crab cake, and the lump crab in sauce all had their own distinct flavors and textures, and the crab was of top quality. My friends' snapper and mussels also very well prepared. A bit of sticker shock when the bill came but what're ya gonna do?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • price doesn't match atmosphere
    EnjoyingLife29
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First off, the food was delicious. The service, started out a little rough, but ended great. My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and thought this might be a romantic place to eat. Unfortunately, the price of the food did not match the atmosphere. A group behind us had a guy laughing like he was at a bbq and a group in front of us sounded like they had too many drinks. I understand that on Saturdays many different types of people go out. We unfortunately just chose the wrong place for the occasion. Nothing against the food nor the service, I just wouldn't recommend going there if you are planning on having an intimate celebration. Promotion? winning a game? Have at it; this will definitely fit that type of mood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Bliss
    UKAV8TOR
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A fabulous meal. We shared a mixed seafood platter to start and then respectively, the Maine Salmon and Half Lobster Linguine. Alongside a half bottle of chilled White wine (Pouilly Fumé) this was a class act. Definitely go back... Superb unobtrusive service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wounderful place
    NewtotheareaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Between the food and the staff, this was the greatest experience that I have had at a restaurant in Old Town. Jose was excellent. The service that he provided was beyond what I expected and every time he came to the table he had a smile on his face. I will definitely be returning and referring my guest to this place. Good job!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    Prof2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took a group of 12 to lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Food was delicious and service was terrific. We will continue to use The Wharf for future engagements.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Seafood in Old Town
    ChriscVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Wharf never disappoints. Professional service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Passable
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The noise level made it difficult for our group to hold a conversation and we ended up contributing to the increasing volume.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    On vacation and read reviews on Open Table. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • akm09
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Delicious food! Great service and knowledgable wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • badmamajama
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Two of us had stomach issues after eating the mahi mahi and the lobster and chicken were very dry.
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  • Great dining exerience
    BobNC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service. We'll dine there again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blah will not go again
    blah
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a number of things to eat there. 1) They forgot to season anything (we had fried combo, fillet, stuffed shrimp none of it had it or it was way under seasoned) Very bland in my opinion. As my wife put it, "would be a good place to bring young kids or older people who enjoy bland food"
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  • Really enjoyed dinner!
    SavagePuffin
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The she-crab soup was delicious. The service was pretty good - a little slow, but overall I was really happy with the food and the ambiance. We had a great time, and would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    FoodieQueenMKH
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner at the Wharf was hands down amazing! My husband and I came here for Alexandria Restaurant week. We had their oysters on the half shell, crab and shrimp fritters, and calamari to start...ALL DELISH. I had the lobster, shrimp, and crab dish with their delish garlic butter sauce with a baked potato. My husband had the horseradish crusted salmon with a side of rice pilaf. Also very good. At one point in the night I spilled my apple martini and our waiter cleaned it up and gave me another one free of charge! So sweet! We were too full to have our dinner so we took it home. Service and dinner was superb..We will be back in a couple of weeks to try some more of their amazing dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night
    Moni0899
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I found this restaurant on open table. I took my fiancé here for a date night. We took the taxi boat from the National Harbor, it was $16 each round trip and was about a 15-20 minute ride. The ride was very smooth and had beautiful views. When we finally got to Alexandria The Wharf was about a block and a half walking distance. Which wasn't bad at all. We liked looking at the surrounding shops on the way. We were promptly seated once we arrived. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer and it was delicious as was the bread and butter that was brought to us. My fiancé had the fried seafood platter and I had the broiled seafood platter. We enjoyed our entrees as well. All in all a nice date spot, dim lighted ambiance and spectatular service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance
    ShinyOctopus
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great seafood selections in this Old Town staple. I went here for my birthday and we took advantage of the restaurant week specials. Everything was cooked well, came out hot and tasted delicious. I had a great experience and would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous As Always
    KBMyPointofView
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always a wonderful dining experience. Service, Food, Atmosphere!!! Our server Oscar is always FABULOUS! A real favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great soft shell crab
    ei8htohms
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Packed in amongst a number of good looking restaurant options, we found the food and service all very good. The waiter was quick and efficient and offered good suggestions, the food came quickly and was delicious, particularly the oysters on the half shell and the soft shell crab.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ROMANCE
    innes
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    So I met this great girl on match.com and we picked this place to meet. The light level was med-light which was good for seeing my beautiful date and reading the menace. We were there about three hours slowly ordering and eating. The waitress was patient with us and never pestered us but ensured we had plenty of time together as well as kept our orders coming. Great experience.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Seafood
    eclipsegroupieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed eating at The Wharf for Restaurant Week. Was surprised at the lovely seafood offerings. We loved the she-crab soup, the best I've ever eaten. Our main courses were good, but slightly overcooked. The salmon was pretty tasteless. The service was good in general, though they rushed us through the first course, bringing the main course before I was finished with my soup. I would have preferred to linger a bit more.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet