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
183 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)romantic (70)neighborhood gem (69)fit for foodies (57)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (31)notable wine list (29)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (20)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (10)hot spot (8)Show More
  • blah will not go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    romantic
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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • Pleasantly surprised...
    FeeW
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My friends and I wanted to try something new / different since it was restaurant week. All of our meals were hot, the seafood was fresh and plentiful and tasty. The bread pudding was not something I would recommend though...not served as hot as it should and was a bit soggy because of the raspberry. Otherwise, very pleased overall.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great seafood and customer service
    Milah
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Took a friend out for dinner during restaurant week, the waiter was very nice and patient and gave his explanations/ recommendations of the menu items. The food from the soup to the dessert was awesome. I especially liked the saucy blue crab succotash, was surprisingly very tasty. My main cours of day boat scallops and gulf shrimp wrapped in bacon was also perfectly cooked and so flavorful. I would definitely come back here for a seafood meal again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Town Mainstay
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Warf has been around for ages. It serves well-prepared classic seafood dishes--nothing that will make the food channel but nothing that will upset your finicky relatives either. The fried calamari appetizer was a particular stand out as were the shrimp and scallops with bacon on a skewer. A good place to go for the evening if you are a local or a tourist looking for something better than the typical tourist traps in that part of town.
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  • Great taste, just a little more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The seafood here is outstanding! But for those eating to perform, this comes shy of the zone diet serving when it comes to the Wharf Duo dish. The taste was great, but half the prescribed serving of 28 grams of protein. I guess this is just an inherent aspect of fine dining with seafood. Not a major setback though because taste made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love Restaurant Week. I usually try to find a new restaurant that we have not been to before. The Wharf is one that we will definitely come back for more. As with other reviews the she-crab soup was fantastic. Make sure you try the shrimp and crab fritters, too. The house red wine was very good, our meals were delicious. We had a great waiter: friendly, helpful, but only there when we needed him. You could hear the conversation at your table - nice to talk - the bar was quiet - we went on a Monday evening. Prices were reasonable-this is downtown King Street Alexandria - nothing is cheap. But we got good value. A nice place to bring guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • An off night for The Wharf
    Bob64
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We've enjoyed lobsters at The Wharf 3 times a year since 1990. This time was a disappointment! Ordered 2 1 ½ pounders; were told they only had 1 but had a 2 pounder. We said OK (thinking we would get 1 of each). Server thought we only wanted the 2 pounder to share (do many folks share a lobster?). When she brought 1 lobster and baked potato, we ordered another but that put everything off kilter. Little things added to our disappointment: over-cooked baked potatoes with thick "too chewy" bacon slices; had to ask for bibs; no hot moist towels for hand clean-up. Great service/getting little things right have always made The Wharf our favorite place for special occasions. If this had been our first visit, we wouldn't return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a birthday dinner for my spouse. The restaurant was very accommodating for a sizeable crowd (15). Service was excellent and the food was very good. The wine list was fairly limited, but did find suitable whites and reds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Poor poor establishment. Food quality is poor and so overpriced. The manager, Pedro, is unprofessional (and that is being nice).
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  • Ronald
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and service especially helped my elderly parents who needed a little extra time and are hard of hearing. We were well taken care of. I'll be back
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • NJSdining
    NJSdining
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we met some friends for our anniversary and took advantage of Restaurant Week in Alexandria and had a wonderful evening. the food was excellant, the atmosphere was very nice and the service could not have been better. Gerardo was excellant, very personalable and easy to interact with, he never missed a beat, he had everything on time and on point, even if he didn't write anything down. the front corner table upstairs was nice for watching all the hustle and bustle outside while we enjoyed good conversation and amazing food. I was afraid that being a special for restaurant week the food would be hurriedly prepared and average but that was not the case. overall we had an excellant experience and would definately do it again.
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    special occasion
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  • What A Great Experience!
    KBMyPointofView
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My bestie and I love great food and we were looking for somewhere that had not only great food but just as important great service and ambience! The Wharf nailked it on all counts! Food - Tasted wonderful, great options in seafood dinig, nice portions, and presented well! Service - Our server was attentive wihtout being overly so! Price - Really great value for the food and service. We are so pleased that we are amking reservations to go back again. Certainly, now one of my favorites! K
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Divine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at The Wharf and we truly appreciated the service, ambiance, and food was fabulous.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Picky People were Pleased
    SOS606
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We took another couple to brunch last Sunday and we wee delighted with the food selections, the wine and beer selections and the wonderful relaxed and yet efficient service that was never rushed or too persistent. We each ordered a different dish and everyone enjoyed them immensely. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves good food and appreciates good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent place for Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Absolutely Delicious!!! I took my son, daughter and two friends here as I was dying for fresh seafood. The specials were Halibut and Tuna, both were delicious and fresh . The service was great !! Will go again on my next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    fine2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Wharf is a very good place to eat. Good food, Great service and nice atmosphere. It has become one of my favorite restaurant. I would recommend it to all my friends.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fitz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Wharf was recommended to us during a recent visit to area. It did I not disappoint. Service was perfect and our food selections were delivered in a timely fashion. Our waiter was engaging and very knowledgeable of the menu. We will return on our next trip.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We took my niece here to celebrate her 17th birthday as she wanted crab cakes. She loved them! We all enjoyed the appetizers and each of our meals. Everything was fresh and cooked perfectly. It was wonderful touch that our server brought out a complimentary dessert for my nieces birthday. All around we had a great time and a delicious meal!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    chip
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a good experience at the wharf. I had the garlic shrimp which was excellent. I also had a mojito which was very good. Everyone at my table enjoyed their food except for one of my guests. He ordered chicken and it was dry and tough. The waiter replaced it with garlic shrimp and did not charge us for the chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good expereince
    ALinNJ
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Was in National Harbor for work and decided to hop the water taxi over to alexandria. The Wharf was our destination for dinner and the food was great. The Bread was tasty and I had the fried seafood which was very good not too much breading and not oily at all.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent she-crab soup and the shrimp-scallop norfolk was just the right size for lunch and delicious. If you like a seafood variety, this is a great Old Town restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • expensive mediocre food
    Dave
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went to the wharf over the weekend and wasn't very happy. Food was $30+ a plate and lacked a lot to be desired. I had the Mahi Mahi which was incredibly bland, another had Scallops which were better but still forgettable. Another friend ordered a $100 stuff lobster on unknowingly with no heads up from the waiter. (If it says market price you should at least give an idea of the size). I would have assumed a pound or so as well, not the 2.5lb @ $40/lb beast that came. On top, waited literally an hour once we ordered to get our food and as a result missed the fireworks. Atmosphere was good and definitely for a romantic dinner, just with everything else I doubt I will be back and know many better places.
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  • robs review
    eatout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My friend had the salmon, which she said was very good. I had the grilled seafood platter, which was skimpy. The crab cake was too moist with not enough crab in it. The wine was excellent.
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    notable wine list
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    pleasantly surprised, good food quality and service for the money, entrees very good , may want to add a bit more flavor to clam chowder but overall excellent. My daughter lives in old town and I highly recommended your restaurant to her and her husband. We will be back, P.S - would like to see Santa Margharita by the glass! thanks, Steve and Susan
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Alexandria ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Delicious seafood entrees, cozy booths, wonderful waiter--all in the heart of Old Town.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday at the Wharf Dinner
    jmreviews
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evening without the kids
    Megan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I had a Friday night dinner without the kids - it was crowded, but we were still able to get a table. We had good attentive service and the Italian food is classic - always a dependable restaurant for dinner.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good Food
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to The Wharf a few times and have been pleased every time. The food is good; a wide variety that should please even the pickiest eater...I know...I'm one of them. The wait staff is generally good, but seem to look at you disapprovingly if you are dressed casually. The restaurant tends to get a little loud; small space and loud customers don't mix well. That would be my only complaint, but overall, I really like the restaurant! Give it a try and decide for yourself!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • delicious
    BabblesVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great seafood restaurant with amazing service. Highly recommend you try one of their specials
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always.
    Billthecat1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Such a wonderful that captures colonial charm and outstanding food.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • never a bad meal
    House
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice overall
    bella
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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