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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: 11:00am - 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
  • "Food was excellent - had the Seafood Tower and crabcakes - looking forward to returning again soon!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The seafood specials were excellent also very pleased with the wine."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The reviews on this place go up and down. I think this makes sense. We had oysters, which were room temperature. A little disconcerting but neither of us had any medical issues after the fact. I had the lobster and linguine pasta - the lobster tasted stale although the sauce was nice [coincidence?]. My guy had the filet mignon and it was passable. Sad."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had an awesome anniversary dinner with my wife. We both loved the food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Superbly prepared food with multiple unusual and unique varieties. Enjoyed it thoroughly"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Pleasant and delicious as usual. Requested table was actually waiting for us (on a busy, sunny Sunday! ) Manager personally welcomed us back tableside, remarkable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Nice ambiance, good food, attentive staff. Downside no valet parking."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have been to The Wharf several times and enjoyed it each time. We have never had a bad meal but the item that keeps us coming back is the She Crab soup. It has just the right touch of spice."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "restaurant matradee was very accommodating. He knew this was a special occasion for my wife and I so he wanted to give us a table with a view with out us asking."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. The scallops wrapped in bacon appetizer was outstanding. The scallops were slightly caramelized and served in a bed of crispy onion strings. The crab cakes were chock full of crab and generously sized. The saffron rice was on the bland side. The dinner seeing os scallops was very good, but not as tasty as the caramelized appetizer. Great French fries."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I am from California and wanted some great local seafood. I went there with two business associates after finding it on YELP. We had a rest through Open Table and were seated right away. The service was wonderful and helpful. We shared a seafood sampler that was delicious and had the she-crab soup for the first time. Loved it too. Then I had the crab imperial and really enjoyed that too. Great overall experience for me and my guests. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Nice place in Old Town. We had the she crab soup which as good but very spicy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "this was the best place we ate on the entire trip to the dc area."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I have lived near Old Town for over 15 years and never tried The Wharf. I thought it was a tourist restaurant with mediocre food. Surprisingly, our party of four raved about our meals, including a foodie couple who dined with us. We all ordered seafood, and it was fresh, perfectly cooked and delicious! Service was fantastic - we had an older experienced waiter, who was professional and friendly. We will definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I usually take my husband to a steakhouse for his birthday, but he mentioned that seafood would be a nice change. Although we have lived in Alexandria for 25+ years, we had never been to The Wharf, so I thought I would give it a try. This will be the first of more meals there. Raymond, our waiter, was wonderful - attentive, knowledgeable, and possessing a dry sense of humor. The food was great also, and the wine list has plenty of selections by the glass. Looking forward to returning for less important occasions just because we had such a memorable time."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This restaurant was great. Food was great and so was the service. I made reservations online and let them know it was my wife's Birthday and the first thing the waiter said was happy Birthday to her it was wonderful. I can't wait to attend again....."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant was excellent from the time we got there until we left. Waiters were great.....they were there when we needed them and left us alone when we wanted. The food was excellent, there was about 27 of us including children and everyone had something different and it was all wonderful."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was my third time at the Wharf, and I went with a friend who used to frequent this restaurant when she lived and worked in Alexandria. Her experience this time was just as wonderful as she had remembered from times past. For me, the experience was even better than before with two attentive waiters and excellent service and food. I had the lobster stew/soup special of the day. I was most pleasantly surprised to find many real chunks of lobster in my dish, which is unusual. We both had a delightful experience. The waiters were most patient as we didn't order for about 1/2 hour (catching up with each other). They made the whole experience a very nice reunion for us. Elaine Rand"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The raw oysters had no liquor and were several days old; they did not have guiness on tap; the tuna steak was very tasty and the accompaniment was very well chosen. The price was higher than value, by a little."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My husband and I made reservation for a Friday night dinner. We were seated as soon as we walked in The wait staff was great. The tables are super close though so don't plan on having an intimate or private conversation. The table of four next to us may as well have included us and made it a table for six. The food took forever to come but it was well worth the wait. Especially the shrimp and blue crab fritters (scrumptious). We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Service has always been excellent, and the mix is split between locals and out if towners. Our biggest issue has to do with price. Their specials while good, are way too expensive for what you get. However, when you arrive and see the location, it's probably worth it once in awhile."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "G re eat food and great service. Never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "One of those little gems in Old Town...quaint and friendly. Good food!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "very nice experience; 2d time we have been there in a month; 'found" it on Valentines Day and that performance was not their best ... but we thought it deserved another try - did not disappoint. Still a bit pricey but it is the 100 block of Old Town."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I've been to the Wharf Resturant with a friend and we loved the service and food. I wanted Come back with my husband for our 9th anniversary , since he loves seafood . We had a really good time. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Filet minon sandwich and fried shrimp were excellent and the fries came out hot and fresh. The interior is dark with exposed brick and wiring, HVAC and plumbing, I am sure that is what the designer was going for. Right on King Street great place to start your adventure from."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Crab cakes were some of the best I've ever had. This is what drew me to The Wharf in the first place and I wasn't disappointed. While our dining experience overall was very good our waiter could have been a little more attentive. Our party of four quickly ran out of bread and cocktails. Chopped salad wasn't really chopped. Baked potato was over cooked. Main dishes were all outstanding though."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Wharf and it delivers on romance perfectly, the food was great I had the tuna with crab succotash."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The food was really yummy, the drinks were excellent and the service was great! We made reservations and they sat us early, even when our entire party had not arrived yet. The group had a really great evening and enjoyed the restaurant immensely."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had brunch at the Wharf with 9 people. They accommodated our large party which also included 2 toddlers. They were very welcoming to the little ones. Food great. Thanks."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had a great brunch last Sunday with a group of 15 family. We ordered a mix of breakfast and lunch items, all the food was delicious and the menu had some unique offerings like a catfish and poached egg plate. Our servers were great, we had 4 children with us and we still got excellent attention and service. I have also eaten here in warmer weather sitting out front and it's become a favorite for us in Alexandria. Definitely give it a try for seafood and American cuisine"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I'm a neighbor, so this spot and several others seem touristy, and I did not have high expectations. But family was in town and we needed a place that would accommodate 8 people. Don't expect gourmet, but for solid seafood dishes in an otherwise touristy neighborhood, I thought the Wharf's food was very good. And the service was superlative."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a party of 10 and our waiter was absolutely awesome! The food came out fast and hot. I believe we all had our entrees within an hour. My wife had the stuffed flounder and I had the fried shrimp, both of which was amazing! The fried calamari and fritters were awesome as well! I would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Friends popped in from out of state so I invited them to the Wharf for dinner. They loved it! A small town feel, very cozy and comfortable! We had a great meal, we stayed late and talked, no one rushed us. The server was excellent, he just moved at our pace which was slow and stayed out of our way so we had a great visit! They will come again and have already requested the Warf for dinner!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The Wharf is a great place for many reasons - the ambiance is great, the staff is attentive, friendly and extremely accommodating and the food is fantastic. It is also a fabulous place for big groups. I would come here for the she crab soup alone - full of crab meat and with a spicy touch! The menu offers plenty of yummy choices and they always have really good specials. Some of us had the seafood sampler with half a lobster (stuffed with crab) and scallops and shrimp - delicious! So was the lobster linguine as well as a variety of fish dishes we ordered off the menu. My group raved about the extensive menu and the quality of the food, and already decided that this is the place they want to go to next time we meet in Alexandria!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was my third time at The Wharf. The food, atmosphere and service have consistently been wonderful. The staff is attentive and knowledgable about the menu and are equipped to make recommendations. I look forward to dining there again in the near future."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the staff was extremely nice. This place made my valentine's day special and I will be returning (before the next valentine's day)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Seafood, not much on the menu besides seafood, which we knew, and my fiance loves seafood so it was great for us. Service was good not too over bearing. Would recommend and revisit"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is fair. Nothing spectacular. The service is poor. Need I say more?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent even when the restaurant became packed later into the evening. The crab cakes and the lobster-scallop au gratin were phenomenal!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014