Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

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A dining experience blending the area’s finest in tastes & talents, Blackwall Hitch is a coastally inspired concept that creates a local connection. Here you’ll find seasonally driven and locally sourced food and spirits, great local music and the area’s friendliest staff and patrons. With each visit as you take in the local flavor, we guarantee you’ll be hook in no time. Get hooked on the flavor.
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was my first time at BWH. Our server Stephanie was great, our food not so much. I ordered the Trident special (salmon, lump crab cake, and shrimp on a bed of mashed potatoes) based on Stephanie's recommendation. While the salmon was tasty, the shrimp were overcooked, and the crab cake was missing lumps.

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting friends enjoyed the restaurant and the food, as did we. We keep coming back to our local favorite

DF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous. Right on the water, I know at night.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and music was perfect for a sunday brunch. Service was great in the bar area. I will be returning again

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The server was very disengaged, he did not seem excited to be at work and it made for an awkward experience. We were there for a birthday celebration and honestly wished we celebrated somewhere else.

VD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, except the noise level was horrible. Keep in mind, though, I am a baby boomer.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waiter, his name was Julian S., very nice hospitable guy from North Carolina. He made great suggestions/ pairings and made us feel very comfortable. Julian provided the best service and we’ll definitely be visiting again.

N
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The drinks I had were just okay. Orange creamsicle didn't taste like I thought it would and the raspberry drink was pretty blah. Not worth the price for the taste or presentation. Also, don't add a straw to your drinks unless the customer asks for it. Save the turtles!

JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice outdoor seating and excellent service!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely love your restaurant! I had called ahead to arrange for a nice table for a friend as it was her 55th birthday and we were provided with a nice table but it has a very sticky item on the table top and our waitress said the previous person had put her baby carrier up there! She covered it up with a napkin when it wasn't coming off. We did mention it to the manager on the way out as it was going to need to be scraped off. The server didn't seem to know anything about it being her birthday even though I had called it in but I was able to let her know so she did bring her out a piece of cake with a candle in it.
The food was excellent as usual!
I was sorry to see how dead the restaurant was at 12 and really hope it survives as it is my new favorite!

AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I'm a frequent flyer for Sunday brunch but my service on this visit was subpar (not the norm).

AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time for the third time! Food could be better, however. Compared to the local DC area, and its variety of options, the food here felt underwhelming. And that’s from the mouth of out-of-towners.

GS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was good, salmon on Caesar Salad was over cooked and Nour tawdry at all, my wife had the watermelon salad and added lump crab which cost 15$ extra and was about two tablespoons of crab

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent service. Good food, though overpriced.

SO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The only good thing about this restaurant is it’s location. Nothing else.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant and food was great. The service from the waitress was subpar and all she had to give us was food

TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good, as usual, but seating was questionable. Really out of character for Blackwall Hitch. Waited nearly 20 minutes, even though I had a reservation. Also, I made a reservation for 5, but was given a table for 4. When I asked that we have a table for 5 (as we’d reserved), the lady working the front of the house recommended instead that 3 people squeeze together on one side of the table that was clearly designed for only people. Also, our waiter wasn’t very attentive. There were long gaps between her visits. Tough to grab her attention when she walked by.

The entire visit was very different from our other (maybe a dozen or more) visits. I’m sure it was just an off day, but not so fun for the patron.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d like to hear music sets during Sunday’s brunch. Otherwise, the service, food & experience was great.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We were very disappointed this time with Blackwall Hitch. Our waitress took forever to get us our drinks, probably 20 minutes. Our waitress virtually disappeared. She ended up overcharging me for my meal but I was so irritated that I just left. $3 wasn’t worth waiting for the check fix. There was no one there and things just took so long to get to us. The prices have seemed to have gone up tremendously. I paid $15 more on top of $13 for friend green tomatoes for crab meat and it was about two tablespoons worth of crabmeat and it was tasteless . Won’t go back again. Rockfish was $32. A bit absurd when it’s caught locally.

CR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Out of the restaurant at the waterfront, this is our favorite. We sat outside with a water view. Waiter had alot of energy, didn't bug us, anticipated when we might need him. Good food! Good wine! Great service!

QC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I love this place. This is our go to spot and we always invite our friends along. The food and service are normally the best anyone could ask for but the last time we went, our waitress was not attentive and she was not as friendly as we are used to while there. I don’t remember her name but she was a red headed white woman.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server was negligent, food was alright. Not a super impactful restaurant experience idk - wouldn’t actively recommend to a Friend

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 2 people for 3pm on a Sunday. We showed up on time, but the boy at the front desk would not seat us and kept saying brunch was over. We did not come for brunch and we had a reservation, so we were very confused. We kept getting the run around, until finally a waitress told us their kitchen was closed until 4 and we could sit and wait. No thank you! This is the second time I've had an issue at this restaurant. Last year I came and the people at the front were rude to my 83 year old mother. I complained to the manager and he apologized and sat us immediately, but now after strike 2, I'm not going to patronize this restaurant or recommend them ever again. We drove an HOUR to make our reservation, showed up on time, and were told the kitchen was closed. Oh, and I also got penalized as a no-show on Open Table by this restaurant after all this. I would not have written a review had I not received my email from Open Table that this was a no show. But since I had to write to them to dispute the no show, I figured I would take the time to write a review as well. Terrible service, go else where.

UR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always wonderful great atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and ambiance were great. The jazz trio were amazing. Our waitress “Tina” was very attentive

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation at 7:15pm and upon arrival was told it would be about a 30 minute wait and there were no tables outside, which I had requested. Evidently the reservation system was messed up and they were overbooked. Never an apology from the hostess; we would just have to wait.
We did end up waiting for an outside table which was pleasant. The food is over-priced and my dinner was cold by the time I got it.

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too noisy, inexperienced staff, food was just OK. Not what it used to be.

NH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

This place was really accommodating to my gluten allergy! It was a beautiful view from our table and the dessert was fantastic. Though they were very busy and our server didn't come for 30 min after we were seated and wasn't around much for the rest of our dinner. Overall, it was a nice place for a date night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon on the deck w delicious salads and wonderful service!

FP
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We visited during restaurant week, which I think was a good way to try the food at a cheaper price. The food was good but we also weren’t blown away. Thought the service could be improved slightly, it wasn’t bad, just slightly below average fir what we expected from a place like this.

MF
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was decent. Although fresh, it wasn’t really flavorful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Had reservations, but took hostess 20min to seat us and it was not that busy.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Horrible service. Appetizer and dessert delicious. Entree was served room temp (when should have been hot). Ate two fork fulls and none of the rest. Despite beautiful view, skip this overpriced place.

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The crab cakes were amazing. The mussels too. I was disappointed that they ran out of the truffle desserts on a Thursday and the server didn't know if they had decaf coffee! It's restaurant week in VA. The restaurant could be better prepared.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place is our go-to choice because of its prime location in Alexandria and outdoor seating. Service and hospitality is ok, food is ok. Try the fried tomatoes as an appetizer.

DG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! Jill our server was very personable, knowledgeable of the menu/drinks. We sat at a high top table in bar area. Highly recommend!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice experience - the atmosphere, the food, and the service was all extremely enjoyable. We will definately be back

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

restaurant week- goodf food but waitress was horrible. Slow and it takes her 20 mins to refill water and get bread. No explanation no insight when food coming

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

As our server explained to us this building has a tin roof therefore the air conditioning just doesn't work on warm days. Despite this and the 97 degree weather a side door was continuously used as an additional entrance, sometimes with people propping the door open to let even more hot air in. Management eventually stopped this but the dining room was already extremely hot.

Would not recommend this place on very hot days.

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