Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.5
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Located in historic Old Town Alexandria behind the Torpedo Factory, Chart House is the area’s only waterfront dining location. It boasts panoramic views of the Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge & the U.S. Capitol Building. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 26 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From fresh seafood specialties to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, New Wave Surf & Turf & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Waterfront dining at its best!
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The restaurant seated us at the window with a lovely view of the water and that’s where the nice experience ends. The waitress did not know how to open a bottle of wine and subsequently got metal slivers from the foil in my wine glass. Bread for the table came out as food was coming out. Generally did not have to wait that long but we were also there very early in the evening. The mahi was undercooked and the baja extra on top was sloppy and did not bring about any new flavors. Rice was served in the shape of a random pyramid. With “seasonal vegetables” being carrots and broccoli undercooked and unseasoned on the side. Please wipe down your window sills in the future, I should not be looking at bugs who failed to escape or yesterday’s pepper. The silver water jugs had rust on the bottom which does not give me confidence in the cleanliness of the jugs. Entirely disappointing considered the price. Won’t be eating here again

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We attended The Chart House in Alexandria, Virginia to celebrate my mother, Rebecca’s, birthday dinner. We made reservations easily via the Open Table App. Although our server was new, she was very nice, professional, prompt, and courteous. She was thoughtful and definitely went over and above to make our experience a positive one. Unfortunately, there were issues with the food quality and it’s preparation. The 2 prime ribs that we ordered were the largest size but 1 came with at least 75% inedible fat. Much more than should have ever been on that cut for that price. It was disappointing and not a good value, not nutritious, and not appealing. The mashed potatoes were actually so stiff and hard, possibly they used the wrong type of potatoes like white potatoes with a very high starch content resulting in stiff, unappetizing mashed potatoes. Multiple items from the Salad Bar appeared to have been left out too long and had an altered and unnatural taste to many of these items. The desserts were hit or miss. The flight of creme brulee was so-so with the vanilla was the best. The Key Lime Pie was very well executed but could have been much better with more key line juice, and the hot chocolate lava cake was very good but a bit too busy and ultimately somehow overdone. I have dined at multiple chart houses over the years and this was a a C+ dining experience and our server elevated the status of the dinner.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Other than the location it is a very mediocre place to eat - it comes closer to a fast food than a restaurant
Not recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Completely over priced for the quality of the food and the experience as a whole. I have paid an equal amount at other restaurants and had much better food and ambiance. Our server was kind and very helpful, however she was battling insufficient bar and cook services.

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V
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! The food was delicious but on the pricey side. My husband’s oysters were very fresh. My children had king crab legs and said they were delicious! I had the street Caesar salad and it was a amazing!! The view was amazing. We made reservations and were seated right away. Staff was very attentive. My family enjoyed our dinner.

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CL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Plain and simple.....JUST DEVINE taste of foods. I’ve never had a bad meal.

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C
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening out with family. Our drinks were ready for us upon arrival. The food delicious. The service top notch!

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and the service was superb! However, the table provided for 6 was truly not suitabe and we spent the evening reaching over each other & plates while kicking each other under the table because of the table simply being too small.

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delight. I had the Black and Blue Swordfish (grilled fish with Cajun spices and topped with blue cheese). It was amazing. The creme brulee was a wonderful end to the meal. My husband enjoyed his as well. Top marks all around.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Chart House because the food is fresh and absolutely delicious. The salad bar had a good variety, as well. I had the ginger soy shrimp and scallops, which was fantastic along with the key lime pie <3 I fell in love at first bite <3

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BJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Helen took care of us with exception service and recommendations.

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

Printed personalized menus and a birthday card from staff

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KP
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The food, the gorgeous view, the warm service. Our server was so kind to our little ones. Really great

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Beyond horrible service and management. We were literally the first customers to be seated and by the time our food came, the other people had paid and left. Our server and the manager both ignored us, had no customer service skills, no social awareness and no common sense.

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AL
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday and they wrote happy birthday with her name on it on the menus and gave us an amazing complimentary dessert. It was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my family’s second year celebrating all of our birthdays at Chart House. The service was excellent as well as the food. Definitely no complaints!

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Dining area was fine. Service not so good. They took all of my silverware when I went to the salad bar.

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GK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Late evening reservation through Open Table warmly received, even though we only wanted dessert and coffee. Our host and server were very welcoming and accommodating. Ended up having prosecco to start before ordering dessert. Our server made a fresh pot of coffee, which was excellent. We appreciated having a nice table with a water view, and although our order was simple, we received a high level of attention and service which was very much appreciated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time. Our server was new but informed

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BD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The reservation process worked great. The table service (Mark) was excellent -- friendly and responsive -- but the salad bar had not been replenished in a timely manner.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not sure what it was but my girlfriend and I both got sick from what we ate. I still gave a good review because the experience was nice and the food actually tasted great going down. Only thing I would change is the lighting. If we have to pull out our phone flashlights to see the menu it is probably too dark.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was just ok. My manager sent back her food an did not eat. The crab soup was no good. I wasn’t wowed at all.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We entertained 6 out-of-town guests, and they enjoyed the dinner experience very much. We had made a reservation requesting window seating and were so appreciative that The Chart House accommodated our request. The food, service, and ambiance was outstanding.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our favorite when in Washington. Wait staff outstanding. Selection perfect.

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood beautifully prepared and presented. Perfect portion size. Great view of river.
It’s always noisy in there—hard to have conversations—that’s the only drawback.

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Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating. We arrived an hour earlier than our reservation but they graciously seated us anyway. I had the crab legs and my husband had the swordfish, both of which were excellent. Our drinks were prepared to perfection and our waitress was very attentive without being overbearing. A great experience all around!

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JM
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as always! Lee was our server - excellent, kind, & professional. Thank you for a great lunch experience with special guests!

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The beautiful restaurant juts out overlooking the Potomac River. In the distance while dining, we could see the capital and boats docking. It was lovely. We had the crab dip which was outstanding and I would highly recommend the shrimp and scallop entrée. Yes, we will be returning, I hope soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chart House was highly recommended to me. I decided to give it a try since we both have never been there. Why not surprised my husband for his birthday. Food and drinks were great. I was expecting a little more of an intimate dinner with a water view. The restaurant was very busy and a lot noisier than I expected. Overall I would definitely dine there again with the family!

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Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and ambiance were great but the service was very poor. We made three request for the items and she forgot each one of them. She also did not check back to see if we needed anything. Last we told her that we had a show and was in somewhat of a rush, and after finishing our meal, it took a while to get our check because she did not check in on us.

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OM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, timely, attentive service and delicious!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Awful service from the moment you arrive to exit. Also the food is very blah.. really blah.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was excellent. Seated immediately for an 11:15 reservation at the window. Best salad bar with so many selections. Ordered prime rib as my brunch entree and it was delish.
Wait staff were very attentive.
Really enjoyed watching the boat tours, water taxi departures, arrivals, the parade of dogs, families with strollers, sunshine and everything the floor to ceiling windows offered. Next time we will sit outside on the deck. Wonderful Sunday brunch.

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F
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I took my fiance for her birthday to the chart house, We have never been before I always heard a hype about this place so I decide to go there for a nice dinner. We order the calamari(flavorless) my fiance had the stuffed shrimp with orzo(orzo over cooked shrimp no flavor) I had the snapper Hemingway and also had no flavor at all. The rice was actually good. The presentation was from like the 90's and both out apps and entree hit the table at the same time. The drink were awesome and the service was great. Hilton did an amazing job. It was way to pricey for the lack of flavor. There are better restaurants around the area with delicious food and not as pricey.

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I will preface this review with an egregious error from our server. When we ordered our meal, she said that they had a chocolate lava cake that takes 40 minutes to make and that we would need to order it then. I (obviously) ordered it right away. Previously, we had informed her of our allergies (avocado for one person, peanuts and tree nuts for me), when the cake arrived at the end of the meal it was covered in nuts. In fact, all three desserts and the "birthday" dessert were all covered in nuts. This dinner was to celebrate three birthdays, including my own, and I could not partake in anything - including the dessert I ordered at the beginning of the meal. Our waitress did not bring the dessert to the table and did not come back to check on us for another 20 minutes so by the time she came back there was no chance of getting another one. It was very disappointing and ruined the overall experience for me.

That said, she was very kind and the food was alright. The Baked Stuffed Shrimp was excellent and the Alaskan King Crab was very good. The Baked Stuffed Flounder was bland. Definitely try the Kimchi Calamari - even if you don't like kimchi.

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p
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was average; the service was very good. The only reason to eat there is to enjoy sitting outside on the deck by the river. . My experience is that the Landry restaurants I have sampled have significantly god down in the quality of food— grossly overpriced 1789 based on one visit, now overpriced Chart House and Clyde’s.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smooth and flawless

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was amazing! The food was really great. 6 adults and 2 children, we all really enjoyed our meals!

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k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received excellent service from our server, Dora. Food was fantastic. The view was gorgeous. I highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Dinner with wife

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