Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.5
8512 reviews
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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 29 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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Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience and it was absolutely as amazing! Definitely will be coming back!

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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Taylor was OUTSTANDING!!!!! food was amazing

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Filet was fantastic, service was decent.

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BO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere just a bit pricey for the serving you get.

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

It was a great meal. The salad bar is fantastic. This seems to be one of the few Chart Houses that still has one. I enjoyed the spiced ahi. Judy is a terrific server!

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

Always a great time here. Food is great, wine is delicious! Wish I was not so stuffed so I could have had dessert! Great for a date night or special occasion.

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

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. The waterfront setting is such a nice backdrop to enjoy a delicious meal.

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BB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Great experience as we got a seat next to the window. Food was superb and service was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cant recall my servers name but he was awsome... My crab cream soup was delicious... The Panned Chicken was also delicious .We will return very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonderful

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

They over booked and did not honor reservations. There was no place to sit or stand while waiting. The Chart House made no concessions for any of these.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

It started off as a very bad experience because I made reservation on 2/14/2019 and had to wait almost a hour to be seated. Whats the point of a making reservations if I still have to wait.

Bright side : I love this place and after I was seated it was an amazing experience once again.

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AG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Could not keep a reservation! While the food experience was positive, the restaurant seated us 50 minutes after the reservation time!

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CG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

First time and last time diners here. Made a reservation for Valentine's Day a month ago after rave reviews from coworkers and friends. My boyfriend dined at the one in Dana Point, California years ago and so I wanted to surprise him by taking him here in Alexandria. I received a call on Friday 2/8/19 confirming my reservation time for 2 people at 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, we show up at 7:45 and they definitely overbooked. There was no place to sit or stand while waiting, so we actually went to Blackwall Hitch for pre-dinner drinks because the Chart House bar was so crowded. We were not seated until 8:45, after making a 8:00 reservation. At Chart House, I totally understand the tables with a view on are a first come first serve basis and I put that in the comment section when I made the reservation, however we were seated upstairs, the table closest to the kitchen, with a view of the pipes in the ceiling. The tables were super close together and the actual table was really small, it made it hard to enjoy the dinner. Servers constantly bumped into our table. The food wasn't anything special and it took about 45 minutes to come out. The cut of prime rib we were served was really fatty. Our server was Nicholas and he was attentive. However, because of the things mentioned above we will not be returning, first impression was not a very good one.

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

Despite it being very busy, our waiter Jamie was fantastic! We never had to hunt him down and he was very friendly. Our food was fantastic and didn’t seem to take very long to come out. My date and I were very satisfied and we can’t wait to return!

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

Food was great and our server was awesome. Taking points off the rating due to being seated 45 minutes after our reservation.

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

Waited for almost an hour for a table that I put a reservation in for almost a month in advance... not acceptable

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had reservations for 7:15 and were seated at 8:05. I may go there for an early or late lunch again, but never again for dinner.

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T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A little behind reservation time but it was a busy Valentine’s Day

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TL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only issue we had was the extra almost 40 extra minute wait for our dinner [reservation at 7pm, wasnt seated until 7:38pm.]....I'll just leave it up to the fact it was Valentines Day. Our server Mark was polite and courteous...

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

My Wife and I went to another restaurant earlier and was very disappointed with the service before we could get our menu. We asked to be moved to another table and was rudely told "No" in a loud voice. No explanation or simply stating that the tables were assigned. Next we reviewed the Valentine menu found nothing that we liked.

We decided to leave the restaurant and by chance I looked at OpenTable and found an opening at 6:15 for the Chart House. We couldn't believe it but we had a great view and the food was excellent. Even the price we paid was the same price we would have paid at the first restaurant but with a bottle of wine included. Great Night and great service.

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P
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We are Landry's Select members and often enjoy a night out at the Alexandria Chart House. But never again on Valentine's Day! We had reservations at 6, but weren't seated until 6:40 (but my husband likes the bar there, so we had a drink and the wait wasn't too uncomfortable). Then, it was a good thing that we ordered the salad bar, because the kitchen was really slow to get our meal out (with no explanation from our server until we asked about it). The food was good, although my husband's prime rib was definitely on the rarer side of medium rare! The peanut butter ice cream was great.
The table was lovely (if a bit hard to slide in and out of the booth). We were glad to leave when we did, however, because a huge party (16 - 20 people, with a lot of kids) were seated directly in front of us and were quite boisterous as they came in -- definitely would have put a crimp in a "romantic" date if we'd have had them during the whole meal.
Service was good, considering the crowds of people.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal -- but I much prefer quieter evenings with fewer people.

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

Another great meal! A little bit of a seating delay and a bit more packed than usual thanks to Valentine's day, but overall great dinner!

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NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! One of our favorite restaurants.

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

Had a great time at Chart House. Great drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. Our waiter was prompt and keep us supplied with everything we need to make the night special.

Good Job Chart House Staff !

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

The food and service was outstanding. The atmosphere was great. A perfect Valentines Dinner.

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

My wife and I have been to Chart House several times and have never been disappointed. Our last visit was Valentines Day 2019. Our server was Hilton. He was outstanding. He took very good care of us and next time I visit the Chart House I am going to request his section/table. If it were a 1-10 rating I'd give it a 100!

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A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were terrific,as usual. I was disappointed that I am a Landry member, but we did not have a window seat for our 4:45 reservation. Also, the price of $185 for our Valentine’s meal was not really a deal, as described. The couple with us ordered ala carte items, and they basically had the same types of salads, entrees, and desserts for about fifty dollars less. I do not think the small bottle of wine that came with the Valentine’s special was worth the cost.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I could have made better food. It tasted like an upscale Texas road house. Food way to expensive for the quality.

Appetizers and crab cakes were very good though. Main course was very disappointing. The rice tasted like uncle bens microwave bag rice. Steak was dry even though medium rare.

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

Great service and great view. What more could a person need?

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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, reasonably priced. The service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive and not only allowed us to have separate checks, but even split the dessert seven ways, since seven of us ate it! Really well handled. Chart House has a great view of the Potomac River. Alas, it was rainy and foggy during our lunch.

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KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. Julio and Victoria were our servers and were attentive and gave us great guidance on the menu (I have several food restrictions) and wine selection. The food was as wonderful as I had hoped for as I'd been dreaming of Ahi tuna ever since we made our plans to dine here for our celebration. Presentation was a bit lack luster for such a nice and pricey place....our meal didn't come with veggies and it was like they left that spot open on our plate so something looked like it was missing...maybe add garnish or just include veggies? But overall, I'd recommend this location without hesitation.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YES I WOULD, THE SERVICE WAS REALLY GOOD AND THE RESTAURANT WAS VERY NICE, WOULD DEFINATELY GO BACK AGAIN

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

We were seated in such an uncomfortable seat it made it hard to enjoy the dinner. Sever servers bumped into our table spilling our waters and drink. I liked the place, but did not like where we were seated.

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CO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service impeccable. I would definitely return again and again and again and again.

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AJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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L
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kimchi calamari was delicious, oysters were good but small the entrees were delicious. Best of all was the service! Only downfall was tables too close together if anyone needed to get up everyone on one side had to too. Plus couple next to us had to FaceTime. If we weren’t so close it would have been fine

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CB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were really not wanting to dine at a “chain” restaurant in charming Old Town Alexandria, but what a wonderful experience we had. Requested a window table, check! Excellent service, check! Fabulous food and presentation, check! Beautiful setting, check! Thank you for a great evening!

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!!! The waitress was always there and lively. The ladies at the front counter were pleasant and made us feel welcomed.

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BA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service on Super Bowl Sunday! Taylor was an excellent addition to our anniversary celebration. Thank you for the very kind greeting card and the expert service.

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