Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.4
10117 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 10117 people are saying
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4.4
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and the food was good. Definitely will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, fabulous service and wonderful view of the Potomac River. Definitely recommend!!

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MauricioN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great service; staff very helpful. Lovely view. The food was good.

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lawrenceh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waiter was a little slow in responding to our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two birthdays celebrated. Chart House staff even printed Happy Birthday message on the day’s menu. What a surprise! Our server, Callie, was a jewel!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Kunda, was excellent!

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RobertW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went to celebrate a 60th birthday and I had called a few days ahead to tell them this and they told me they would print menus with the celebrants name. When they seated us they gave us someone else's menus....and then just gave us plain menus. Secondly, I mentioned about doing something at dessert for the person celebrating and nothing was done. For something that we thought would be a little extra fun for the birthday person...it didn't happen. Very disappointing....

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BonAppetit
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, because of COVID, it has been a long time since our last visit. Our visit this weekend reminded us of how much we really enjoy the food and service at the Chart House. We requested and were seated at a table by a window overlooking the Potomac. Mrs. and I, over cocktails, both shared a jumbo shrimp cocktail – such a wonderful difference in the quality and excellent taste. Then both had salads with grilled shrimp – again, delicious. Our server was very attentive. An excellent dining experience. We are so happy to return to dining out at the Chart House.

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vipGoneDownhill
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I used to visit Chart House before the pandemic. Even back then it was just OK…nothing special…but unfortunately it has now gone downhill big time. This lunch menu now consists of a very small number of choices of simple, mediocre, and grossly overpriced bar food, and there is no way to order anything else if you go for lunch. I should have checked the menu before booking my reservation because I definitely would not have come if I had done so. They charge $17 for a small plate of fried shrimp served very poorly over scattered French fries with 3 dipping sauces that taste like pure molasses…the sauces are far to sweet to eat and they don’t even go with fried shrimp. This type of small dish is worth less than half that price…$6 or $7 max as an appetizer at a dive bar. The service was OK, nothing to write home about…but it was abnormally slow for the restaurant being only half full. Unfortunately I think it general the restaurant industry is struggling to stay relevant in a post COVID world where most people prefer to order more reasonably priced takeout from more well respected national chains without having to pay 15% gratuity for average or below average service. Almost all restaurants took a huge financial hit during the pandemic, and now they are trying to recover by jacking up their prices while cutting corners on quality. This is the strategy Chart House is clearly taking, and it’s not going to work in the long term because people don’t like being ripped off by restaurants. Our bill ended up at almost $140 for a party of 5 including gratuity for a very underwhelming meal, and we’ve had far better meals with better service for less than $60 at diners. I will definitely not return to Chart House anytime soon. Their heyday is long behind them in Old Town Alexandria, and it’s time for them to close down and hand over the reins to a higher quality more upscale restaurant that actually deserves to operate in such a prime waterfront location.

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JarettM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Fish was severely overcook to the point of being the same consistency as saw dust.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Missed seeing crab cakes on the menu!

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Dinoandfriends
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Rodney was an excellent waiter he took care of myself and my guest.

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KathyV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, service was impeccable and a lovely touch of an anniversary card! Food was superb as always and our server had great wine and drink recommendations.

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LaWanK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s birthday.

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EatAmerica
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated at a window with a view of the Potomac without asking! Requested that our served not rush us but not forget us which she handled quite well. Food was fabulous, as always. Chart House has survived the pandemic with little to no visible fallout. It was great to be back.

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MillieM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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CarrieF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Disappointed by the food and service here. Steak was overdone! We told our server we couldn’t eat potatoes, she recommended vegetables instead and when the bill came they charged us each $5.00 for subbing the vegetables for the potatoes. They both were the same price on the side dish menu, so should not have been charged extra. Also, our coconut shrimp appetizer had 4 small shrimp in a huge amount of crisp rice noodles, it was a joke! My Caesar salad had no flavor, I had to flag down another tables server for more dressing. We have always loved Chart House and we’re very disappointed 🙁

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ReubenJ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We hadn't been to Chart House in some time, but it is still a great place to have dinner. The food was very good and service was great. We would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner - everything was great:
Service - excellent!
Appetizer, drinks, entree, dessert!

Blackened Halibut was amazing!

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Becca
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic, we were seated with an exceptional view, our waitress was great and the food was perfect! Would strongly recommend for brunch, all of the foods were delicious

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JaquiiB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there to kick off my birthday celebration. Food did not disappoint as usual. Entrees ordered NY strip, salmon and crab and asparagus omelette. Downside: A little more crab in the omelette and a fruit garnish with our mimosas would have been nice. Planned to have the lava cake yet was told that it would be a 30-minute wait. Waitress stated she didn’t think to mention it prior to taking our brunch order. 🤨

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vipStevenA875
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We were forgotten by our waitress for a while, which was aggravating. However, the food was excellent. We will be back, definitely.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and a great environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was so so and seemed to be off.

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vipMegs
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We used to love CH, but this place has seriously gone downhill. The restaurant itself is dingy and dated. The hostesses were a hot mess. We checked in 3 times and when they showed us to our table realized they didn’t have a table for 5 set up so we stood there while they set it up. The restaurant wasn’t even full so I’m not sure what the deal was and our food took a long time to arrive. The food itself was not great. I had a ceasar salad with shrimp and the shrimp were really fishy tasting. My nephew ordered a hamburger but it came with cheese and they had to remake it. Such a prime location wasted with a poorly run restaurant with food that is seriously lacking.

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PearlsN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our visit to ChartHouse Alexandria was amazing! The drinks and food was impeccable! Our server was great and the views were awesome! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitress were awesome !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience food was really good. Our server was a sweetheart.

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Michael
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed it very much. Hi

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was ok. We’ve had better tasting food in the past. Service was good though! Always surprised about how small the portions are for the price, too.

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TimM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

AVOID if a Couple. Restaurant caters to groups of 4 or more. Couples tables are given away and only given window view seats after 7:30pm. Unbelievably bad experience. My wife and I dine out nearly 100 days a year. First, the hostess told us to wait at the bar and she would get us a window seat table. Then, we waited there 35 minutes and she never came to get us, but she walked by me twice and got two other groups. Then they gave away our table. Then the other hostess was nasty at the stand and said sometimes they don't come get people even if they tell them they will. Then, they promised us a window seat again. We waited 15 minutes longer (25 past our reservation time). To only be sat at a table further from the windows. A broken table that the flap kept falling down on my wife's legs. Then our cocktail order took 22 minutes to be brought to the table.

Rice bin for my Ahi Tuna was on a table outside the kitchen and not covered! People were walking by it coughing and breathing on it! Lastly, while at the bar, the bartender told us to sit at a designated "bar table". But then the waitress was mean and yelled at us and started arguing with bartender for giving us a happy hour table while we waited for our fine-dining table reservation.

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Local
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Glad we got there early, it was packed and very noisy as the evening progressed. Very good service from Kunda.

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JenniferJ
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow but that is to be expected since we are still technically in a pandemic but we had no issues as we were there to spend time with loved ones and enjoy a nice meal. Our reservations were at 5:45 and we left at 8:30 so plan accordingly and try to be understanding towards these establishments who are still understaffed and suffering from post pandemic situations.

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TrishandSkip
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water front views of the potomac in historic old town alexandria.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tasted great. Perfect salmon and coconut shrimp! Beautiful view as well. They treated my mom very special on her birthday! The server was really nice as well.

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vipktydc
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, view, and ambıance. Recommended for any occasion.

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JERRYB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our daughters' 21st birthday and we had a wonderful dinner and experience. The table contained a birthday card that was signed by the staff which was a nice touch. The menus wished the girls a happy birthday and they each kept a copy for the remembrance. We have a very nice view of the Potomac. The food was excellent and our waiter did a wonderful job. We could not have asked for a better evening.

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mybirthdayrestaurant
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I found it perfect for our "Ladies' Lunch"! We did not feel rushed since it was not overcrowded yet there were plenty of customers. The food is excellent and the views are terrific! I missed the salad bar which we were used to for many years that was killed by the pandemic. Maybe it will come back in some form for the evening, but it is understandable and feels safer. We enjoyed our lunch very much!

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DeonB
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Nice views. Food was good, not great. I had an issue with cleanliness. There were ants at the first table so they had to move us. The window sills needed cleaning and there a lot of gnats flying around. Not going back.

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You can order delivery directly from Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria using the Order Online button. Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 684-5080.

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria is rated 4.4 stars by 10117 OpenTable diners.

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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