Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.5
8487 reviews
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Seafood
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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1 review
Dined a day 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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VC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 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 4 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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
3 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions were just right, & our waiter was outstanding. My date & I kept telling one another how good the food was lol. Although we didn’t have any, the drink and dessert menu was awesome as well. Ask for Alexandria!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The view was terrific, the salad bar was good and the service was polite. The crab cakes were terrible, food presentation was like a diner, very disappointing for the price and the champagne tasted soapy and undrinkable. We returned it but it didn’t improve.

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making my mother's birthday lunch so pleasant! It was especially nice for her to receive your birthday card and the complimentary dessert.

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

I always enjoy my experience, and Michael our server for the evening was great, attentive and had a glad attitude to serve us and he really made the experience enjoyable.

Thank you.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining experience ! I highly recommend this Resturant .

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LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday celebration on a Thursday evening. It was the perfect evening. The food was excellent.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We met here on a Thursday night in January. We waited in the bar for our party to arrive. The restaurant is right on the water and a really cool space. The drinks are interesting and fun. A few of us got the mojito flights.
We were seated for dinner and the restaurant really is very pretty with spectacular views. I'd say the food is just okay. Not inspired, my mahi tasted fishy, the mango rice was pretty bland and the green beans were okay. Nothing terrible, nothing terribly delicious. But it was a nice evening with great service and fun drinks.

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a
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed gazpacho, crab cake appetizer & grilled salmon entree. Crab cake was full of crab not fillers. Salmon was grilled to perfection. Jasmine rice was delicious and broccoli seasoned with garlic was very yummy. Unfortunately,no room for dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chart is regular place that we visit. It has always had great food, service and ambiance.

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r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I dine at Charthouse House about once a month. The service and food are always great. The service is always great.

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S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Unacceptable that we had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated and I was on time for my 9pm reservation. The meals were delicious but the long wait upfront soured the experience.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The service was wonderful. Food was great . Raw oysters were really tiny and we had ordered a dozen not worth the money . But everything else was perfect . Stuffed flounder was really good. Can’t wait to visit again . Keep up the great work .

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PM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was bar none. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant exceeds my expectations every time. The Food, atmosphere, service with a smile were phenomenal. Highly recommend! Shrimp and pasta dish truly scrumptious!

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f
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. Red snapper was tasteless. Crab soup was a gigantic portion of overly spiced soup. Although there was a lot of crabmeat, it was overpowered by the cayenne. Expected much better food considering the high prices. Service was lackluster. You can get much better seafood in DC. View was nice.

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KS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience

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a
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the gazpacho, crab cake appetizer, & grilled salmon entree. All were excellent quality. Never disappointed having eaten here in Alexandria, Va more than 10 times.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my Mother’s 95th Birthday. The waiters were were delightful and cordial in making the event special for her. Our party of seven enjoyed our meal. Thank you.

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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waitress great food and drinks

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view of the water and city is incredible. The food and service was excellent. I was very pleased with the restaurant. I highly recommend it!

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RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience to celebrate a special birthday!

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chart House was a most wonderful place to celebrate my wife’s Birthday. Window seating overlooking the Potomac was very romantic. It was very quiet and very easy to communicate. The service by Olivia and Chantelle was exceptional. We both ordered the plank salmon which melted in our mouths. It was a fabulous experience and a beautiful birthday dinner we will cherish.

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NK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Much overpriced for everythingh on menu , and food poor with mediocre service, nice setting and atmosphere

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood and an outstanding view of the Potomac on the Old Towne Alexandria waterfront.

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