Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.5
8522 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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Little Rock
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, but better service from Aaron our waiter. Had mostly apps. Crab cake: good size with lots of crab. Shrimp, crab, mango avocado stack: a lot of seafood in this one. Good flavors. Finally the oyster Rockefeller was simply delicious. Crustiny bread would have probably made it perfect. Highly recommend. Could see the nations capital from our seats right along the water.

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

We celebrated my grandmother on her 89th birthday, I originally reserved for a party of 10, but my party increased, there were no issues with that, that were able to seat us within 5mins after our arrival.
Great food, atmosphere and view.

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BH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I would recommend for a water view, however, the service and quality of food did not fit the price. It was not busy and our server was only around a few times. The food took longer than I expected and was average. I have been to the Chart House twice in the last year, and will not likely go again. There are much better choices in Old Town.

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

Party of 6 with 5:00pm reservation on a Sunday - no problems getting a nice table by the windows. Service was outstanding. Food was extremely good. Very pricey but all in all, worth it. Ongoing complaint is that the draft beer comes in a 12-oz (at best) glass vice a pint glass and they still charge $7.50

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days 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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RS
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Andre our server was excellent

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

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

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

Filet was fantastic, service was decent.

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BO
1 review
Dined 5 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 5 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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Anniversary/valentines - tables too close together. Felt weird.
Definitely not romantic..

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

Had I known the night was a post-Valentine’s special night I would have reserved a later time when it was less crowded or asked for a larger table. Small, intimate round tables are less than convenient when half the space is taken up by glasses, bread basket, candle, and flatware. I constantly worried someone was going to drop something on me or trip over me it was that tight. Service was excellent, but I felt that the bar was not up to their usual standard as my first two drinks were weak and only after an accidental bump that resulted in spilling most my second drink did the third actually taste strong enough. The service and management covered my spilled drink at no charge, but I ensured that had I tipped on full price with the three drinks included as it was not the waiter’s fault and should get the better tip.

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LW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 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 5 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 5 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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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and it was cooked to perfection. Our waitress was awesome.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Poor food, that's all I can say. The whole place needs better air conditioning too.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 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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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is our favorite but this time we did not get to sit where we would have liked. It was hard for us to hear and the table seemed to be in the only passage way for the servers to get food to the other patrons.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonderful

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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T
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 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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TL
1 review
Dined 7 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 7 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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P
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 7 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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CJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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