Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

4.3
10126 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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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 10126 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAndreaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I used to love chart house. The view and ambiance is worth the visit but it seems like new management and/or chefs have been employed. It’s a shame, my boyfriend and I ate simply bc it was late but the steak was awful , my stuffed shrimp was bad and the cauliflower rice was drenched in oil and lemon juice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very poor experience with heavy-bleach tasting mahi and significant delays between courses. Environment is nice. Prime rib and molten chocolate cake quite good.

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vipArthurH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mr. Lee is awesome!!

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NanC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Word of warning. This is the second time we dined at Chart House. They take your drink and appetizer order. Then come back for the main course. This can actually be very enjoyable when you are out for a leisurely lunch, as we were the previous time, when dining out for the first time since Covid. However, given the personnel issues that are currently standard in restaurants, leading to long waits for each course. and that we took our 7-year-old grandson, it made for a meal that was a little too drawn out.

As for the food, the fried calamari kimchi and popcorn shrimp were great, though not very . (My grandson’s other grandma is Korean, so he knows.) The fish tacos were a little mushy.

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vipArthurH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server David was excellent.

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vipCLFoodieNoVA
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Persons answering the phone are unfamiliar with the menu. Quick questions require long hold times. Good wait staff.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and it was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Anniversary card and dessert treat! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My Dad and I came here to celebrate my birthday. The food was delicious! The service was very slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience5

We had lunch here and the selections was not a lot. The calamari was over cooked.

CL
CourtneyL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was amazing. Myself and my boyfriend truly enjoyed our time together. We will be back!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I did not enjoy my food and the service was terrible we had 2 waiters and we barely seen either one of them.

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RAPS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience. Our waitress, from Botswana (we sadly forgot her name) was warm and provided excellent service. We were able to celebrate our son’s birthday with the appropriate accommodations addressed; table by the water and a dessert with a candle. Thank YOU.

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Mike
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very disappointing. The waiter was new and spilt the water on the table. The food was very late and our food was given to another table. They left. Our food when we finally got it was obviously reheated. And not very palatable. They did not charge us for the entries. However we will not go back.

MJ
MichaelJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Would have preferred to sit outside. View was still amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waitress - Kunda

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DaveD
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The menus and our appetizer were never cleared from the table. After food delivered (not by our waiter) the next time we say the waiter we were done eating. Honestly and truly, you could tell the poor waiter was trying, but had no clue what he was doing. Go to Olive Garden or outback and hire experienced waiters. This poor guy never worked in a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The restaurant was dirty with dead bugs in the windowsills. My chopped salad looked like it was weeks old with the lettuce looking like it had no life. My crab dip had large chunks of un melted cheese in it and the bread which accompanied it was cold and hard as bricks. My husband and I was there for our Anniversary. We will not be coming back.

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OCCY
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive. We sat outside which makes me feel comfortable. We had a very enjoyable dinner with good food and friends.

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SunM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was good overall and would go there again and recommend friends.

Enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was appalled by the service that I received at the Chart House. The server was very bad (Zack);I had to request another server. When the server brought the bread after I had been there for 45 minutes there was hair on the bread! The napkin was also very dirty. I asked for a manager that didn’t handle the situation very well. The only thing that he had to say was “I’m Sorry”. For the price of the food it was horrible! I go to a lot of fine dine restaurants but this was by far the worst experience I have ever had. I Strongly suggest you don’t go to this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

My granddaughter graduated

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The service was amazing. Our waitress and hostess really saved the experience. On the other hand, the food was bland and just not good at all. The blackened salmon was highly recommended but there was no seasoning. I give the food one star out of politeness and the service 5.

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TaraW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We appreciate the classic decor, menu and overall vibe of Chart House. The food was tasty, and service was excellent.

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WilliamC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I selected the Chart House in Alexandria, Va to celebrate the birthday of a very special friend. I had been to the Chart House multiple times, but this was my friends first and she was overwhelmed with the dining experience. We arrived a little early and had time to walk around the water front and take pictures which was awesome. She loved everything about the Chart House. The Chart House atmosphere, appetizers, drinks, dinner, and dessert was excellent. Zachary our waiter was very a tentative, polite, and offered the best service. I will look forward to my next dining experience at the Chart House.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I felt like I have had better meals at the Chart House. My Caesar salad was not as fresh and the Salmon was prepared well but I have had better. Overall taste was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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DeborahT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was only ok, not the caliber it used to be. Our Party had the stuffed shrimp with riced cauliflower as a side- shrimp was a bit chewy. Grilled Salmon with riced cauliflower, Grilled Ahi and riced cauliflower- salmon and ahi were decent but nothing to rave about. The cauliflower had the consistency of soggy stuffing, no one ate more than two bites it was not good. Fourth person had a dinner salad- size was more of a side salad than dinner salad- left hungry. The online menu is not the same as the in house menu- in house is much more limited. Server indicated that Flounder was available, only to come back after ordering and tp say there was no flounder at all. Disappointing visit, won't be back.

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MauricioN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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

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lawrenceh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waiter was a little slow in responding to our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
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 on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Kunda, was excellent!

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RobertW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
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
53 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
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 on July 17, 2021
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.

JM
JarettM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
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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Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria is rated 4.3 stars by 10126 OpenTable diners.

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

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