The Walrus Oyster & Ale House

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369 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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About

Officially named The Walrus Oyster & Ale House, inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem The Walrus and The Carpenter. The restaurant offers local, moderately priced, eastern shore style seafood and a vibrant Shucking Bar. Count on The Walrus “fun” factor to complement the food with an over-sized, industrial strength bar featuring cocktails designed by Kris Carr, 14 tap beers, tap wines and colorful, massive frozen drinks for those warm, sunny days. The restaurant boasts a 90-seat patio with beautiful water views of the Potomac and nearby Old Town Alexandria. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Brunch served Sunday from 10am - 3pm. Happy Hour offered Monday through Friday from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. The Walrus is also available for private and semi private events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Open 7 Days a Week
Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Brunch
Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 567-6100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
American Way
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Parking details
Ample parking lot and street parking available.
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Entertainment
n/a
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Reviewed on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Memorial Day & I was alone enjoying the atmosphere. Sat at the bar and had a few beers and some oysters. Great food and terrific service. I will return without hesitation...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Salad was made of old, pink wilting lettuce. Water used in iced tea tasted like it came from a river. My entree didn't taste great. A waste of money at $40 for all three.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Tried something new with my sister since this week was Restaurant week. The selection were okay and the food was pretty good.

K
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent oysters and overall meals. We had a great waiter and he was very attentive.

DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parking is always a bit challenging, but park in the parking deck and it's a quick, but enjoyable walk to the restaurant. The oysters were very fresh, and delicious. They have a great oyster hot sauce. My wife got the fish and chip...wonderful...I got the seafood bake...comes in a pot and was very tasty...Beer was good, and the atmosphere is great....

Would look at changing the seating for two, a tad bit crowded, especially when dinner arrives.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was terrific. The food was very fresh and tasty and the waitress honored our special requests. I would recommend dining here for a casual dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, good and fast service

M
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The food was delicious.

d
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were fine, nothing impressionable but the main courses were praised by our group of 7 guys

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place with a nice variety of seafood. The hot mulled cider with a shot of tequila took the edge off a cold night!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! The fried calamari was sheer perfection. We also had the crabcakes which were awesome and the meatloaf which was good. Would definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was okay. Seating could have been better. Table for two are a bit too small, for two adults.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our appetizers came out after our other food and we had to ask for them to be removed from the bill. Service was slow and portions seemed small for the price

T
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service could have been better, though the food runners are pretty great. The crab cake was delicious! The clam chowder is a little thinner than I'm used to, but the house made oyster crackers and the rich flavor make up for it. The fries were cold though :-/

m
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fantastic. The good was really good Sbdc and out quickly. We were very impressed that they face each of our children a little plate with fresh fruit and corn bread along with the cornbread and biscuits for the table. According to my kids, they make the BEST Shirley Temples!

S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Good food but unfortunately our table was shoved into an unappealing corner--and this was with a reservation. Put a damper on the whole experience. Waiter very attentive and nice. Oysters good.

AB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dinner on Christmas Eve. The service was good and the food was delicious. I had the shrimp with crab on top of grits and it was great, too much to finish, but overall very tasty. My son got the shellfish rigatoni and that was good too. Loved the seasonal beer too. We will come back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time and a great waiter The food was great and a fun atmosphere

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expected variety of Oyster types, no steamed on menu. Poor variety overall. Very noise guest at bar with no respect for others.

b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went on recommendation of "best oysters". they were good but not the best we've had. definitely could share one order unless you are a
big eater. salad was very good.

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went especially for the oysters and clams. My date was not disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. The hostess was amazing. We showed up 45 minutes prior to our scheduled reservations but she did everything possible and got us seated. We told her we understood if she couldn't seat us but she said she could make it work to make us happy. She was wonderful. Our waiter Matthew was also wonderful. Very friendly and even brought us extra bread since everything we seemed to order they were out of. The only down fall to our visit was they seemed to be out of everything we wanted. We would order something and he was like well we ran out, and then something else and he was like we ran out and then he up sold the drink saying add a 151 shot for $2 extra so we did but when he came back he said well were out of tubes so the bartender just added it on top. So other than the out of stock items the experience was great. We will definitely be back because my fiancé wants to try the bacon wrapped meatloaf (he was looking so forward to getting that and then they told us they were out).

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall was a good experience. Food was good (not great). Drinks were good and service was good. Overall would recommend but it is a bit pricey.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Matt V was absolutely tremendous. Good food, nice ambience and absolutely fantastic service!

D
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food with lots of choices for oysters and fresh fish. Decent beer and wine list. Not too loud so makes it good for conversation. Nice server without a lot of waiting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and good service! A little over priced. Would go back there dinner or lunch again.

CF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but nothing special. Hush puppies were cooked fine on one side and over cooked on the other. Service was excellent. Would not rush back any time soon.

m
Charleston
116 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a fun place. Great oyster choices. Family friendly.

r
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great time. Waiter was terrific. Best oysters we ever had

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! My first time in the National Harbor. I chose this place at random as a meeting spot for some out of town friends and we were all very pleased.

MT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome and the oysters were delicious!!!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful waitress who was attentive to our needs, but also gave us plenty of time to talk amongst ourselves at the table. Very good!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and service. Oysters were excellent!

SK
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good, the prices reasonable, the service was attentive but seriously ladies break out a smile once in awhile. I asked for a suggestion and she acted like I asked her watch paint dry. A little more personality would be great.

TI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the oysters were awesome! The other foods were pretty good, but if you come, it's for the oysters. Waiting to come back for more.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great night...slow service, but enjoyed nonetheless!

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The ambiance was very energetic and fun. The memorable food was my bread and the oysters. My meal was the Wednesday seafood stew special, it was good but not spectacular.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sever Matt V was outstanding. He was friendly, generous, patient, and prompt. He truly helped make our experience great. We will definitely be returning!

JR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pub like atmosphere, very good cocktails, limited wine but lots of beer choices. The oysters were great. Crab stuffed shrimp on grits were very good. Nice sized portions.

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