Walt's Wharf

4.8
731 reviews
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Walt"s Wharf is an award winning seafood restaurant located in the seaside town of Seal Beach, California. We specialize in the freshest seafood, prepared over an open oak fire. We are proud to offer an extensive wine list featuring selections from the top California wineries to complement your meal. Be sure to try one of our "world famous" oak grilled artichokes and our one of a kind caramelized salmon with orange shoyu glaze. If you love fresh seafood, a visit to Walt's Wharf is a must! We look forward to seeing you at Walt's Wharf, the local favorite for fresh fish and seafood in Seal Beach.
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MB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Okay so yes the food is good, I will say that. I don’t get why an artichoke is $14!! Halibut was $38. Again good food but come on with these prices!

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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT. BEEN THERE MANY TIMES WITHOUT DISAPPOINTMENT.

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S
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood in a casual atmosphere. Experienced waiters/waitresses make the difference.

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P
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed a wonderful salmon tostada and a glass of Chardonnay with a gracious server.
My husband and I go to Seal Beach often and love eating at Walt s.

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OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent raw oysters and the ahi tuna sandwich was perfectly prepared.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love Waltz and this was the first time in a long time the service was just ok. I ordered champagne and they handed it to me across the table, instead of serving to me. We just expect a bit more from them. Fondly Lisa Pfeiffer

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary excellent service very nice touch in our menu with anniversary wishes

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GK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around!! Food, service, menu, location and ambiance

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KH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Walt’s! Great menu, fresh seafood, friendly service!

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SQ
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Griselda as our server. She is exceptional. She checked on us frequently to make sure everything was just right. My friend had the chilled seafood platter which looked and tasted amazing.

We brought a Babcock bottle of wine to share. Our dinner was wonderful.

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PS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday with the family. Had a great time - food was excellent.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food always! Great service as well. Very casual dining, kind of old school beach dining. Nothing fancy but the food is. I think they need to have a better wine by the glass option. Actually didn’t get a glass since I didn’t know the options and they are very skimpy on the pour. They promote their own wine, which I get, but if I’m going to spend $14 on a few sips of wine, I want something I know is good. Maybe theirs is excellent, but didn’t know that for sure. It’s great food!

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat upstairs and enjoyed great service, great food and generally pretty easy to carry on a conversation.
We found the table arrangements a little snug upstairs, but overall a pleasant experience.

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K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is great and the ambience is also terrific however I thought the brunch menu was a bit on the pricey side.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Scallop dinner was $33 and the worst scallops I ever tasted. Service was slow but not bad. It was so noisey I could not even have a conversation with my date. I will never go back.

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PD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three ladies with me had salads and said they were delicious. I had the Idaho trout and it too was delicious. Plus we were served quickly on a Saturday noon.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great. Would definitely recommend

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GI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great family run restaurant with phenomenal food. Rare to find a real Caesar salad with a hint of anchovies and incredibly prepared fish. Have always had an exceptional dining experience, Walt's never disappoints.

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BS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always can count on very fresh seafood expertly prepared. It’s not fancy for sure and a bit noisy when full, which it usually is, but is a go to place for seafood. Can’t even count the number of times we’ve been to Walt’s and never disappointed.

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CL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the years one of my favorites - I can say I never have had a bad meal there. It has a warm, comfortable, folksy feel - a local place that fits in with the Seal Beach life style. I wish there were more restaurants like Walt's Wharf!

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KF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find!!! Delicious food!! Lots of choices on menu, nice staff, comfortable, quiet upstairs, noisier downstairs. good location.

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat here. Great staff, surroundings and food; not so loud that quiet conversations can't be had. A great go-to place for special occasions because the food isn't cheap- but its worth it.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love Walt's Wharf food and service is top notch!! Thank you everyone for making our 25th wedding anniversary gathering a day to be remembered...

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Irene was so sweet and kind. Always. The minute you walk in the hostesses are friendly. All the wait staff is the best. Our favorite place for sure. Food and service at the best. Thank you

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KH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Walt’s! The seafood is so fresh and they are super friendly. Definitely a neighborhood favorite!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family and I always enjoyed having dinner at Walt's Wharf. The food, ambience and staff were wonderful.

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r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love to go here an eat in the afternoon, went at lunch hour and it was a bit noisy. The host was kind enough to find us a table that was quieter. The food is good, very consistently. and the wine flights are very fun to try. Cocktails are good too.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surf and Turf was just outstanding. Steak cooked perfectly and good portion of lobster; sides were fresh and delicious. Was in the bar area but service was spot on like I’ve encountered in main dining rooms.

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VS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food is excellent and our waitress was wonderful. I love the artichokes, calamari and trout!

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GR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I satisfied everything not only for my steak. I ordered ribeye, medium but came out well done. I was little disappointed its quality as well. It was good overall.

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EG
Seattle
100 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait for the next opportunity to go back. Loved everything about it. Definitely a neighborhood gem !

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our early evening dinner with a selection of delicious appetizers. Thoroughly recommend!

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise rating was not the fault of Walt Wharf's. There was a couple sitting next to us and their conversation volume exceeded the normal levels. It seemed like they wanted others to be impress with what they were talking about.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just needed a little break and Walt’s is a great place for this.

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N
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Ambiance...Honestly Appatisers are better than the entrees. Next time just get a hodgepodge and a glass of wine.

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BG
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

They can’t make up their minds about seating in the bar. The hostess tells you you can sit at the bar just not the seats/chairs and then when you sit at the bar they come over and tell you to move that someone has the bar reserved ?! Those seats say empty for most of the time we were there. Used to eat at Walt’s once a week and now we hardly come because of this kind of customer service and the inconsistency of food quality.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very good evening with good service good food and we had a good time it was a very special place to spend Valentine’s Day with my sweetheart thank you all for a splendid time

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d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day date with my wife. Exceptional waiter, plenty of attention and friendly manners.

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EN
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm atmosphere. A local place on Main street in Seal Beach that has been there for a long time. Excellent food, great wine selection and excellent service.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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