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About The Wharf

History has been written inside the walls of the Wharf, with its 1790's style architecture featuring original wood columns and beams that are charred black from a Civil War fire. Since 1971, satisfied diners have been heading to The Wharf in Old Town for whole Maine lobster, local soft shell crabs and prime steaks. The restaurant has recently been renovated and remodeled and the menu updated to include many contemporary seafood items along with their traditional Chesapeake Bay creations.

119 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
N. Lee St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 836-2836

Website:
http://www.wharfrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Multiple televisions for sports games, shows, etc.

Catering:
We offer small-scale catering services in the direct Old Town area. For larger inquiries, please call to discuss with a manager.

Parking Details:
On street parking available and public parking garage directly behind restaurant.

Public Transit:
Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.

Private Party Facilities:
With our beautiful private dining room on the second floor, The Wharf is the perfect place for your next business meeting or special occasion. With our fresh seafood and excellent staff, The Wharf can make your next event one to remember.

Private Party Contact:
Pedro Rivas: (703) 836-2836

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, holiday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings/conferences.

The Wharf Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
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Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Waterfront (3)
Fun (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was excellent. Definitely will be going back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing and the price was just right for any seafood dinner. My girlfriend loved the food as well this place is nice and lovely quite place for dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were meeting our cousin from out of town for the Sunday brunch. The menu was great and reasonably priced. Our selection of the eggs Benedict was excellent. Nick our waiter was always attentive. Definitely want to go back!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this spot for she crab soup. My rockfish was great and my friend loved her clam chowder (hearty!) fried shrimp and peppermint creme brûlée. I ordered the tiramisu it wasn’t as wonderful. The Service was top notch and ambiance was perfect for conversation and catching up. Will keep coming back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Healthy
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was efficient, but TOO efficient since 6 people were served so quickly on a Friday night that we were done in less than an hour with appetizers and dessert. Need to have a more relaxed pace for a Friday night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been to the Wharf for lunch several times and enjoyed each lunch. So, we thought why not go to the Wharf for New Year's Eve dinner. We got our table at our reservation time and ordered drinks. We then ordered one appetizer to share, but the appetizer came out within 5 minutes, which seemed really fast, especially since the restaurant was filled to capacity. The appetizer was just okay. Our entrees showed up 10 minutes later -- way too fast for us to enjoy our night out. Our entrees, lobster linguini, was just okay. This dish did not pop at all. The other entree, a lobster-crab dish, was also just okay, in fact a bit bland with cold veggies. We expected more based on our earlier luncheon experiences and the $30+ price for our entrees. Our reservation was at 9:00 and we were done eating by 9:40! Neither of us enjoyed our night out, what a disappointment. The service was fine, but I got the strong impression that they just wanted to turn the table as fast as possible. Our waiter brought our check and came back so soon that I had to tell him that I hadn't even looked at the bill yet!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As a non-seafood eating person, normally, I would not go to this type of restaurant, but my girlfriend likes seafood, and I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant, so off we went.

We had a great time. Since we were early for our reservation, we went to the bar, first. The bartender was very knowledgeable. My girlfriend asked for a Nuts and Berries (which I have never heard of before). The bartender had no problem making the drink.

When we got to our table, the staff was very attentive. The manager came over during and after our meal to make sure everything was okay. I like it when managers come over AFTER a meal because that's the time when they would be needed the most if there was a problem. As we were chatting, he told us about their Sunday brunch, which sounded yummy.

I ordered the Grilled Filet Mignon. It was pretty good. My girlfriend started with Southern-Fried Calamari. She said it was very good. For her main course, she ordered Linguini Portofino, which comes with shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, calamari and crab meat sautéed in a garlic-herb white wine broth with fresh tomato. She said it was excellent; that she could tell the pasta was very fresh. She also pointed out the the scallops were real because they were all irregular in shape. Here is the primer on scallops that she gave me: Since scallops are an animal, each individual scallop is not shaped exactly the same—they are slightly different in size, and won't be perfect cylinders. Fake (or cheap) scallops, however, will look identical to each other as they were made using something like a round cookie cutter.

All in all, I would highly recommend The Wharf. We are looking forward to coming back for Sunday brunch.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, love their Salmon Chesapeake! They did a great job accommodating our group of 15 for New Years Eve, everyone enjoyed their food and drinks...

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice environment, good food. With reservation, was greeted immediately.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding seafood, high quality service, and cozy setting, especially on the 2nd floor. Lobster and linguine in cream sauce was superb. Salmon stuffed with crabmeat was scrumptious. Also, tasty salad with caramelized walnuts and gorgonzola cheese.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Wharf is my go to restaurant when I'm in the area. I go at least once a month.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service (seven in our group). Very friendly staff and knowledgeable about menu and offered recommendations. Food was delicious . Adequate time between courses nd no feeling of being rushed. Very good cocktails and wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food good, especially wedge salad. We were upstairs and it was too noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The restaurant must have gotten a new chef since we went last b/c the food is different. It was good before, but now it seems 'classier' or more refined than it used to be. We love coming here, but the service was a little slow and the bathrooms were out of order and a huge mess.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Seated 15 mins after our reservation time. Had a drink at the bar while waiting. Bartender complained that he didn’t have any change and gave me $13 back from a $20. I later saw on the menu the beer was $6.50 and immediately regretted leaving him a $2 tip. Who does that?
Stuffed salmon was ok, but not worth $30.
There is a $7 kid’s menu with tiny burgers, fried fish (ok), chicken tenders and pasta.
Overall, kind of a let down.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve dinner and were satisfied with our meals and the service was very good. We didn't feel rushed as in past years. It did seem to be an abbreviated menu and our favorite dish, cioppino, was no longer offered as a meal though you could order it as an appetizer. We will probably go back next year as this has become a family tradition.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have eaten here many times in the last five years, and this was the worst meal we have ever had. from the watered down soup to the stuffed shrimp. I wont have to think twice before we go back to there. So sad

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I would recommend The Wharf to anyone for any occasion. It's that good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I've been coming to the Wharf for years now, been here for almost every special occasion, but this time disappointed and most likely not return. They had a special offer emailed to me but the waiter had no idea about it, one of my favorite dishes is no longer on the dinner menu but on the appetizer menu, but the waiter didn't seem to give a suggestion that they can make this a dinner. Our two entrees looked like some child put food on the plate, and not even good quantity. It's like they've run out of food. We didn't complain, just left, used the special offer after the manager approved. Not coming back. I miss the old Wharf

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I was pleased with the new lunch fare menu items as well as The Wharf classics
like the she crab soup as well as the scallops wrapped in bacon !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was very good and came out quickly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Exceptionally well prepared seafood! We savored every bite and can't wait to return. The second floor dining area was cozy and quiet and the service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and great service. So good we went twice in 3 days. Our favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Superb seafood in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Great crab cakes, excellent service and good value for money. A historic property with a tradition of fine food and good service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food...attentive service! Love to eat here whenever we are in Old Town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The restaurant was ok for a date orjust for a meal but is not special occasion nice. The food was really good and the server was great

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for lunch. Service was very slow. Took over 2 hours to have lunch and food was just so so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good food. Ambiance is lovely. Service brings the entire experience downwards. Rough around the edges and rushed service does nothing for the experience. Either Short wait staff - or the waiter could not keep up with his tables. We had several management come to the table several times looking for a lost wallet without even saying “excuse us “. Our food was either rushed or when our plates were empty they were left on the table for a long time. It was unfortunate that such a lovely historic atmosphere felt like an everyday luncheonette because of the service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was wonderful, the service by Mohammed excellent and the decor was festive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Not good at all. Oysters were dry with no brine (the waiter didnt even know where they were from). The food was not good. Drinks were not good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our family of six all ordered something different. The calamari appetizer, crab bisque, and wedge salad were delicious as well as the salmon, lobster and scallop au grautin, grilled seafood platter and lobster linguini pasta entrees. After reading some of the reviews, we were a little apprehensive, but we did not find one thing to complain about. It was great food and service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went on Thanksgiving but I did not want the traditional "turkey " meal. I had even looked at the menu on line and knew just what I wanted to order. Seafood/oysters/shrimp, etc.

When we sat down, much, much to my disappointment, we were offered only three entrees. (crab cakes for $58, turkey for $50 and beef for $65). The meal came with soup (your choice of two soups), salad (choice from two salads,) the entree (choice of crab, turkey,beef) and three desserts...way too much food!

I ate half of my salad, declined the soup, had the crab cakes (took one home) and picked at the desert. I think when I made the reservation I should have been told of this change of menu. (They contacted me FOUR times to ensure I was coming, so they did have a chance to pass that information along.) With one cocktail, and a glass of wine with dinner my bill was $98 (they included an 18% gratuity tax)
Sadly I do not think it was worth almost $100!.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the Wharf and it was spectacular. Even with a party of 17, the service couldn’t have been better, the food prepared to perfection, and the atmosphere festive. I will certainly go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went here for lunch with my son who I see a few times a year. The fish and chips was tasty, but very little fish. Chips oversalted. Have been before and will try again. Lovely service and ambience.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Based upon an previous visit, I took my good friend and fellow "crab cake snob" to the Wharf to celebrate his birthday. It was as good as I remembered and we will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always enjoy the Wharf. Great restaurant with a consistently positive experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent, from our appetizers through dessert. The wine list had some great choices in all price ranges.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to enjoy a seafood dish that we have had on other trip to the Wharf. It is called the Triple Norfolk and in the past it was ample amounts of lobster crab and shrimp with drawn butter. Not any more Instead we were served a bread bowl with mashed potatoes a few shrimp and almost no lobster or crab. When we complained we were told that there is new management and that they kept the name of the entree but not the recipe and that others have registered the same complaint. It will be our last trip there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Wharf has a nice location on King Street in Old Town and has outdoor tables which are lovely in season. However the food is mediocre and extremely over-priced. We were very disappointed.

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