The Wharf

4.6
2880 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Outside seating is limited and will be based on first come first server basis and during high volume days limited time duration may apply.We are providing both Indoor, outdoor seating and takeout. 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.
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LauraL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great first date place 20 years ago and it was a great place to celebrate those 20 years! Already looking forward to 40 years (but we’ll obviously be there in the meantime too!)

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NikWilson
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wharf is one of my favorite restaurants. I always attend for my birthday and i attended yesterday for Restaurant Week. The food is always good and the service is outstanding. The tables were pretty spaced out. I always enjoy myself.

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MalikaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the bartender was awesome!!!

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Paupau
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice choice for good seafood, good service, a pleasant atmosphere where you can talk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Nick was great! He was pleasant; shared his opinion when we asked on certain dishes and beverages. Wonderful experience!

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vipfooodeeee
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to this restaurant 3 years ago, just as good now as it was then

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food!

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vipCarolineG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fine experience!!!! Our waiter Diego is always the best. Food was amazing as usual. Reasonably priced. I love the Wharf!!!!

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JonnyOcean
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A terrific meal and dining experience for four. Service, noise level, friendliness of staff, and especially the food were all *way* above average! The environment was cozy and very comfortable, especially on a frigid winter night. The seafood salad was especially good - best I've had among many in the DC area and at a very reasonable price. There was plenty of fresh lobster, crab, and shrimp with just the right amount of a delicious dressing that perfectly complimented the seafood and greens without overpowering. Will definitely be back and recommend to others!

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JerryG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

50th Anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was great! The service was also awesome. Thanks again! Find my rating below!

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our New Year’s at The Wharf! I hadn’t dined there in a while (so many Old Town options), nor had eaten risotto in a while, so both were a refreshing change. The host and our server were very good and welcoming.

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SenietT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sat us at the door and right under AC but moved us when a table opened. Run out of chocolate moose cake . Disappointed. The steak was overpriced. Overall, ok and left satisfied..

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vipBrianW
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I lived in Old Town, I went to the Wharf often. The New Year's weekend brought me back and now I'll miss leaving again as the Wharf 'nailed it' again. Great Restaurant, one of the best in Old Town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not tell us that it was prix fixe only.

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ChrisW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great ambiance. Nick was a fantastic server. Dishes overpriced but we enjoyed ourselves.

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ToniaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 Month Anniversary 🎉

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OldTownEater
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Incredibly overpriced for sub-average sea food.
We were very disappointed, considering the huge number of positive reviews for this location. The calamari was the most bland we’ve ever had, the “jumbo lump” crab was shredded into tiny bits and swimming in butter, and I’m pretty sure my bacon wrapped scallops weren’t fully cooked.

Overall, our price out the door was about $100 more than it should have been…especially considering we could have gotten far superior sea food from Red Lobster…

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BobbyO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice ambience for a date night. The wait staff was overly attentive and we had 2 or 3 different servers that continually interrupted to ask how we were; it'd be nice to coordinate the service if there will be multiple people attending to a single table. We also saw a mouse on the floor 2 tables away; reported it to the manager who offere to move us but rather shrugged it off. Food was fine, but nothing special and a bit pricey.

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KevinT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty seafood, and decent service though that could be better. Busy and perhaps understaffed impacted service. Seafood platter was very good and reasonable, but pricey drinks for the quantity provided.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations at the Wharf for Christmas Eve and it was absolutely wonderful! Our server was so kind and attentive and all three courses for their christmas menu were delicious. Highly recommend!

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AdamF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We’ve gone to The Wharf several times over the last couple years… and sadly it seems like the quality has steadily declined. First visit was fantastic… this last visit waiter hurried us so we ordered our drinks and meals… and we got appetizers, drinks, and entrees - in that order, all within 5 minutes. One of the drinks was so potent it was undrinkable. Completely unenjoyable experience and possibly our last visit to the Wharf.

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luv2explore
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was delicious as the food always is at one of our favorite restaurants

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our yearly Christmas Eve date night spot. ( we go other times too).

The food is always delicious and the staff amazing,

See you soon.

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janiep
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to spend Christmas Eve. Plan to visit again in 2022!

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Stella
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab stuffed shrimp I've ever had. Lots of crabmeat for the price! It was a nice surprise.

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Stella
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! The food was fantastic. The service was great and quick. First time I've been there but would definitely go back.

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Mehow
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The location was very nice the service was very timely and knowledgeable. Would come back again.

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vipElise
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table outside for my son's graduation celebration lunch. We were a group of 7 and they were extremely accommodating. Food was very good.

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WinDc
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Well prepared seafood dishes. The swordfish special was simply grilled with beurre blanc snd capers. And the food was served properly hot. The waitress was friendly and efficient but perhaps too busy, so there one or two lapses of attention. The wine list is short but well chosen.

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RichardL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great new restaurant! I love it! Food was great! Definitely coming back

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Seafood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Me and my husband and daughter went here, since couple years. Although the service was good I would not recommend the food. We all three had seafood platters, the shrimp
Was rubbery, not warm and scallops were not something to write home about. The lobster was ok 1/2 with crab stuffing. for price probably won’t come back, wish we could have went to another restaurant for seafood.

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KatherineQ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The appetizers were good, but my cocktail was wayyy too sweet after I already told them I didn't like sweet drinks. The lobster roll was practically inedible--way too salty. You pay for the location and sadly that's about it.

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vipBigE
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around the board. Absolutely no complaints. Food was delicious, service was great and the welcome was pleasant. We will definitely be back sooner than later.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thank you!

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vipCarolineG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my Birthday….the entire experience was nothing short of Amazing!!! Diego was our waiter and he was Super Patient…..Awesome! I will definitely be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 💛

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TammyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes in Virginia! Brunch is excellent too.

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vipPeterP
Andorra
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

This restaurant tries to hard to accommodate everyone, packing tables too close together and in walkways there shouldn't be tables. It could be a nice experience if they didn't try to jam in more people then they can hand.
Our server was wonderful and we really felt sorry for her having to cover to many diners.

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You can order delivery directly from The Wharf using the Order Online button.

The Wharf is rated 4.6 stars by 2880 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.