The Wharf

4.5
2187 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch. I enjoyed my experience quite well. The food was good, I should have gotten the she crab soup and not the clam chowder, but I won't make that mistake again. I will definitely go back in the future.

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LJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was Valentine’s Day, so it was busy. We were seated in the back in a tight corner near the kitchen. It has a warm classy ambiance, but the carpet, tables, etc. are aging. The waitstaff was polite and attentive. The food was good especially the broiled crab cakes, shrimp, and coleslaw. The scallops were a little bland. My husband and I had a very nice time. But if I come back, I will try to get seated upstairs.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great my waiter was awesome ambience was perfect!

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience on Valentine’s Day! One of our favorite restaurants.

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RJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and would recommend to everyone to enjoy!

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BS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food. Well worth the price. Service was excellent as the waitress was tireless, frequently checking on us. Nice and cozy ambiance. A bit pricey but damn the food was so good. Overall, a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service, rude waiter. Good food and ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and cozy

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The shrimp and crab fritters are not as good as in the past. Seems like more filler than seafood which really takes away from the flavor. The she-crab soup tastes ok but it’s not as thick as we were accustomed to here or other restaurants. I still like this restaurant but a few of my favorite dishes have less seafood then what previously made those dishes standout.

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MW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

The food wasn’t the best. The service was not good at all. We were the only couple in the restaurant at the time and it took forever for our food to come out. My husband had the fish and chips, the batter wasn’t even cooked on to the fish. It was so horrible the manager came over and offered us complimentary dessert on the house but we were so ready to go, we declined.

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KN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Atmosphere was amazing! Definite must do experience!

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JP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. Loved their Tuesday night specials

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

She crab soup and lump crab cakes are awesome!

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s
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We are regulars of the Wharf restaurant and although the food was very good, our server, I believe, may have been new. She promised us bread but then never brought it. I had to ask for it. She never came back after we were served our dinner to check on us. Also, I heard the server waiting on the table next to us explaining the specials for the evening. We were not told those either. We still enjoyed our evening but just not as much as usual.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pretty good. They knew nothing about whiskey but the food was good.

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JB
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I’m back in the DMV after a 3-year trip and wanted to go to our favorite restaurant in Old a Town Alexandria. VERY slow / poor service. Took over 5 minutes for someone to come recognize us after being seated. This, despite THREE people standing at host stand, two “helpers,” running around, and two waiters working only five tables total. Bread was not warm, server was inattentive and lackadaisical and food was mediocre. They’ll get one more shot...

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SB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us had a wonderful Restaurant Week outing at The Wharf. The ambiance, service and food quality were excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful location for a family get-together. Amazing food and service.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Service was incredibly slow. Tables around us, with the same service, received better service than we did. Pretty frustrating

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NT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn't like new clam chowder soup.
I didn't like none of the salad dressings.
The salad should have been fresher.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. I was on a trip to the east coast and this restaurant made me want to move there. I had a perfect crabcake, all big lumps of delicious crab. For my main course Maine lobster stuffed with crab imperial. Incredible. I was one of a party of 9 and everyone loved their meal.
Interior of the restaurant was different and very beautiful. To top it off the manager was watching over his restaurant and he was attentive and charming.

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BG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wharf is THE place to go for Alexandria Restaurant Week. Amazing food and service. Absolutely love this place.

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, great food and service. Calamari a stand out dish along with perfectly cooked steak

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with my friends and had a great time. We started at the bar but was having such a good time we stayed. Miguel was great and his pear martini was awesome! The happy hour special is a great deal and the food was delicious. Will definitely go back.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there during restaurant week...everything was great! Food was excellent we even took an enter home for later. We Shall return!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attentiveness of the staff was great. The food was excellent.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This si a well managed restaurant with an inventive chef. We enjoyed every minute of our visit.

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R
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Restaurant Week menu was an excellent deal. Really good food for an outstanding $35.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've been to for a long time. We have been here twice in the past 2 months...for brunch and dinner. Ambience is great, food is excellent and it's quiet enough to carry on a conversation.

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MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited The Wharf during Alexandria restaurant week, and we were very pleased with our experience. Generally when you go to one of the restaurants during this week you don't necessarily get their best. Either things are over cooked or cold, because they are pumping out so many of the same dishes.
Fortunately, all 6 dishes we had were excellent. For the first course we shared the Fried Calamari and the shrimp and crab Fritters. The Calamari were cooked to tender perfection, and the fritter were a nice mix of seafood goodness. The second course we went with the All-Lump Crab Cakes and the Surf and Turf. My wife stated that the Crab Cakes are possibly the best she has ever had. The Turf was a nice filet medallion cooked to perfection. The shrimp of the Surf cooked in the sherry cream sauce was truly mouth watering. We finished off with the Key Lime Pie and the White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding to round out our stellar dinner.

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining at restaurant. I had a party of 20 to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious. The service was great. I’m planning to return!

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BT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

This was our fourth time at the Warf. Each time before was excellent. We had a seven thirty reservation. Got their 10 minutes early and they took us upstairs. Did not go there to climb stairs as we are 70+. Not as nice and much more noise. The wait staff was great! The food, awful. She crab soup was cold. Our main courses, stuffed flounder and crusted salmon was cold and under cooked. We will not be going back and based on this experience, would not recommend.

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BY
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We enjoyed a good dinner and drinks with friends on our adult only night. Kids are welcome at the restaurant, but some areas may not accommodate as well for younger children due to proximity to other tables.

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L
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, brick-walled dining room, small, but attractive bar area, in historic Alexandria near the water. Excellent service was provided by our attentive waiter. Each member of our party of four enjoyed seafood - well prepared and delicious. We also enjoyed a favorite wine from the well curated wine list. We all agreed we would happily return to The Wharf as we loved the ambiance, food, and service. A keeper!

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o
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food is questionable, we were expecting excellent dishes and we were very disappointed to get fair food for high prices, the service thus was very good,

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was extremely friendly and provided great service.

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We spent New Year's Eve in the Washington D.C. area, and found out about The Wharf online, before we left for our trip. We were very happy with the old, nautical interior, and the coziness of the bar area where we were seated. There were 4 of us, and everyone had a different entree--all seafood items. Each of us was extremely pleased with the food we ordered! Crab cakes were truly ALL lump crabmeat, ahi tuna done perfectly, shrimp and rockfish delicious, too. Everything was hot and tasty, and served by a pleasant young woman who took good care of us. We would highly recommend the Wharf, and will certainly go there again when we return to this area.

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LN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been here in years. Went for New Years Eve. Only waited about 5 minutes before being seated. I was happy to find that it was still as good as I remembered. The person with me has never been and really liked it. The service and food was awesome. It was also close to the Old Town celebration. Thanks for contributing to a memorable evening.

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TU
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Always very good. Excellent seafood, including pastas. They also do excellent steaks. Very good lighting too. An original year 1800 old town location. Really cool authentic thick massive beams.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better restaurants I've found in a while. Our whole group of 8 were very pleased with their meals.
Will be back for sure!

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