The Wharf

4.6
2217 reviews
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Seafood
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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TB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great the service was fast. Price was worth it. 3 course meal for 2 round $100.

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BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, prompt service, very good crab cakes. Overall worth the experience!

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TR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Seafood was top-tier. I had the crab cakes and my g.f. had the Norfolk, a delicious combo of lobster, crab, and shrimp. Refreshingly, the dishes were excellently prepared as expected without a lot of extraneous unexpected ingredients or hot spices so prevalent in many of today's "trendy, hip" restaurants. Here, the true flavor of the seafood comes through. If their land dishes are as good, it has to be one of the best restaurants in Old Town. I think we had one of the two best tables in the house, overlooking the street. The other seating doesn't have much of a view. It is pricey, but I think it is worth a special occasion (my g.f.'s birthday). The Manhattans and Old Fashioneds were good. I'd have appreciated the dirty ice for the Manhattans but it wasn't offered. I will go back.

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

The food was just ok. Perhaps I ordered the wrong thing.

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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My dear friend & I celebrated my birthday with lunch at The Wharf. We both enjoyed our meal and martinis (pear & dirty vodka) thoroughly. We so appreciated the service from our waiter, Edwin. Most accommodating, charming & delightful. My second visit and my friend's first was well worth it! Definitely will return!

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RB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & service! Must try the crab cake & she crab soup. They are excellent!

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JB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy so they couldn’t honor the Open Table reservation. Didn’t seem to matter so we waited for a table along with those who just walked in.
Once seated, there was a very loud table beside us so we couldn’t carry out a conversation. Finally, my partner’s strip steak was too tough and inedible. They offered us a free dessert but they really should have removed the expensive steak item. Anyway I wouldn’t return on a Saturday night.

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been in a few years (moved out of the country and now I am back). Still delicious meal and excellent service. I've never been disappointed. Amazing seafood :)

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, food was mediocre a and over-priced. I suggest passing if you have other options.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was only ok. Serving sizes were good. The server was great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely birthday dinner with some of the best service we’ve had in DC in years.

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CN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Although Paella was no longer on the menu the chef accommodated our request for Paella. It was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. Fantastic staff

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and atmosphere were all spot on. Try the Norfolk Triple, you will not be disappointed. The strip steak was almost as tender as a fillet. The service was second to none, your water glass was kept full as was your soft drink, you never had to ask. The recommended wine pairing was excellent. Take your significant other here, you will not disappoint.

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W
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wharf is consistently outstanding!

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FI
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we have had in a long time. My husband ordered the seafood sampler which was the special for the evening and it was excellent. The meal consisted of half a lobster tail with crabmeat along with shrimp and scallops wrapped in parchment served with rice and vegetables. I ordered the special beef tenderloin with shrimp and scallops with mushrooms in a sauce and roasted potatoes which I thoroughly enjoyed. We also ordered the bacon wrapped scallops for an appetizer and shared a key lime pie for desert. The service was excellent and prompt. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. We would definitely be returning the next time we are in town.

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C
East Texas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was too! It was worth the Lyft drive from DC. Wish we could have gone back during out visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The value of the meal was not reflected in the quality of the food.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great.

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5
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is great for tourists, who are not from the DMV. It is very disappointing to persons who are accustomed to fine seafood. Especially to those persons who are connoisseurs of this geographic regions wonderful seafood. My dining partner and I grew up eating very tasteful seafood. This food was mediocre at best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent my farewell dinner here and it was amazing. Our server was fairly young but indeed efficient! The crab cakes were to die for! Would definitely be my go-to dinner place once Im back in Alexandria.

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KF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant dining experience at the Wharf. Have been a patron for many years.

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

Really nice location and great customer service from our server.

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LJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was unimpressed with the Seafood selection.

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a
Perth / WA
403 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a very pretty restaurant that serves good, but not great seafood. The crabcakes are very good compared to the rest of the cuisine

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

The restaurant was a little cold because we were seated close to the door. The food was delicious and we plan on visiting this restaurant again.

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SG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, was celebrating my moms birthday. Waiter was very attentive and was polite.

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Excellent service! Andrea was our server and she made our experience so fun!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is expectedly expensive. I would have rated them higher. But they took my favorite dish ofc the menu. We love this place. We have to make ourselves try other restaurants because we love their seafood. It's always fresh.

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LJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice atmosphere!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service, rude waiter. Good food and ambience.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and cozy

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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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