The Wharf

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$30 and under
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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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AM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! I ordered the crab cakes and my boyfriend had the garlic shrimp pasta, both amazing dishes!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out fast and was very delicious.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place, oustanding service, 100% great

BG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Over an hour wait with a reservation. An hour wait for the food. One dish was severely undercooked, the other sat under the heat lamp for a very long time. Hosts and waiters were rude. No reason to patronize this restaurant again.

TL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a 9:30 pm reservation but it took an hour for a table to become available. Service was a little haphazard but food was good.

s
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second New Year's Eve dinner at the Wharf. Last year, due to the government shut-down, the restaurant wasn't that crowded. This time, even though we had a 9:30 reservation, we waited until after 10:00 to be seated. It wasn't any fault of the Wharf staff...just that other diners had finished eating and paid their bills but just weren't leaving their tables! However, once we were seated in a nice, cozy table near the back, we received speedy, excellent service. Our food was delicious. We all had raw oysters...yummy.. and for entrees two people had Ahi tuna, one had salmon and one had the surf and turf. Rave reviews from all diners! We shared desserts of key lime pie and still made it to the fireworks display on the Potomac (only a block away) in plenty of time. We will be back at the Wharf again next New Year's, and would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Restaurant is great for fine dining. The food is amazing. The only thing we didn’t really like, was how busy it was. We got our reserved table 30min later than supposed, as ghey were delayed. And it was all served pretty fast, cause they had still a lot of people waiting. So we expected to leave later and were almost “shown” the exit. For a New Years Eve it wasn’t what we actually expected.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year's Eve dinner was outstanding and we were so pleased at how quiet the restaurant was so that we easily could talk. Our server, Edwin from Guatemala, was excellent. We are so pleased that we were able to get a table. We will go back many times for special occasions.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good but we were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time and we were seated next to the door and exposed to a cold breeze every time someone walked in.

EM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very happy In went to this nice restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my sisters family. Really nice atmosphere, food and service. We had a great time 🥳🎉❤️

e
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Went again on New Year’s Eve. Waiter and service were very good. Food was lukewarm and not very good. This is consistent with the last couple of times we have gone to the Wharf.

t
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year’s dinner. Even though it was full, the food and service were superb

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The Pace of the service was rushed.
We were done dining in 45 minutes.
This place doesn’t feel like a upscale
Restaurant no more.
This was our second year having our New Year’s Eve
Dinner there. We come all the way from California.

MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our waiter’s name was Ishmael (seated upstairs) and he was fantastic! Our only negative experience about our evening was the long wait for our table (we had reservations). We will definitely go back and will request to be seated in Ishmael’s section if at all possible.

RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and service (it was NYE), very, very good food (the steak was outstanding!). Really good portions (not too large).

PM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Put us by bar, too noisy to have conversation. Meal was cold, service great!

d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing not to like. Excellent seafood. Broiled deafood platter was outstanding. Service was efficient and non - intrusive. Historic atmosphere. Staff from reception to Miguel, the bartender, were polite and courteous

DF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Food and service was absolutely wonderful! I would definitely visit this restaurant again.

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to The Wharf for our New Year’s Eve celebration, and were not disappointed. Even though we arrived 45 minutes early for our reservation, we were promptly seated. Our server, Tim, was exceptional, and we were very happy with his food and wine recommendations.
God willing, we will be returning there next New Year’s Eve.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the wife out on date night for dinner. Food was awesome.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible food the steak was dry even though asked for rare, server was miserable and not very attentive. Food was same as you get at red lobster just cost 3 x more

d
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Lovely venue. Wait staff read my instructions for a birthday and delivered it right on time at the table. Staff was very accomdating for our party. Will definitely recommend and return.

MC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience during the holidays! The calamari was exquisite, their seafood sampler was even better!

BF
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and normal DC prices -- with good service!

TH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and drink in a variety of options to please most anyone. Prices are comparable to other upper echelon seafood restaurants. Facility itself is vintage old town Alexandria located about a block from the Potomac River with ample, nearby parking options. Dinner for four with appetizers and drinks was $300.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to have dinner. Nice people and real taste food.

LF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazingly delicious dinner. My partner said it was the fest steak he has ever had, I felt the same about the crab cakes. Only disappointment was there is no side option it was green beans or green beans. Ordered side salads because neither of us liked green beans.

LW
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good crab cakes My wife’s salmon was way under cooked. They corrected it right away. Great service,

UM
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, wonderful service.

DM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for brunch for my grandmother’s 88th birthday. The food was great and our server Kenneth was outstanding! The running water from the nearby restroom was noticeable, but should not take away from the lovely atmosphere and wonderful dining experience. Will certainly return!

JM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. The portion size was very small.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious. We had a table in the back corner that had plenty of room for the six of us and some privacy, which was perfect for us.

CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great appetizers. The wine recommendation was just right.

DP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, Had lunch there. The Maryland crab soup was Luke warm- not hot enough. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Horrible. Waited over 30 min WITH reservation

AD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive wonderful server! Food was delicious.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Don’t let kids run around.

OD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was very smooth and pleasant about the good and gathering, although our waiter was both harried and curt with us at first. He loosened up as our meal progressed. Our large party needed separate checks, and this request, made early, was not a problem.

s
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wharf is the best restaurant in Alexandria. I don’t even try other restaurants because I cannot stop dining at The Wharf!

Andrea is my favorite server too. She always pleasant & thorough. She’s an absolute delight!