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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for joining us for your Thanksgiving dinner! We will be offering a special three-course menu with Thanksgiving classics and Wharf specialties. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and confirm your reservation with a credit card. See you soon! - The Wharf Old Town

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for joining us for your Christmas Eve celebration! Please note that all reservations will require a credit card with a 48-hour cancellation fee. If you have any questions contact the restaurant directly. Thanks! - The Wharf Old Town

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for joining us for your New Years Eve celebration! Please note that all reservations will require a credit card with a cancellation fee within 48-hours. If you have any questions contact the restaurant directly. Thanks! - The Wharf Old Town

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2415 People Are Saying
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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good, might have like something else, but I tried something new. The people and atmosphere was very nice though!

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I both grew up in and around Alexandria, but we had never tried The Wharf. All I can say is it was really, really good, and you should try it too.

A
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ken our waiter was so terrific again - he’s friendly, courteous and so on point. We went back to the Wharf because of the service we received from Ken the first time. He’s a great person and a real asset to the Wharf.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

DF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very good meal at the Wharf, the food was good, the service was very attentive, my water glass was never empty. Overall value was very good. One note, I was unable to get cell service in the restaurant. This could be an issue for some, there was a guest wifi but it was password protected.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience as usual. Lobster was delicious.

BA
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent seafood and service. Mrs and I both ordered a special consisting of a ½ crab stuffed Maine lobster, grilled scallops and grilled shrimp. The food was excellent: fresh, very tasty, and perfectly prepared. The service was attentive throughout – excellent. We will be back.

MO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place.. I found tH food to be verY good, bt priced a bit y

f
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was charming, you can feel the history, everything I ordered was delicious, staff was great

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambiance is nice and our waiter was polite. He wasn’t much of a digital butterfly, but that was okay. The restaurant is a good choice. The food was good. I don’t feel as though it was a home run, but it wasn’t bad. I think they could kick it up a notch. We will probably go back.

RG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was good, but menu is about 30 years out of date. My wife's dish, rockfish, was supposed to be pan seared. It was actually mostly baked, the skin was on but nor crispy, and did not taste fresh. My stuffed shrimp was fine, but nothing more. They comped us on the rockfish, but we would still not return.

F
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in the best location in Old Town Alexandria. The food and the service were great. You must try the cream of crab soup, it was perfect. We will return again soon.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my Norfolk Combination dish.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit to Wharf is better than the previous time. Keep up the good work. Thank you!

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! Excellent meal choices on the menu.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

They sat us in the worst table. It was loud and expensive. Not at all what we were hoping for in Alexandria.

JQ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The flounder stuffed with crabmeat was AWESOME! It was fresh, moist and flakey! My family and I will definitely visit again....Mrs. Queen

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great location on lower King Street, nice, quieter atmosphere on second floor. Filet Mignon was very good, a bit small. New York Strip was low quality, seemed like USDA Choice at best. Sauteed spinach, and nice Birthday dessert were excellent, as was the Sonoma Cab wine. Salmon was Awesome! Staff moved around so fast was a bit of a distraction. Will surely return for seafood!

GG
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the minute we walked in the door. Wonderful drinks and food. Will definitely be back again!

J
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and shrimp. All very fresh in great setting

SF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there with some colleagues from out of town. The food was fantastic. I was especially pleased with the filet. The setting is exquisite. I quite enjoyed the whole experience.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came back a second time after having a rehearsal dinner on Friday. The service was excellent and the food matched the service. Very professional staff, friendly, efficient and helpful. I had great experience.

g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent customer service and food was great

OD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting from out of town

DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited twice in the last month. Sat both on the sidewalk and inside; great atmospheres. Service was attentive with the right amount of interactions. Food was excellent. Will be going again for special occasions!

OT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant but parking difficult.

Went to Valet parking. Was charged $5.

When they saw which restaurant we were going on they changed price to $15!

A rip-off!!!!!

EE
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually a family get together. Food was great. The personality of our waiter, Ken, made a big difference. He was engaging and made it a fun time.

RL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Wharf is always a pleasure, which is why my wife chose that place to celebrate her birthday. We like the casual ambiance, and the food and service are always excellent. My only reservation is that a meal is becoming quite expensive. Two entrees, with salads and a glass of wine each runs to $100 or more. That begins to get at the limit that we are willing to spend on a couple of meals out each month.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very good (thank you Mohamed), the food very tasty! It is a nice place for a date or special occasion.

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, experience, and service. Totally enjoyed myself

CH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Too expensive for the food to not be good. Will not go again. Ordered the suggested she crab soup and crab cakes and neither were worth the price.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Stuffed founder is delicious

P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined at another highly rated seafood restaurant the night before and the Wharf was a far superior dining experience. There was no feeling of being rushed, the staff friendly and accommodating and the food absolutely delicious. I was so happy we selected this restaurant and as a bonus it was less expensive. You can’t top that!

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family went to the Wharf for Brunch yesterday (Sunday). The food, drinks, and service were superb! The servers were patient and understanding with our two young grandsons. I highly recommend the pomegranate margarita! We'll definitely be back.

c
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were very disappointed with our food. In fact one of our guests got quite sick after her salmon dinner. Would not recommend

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

NEVER AGAIN!!! I am a longtime resident of Old Town and I guess I forgot how bad this place was...it is meant for tourists...food was Ok to good, she crab soup was warm and unfortunate. Crab cakes were not great...just good...service was atrocious and I Don’t say that ever. Waiter was rude, barely spoke English, didn’t understand what we wanted...I spent $480 at dinner and was embarrassed ...my business clients walked away with a very unfavorable impression. Close your doors and try again...you are doing a disservice to the history of the Wharf.

C
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun environment in old town Alexandria. Prices are a bit expensive for quantity and quality. Special occasions is a splurge. Server was friendly but didn’t follow up as frequently as would be expected for this restaurant.

FJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Old Town Alexandria on a Sunday. When we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted with lots of smiles and very courteously. Once they checked the reservations, we were asked where we would like to be seated. We chose to sit outside, knowing their would be noise. The waitress was super nice and took our drink order. Since it was Sunday we had the Brunch menu. We ordered the Shrimp and Blue Crab Fritters with the aioli sauce, excellent choice for starters. Afterwards my wife had a shrimp Po Boy sandwich, with heaping shrimps between the bread. I had the Garlic Butter Jumbo Shrimp over linguini entrée. The sauce was creamy but not thick also delicious. The food was served "hot" right from the kitchen. The waitress was always very attentive to our needs, while making us feel comfortable. We highly recommend The Wharf whenever you go to Old Town Alexandria, you will leave knowing that you had a great meal and were well taking care of.

MK
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us for dinner. We were upstairs in a larger room that was not squeezed in. Was a nice environment where we could talk and enjoy ourselves.