The Wharf

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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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NateB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cooked perfectly with very good taste combinations. A tad pricey but the price matched the quality of the experience. I'd definitely revisit!

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Shawn
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. The seafood was well prepared and delicious. Our server Danny was amazing and we will definitely be back. His recommendation for the coconut pie was on point. It was amazing. Great place for friend gathering. Professional dinner, or date night.

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EugeneH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there with friends from out of town. Had the $85 two for Tuesday special. Very good for a reasonable price!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Nice place for a little extra special meal.

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vipNatalieC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was very mediocre. The seafood didn’t taste fresh and the pastas were bland. We also didn’t particularly enjoy the cocktails so ended up just going for wine. The service was ok - we thought it was strange that the server was carrying around a coffee pot like it was a diner rather than upscale seafood restaurant. Overall, definitely would not go back and do not recommend especially for the price. We were confused how this place had such good reviews.

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GBRCanDoBetter
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 8 from Louisiana loved The Wharf! We were seeking good local seafood with spice. The Wharf did not disappoint. The ambiance, service and food selection were great. We made it to the restaurant in an easy Uber ride. I would highly recommend and we will be dining there again on our next DC visit.

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BernardT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was excellent. Nice atmosphere inside the restaurant.

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BrianE
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had the rockfish which was very good but would have been much better w out leaving the skin on it. great fresh oysters & cool traditional ambience. Great Pinot noir wine special.

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Dani
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Personally, I believe it is expensive based on other similar options available. It may be the downtown location that puts a premium on the dining experience, but it is not fine dining in my opinion. The entree's main dish was flavorful, yet the sides accompanied by the dish were lukewarm and underwhelming. The highlight of the experience was the waiter who was personable.

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AliceS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was outstanding. We will come back again!

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wienerin
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service great. One minor little problem, the table was upstairs and we had one person that was not expecting to climb steps

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding! We will go back again.

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vipJimW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danny our waiter was fabulous !! Food was delicious !

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RonS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday and I wanted to take her to someplace special. After reading the reviews about local seafood restaurants I decided to make reservations - the reviews were spot on!

Note we are in our seventies and wanted someplace quiet and romantic with good seafood. Both of us were pleasantly surprised with this being our first visit. We enjoyed their scallops and rockfish.

It is also nice when the hospitality of the host and servers are genuinely felt!

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vipjohnS
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Quick, yet they left me to enjoy my meal. I never had to ask for a refill on my drink, they brought it to me without asking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the lunch specials was Tuna over succotash with crabmeat and cream sauce ... my husband really enjoyed it. On the recommendation of our server I had the Flounder Chesapeake ... there just aren’t words to describe how good it was! We shared a really great crab cake appetizer as well! This was our 4th and final day eating our way through the DC area, one seafood restaurant at a time ... we agreed we had saved the best for last! WOW!!

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Don52
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Not what we expected hoping for more than we got wasn't bad just wanted more

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MichaelV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was top notch. Wife really enjoyed the crab cakes, yellowfin tuna and salmon were also excellent. Service was good. We sat upstairs, so not sure how it was downstairs. It's a very nice place to enjoy a dinner with family and friends.

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cynthia
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server seemed preoccupied but he was sat 3 tables at the same time so that’s a host issue. He recommended a bottle of wine that was good but he advertised it as a value. Stating that the wine would cost us $100 anywhere else. After googling the wine it was only a $10 bottle at total wine. We felt ripped off but we got over it considering we were going to purchase a much more expensive bottle before he gave his recommendation. I ordered a medium cooked filet and it came out well done. The lobster was delicious. My husband said his pasta was “ok”.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have gotten in the area. The service was amazing and the food was really good. Highly recommend for a quiet date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Small quantities for the price.

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AlanS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice.

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Crystal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food was on the very low side of average. Calamari was rubbery, oily, and didn’t have enough flavor or breading on it. Scallops were very rubbery, crab cake had too much saucy filling and not enough crab. For the price point, this wasn’t worth it at all.

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Twolfe287
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little bit of a wait, but that was expected since it was Valentine's day. The server was very friendly and attentive, and the food was amazing. We both enjoyed our experience and plan on coming back

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Unknown
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was decent but very overpriced for what it was. Since it was Valentine's Day and they were trying to cram people in, we were seated at what I can only assume is usually a waiter's station, as two sides of the table were against a wall. Very tight space and my wife was bumped by waiters going in and out of the kitchen several times. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable which was a plus. My wife and I were both disappointed with our experience and agreed we wouldn't be going back any time soon.

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

food It great, service was great! Just packed us in like sardines. Will have to try it on a weekday

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

She crab soup - great
Crab fritters - too much batter, over fried
Crab cakes - very good
Norfolk platter - very good

The experience was good, however I think the Warehouse is better for the same price range

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MichaelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice seafood restaurant in the high traffic part of Alexandria on King Street. Menu focused on shellfish and steak. Food was very good and would recommend it, but it was a little pricey for drinks and it wasn’t the best steak/seafood I have had in the area at that price point.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our waiter was super friendly. Try the mango Martini

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Jimbo
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter very helpful, efficient, and courteous. Crab cakes were wonderful.

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CherylB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I have enjoyed many dinners at the Wharf . This Thursday was not one for the records. Had the raw oysters,and she crab soup for starters. The soup was luke-warm and bland. I ordered the sea bass which was horrible.

The best thing about the dinner was the bottle of wine and the company.

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vipLordLyman
Washington DC
264 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional seafood -- soups, oysters, broiled seafood platter. Service from Donny was efficient, professional, and fun.

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! I'll make sure he knows he did a great job and I hope you'll come back to visit all of us again soon.

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vipAlexandrian
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Familiar place, in Old Town Alexandria and one of the few that specialize in seafood in this "Port City". Very good meal with the Broiled Seafood Platter and accommodating on substituting the vegetable! Nice meal!

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks so much Alexandrian, gotta love some fresh seafood in our little port city! Hope to see you again soon!

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LoriS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!! The Waite staff are always so personal and attentive. Great food!!

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LizardLady
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lobster was excellent, if pricy. The special seafood platter was somewhat disappointing - shrimp were overcooked, and I wasn't a fan of the sauce on the crabmeat. If everything on the platter had been equally well prepared, it would have been a decent value.

Service was excellent and it's a lovely old restaurant.

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi there, thanks for providing your feedback! We strive to provide the best seafood and service in Old Town and I'm sorry to hear we missed that mark. I'll make sure our staff is aware of the preparation you experienced and trust that we'll do our best to prevent that in the future. Thank you again and I hope that we'll be seeing you soon!

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PinkieS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great location is premier old town service was outstanding I loved it.

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vipGBird
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent dining experience and great service, as always!

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vipTVYS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was so friendly.

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BarronD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always pretty good! I wold recommend this restaurant.

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