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The Wharf

4.2
1868 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 836-2836
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Cross street: N. Lee St.
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What 1868 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

The food was amazing and the price was just right for any seafood dinner. My girlfriend loved the food as well this place is nice and lovely quite place for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

We were meeting our cousin from out of town for the Sunday brunch. The menu was great and reasonably priced. Our selection of the eggs Benedict was excellent. Nick our waiter was always attentive. Definitely want to go back!!

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Lojo (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this spot for she crab soup. My rockfish was great and my friend loved her clam chowder (hearty!) fried shrimp and peppermint creme brûlée. I ordered the tiramisu it wasn’t as wonderful. The Service was top notch and ambiance was perfect for conversation and catching up. Will keep coming back.

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Jeannette 
4.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was efficient, but TOO efficient since 6 people were served so quickly on a Friday night that we were done in less than an hour with appetizers and dessert. Need to have a more relaxed pace for a Friday night.

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Marco (Richmond)
2.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been to the Wharf for lunch several times and enjoyed each lunch. So, we thought why not go to the Wharf for New Year's Eve dinner. We got our table at our reservation time and ordered drinks. We then ordered one appetizer to share, but the appetizer came out within 5 minutes, which seemed really fast, especially since the restaurant was filled to capacity. The appetizer was just okay. Our entrees showed up 10 minutes later -- way too fast for us to enjoy our night out. Our entrees, lobster linguini, was just okay. This dish did not pop at all. The other entree, a lobster-crab dish, was also just okay, in fact a bit bland with cold veggies. We expected more based on our earlier luncheon experiences and the $30+ price for our entrees. Our reservation was at 9:00 and we were done eating by 9:40! Neither of us enjoyed our night out, what a disappointment. The service was fine, but I got the strong impression that they just wanted to turn the table as fast as possible. Our waiter brought our check and came back so soon that I had to tell him that I hadn't even looked at the bill yet!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

As a non-seafood eating person, normally, I would not go to this type of restaurant, but my girlfriend likes seafood, and I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant, so off we went.

We had a great time. Since we were early for our reservation, we went to the bar, first. The bartender was very knowledgeable. My girlfriend asked for a Nuts and Berries (which I have never heard of before). The bartender had no problem making the drink.

When we got to our table, the staff was very attentive. The manager came over during and after our meal to make sure everything was okay. I like it when managers come over AFTER a meal because that's the time when they would be needed the most if there was a problem. As we were chatting, he told us about their Sunday brunch, which sounded yummy.

I ordered the Grilled Filet Mignon. It was pretty good. My girlfriend started with Southern-Fried Calamari. She said it was very good. For her main course, she ordered Linguini Portofino, which comes with shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, calamari and crab meat sautéed in a garlic-herb white wine broth with fresh tomato. She said it was excellent; that she could tell the pasta was very fresh. She also pointed out the the scallops were real because they were all irregular in shape. Here is the primer on scallops that she gave me: Since scallops are an animal, each individual scallop is not shaped exactly the same—they are slightly different in size, and won't be perfect cylinders. Fake (or cheap) scallops, however, will look identical to each other as they were made using something like a round cookie cutter.

All in all, I would highly recommend The Wharf. We are looking forward to coming back for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, love their Salmon Chesapeake! They did a great job accommodating our group of 15 for New Years Eve, everyone enjoyed their food and drinks...

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice environment, good food. With reservation, was greeted immediately.

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Gman (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding seafood, high quality service, and cozy setting, especially on the 2nd floor. Lobster and linguine in cream sauce was superb. Salmon stuffed with crabmeat was scrumptious. Also, tasty salad with caramelized walnuts and gorgonzola cheese.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

The Wharf is my go to restaurant when I'm in the area. I go at least once a month.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Cross street
N. Lee St.
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(703) 836-2836
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Entertainment
Multiple televisions for sports games, shows, etc.
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Catering
We offer small-scale catering services in the direct Old Town area. For larger inquiries, please call to discuss with a manager.
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Parking details
On street parking available and public parking garage directly behind restaurant.
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Public transit
Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.
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Private party facilities
With our beautiful private dining room on the second floor, The Wharf is the perfect place for your next business meeting or special occasion. With our fresh seafood and excellent staff, The Wharf can make your next event one to remember.
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Private party contact
Pedro Rivas: (703) 836-2836
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Special events & promotions
Weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, holiday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings/conferences.