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About The Wharf

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.

119 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

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

Cross Street:
N. Lee St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 836-2836

Website:
http://www.wharfrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Multiple televisions for sports games, shows, etc.

Catering:
We offer small-scale catering services in the direct Old Town area. For larger inquiries, please call to discuss with a manager.

Parking Details:
On street parking available and public parking garage directly behind restaurant.

Public Transit:
Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.

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.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, holiday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings/conferences.

The Wharf Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (23)
Cozy (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (15)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Waterfront (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Chicken was dry and the seafood was way over cooked! The shrimp, calamari, and scallops were like rubber. I would not recommend this restaurant!

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

All four diners gave two thumbs up on the dishes we ordered: Chesapeake Bay rockfish (2x), yellow fin tuna, and crab cakes. We were seated by the bar on Friday night, the locals were boisterous, but obviously it’s “their” place to hang out on a Friday night, so a bit noisy. Three before dinner cocktails, bottle of wine, 4 entrees, was $50 per person, so average score on value for money.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious. Great service. Love the quiet and pretty ambiance

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was very friendly, informative and attentive. The food was enjoyed by all 4 in our party. The stuffed flounder was very good as was the salmon and the portions were just right. The warm bourbon pecan pie with ice cream on top was delicious although not 'warm' as advertised. It was too good to send back to ask that they warm it. Could not let it leave the table because it was so good. (smile)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Quiet atmosphere. Food was plentiful and delicious. We went for restaraunt week and received a 3 course meal for only $20. Service was great. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere. Crab cakes are fabulous, as was the she-crab soup.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our server was great! Food was great as well. Super fast. Great price for restaurant week three course meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Awesome. Would go back again and again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was great but the service was a bit slow. There was miscommunication with the wait staff on who was going to our table so we sat for over 15 minutes before anyone came over. There where several large parties that made it very loud.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was good. The staff was very helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fantastic experience. They accommodated a group of 9 family members arriving separately from Philly, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, aged 6mos to a 92 yo w a walker, for my sister's 60th birthday. All staff were patient and pleasant, especially our server. And the food was superb. Lots of choices. I highly recommend the ahi tuna, crab cakes (no fillers) and coconut pie! Go! Find out for yourself.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server, Andea (?) was awesome. Delightful and very accommodating of food allergy questions. Food was excellent - the she-crab soup remains one of Old Town’s signature appetizers. Monkfish risotto, tripe Norfolk, crusted salmon, all excellent. We’ve been coming here for years and it remains our go-to when guests want seafood. We took a guest from overseas and she said it was the best seafood she has had in the US.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our 2 couples really enjoyed the warm atmosphere and cozy ambience of The Wharf on a cold early February evening. We've been to this restaurant several times in the past and it is on our 'regulars' list but for the first time we were seated upstairs where the atmosphere and views of King Street, with the lighted street trees sparkling outside the windows and we enjoyed what is obviously an updated scene up there. The food is always good, whether a seafood specialty or the filets, and this evening was another notch in a well adorned belt. The shrimp and linguini are an especially wonderful dish. Just right!
Of course, we'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was excellent. The fish was very fresh, presentation was very nice with wonderful service. We sat upstairs which was much more quiet where you could have a nice relaxing dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A wonderful experience at The Wharf! I've been wanting to try this restaurant for several years and I was finally able to visit this past weekend for a birthday lunch. Wow! Old world charm and historic interior. Staff was very courteous and professional and welcoming! Our server, Julianna was excellent! I wish we had servers like her where I live and work! Great food, outstanding menu and selections. I will definitely be back! They do a very nice gesture for a birthday at the end of the meal. Pricey, but worth the visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The waitress was very polite and attentive

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been to the Wharf before. The food is always pretty good, especially if you enjoy seafood. The service, however, I have always had one issue with or another. This time, the waitress just had a bad mood, and seemingly a bad attitude from the beginning of the meal. Not very accommodating to substitutions. Did not know how to properly hand a plate to someone.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was quite crowded (Saturday night, restaurant week so no surprise). The noise level was considerably higher than on previous visits, which made conversation difficult. Food was great - as usual- but crowding interfered with table service. Next time we will opt for mid-week.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent crab cakes!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was attentive and the food was well prepared. The only drawback was the pacing; our main course was served before we had finished our appetizers.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always excellent!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Definitely will be going back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·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!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·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...

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service (seven in our group). Very friendly staff and knowledgeable about menu and offered recommendations. Food was delicious . Adequate time between courses nd no feeling of being rushed. Very good cocktails and wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food good, especially wedge salad. We were upstairs and it was too noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant must have gotten a new chef since we went last b/c the food is different. It was good before, but now it seems 'classier' or more refined than it used to be. We love coming here, but the service was a little slow and the bathrooms were out of order and a huge mess.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Seated 15 mins after our reservation time. Had a drink at the bar while waiting. Bartender complained that he didn’t have any change and gave me $13 back from a $20. I later saw on the menu the beer was $6.50 and immediately regretted leaving him a $2 tip. Who does that?
Stuffed salmon was ok, but not worth $30.
There is a $7 kid’s menu with tiny burgers, fried fish (ok), chicken tenders and pasta.
Overall, kind of a let down.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve dinner and were satisfied with our meals and the service was very good. We didn't feel rushed as in past years. It did seem to be an abbreviated menu and our favorite dish, cioppino, was no longer offered as a meal though you could order it as an appetizer. We will probably go back next year as this has become a family tradition.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have eaten here many times in the last five years, and this was the worst meal we have ever had. from the watered down soup to the stuffed shrimp. I wont have to think twice before we go back to there. So sad

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I would recommend The Wharf to anyone for any occasion. It's that good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I've been coming to the Wharf for years now, been here for almost every special occasion, but this time disappointed and most likely not return. They had a special offer emailed to me but the waiter had no idea about it, one of my favorite dishes is no longer on the dinner menu but on the appetizer menu, but the waiter didn't seem to give a suggestion that they can make this a dinner. Our two entrees looked like some child put food on the plate, and not even good quantity. It's like they've run out of food. We didn't complain, just left, used the special offer after the manager approved. Not coming back. I miss the old Wharf

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic
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