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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Waterfront (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2013

We were looking for a great seafood restaurant in Alexandria and found this one on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed! Though on the pricey side, it was definitely true that "you get what you pay for!" The crab cakes and lobster were amazing and everything else was equally awesome. I highly recommend the Wharf!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2013

If you want great seafood in Alexandria, this is the spot. Food was delicious and left incredibly satisfied. Head across the street for some of the best ice cream once you're done.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2013

I went to eat here during restaurant week. The selections were great and the food and service was EXCELLENT! I was visiting from NY. The seafood here was some of the best seafood I have eaten. I will definitely recommend this place to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2013

We go out a lot. We visit lots of mom and pop restaurant. This one is one of our favorite. The food is wonderful. The service is outstanding. We would bring our friends here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2013

I ate dinner here last Saturday with a group of friends and we sat outside to watch all the passersby. We each ordered a seafood dish and we all agreed that the food was a bit disappointing. I ordered the lobster and scallop au gratin, which was too watery and needed more cheese to thicken it a little. I also ordered the Plantation cocktail, which tasted like rubbing alcohol. My friends took a sip and said it was "bad" gin. Our waiter seemed hurried and impatient when we asked him questions about the dishes, although he seemed to liven up a little later on. Personally, I would not recommend this restaurant to friends. Although, we did enjoy sitting outside and watching all the people walk by.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2013

The Wharf had some of the best food I have ever tasted. Our server was fantastic too. He didn't rush us with ordering and gave us his recommendations. The staff made sure our water glasses were always full. The decor inside is great for a romantic dinner, but we also enjoyed it with a few friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2013

I have been to the Wharf 3 times now. Each time I have been, I like the food, but in the end do not love it. This is not an inexpensive place and for the money, I feel I should love what I have. The décor is very dark and feels quite old. (Yes, I know the irony of it being in Old Town, I live down here) I just feel it could use a good sprucing up. The menu could use a little new life as well. Many of the restaurants in Old Town seem to rely on tourists coming once and done and don't really cater to the locals. I feel that the Wharf is bordering on this as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2013

Everything was wonderful. The fritters, the steak and especially the crab cakes. Some of the largest lumps of crab I have ever seen.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 30, 2013

To the point: the Mahi was completely dry and difficult to enjoy as it still had the dark meat. Too much dark meat! Which is not flavorful or what should be expected when ordering Mahi...The Salmon was better and servered with a delicious sauce but not worth the $25. The mashed potatoes were watered down and Uncle Bens yellow rice tastes better than their rice. The Malbec bottle was overpriced as expected, but there are better choices this restaurant could afford. It was just plain bad... We didn't even finish our last glass. The dessert - a coconut concoction overpowered by the amount of sugar. For the ambience, go (but sit outside). For a meal deserving praise, avoid. Although highly recommended, the (overpriced) food was unsatisfactory.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2013

The food (she-crab soup, soft-shell crab, & white chocolate-raspberry bread pudding) was very good. The service was very good. However, we were placed in a very small booth. Neither of us is small. Getting seated and getting up were both awkward. Additionally, most of the room under the table seemed to be taken up by the base of the table. My knees were each stressed by being nearly immobile during the meal. I will go back again, but I won't sit in that booth again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2013

The food was great, the wait staff was very accommodating, adding extra seats to our group at the last minute, and giving us separate checks, which many restaurants do not and then it takes an hour to figure out what everyone owes. Not only did they give us separate checks, they even included gratuity and totaled out our checks without leaving that line for the "extra tip"--very considerate and classy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2013

I coordinate group dinners periodically and I would say this was definitely a solid venue for doing so, especially with their flexibility through Open Table reservations. It's located just a couple of blocks from the docks in downtown Alexandria and is in an area that has a lot of great local culture to it. The restaurant was more or less full, but it didn't feel too crowded, so it was an energetic, but not overwhelming atmosphere. The food was great, but I should disclose that I don't necessarily have a highly refined palate. The prices were a little high and some of the intriguing, lower price menu choices were only available in the bar, but the regular menu was sufficient for customers who regularly experience fine seafood dining.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2013

Alexandria has dozens of good restaurants; so many in fact that we seldom go into Washington, DC to dine. One of our favorites is the Wharf located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. The seafood is outstanding. My wife often orders crab cakes since the many restaurants near the Chesapeake Bay feature them. Those at the Wharf are at the top of her list. For myself, I know any seafood I order there will be excellent and well prepared and always arrives hot to the table. There is a long list of wines by the glass including both rose's and viognier's (sp?) which many restaurants only offer by the bottle. A consistently good restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2013

As Cosmo might say...my Lover and my Friend had dinner on Wednesday at this venerable restaurant during restaurant week. Normally I would go to its cousin The Warehouse up the street. I was surprised by how good the food was, excellent service and the wonderful pre fix pricing. Worth going back to dine at full freight!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2013

The food was excellent!!! My crab and lobster cakes were full if meat and little filler. The calamari was lightly breaded and perfect. The dessert ended a perfect dinner. I will go back to The Wharf. Great seafood restaurant!!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2013

I like menu variety and th service was wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2013

My boyfriend and I went there for a romantic dinner and they delivered. Everything was awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2013

Love it, great food, I will return

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2013

I had been here once before years ago and remembered it being good, although quiet. This was quite different! Even though the place was packed we were seated right away and the service was excellent! The food was incredible with very generous portions.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 24, 2013

The food was great, menu had plenty of options and everything we had was delicious. Only complaint was it took a while to get boxes for our food when we were done and even longer to get the check. The waiter just kind of stopped coming by and checking on us after a while which was a little annoying but we werent in a huge rush so wasnt a big deal. Would definitely return

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2013

I would highly recommend dining at The Wharf in Old Town Alexandria. I visited during restaurant week and had the three course meal for a fixed price. All of the items were delicious and the service was impeccable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2013

The calamari was good. And, our server was great. But, we will not return unless we just want calamari & a drink. The $32 22oz Ribeye was bland, but cooked perfectly. The $25 salmon was not even Wild Salmon & the mashed potatoes was just tasty enough to eat. For these prices, we expected delicious food, but instead we got a dinner prepared w/ no love. We learned from friends who've lived in the area for over 10years that Olde Towne Alexandria is just for the ambiance. The food is not impressive. Feeling: Disappointed & fooled (We won't be back)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2013

We had a group of 5 and we were given a great table which made us feel we were in a private room. The food and service were great and I had forgotten that while known for it's seafood, they have amazing steaks too.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 21, 2013

We had a great meal at The Wharf, the crabcakes were amazing. We also had the stuffed flounder and a filet mignon, all were gorgeous. There is limited outside seating but the interior has a lovely quiet ambience and the service was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2013

We've tried some of the other higly rated restaurants in NoVa/DC and this is the only one we find ourselves coming back to. Their seafood is solid. Their preparations stylistically might not be on the cutting edge that you would find at other high end restaurants, but we have had nothing but great, quality seafood from here. No one in the party of six had anything less than great reviews for their dishes (each one different).

The waiters and bussers are attentive and the staff is kind. They can also handle larger groups with a large room upstairs which is nice. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2013

"I loved everything about "The Wharf" starting at the door entrance with a few laugh with one of the waiters that held the door for us
(9) Brothers who ventures out every month on the third weekend for dinner. We shared dishes with each other like the seafood platter,stuffed shrimp,flounder stuffed w/lump crab, but the best dish was the Bronzini Fish that i had was Excellent a must try dish.
The cocktails were very good :) especially pomegranate martinis.The waitress "Barbra really made it very special for us by going beyond norm because (9) hungry guys!!!! you know how it can be sometimes,,,i am sorry for rambling but you need to go because
i am going back .
The crowed shopping, our just hanging out at the pier on the waterfront.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2013

It has been 20 years since I was here. Experience did not meet my expectations but was OK.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2013

Tried to celebrate wife's birthday
No ambience TOO LOUD
Wait staff- indifferent
Wife had seafood Norfolk
Lobster & Shrimp OVERCOOKED
Soft shell crabs were decent
So was Maryland soup
Will not go back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2013

Overall rating was good, however the food didn't blow me away; I think I was expecting something a little more exciting taste wise, but it  was like something I've had before.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2013

The flavor is good but my seafood is over cooked, considering it's a seafood influenced restaurant, I was really disappoint that my seafood was over cooked. I would go back though and try something else because the restaurant itself is very nice and the service is good. The dessert is great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2013

Not for the calorie-counter but all the seafood was delicious. The shellfish martini was excellent as was the shrimp-scallop au gratin. Service could not have been better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2013

The crab cakes were outstanding. Only complaint was the noise level -- very difficult even hearing table guests.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2013

I would highly recommend this restaurant food was outstanding service was good

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 1, 2013

This restaurant is by far the one best Seafood Restaurant I have dine in. From the welcoming we got when we came through the front doors till the time we left it was such a wonderful experience. Had the fritters for appetizer, followed by clam chowder they were both great. My stuffed flounder was tasty and left me wanting more and more, but it was enough to fill me up. We all though our experience was top notch. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that knows what real good seafood is. I will definitely come back. Thank you to all the staff at the wharf they sure knew how to make our experience a memorable one.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 25, 2013

Awesome food, service, ambience. You get what you pay for. You want it very good, then prepare to pay.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 25, 2013

I hadn't been back to The Wharf since my daughter and I had a bad experience several years ago. But I was craving seafood and my co-workers suggested we go to the Wharf. I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with our experience. We were promptly seated and our waiter was attentive, well-spoken, and lively. Everything was well timed and the food was fabulous! This experience erased my past experience and I would definitely encourage you to try. Having just returned from the midwest I was craving seafood and what a great selection!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2013

Good restaurant in the heart of Alexandria, King St. Good food (the seafood platter; lobster, shrimp and crab) was very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2013

As usual, we've been to The Wharf many previous times, food is as good as always. Service was great, although a few times before service was not as good, excellent now. The portions are big and a bit pricey, but worth it.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 20, 2013

This was our first time to Old Town Alexandria and wanted to eat at a local restaurant. The building looked to be as old as Old Town and had that colonial charm.
The menu had the usual items one would expect on a seafood restaurant's menu including some steaks, salads and sandwiches. Our server was very accommodating and brought our food quickly since we said we had a commitment after dinner. I got the lobster, shrimp and scallops in butter sauce. My husband got the stuffed shrimp. The seafood was tender, but there was nothing special about the preparation. The highlight of the meal was the chocolate pecan pie.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2013

Although the ambience is a little dated, the seafood is wonderful. Best, freshest, seafood in Old Towne.

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