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The Wharf

4.4
1945 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Lee St.
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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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Entertainment
Multiple televisions for sports games, shows, etc.
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Special events & promotions
Weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, holiday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings/conferences.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to a beautiful day in Old Town Alexandria! At The Wharf you'll the finest seafood in one of the most historic buildings in the area. We will be offering our classic brunch menu including a free glass of champagne with every entree purchase. Space will fill up, so make your reservation

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1945 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Quiet
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous food. Delightful server. In town and came on a recommendation. So glad!

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Went today for brunch. As a foodie, I have never experienced such a establishment. Awful experience. Bathroom is on the second floor. Restaurant is dated. Ordered brunch meal and my steak came with ham. At no time does it list ham with my selection neither on the menu nor online. Manager informed me sarcastically that the menu does not list all the ingredients. What? Are you guys for real. With all the food allergies and religious restrictions that people have, how can the menu not be specific specially with a slice of ham. This is a huge omission. Do not recommend.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had an enjoyable meal, lovely bottle of wine. The atmosphere and the staff were wonderful.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

On a short trip for Minneapolis to DC and wanted to eat some good seafood in the town of Alexandria! Glad we decided on the Wharf. The crab cake and calamari were exceptional! The salads fresh and nicely presented! The entrees absolutely delicious! The desserts were delectable! The coffee was burned! :(. That was the only thing that was not up to standard! Also, ran out of baked potatoe!! Yikes! Don’t let that keep you from visiting!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Overall the experience was good. Nice historical ambiance. I didn't give 5 stars as the waitstaff would get into discussions about personal items and that was loud enough to be annoying. It must be noted that it was not my waitress.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

GREAT SEAFOOD IN A LOVELY VENUE -- The Wharf in Old Town, Alexandria, offers a nice array of fresh seafood in a quaint setting. Loved the scallops wrapped in bacon, and their crab cakes are "to die for." The wine list is extensive. We especially love the ambiance of the brick walls in a historic setting. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The Wharf was a great place to enjoy the multiple seafood choices of the DC, VA & MD area. Nice cozy ambiance, our waiter Tim was helpful, efficient,& professional. Parking is available right behind the Wharf. Enjoyed the Norfolk Trio and Bronzini.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service was horrible. Our waiter kept forgetting everything and was challenging my boyfriend on the food he ordered, and she made us feel uncomfortable for the food we ordered.

From the moment we walked in, host staff was very unprofessional. Our table reservation was at 7:30, we got their right on time, and they still made us wait at the bar for 15 min until they got our table. Looks like they don’t care about the quality of service or acting professional even though they call themselves ‘fine seafood.’ Would never take out of towners here again. Food was actually very good though, but service was disgustingly rude.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Nice meal while visiting a beautiful city

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Wonderful. Great Crab Cakes, service and overall experience. The rest of the menu has lots to like as well. Building dates from 1790, one of the few places where George Washington did not eat in Alexandria although he would have enjoyed the meal. Recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I had the best crab cakes of my life here and the service was outstanding. Worth every penny : )

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Wharf in Alexandria, because of their truly exceptional food, has been our favorite Lunch spot every year after the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Race in Washington DC, for more than 10years in a row. THIS TIME, it turned out to be a very disappointing (most likely last) visit. The atmosphere still pleasant and the service still friendly, they apparently were sold, lost their Head Chef or forgot how to cook, whatever. The food, except for a cup of She Crab soup, was so much under average as it used to be above. For us, a regrettable end to very enjoyable memories, and on top somewhat embarrassing, since we brought friends along with great expectations after our raving --- so our reputation as gourmet-judges took quite a hit.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love the resturant. Always have. However, since the new chef came onboard meals have left much to be desired. Crabcakes benedict (poach eggs weren’t very poached and difficult to eat). Lobster may not be fresh anymore and i pray not from a can. This will not stop me from going as again, i’ve been dining here with my family for about
20yrs +.

However one of the specials last sunday was Flounder and it was cooked perfectly & delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service and food. Prices typical for Alexandria seafood restaurants. Lump crab cake appetizer was delicious. For entrees we had several of the seafood pasta dishes, which were quite tasty and generous portions. Would recommend for date night.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My husband and I were looking for a restaurant with great seafood. Being in the DMV there are many restaurants that claim they have the best crab cakes or pride themselves on fresh seafood. Well The Wharf definitely delivers! This is a historical restaurant with a very cozy feeling. The food was ABSOLUTLEY DELICIOUS. We both ordered appetizers (bacon wrapped scallops and shrimp & crab fritters). The appetizers were so filling we could only eat half of our sandwiches (crab cake sandwich and scallop po-boy). Great seafood, Great location and Great price!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A very good restaurant focusing mainly on seafood.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We were on vacation in the area and selected The Wharf for dinner. We had a beautiful dinner and great service. Will definitely visit again.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was okay... one thing i observed was that when a Caucasian family sat down they were given bread drink options and menus but my family wasn’t. The waitress was really sweet though. Very small portion size for lunch ...

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The waitress lacked patience and gave the wrong order to people. The wait staff reach over other dinner guest. I was told that dinner started after 2pm. When I asked for a dinner, was told that I had to order from the brunch menu. Food was okay, fries were cold. Would not recommend. Will go to the Fish Market next time.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Once again we enjoyed Easter dining at the Wharf, as did our guests who were new to the restaurant. The crab imperial was a hit, as was the she-crab soup. Thanks to the recommendation of our waitress, we also had a delicious sauvignon blanc, on sale, with it. Highly recommend this restaurant for its food, wine, service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Wharf restaurant can easily become an addiction, the food is that good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The Wharf has been one of my favorites in Old Town for many years. The food is always very good. It is priced comparable to other Old Town seafood restaurants. The noise level was good so we could enjoy conversation across the table with friends. The servers were friendly and checked on us to make sure we and the food and drinks were ok. I would highly recommend this restaurant to locals and tourists alike.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We visited The Wharf on our first visit to Old Town Alexandria. Great restaurant with great food and friendly waitstaff. Lobster, crabs and lobster Mac and cheese enjoyed by all. We will recommend and hope to return someday soon!

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

food was good, especially the fish special. Nothing to rave about, but good. very vibrant bar scene which made the dining area very noisy. worst was the desert which seemed like it was bought at local grocery store and heated up. Service was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Decided to stop after Mt Vernon.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had great service from Tim. Our drinks were very good, the crab cake appetizer She crab soup were delicious & we could have stopped there if we ordered larger portions. The Virginia rockfish was cooked perfectly but a little under seasoned, the baked stuffed shrimp was a little over cooked and just “good”. Progress to desert, pecan pie & white chocolate raspberry bread pudding. I’ve experienced many pecan pies in my life and this rates pretty high with exception of the chocolate glaze on the plate, not a big fan of bread pudding unless in New Orleans, this one was ok but like most, it’s just bread no matter what you put on it. Thanks toTim for the great service.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

There was an odd smell in the restaurant around where we were sitting - something akin to garbage. While the food was good, the service seemed a little more rushed that I would like. There didn't seem to be a lot of people waiting for a able, so I didn't understand that.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Loved the quiet setting, great ambience for sharing with friends. The food was amazing. Wasn't fond of the upsell attempts on wine selections but in all a very good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I can't express how authentic this is. I had luncheon menu, shrimp and scallops augratan (lobster and scallops augratan on dinner menu). It is the best I have ever had, bar none. I will be back Everytime I am in the DC area.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent food and service! I highly recommend the Wharf.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Was having a conversation with a friend and the waitress would interrupt every 3 minutes TK check in on us. While her drive to make our experience enjoyable was appreciated, we would have the interruptions more subtle.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Table was ready on arrival and food and service was excellent as always

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The service was poor with a long wait for the server to come to our table to take our drinks order, errors on the food order, and accidentally spilling a drink. They did offer us desserts on the house (mine was excellent - peppermint crème Brule), but ultimately it was not enough to reverse my overall impression that the service was very poor. The meal itself was fine (dessert was the highlight for me) but I would not recommend the restaurant because of the poor service quality, especially considering that it is relatively expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Filet wasnt as good. Made me question if it actually was a filet cut? Anyway, crab cakes, mussels, she-crab was all great as always. Service is always good!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent customer service,our waiter was very attentive, the food was great me and my husband had the filet migon & lobster tail, asparagus, mash potatoes, and bacon mac & cheese. We were very satisfied and will be returning!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Unfortunately we were disappointed. The food quality was poor. The lobster was rubbery. The service was rushed and inattentive. I was overall not satisfied with the experience.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Went for lunch on National Crab Day and it was awesome. The crab cake lunch special was done just right as well as the scallops with crab socutash. Very tasty and Julie was great! Another great dining option in Old Town. We’ll be back for dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Based on other reviews and the prices, I expected more. The crab cake was quite good, but the salad was overdressed with ranch dressing. Our server was friendly and attentive and we enjoyed a very nice wine which she recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent service with freshly prepared and tasty dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The wharf is a great place for a romantic or date night

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