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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

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (13)
Casual (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Business Meals (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Based upon an previous visit, I took my good friend and fellow "crab cake snob" to the Wharf to celebrate his birthday. It was as good as I remembered and we will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always enjoy the Wharf. Great restaurant with a consistently positive experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent, from our appetizers through dessert. The wine list had some great choices in all price ranges.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to enjoy a seafood dish that we have had on other trip to the Wharf. It is called the Triple Norfolk and in the past it was ample amounts of lobster crab and shrimp with drawn butter. Not any more Instead we were served a bread bowl with mashed potatoes a few shrimp and almost no lobster or crab. When we complained we were told that there is new management and that they kept the name of the entree but not the recipe and that others have registered the same complaint. It will be our last trip there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Wharf has a nice location on King Street in Old Town and has outdoor tables which are lovely in season. However the food is mediocre and extremely over-priced. We were very disappointed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Simple amazing. The service and food were handled perfectly. One of my favorites go to restaurant when my family comes to town. Which is what happened this week.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We felt like we were getting the bums rush. Thought it was going to be a fine dining experience but it wasn't. It was more like diner level service and experience. We were seated and everything was rushed. Bread came out fast before we ordered or even had a glass of water! Then the salad was thrown in front of us and before we had even finished the salad, the entree flew out and was thrown down in front of us.
The food was good but the presentation was all too rushed and cheapened the whole experience. We've eaten in diners before and this was completely remisent of that experience.
They need to slow it down and let the patrons enjoy the experience of each course.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Positives:
Server and staff provided ice water and bread immediately after being seated.

The lighting and atmosphere were nice.

Staff was never far from tables if something was needed.

The house wine was pretty good.

Negatives:

Waitress took our order and ended up coming back twice to confirm if it was correct.....

I ordered the New England Clam Chowder for an app. I lived in Boston for 16 months, I know decent chowder. This was like a white soup. Ick.

My girlfriend's pasta had a blackened end that looked like it was singed before/during cooking. She said it made her dish taste smokey.

My dish was a fried platter. It was soggy...the fries, the fried shrimp the fried fish everything. Soggy. They were happy to charge me $30 for it though.

Wont be going back, for the price, you can do WAY better for the area. Try someplace else.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As a long time patron of the Wharf, we were very disappointed with our experience last night. It’s almost as if it were a different restaurant, perhaps under new management. The menu has changed, reducing options and not for the better. Although primarily a seafood restaurant, they cut down options for steak to 1 fillet. They no longer have fried shrimp as a separate choice on the menu and eliminated baked potatoes. I know these are small examples but the overall experience seemed like we were putting them out by asking.

The bread we received looked like someone else’s leftovers. My wife asked for cocktail sauce for the shrimp add-on and it took until the end of the meal to receive it. And it should have been on the plate (previously included) to begin with. The drinks we ordered came well after the salads and we had to ask twice.

The restaurant was busy which accounted for some of the delays but when you pay good money for a dinner experience, you expect a good experience. Not once did the waiter apologize for being busy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was adequate...not much flavor, bland
, temperature was at best warm, certainly not hot

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

did get eat there duel to parking lots was full have go to other restaurant

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

They don't hire enough staff. The waiter was pleasant, but running every single minute. Our drinks came after we finished appetizers, and a 2nd beer never showed up. The food is ok, but this place has a very "tourist" feel to it. The service makes it a no-go, though.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Creative and tasty seafood options. Quaint atmosphere. I am sure we will return here on a future visit to Old Town.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Fantastic service at the bar, food was AMAZING!! One of the best in Old Town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

They got us! The portions were very small for what we paid for...5 shrimp for $25, a platter fried seafood, consisting of 1 fillet of fish, 3 shrimp, 4-5 under cooked scallops, a few oysters which didn't taste great and 1 shrimp ball. The mashed potatoes were extremely bland and for the almost $30 they charged, they had the nerve to add a $2 up-charge to sub flounder for catfish. This was a hugely disappointing dining experience; I brought my whole family out for this and was so embarrassed and disappointed when the food came out and we all saw the portions. I will take a hole in the wall seafood establishment over this place any day. I will say they seasoned the fish pretty well and the fries were tasty and it was in a nice spot of Old Town--that is probably the best thing about this place. Would not go back there and would not recommend the over priced small portioned, somewhat okay food establishment.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great dining experience as always.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We felt a bit rushed dining at the Wharf. Our entrees were brought before we finished our appetizer. Checks were brought before everyone finished dinner.

Beignet appetizer was very good, as were the crab cakes. The trout lacked in flavor and the potatoes taste more like sweet potatoes than roasted potatoes. Our waiter couldn't tell us how the potatoes were prepared.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Seated right away. Everything we ordered was amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The Wharf serves great seafood in Old Town Alexandria. We particularly liked the Triple Norfolk, with crab, lobster and shrimp - delicious! The food was so good that we ate there three of the four nights we were in Alexandrai.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Sorry. The food was disappointing. Caesar salad was warm. Soft shell crabs were plain and overcooked. Desserts were disappointing. The service however was very good. But I could not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Five Star as usual.
We celebrate every Birthday with Lobster at the Wharf .This was my husbands 75th birthday & it was perfect.
Barbara- our server- was terrific, the bus boys were excellent & the cake with candle was a special touch....we will be there again in Dec for our Anniversary...love the place 🤗

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good experience. Parking was a nightmare...but the art fair was going on so there was that. Overall no complaints. Very nice staff. Good location. Food was tasty.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Haven't been here in over a year and never going back. Waiter was great food was terrible. Crab cakes were dry, shrimp was over cooked and food was not worth the money or the drive there. Was very disappointed at the quality of the food. The crab cakes here used to be my favorite...not anymore. Sorry but i should have known something was wrong when a restaurant has no wait and lots of availability in a hot spot like old town on a Saturday night. So sad.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Miguel at the Bar Always takes care of us! Food, Service & Atmosphere is a 10 plus
We live in Sweet Old Town and this is r fav!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service. Had the she crab soup and shrimp pasta. Portions were good and food quality excellent. Third time at the Wharf and always had friendly bartender and wait staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Traveling with friends, came to see Atlanta Braves games. First time to dine here and would again.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We had an overnight visit to The Alexandrian, and wanted to find a good seafood restaurant in walking distance. The meal in total exceeded our expectations in every way. Great martinis started us off, followed closely behind by calamari and oysters on half shell. Calamari was light and fresh, and came with delicious cocktail sauce. I am very picky about my oysters, and generally eat only cold water PEI's when available. I was impressed with the freshness and sweet taste of the Chesapeakes served. For entrees we had the crab cakes and bronzini. The crab cakes were some of the best we have ever had, made with jumbo lump crab that was to die for. I asked that the bronzini not be overcooked, and it came out absolutely perfect! The capper to an incredible meal was when the owner recommended a bar two blocks away for our nightcap. He said they have jazz music, "and it is a cigar lounge." SCORE! We were hoping to find a place to have evening cigars, and hopefully a drink. This was beyond what we hoped to find. BTW, that night the club featured an amazing blues band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

I have always gone here for special occasions. The food was up to its good standard the vegetables however were not presented in an appetizing way. Seemed they were short on wait staff though polite. I was hoping my friend would be very impressed. She was only impressed Sorry. Work on the attentiveness of the waiters.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Situated in old town Alexandria, the restaurant exudes charm. Dined here twice. Prefer table on upper floor. Excellent, professional food and service.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is one of the few places that I've visited where the food on the website literally looked the same in person. I ordered the jumbo crab and penne pasta and it was delicious. The service was also great and the ambience was nice and quiet.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was perfect!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Fresh and tasty seafood! Loved the copping and the broiled seafood.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

As I said in my responses to the questions that we had a wonderful time but the one issue that stuck out was the fruit flies flying around as I'm eating. I caught one in a glass and let management know about the issue. I was very discrete about it because it was not on purpose but should not happen as well. Thank you.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went to the Wharf during Restaurant Week 2017. This is one of the places where ordering outside of the Restaurant Week menu is best.

The seafood paella was soggy and more like a risotto. The desert options were weak and bread pudding and coconut oatmeal pie were nothing to rave about.
We had the Rockfish entree, which was blasé.
Luckily, we had reservations otherwise wait time was close to 45 mins.

Service was fairly standard. The menu is vast so other options were likely better. Restaurant Week can be tricky.

We will give the Wharf another shot at another time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Seafood is good.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great service and the food was excellent! Our reservation was a 6:45pm and the restaurant was not crowded at the time but by the time we left the place was full. Very enjoyable atmosphere and very friendly service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We went to The Wharf last year for Alexandria Restaurant Week and were very happy with the food, the service, and the overall experience. This year was another matter. Nothing was bad, but nothing was very good either. Portions were small and mostly so-so in taste. The best dish was the Rockfish, but the portion was about 5 bites. Service was friendly, but incompetent. The waiter brought the wrong wine and brought the check before we were done eating without checking to see if anybody wanted coffee, tea, or anything else. I don't know if they have a new chef, new management, or have just declined. Save your money and go someplace else.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I have visited The Wharf restaurant before for a family birthday dinner and we were very pleased. Since it was Restaurant Week, I thought this would be s great experience for my mate and I. We ordered, the food was tasty but the portions were very small. The assumption is that they reduced the portion size because it was Restaurant Week. However, none of the other upscale restaurants that we visited did that. It was disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. The service a little slow do just enjoy the time it will be worth it

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic experience, exceptional food and ambience

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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