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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.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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
N. Lee St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Multiple televisions for sports games, shows, etc.
We offer small-scale catering services in the direct Old Town area. For larger inquiries, please call to discuss with a manager.
On street parking available and public parking garage directly behind restaurant.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Very good food. Ambiance is lovely. Service brings the entire experience downwards. Rough around the edges and rushed service does nothing for the experience. Either Short wait staff - or the waiter could not keep up with his tables. We had several management come to the table several times looking for a lost wallet without even saying “excuse us “. Our food was either rushed or when our plates were empty they were left on the table for a long time. It was unfortunate that such a lovely historic atmosphere felt like an everyday luncheonette because of the service.
Our family of six all ordered something different. The calamari appetizer, crab bisque, and wedge salad were delicious as well as the salmon, lobster and scallop au grautin, grilled seafood platter and lobster linguini pasta entrees. After reading some of the reviews, we were a little apprehensive, but we did not find one thing to complain about. It was great food and service!
We went on Thanksgiving but I did not want the traditional "turkey " meal. I had even looked at the menu on line and knew just what I wanted to order. Seafood/oysters/shrimp, etc.
When we sat down, much, much to my disappointment, we were offered only three entrees. (crab cakes for $58, turkey for $50 and beef for $65). The meal came with soup (your choice of two soups), salad (choice from two salads,) the entree (choice of crab, turkey,beef) and three desserts...way too much food!
I ate half of my salad, declined the soup, had the crab cakes (took one home) and picked at the desert. I think when I made the reservation I should have been told of this change of menu. (They contacted me FOUR times to ensure I was coming, so they did have a chance to pass that information along.) With one cocktail, and a glass of wine with dinner my bill was $98 (they included an 18% gratuity tax)
Sadly I do not think it was worth almost $100!.
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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