The Wharf

4.5
2635 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are providing both Indoor, outdoor seating and takeout. Outside seating is limited and will be based on first come first server basis and during high volume days limited time duration may apply.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.
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Paulag
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. We were seated by the front door on a frigid night. It was cold! A heavy velvet curtain, like they use in Europe over the entryway, would help a lot.
Our server was polite, but somewhat indifferent. I had mentioned it was a birthday celebration in the reservation, but that was never acknowledged. We liked the food and the restaurant a lot, so would give it another try.

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vipALGS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We go every year to The Wharf for Restaurant Week because the food has been so amazing! This year was very disappointing. Shrimp was horrible! Cold, dry, tough and no taste! Fries were cold, my boyfriend’s potatoes were under cooked. Ordered a cocktail and was served something else and had to point it out. So unfortunate.

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vipAlex
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing lunch ! Oysters were some of the best I’ve ever had and the entire staff top to bottom were on point, helpful and went out of their way to ensure perfection in every way!!

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YorlandaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Self-Care Date w/ self!

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, fantastic food! I enjoyed mu time there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the bread pudding French Toast for brunch.

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AnaB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service. Food was good.

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vipocm1
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal, great service. Little cold in the bar area, but otherwise another great meal at the Wharf.

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ThomasR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere! I would definitely recommend it in the future.

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KeithM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time we ate there. Outstanding meal and service. Arguably the best seafood I have had in the DC area and no doubt in Old Towne!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place to dine in food and service are great. nice place to share a romantic evening or just a get together with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a table for two at 7pm on a Friday.

(Covid note: The restaurant had limited seating outside but it’s January and freezing so we didn’t mind. Most places on King street in Old Town had tents out front with seating, but the Wharf did not. The seating inside was distanced and servers seemed to follow correct safety procedures)

The food was great. The crab cakes were worth the hype and the rest of the seafood we had (Bacon wrapped Scallops and risotto) was done perfectly.

The service was good. Not quite the level of a true fine dining experience but servers were polite and professional.

Ambiance was decent. Had a nice Old town feel with exposed brick and “wharf-like” decor. It was reasonably crowded by 730pm and the mood seemed calm for a Friday night. Made for a great date for us.

Price was a little high. Entrees were in the 30 - 40 dollar range which meant our conservative dinner with drinks was about $130 after tax and tip for two. Expensive, but not outrageous for a not-quite fine dining dinner.

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TonyaD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! A little pricey but it was worth it.

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vipAlysonR
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stuffed Shrimp was really good

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GregM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to eat here for a 2nd time at the Wharf for the new year! Never a disappointment love the food, service staff and the charm of the overall charm of the restaurant. Its very romantic and fun! If you love seafood and old Town Charm then this is the place that you need to be!!!!

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AdamF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on New Years Eve so it was a prix fixe menu, but everything we had was delicious and not an outrageous price. Will definitely go back on a normal night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE. Always great food & great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time back at this place and we love it. Couple of the staff there recognized us. Planning on being back before we head to Kansas

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PatriciaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Christmas Eve meal with outstanding service and even better food.

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vipWorldTravellerWannaBe
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

During the pandemic, I would think restaurants would be more conscious of food quality and service. The Wharf was disappointing in both areas. The restaurant was basically empty, but my wife’s meal was not what she requested and my food was for the most part room temperature.
My wife requested her rockfish only be broiled with lemon (no butter), but it instead came with some type of mustard sauce. I ordered crab cakes which were fairly meaty, with little filler, but were undercooked... and barely warm. We are not the type of people to complain and I don’t think it would have made a difference to be honest.
Definitely not worth the money and there are better restaurants in Old Town. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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Localdude
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late lunch on a Friday during Covid before Christmas. You have the choice of eating indoors or out. We chose indoors, because the old restaurant is so cozy on a cold winter day.
We each had a bowl of the she crab soup. I had a rockfish sandwich, which was ok. My wife had a lobster roll, which was pretty spot on—probably the best sandwich in town.

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NoobzTK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. So good we went twice in less than a week!

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ObservantTraveler
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The ambience is great in the lower level. I don't really care for the upper level area. The staff is professional and attentive. The food is excellent.

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KaylaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Definitely would recommend for a date night

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vipMichaelS
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful Saturday brunch, We had the Chesapeake eggs and the Eggs Benedict sd er;; as the Crab Cake Benedict. All wonderful. What was truly spectacular was the wonderful and personal service. we will be back

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vipSteveU
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. We had a lobster roll and cioppino. Delicious. Served promptly. Nice atmosphere. Genuine Old Town Alexandria.

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JG2018
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Miguel was INCREDIBLE!!!! He was very attentive and accommodating!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the food and the service was excellent!!
I went with my family to celebrate my mom's Birthday, my 9 yo wanted a plate for herself and my mom was going to share with her, our super nice smart server got it right away and took my daughter's order and came the food came in two plates!! That was great!!!!
My mom received her Birthday cake with candle. It was excellent!!!

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DeeJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My hubby and I like to share our plate because I am a small eater. We were real impressed when our meal came out in separate plates - something so small can mean so much to others. We ordered the Seafood Platter and it was delicious!

When this Pandemic is under control we will return.

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MSST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience!

We were the only ones in the restaurant, everyone followed COVID guidelines, and the food was absolutely delicious! We split a salmon salad & lobster pasta!

Highly recommend!

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PinkieS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience2

A mouse was running around the entire time we were there. It made me so uncomfortable.

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JohnB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at the Wharf and we found it to have a nice setting, attentive staff and good food. We were well spaced out and felt comfortable. Hade the seafood plater well cooked as requested and multiple choice of condiments. the couple near us had lobster and it looked delicious. Will try it upon our next visit. Only down side was the deserts, the assortment was a little on the slim side, we had hoped for Creme Brulee, but they no longer serve it. Would I recommend this restaurant Yes, especially for couples.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with a friend

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible, me and my spouse couldn’t even finish our food. A big waste of our time!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place.Great food and service for a fair price. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves seafood. Great team at the Wharf.

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SoFedUp
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The crab cake and she crab soup are insanely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kevin was awesome! This place never disappoints! Food and cocktails always on point!

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CliffySue
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go for any reason, go for the She Crab Soup. My sister and I wanted a quick get away, stayed at National Harbor and Uber-ed here for lunch. Our waiter was outstanding, the soup almost as good :) and the setting was gorgeous on our beautiful fall day. I can't wait to go back.

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vipPFunk
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice, quiet meal in a great pat of the city. Food is always very good and ambience is excellent.

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vipMissToni
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wharf never disappoints. Took my parents here for the first time and they thoroughly enjoyed it. My Dad is still raving over his stuffed flounder and my stepmom over the wonderful wine she had which was a move from her normal moscato. We went early to avoid any crowds so social distancing and masks were in full effect. Definitely recommend even during this times we are currently in.

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The Wharf is rated 4.5 stars by 2635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.