The Wharf

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server seemed preoccupied but he was sat 3 tables at the same time so that’s a host issue. He recommended a bottle of wine that was good but he advertised it as a value. Stating that the wine would cost us $100 anywhere else. After googling the wine it was only a $10 bottle at total wine. We felt ripped off but we got over it considering we were going to purchase a much more expensive bottle before he gave his recommendation. I ordered a medium cooked filet and it came out well done. The lobster was delicious. My husband said his pasta was “ok”.

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have gotten in the area. The service was amazing and the food was really good. Highly recommend for a quiet date night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Small quantities for the price.

AS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food was on the very low side of average. Calamari was rubbery, oily, and didn’t have enough flavor or breading on it. Scallops were very rubbery, crab cake had too much saucy filling and not enough crab. For the price point, this wasn’t worth it at all.

T
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little bit of a wait, but that was expected since it was Valentine's day. The server was very friendly and attentive, and the food was amazing. We both enjoyed our experience and plan on coming back

U
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was decent but very overpriced for what it was. Since it was Valentine's Day and they were trying to cram people in, we were seated at what I can only assume is usually a waiter's station, as two sides of the table were against a wall. Very tight space and my wife was bumped by waiters going in and out of the kitchen several times. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable which was a plus. My wife and I were both disappointed with our experience and agreed we wouldn't be going back any time soon.

CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

food It great, service was great! Just packed us in like sardines. Will have to try it on a weekday

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

She crab soup - great
Crab fritters - too much batter, over fried
Crab cakes - very good
Norfolk platter - very good

The experience was good, however I think the Warehouse is better for the same price range

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice seafood restaurant in the high traffic part of Alexandria on King Street. Menu focused on shellfish and steak. Food was very good and would recommend it, but it was a little pricey for drinks and it wasn’t the best steak/seafood I have had in the area at that price point.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our waiter was super friendly. Try the mango Martini

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter very helpful, efficient, and courteous. Crab cakes were wonderful.

CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I have enjoyed many dinners at the Wharf . This Thursday was not one for the records. Had the raw oysters,and she crab soup for starters. The soup was luke-warm and bland. I ordered the sea bass which was horrible.

The best thing about the dinner was the bottle of wine and the company.

LL
Washington DC
263 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional seafood -- soups, oysters, broiled seafood platter. Service from Donny was efficient, professional, and fun.

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! I'll make sure he knows he did a great job and I hope you'll come back to visit all of us again soon.

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A
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Familiar place, in Old Town Alexandria and one of the few that specialize in seafood in this "Port City". Very good meal with the Broiled Seafood Platter and accommodating on substituting the vegetable! Nice meal!

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks so much Alexandrian, gotta love some fresh seafood in our little port city! Hope to see you again soon!

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LS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!! The Waite staff are always so personal and attentive. Great food!!

LL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lobster was excellent, if pricy. The special seafood platter was somewhat disappointing - shrimp were overcooked, and I wasn't a fan of the sauce on the crabmeat. If everything on the platter had been equally well prepared, it would have been a decent value.

Service was excellent and it's a lovely old restaurant.

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi there, thanks for providing your feedback! We strive to provide the best seafood and service in Old Town and I'm sorry to hear we missed that mark. I'll make sure our staff is aware of the preparation you experienced and trust that we'll do our best to prevent that in the future. Thank you again and I hope that we'll be seeing you soon!

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PS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great location is premier old town service was outstanding I loved it.

GB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent dining experience and great service, as always!

TV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was so friendly.

BD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always pretty good! I wold recommend this restaurant.

RQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The layout upstairs was cramped on one side and the food was subpar at best. The shrimp and blue crab fritters were fried too long making the crust extremely tough to cut through. The salmon was not completely cooked through even though I asked for well done, the asparagus was overcooked and the mashed potatoes had no flavor. I decided to check this restaurant out for restaurant week to see if I would mike it enough to make this restaurant a regular of mine, however I will never go back.

KA
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night out. The service food and atmosphere all were perfect. I had the salmon my wife the crab cakes. Both were fantastic. Appetizers or fried oysters and she crab soup were also incredible. Great wine as well. Nice place classy excellent server. A very pleasant experience. Thank you.

TW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food.
We are definitely returning.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an extremely enjoyable experience, and we plan on returning.

The Wharf
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks so much Stephen, we look forward to it!

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r
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This iconic seafood restaurant in Old Town Alexandria is at the heart of the old city and full of ambience, including old stone walls and roof beams from long ago. The space is fantastic, and the food measures up to that high standard. Always a fund place to dine, we'll be back again and again!

IS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

She crab soup was delish. Big chunks of real crab meat. Went for restaurant week. Good value, good food.

BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food, service & atmosphere was cozy. I will return again!

RJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week, the crab cake were great. Service was very prompt and friendly.

SN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food and experience. Drinks from the bar were terrific. Would definitely come back.

JB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the crab cake are the best in DC!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Service was great. Food was good and the ambiance was really nice.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was very thoughtful and patient with us since we had to delay ordering. Restaurant Week
Menu was a great value.

MD
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Thursday was a great evening to got for dinner and the Warf provided a casual dining experience with good good. Would recommend it for a date night.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! I ordered the crab cakes and my boyfriend had the garlic shrimp pasta, both amazing dishes!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out fast and was very delicious.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place, oustanding service, 100% great

BG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Over an hour wait with a reservation. An hour wait for the food. One dish was severely undercooked, the other sat under the heat lamp for a very long time. Hosts and waiters were rude. No reason to patronize this restaurant again.

TL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a 9:30 pm reservation but it took an hour for a table to become available. Service was a little haphazard but food was good.