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The Wharf

4.3
1976 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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
What 1976 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was good, and the service was okay. The prices were bit high for what it was. But all in all it was good.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service! Enjoyed the ambiance and history!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

our server recommended the rockfish which was cooked perfectly. We will definitely return

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

OMG, the best crab cakes ever! We had a party of 6 and every meal was fabulous. Love the old building its in too! A definite return is in order!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Came back for the crab cakes... #winning

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Amazing. Andrea rocked. I'm coming back Friday.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Wonderful food but poorly trained wait person. Manager addressed table to inquire about food and service but failed to adequately address the situation. We did not expect comps but did expect manager to be sympathetic. Would prefer Harpers or Dockside for seafood.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great dining experience for any occasion. Excellent food, setting and service!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Overall a great experience. Food was ok-not fabulous. Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Absolutely enjoyed our Mother’s Day Dinner here. Food was AMAZING ! Everything was very nice. Our waitress did not check on us though. And when she would come to clear plates off the table and refill our glasses, she was reaching over our food and awkwardly in front of our faces instead of walking around the table. Really didn’t seem like she cared at all about how we enjoyed ourselves or how we felt about personal space over our food. Other than our actual waitress, our visit and our food was very impressive.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a reservation,but on Mother's Day that usually means nothing. Not here, they actually reserved a table for us and we were seated immediately. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Was not pleased by our server we had. English was very broken and the seating was horrible my family and I was squeezed into a corner looks like it was put together last minute by the rest room. It was 6 adults and one 5 menus place on the table. Food was horrible it had no taste what so ever.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Upon arrival to my parties 330 appointment we were greeted by two not so pleasant hostess one male who told us that we wouldn’t be addressed until our 330 time slot, and that we would have to wait outside until. We waited outside until 330 exactly at which time I return to the hostesses to check in for a second time at which time I wasn’t even acknowledged until another guest arrived from a different party whom they were so happy to greet and acknowledge, explained to them that I had been waiting long before he arrived and should be seated first. My party of only 5 was still told to wait as they seated his party of 13 . After being seated our orders were taken, and the food didn’t come to the table til over and hour and a half later. Needless to say my meal was ice cold. My guest meals were luke warm, as well as lightly proportioned. This place i will never visit again. I am completely dissatisfied with the level of professionalism and service provided to me and my guest on was suppose to be a nice Mother’s Day Brunch.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

they cleaned our table and put on new, clean white linen but did not clean all the crumbs and dirt that fell on the seat.
The waitress brought our food to the wrong table, though she made it up by giving us free dessert. the soup was cold, not happy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I stumbled upon this restaurant because the DC location booked. I was pleasantly surprised at the overall experience. The price point for high quality seafood was great. Service was outstanding. We're definitely going back to Old Town.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was fine and the crab cakes were good. However The fries were cold and tasted old and the bread for the crab Benedict tasted old as well. The salads were not great either. I don't see this place worth the price. Good crab cakes. Everything else was poorly done.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

my 2 grown kids took me here for mother's day brunch. had a nice table outside to people watch. the food was good and the prices not ridiculous - esp. on mother's day when everywhere tries to jack up the price and call it a 'special brunch'. the service from the waitress who was serving the tables outside was horrible from the get go. The menu said "complimentary salad or champagne" with entrée but if you didn't mention it, she didn't mention it. food took quite a while but ok. when she served us she asked 'who needs ketchup?' and my daughter asked for it. Waitress never returned and we could never get her attention again to ask. She also forgot the bacon that was to go with my daughter's order. When we finally saw her and asked for check and told her about the bacon she got an attitude and said "you should have told me!" Really?? some nerve! My kids told her 'you never came by to check on us and we couldn't get your attention'. She went to get our check and when she returned she practically threw it at my son and said 'I took the one meal off'. All she needed to do was say "I'm sorry that happened, I've taken the one meal off." no harm no foul. she went too far and no idea why. The kids left zero tip which my son insisted on as he's a waiter and said she was the worst ever. It's too bad - the food was good, price was fair, and location great. Management needs to get rid of her.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. My wife especially enjoyed her meal. We were served by a very nice and friendly waitress.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Not a good experience at the Warf. Upstairs seating - horrible for persons with knee problems or other physical challenges. The hostess was not considerate of this. It took significant effort to get our guest-of-honor up the steps, only to be seated at a table by the service area. (I had noted this was a special occasion in the special instructions on the reservation.) When I asked the hostess if there was another option, she had nothing - no other options nor an once of sensitivity or expression of regret.

Our waiter was the first person to greet us with a smile. He was attentive, knew the menu and answered our questions.

The food: overall it was okay. Offered an array of seafood options. Four persons in our party-of-five had The She Crab soup. All agreed we’ve had better. It lacked flavor, texture and CRAB. The Triple Norfolk was noted as delicious. Hearty portions for all dishes.

We skipped dessert and opted to take our chances with a sweet shop on the street. Pop’s Old Fashion Ice Cream did not disappoint. To the left as you exit the restaurant. It was excellent! Creamy and flavorful. Great service too. Long line but worth it. Bench seating the length of the line to accommodate persons with physical challenges.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our 2nd time to dine at The Wharf-this time to deliver a thank you card for Danny who found my wallet and turned it in to management for return to me. It is so nice to know that there are such honest, professional and conscientious staff at the Wharf!

Plus our food was so good the first time, we wanted to go back to see if they could deliver the 2nd time. This time our food was even better! The best soft shell crabs I have ever eaten. Crab cakes Benedict were also great. Our server was wonderful, very helpful and personable.

We will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Perfect for the Mother's Day Brunch, which we enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was my first time to the restaurant. The atmosphere was great and our server was very good. I wish I could remember her name. She was very patient. I will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing service and nice atmosphere! Food was amazing !

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My husband and I ate dinner at The Wharf last night and the experience was overall excellent. Our server, Hicham, was very polite and attentive. We had Arugula Salad and Garlic Butter Jumbo Shrimp for appetizers. The shrimp was super! For dinner, my husband had the Bronzino, which he said was the best Bronzino he's ever had. I had the Crab Cakes for dinner, which were also delicious. All crab meat and very little filler. Atmosphere is cozy. We would definitely eat here again.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was our second visit - though it was some time between this one and the first one - nearly 2 years. The first visit, we chalked it up to Mother's Day, but many of the same issues remained....

Service, our waitress, was not attentive, did not remove plates and when she did spilled a LOT of ice water from the oyster tray. She did not get a napkin (from an empty table nearby). She also used a napkin from that same empty table to serve our wine - THEN PUT THAT NAPKIN BACK!

We were early diners, she had just started her shift - and was on a break - not good, when we were advised by another wait staff that she was not to be around for a few minutes.

The food was average, Scallops were gritty and sandy, tuna was good but a bit - something, not sure how best to describe. She Crab soup - poor, but of course we have Charleston to compare the she crab soup to.

So, all in all, not a bad place, but for our, close to $300 spent, we would have appreciated some attention, cleaner wine glasses, etc, just another average meal in an overprice restaurant, sad - I am life long resident of Alexandria.

Hope others fare better than we did.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The meal we had at the Wharf was definitely the best meal we had on our friends’ get together this past weekend! It is on the pricey side but you received a nice portion and the seafood was fresh and so delicious! It was definitely one of the best seafood dinners I have ever had! The waitstaff was friendly, polite, and helpful. At this restaurant if you don’t like the side that accompanies your entree, you can change it easily. I highly recommend the broiled seafood platter- so delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Every dish was fantastic, including the coffee. Ambiance was moderate-quiet with dimmed lights. Perfect for a date and good conversation. Upscale, polite clientele.
Our waiter was attentive, but seemed always rushed (he had too many tables) and twice spilled items on the tablecloth, for which he apologized, cleaned up, and brought us new product. Pricing was fair but not cheap or value-minded.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was good, but kind of pricey. Overall it was nice, the location was nice (it’s close to the waterfront), & the staff was very nice too. We had a very friendly waiter who was able to keep up with the busyness of a Friday evening. But I didn’t feel like the food was particularly unique or outstanding, it was standard classic seafood dishes (crab cakes, oysters, lobster, etc.).

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was great

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner at the Warf. The only thing I was disappointed in was there was no view of the water as I thought from your ads but other than that disappointment the experience was very nice.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I hardly ever get to go out to dinner without my 4 kiddos but my husband and I were fortunate to go on a date while grandma was visiting. We had never been to Olde Town and a friend recommended The Wharf. We made reservations and went on 4/28. A couple walked in with us/ahead of us and asked to sit outside (didn’t have reservations) and were seated. We asked to sit outside-weather was beautiful-but it was now full. I was a little irritated about that as the restaurant was super muggy. I asked the waiter for drink specials and he hands me the regular menu. We started with 2 bowls of she crab soup. It arrived cooler than lukewarm. I asked the waiter if it was supposed to be cold, he gets another waiter to come answer us and she says no. There’s a problem with the kitchen we were told. Our reheated soup was brought back to us. Taste was mediocre. Food came and with a little salt I ate the majority. Was hoping for a much better date night dinner. Doubt I would go back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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 on April 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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