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7:00 PM
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The Wharf

1893 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
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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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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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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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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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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1893 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, service, and ambience. Would highly recommend and plan to visit again.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The Warf is a great restaurant for that night out with your special someone. The atmosphere was quiet and elegant, the food was delicious, and the staff were amazing. I would definitely recommend it to friend or colleague.

Opentablepoints (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Chicken was dry and the seafood was way over cooked! The shrimp, calamari, and scallops were like rubber. I would not recommend this restaurant!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

First time, enjoyed the food. Celebrated my 60th Birthday with family and friends, will be sure to visit again.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

All four diners gave two thumbs up on the dishes we ordered: Chesapeake Bay rockfish (2x), yellow fin tuna, and crab cakes. We were seated by the bar on Friday night, the locals were boisterous, but obviously it’s “their” place to hang out on a Friday night, so a bit noisy. Three before dinner cocktails, bottle of wine, 4 entrees, was $50 per person, so average score on value for money.

OttoV (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was delicious. Great service. Love the quiet and pretty ambiance

Survivor2011 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter was very friendly, informative and attentive. The food was enjoyed by all 4 in our party. The stuffed flounder was very good as was the salmon and the portions were just right. The warm bourbon pecan pie with ice cream on top was delicious although not 'warm' as advertised. It was too good to send back to ask that they warm it. Could not let it leave the table because it was so good. (smile)

ArielP (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Quiet atmosphere. Food was plentiful and delicious. We went for restaraunt week and received a 3 course meal for only $20. Service was great. I would definitely go back.

Localgirl (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere. Crab cakes are fabulous, as was the she-crab soup.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Our server was great! Food was great as well. Super fast. Great price for restaurant week three course meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Awesome. Would go back again and again.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great but the service was a bit slow. There was miscommunication with the wait staff on who was going to our table so we sat for over 15 minutes before anyone came over. There where several large parties that made it very loud.

JernieneM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was good. The staff was very helpful.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic experience. They accommodated a group of 9 family members arriving separately from Philly, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, aged 6mos to a 92 yo w a walker, for my sister's 60th birthday. All staff were patient and pleasant, especially our server. And the food was superb. Lots of choices. I highly recommend the ahi tuna, crab cakes (no fillers) and coconut pie! Go! Find out for yourself.

Terry (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server, Andea (?) was awesome. Delightful and very accommodating of food allergy questions. Food was excellent - the she-crab soup remains one of Old Town’s signature appetizers. Monkfish risotto, tripe Norfolk, crusted salmon, all excellent. We’ve been coming here for years and it remains our go-to when guests want seafood. We took a guest from overseas and she said it was the best seafood she has had in the US.

viprixreview (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Our 2 couples really enjoyed the warm atmosphere and cozy ambience of The Wharf on a cold early February evening. We've been to this restaurant several times in the past and it is on our 'regulars' list but for the first time we were seated upstairs where the atmosphere and views of King Street, with the lighted street trees sparkling outside the windows and we enjoyed what is obviously an updated scene up there. The food is always good, whether a seafood specialty or the filets, and this evening was another notch in a well adorned belt. The shrimp and linguini are an especially wonderful dish. Just right!
Of course, we'll be back!

KrisR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was excellent. The fish was very fresh, presentation was very nice with wonderful service. We sat upstairs which was much more quiet where you could have a nice relaxing dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant.

JWinOrlando (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

A wonderful experience at The Wharf! I've been wanting to try this restaurant for several years and I was finally able to visit this past weekend for a birthday lunch. Wow! Old world charm and historic interior. Staff was very courteous and professional and welcoming! Our server, Julianna was excellent! I wish we had servers like her where I live and work! Great food, outstanding menu and selections. I will definitely be back! They do a very nice gesture for a birthday at the end of the meal. Pricey, but worth the visit!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The waitress was very polite and attentive

vipWharfSeafood (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been to the Wharf before. The food is always pretty good, especially if you enjoy seafood. The service, however, I have always had one issue with or another. This time, the waitress just had a bad mood, and seemingly a bad attitude from the beginning of the meal. Not very accommodating to substitutions. Did not know how to properly hand a plate to someone.