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Wharf Restaurant

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119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
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11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Richmond, Virginia
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167 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I had excellent dishes. Their specialty of course is seafood. Dishes come with fresh vegetables too. The service staff was just OK. Maybe because the restaurant is packed with tourists. So, make reservations and arrive earlier than your reservation time. We arrived at our reservation time and it didn't help at all. We still had to wait... More 

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Thank Nelson M
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was quaint, had a good selection to choose from and was clean. The service was good and they even provided a serving of fresh bread with butter before we had ordered which was nice. The clam chowder was very good and the crab cake sandwich with fries was not a disappointment. It was not loud at all in... More 

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Thank N M
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a group of 14. They were able to accommodate us without issue. The service was very good and the food quality, freshness, flavor and temperature were also very good. The food also came out for the entire group in a timely fashion.

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1 Thank Terry R
Karlskrona, Sweden
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited in november and had great luck with the weather. We could actually sit outside and eat :-) Good food and good service.

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1 Thank CuracaoKarlskrona
Texas
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120 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old Town Alexandria is a quaint place to shop and eat with a lot of history. This seafood place is as good as it gets anywhere. Nice selection, good service and reasonable prices.

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1 Thank TexWorldTraveler
Graham, Washington
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent. The service was a bit slow in the beginning but got better as the evening went on. I was with a group of 15 people.

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Thank Grahams-Home
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wharf is a very special restaurant that encompasses romance with its large stained original timbers and dimly lit dining room topped with a cozy bar that sits away from the Dining area. I used to live in Alexandria and have eaten here in the past (I'm sure it was a special occasion). The staff were very attentive, but not... More 

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Thank Dave P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was here for dinner with business associates. The food was just average, very pricey for the small portion sizes. It was okay but not spectacular.

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Thank McMahanBucketList
Meghan S, Public Relations Manager at Wharf Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi McMahan, I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was just mediocre. May I ask what you had to eat? Other than portion size and price point, are there any other points of feedback you may have for us? Again I apologize for the less-than-stellar visit, but we appreciate your honest review as it is one of... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my wife and friends from out of town to eat on the water and enjoy the wonderful view the restaurant offers. This location is great for a happy hour for work or friends and a nice place to treat someone special. Plus they have great Bloody Mary's!

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Thank Robert K
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Wharf is one of my favorite restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Cozy and friendly with very good chowders, and appetizers. The Daily Specials are usually wonderful.

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Thank Cathy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Steakhouse
Meals
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:30
Thursday
11:00 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
  • Public Transportation: Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-836-2836
Description
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 and chops. 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. Our 2nd floor Dining Room is perfect for Banquets and Private Parties. Can seat up to 60 people.

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