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Wharf Restaurant

119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (16 reviews)
“crab cakes” (139 reviews)
“seafood” (136 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had the soft-shell crab, which was good. Others at the table had halibut (all who had it l really enjoyed it).

Thank JWaters68
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a delightful lunch here after a boat tour on the Potomac. The she-crab soup is so good you want to ask for another serving....Crab cake was also delicious. Service was excellent. We would definitely return.

Thank Virginia T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Heard someone say this was a good place for lunch so we decided to try it. The building truly is a very old building in a historic part of town. Although it is an old building it has been restored so it has a very...More

Thank Parrotheadjoe
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped for lunch and had a great meal! The menu has many choices, including soups, salads,sandwiches and meals. The entree salad was excellent. She crab soup, fish and chips, really great quality fish. Seafood cioppino was to die for, with large shrimp, scallops, mussels,...More

Thank 1Michelle
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nestled in a 200+ year old building on King Street, The Ward never disappoints. Sit inside the restored Nd preserved building, or outside to people watch. Great seafood, appetizers and wine list that has something for everyone.

Thank James P
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife chose the Wharf restaurant when it started to rain and they had an awning, weren't very busy, and had seafood. We made a wise choice. The ambience is very old, historic in nature, and I enjoy that. We started with the Calamari which...More

Thank Danimals
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent fresh fish and seafood. Ordered the fresh seafood selection and it was very good. Next time I will order the lobster pasta. Good but, prefer to go to Landini's next door.

Thank a5035805
Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood was wonderful at the Wharf Restaurant on King Street. I had the she crab soup, and the shrimp po'boy and both were excellent. Very generous serving sizes as well, and the restaurant itself is beautiful and historical.

Thank AMM1997
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling in the area and dined with friends. The restaurant has a very dark, nautical atmosphere, so its perfect for dinner. We enjoyed fantastic Chesapeake Bay oysters, followed by crab cakes and several other delcious entrees. Loved the atmosphere both in and outside...More

Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and service was great as usual. The she crab soup is to die for. Had family in from Thailand and they also enjoyed.

Thank Robert B
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Linda H
5 May 2017|
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is available in nearby parking garages for a fee.
Linda H
4 May 2017|
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Response from Ron M | Reviewed this property |
You would need to call ahead for a group that large. As for timing 30 in DC is cutting it close too many things are going on and it's bound to delay your trip. There is no parking at the restaurant, but there is street... More
Denise E
4 April 2017|
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Response from Ron M | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bathroom on the second floor but not in the dining area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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