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Wharf Restaurant

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Old Town
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119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit pricy but worth the expense. Great views of the water if you can get a table near the Windows.

Thank DelnaC
Clifton, Virginia
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our mini family reunion had dinner at the Wharf restaurant. To a person everyone was very pleased. Both the entrées and the desserts were outstanding. I had the lobster and scallops and thought it as good as I have had. The staff was very friendly and professional as well as being flexible. I have recommended this restaurant to others and... More 

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Arlington, va
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the mood for seafood and yes, we had the kids. We arrived early for our reservation, but they seated us promptly and with warm service. The special appetizer of the day was conch fritters, which we ordered, and they were awesome. We also had some baked clams (we would call this clams casino in NJ), but they... More 

1 Thank Strubes
Youngsville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place had the best steak I have eaten in a very long time. It melted in my mouth. The crab cake and vegetables were very good also. I will for sure come back next time I'm in the area.

1 Thank Dketterhagen
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting back to Alexandria, especially on New Year's Day, with all the Christmas lights, was a lot of fun. We shared the Calamari and asked for a cocktail sauce dip, as well as their spicy dip to go with it. Ironically, the spicy dip was not over spicy. My wife had the Mahi-Mahi, and I had the Lobster-Scallop casserole. Both... More 

1 Thank TomR233
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wharf Restaurant provides their menu at the entrance to entice you into this historic building. That got us in the door (along with a recommendation from the visitor's center), but we ended up ordering the specials for that day. Changing daily, there were about four other options for dining in addition to the regular menu. We chose the cashew crusted... More 

1 Thank Kelly L
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Wharf is rated as the number two restaurant in Alexandria but in our opinion it should be number one. We went there for lunch/brunch on a Sunday in November. We had reservations but truly I don’t think we needed them that day. Outdoor seating was available but we decided to dine in the cozy dining room. Our meals were... More 

1 Thank DearDona
Dumfries, Virginia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband brought me here on a sunday to end my birthday weekend celebration. We had oyster Rockefeller, chilled seafood tower and fried seafood for two. Everything went beyond my expectations and made my taste buds explode. The ambiance was romantic. I can't wait to go back to try some fish along with the coconut pie!

1 Thank MrsAAJ
Richmond, Virginia
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101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 

Thank Nelson M
Meghan S, Guest Relations Manager at Wharf Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Nelson, Thank you for your honest and kind review. I am sorry to hear about the wait for and location of your table. Although there are always things that we cannot control, service is something that we can. Our standards are and always have been aimed higher than just OK and I am sorry that you did not get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Seafood, Soups
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?