The Wharf

4.3
2077 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 2077 People Are Saying
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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service/waiter was great.

Food: portions very large, potatoes were cold, and served by ice cream scoop... like we were at a buffet. Fish (silk snapper) was like mush... sent it back.

Everything like vegetables was oozing in oil and butter...

Bottom line if you are going to promote yourself as fine dining you have a long way to go...

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DB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was outstanding. She made the evening very enjoyable. Food was outstanding. Everyone had a great time.

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DI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed the atmosphere. The food delicious. The service professional. I thank you for the birthday cake. It was a good surprise. Absolutely recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was great, it just the food wasn’t as fresh as I would expect for the price. Especially the side of broccoli we ordered. It was old and bad looking.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Noisey water pipes above our table were very annoying.

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FB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

we have eaten here many times over the years. this was a dinner with family. we felt that the food was not as good as the past (lunch & dinners). the carrots were under cooked the lobster was over cook making it on the tough side. the shrimp & scallops in parchment were excellent.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was very disappointing. We were a party of seven with a baby and were tucked into a corner by the kitchen that made moving around extremely uncomfortable. The server had to pass plates and dishes down to the folks at the end of the table because she could not get to them. This issue could have easily been solved as we were the only people in the restaurant at the time. Other patrons didn’t begin arriving until we were leaving two hours later. Our server did not speak English very well which made ordering very difficult. The kitchen staff had to keep coming back to the table to clarify our order. We were at the restaurant for brunch and our server did not know what a Mimosa was. I had to order orange juice and a glass of Champagne separately and make my own. The coffee was cold and had to be returned. The food was Ok, but definitely not what you would expect at a nice restaurant for brunch. I will not be coming to this restaurant again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

On the day of my reservation, the weather was inclement. Otherwise, would have liked to have tried the outdoor seating. But the overall experience was great! No complaints.

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AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience. We arrived early and were seated at the bar, but a table became available quickly. The maître d’ was extremely friendly and accommodating. They made a vegetable substitution at my request which I was pleased about. I had the Norfolk dish that included lobster, crab and shrimp. The flavor was fine but the texture was somewhat rubbery. And there was a lovely dessert presentation in honor of our special occasion. I found the atmosphere quiet, cozy and overall very pleasant. The history of the building is fascinating. Wonderful stone structure, centuries old, as well as intriguing beams that were chard during the Civil War.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Server was inattentive and slow, service was subpar and menu was bland for the pricing - did not meet expectations despite rave reviews. Seating was delayed even though we had a reservation and we were placed at the back of the restaurant close to the kitchen, a diner’s nightmare. Tweaks with these suggestions would make it more reputable, but this visit missed the mark.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic in spite of Labor day weekend and large parties. The food was excellent, kudos to the cook!

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TT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was Amazing ! Also, the server was great! The food came out quite quickly despite the fact the place was packed.

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MQ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited for our 45th anniversary celebration during restaurant week...highly recommend the crabcakes!

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LM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I read a review saying vegan options but when I got there I found no options. The chef came and spoke with me and asked questions. I had an amazing meal. Very quaint personal

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EB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood ever! They have amazing serves! Our server Ellie was awesome! She knows everything! A cozy atmosphere reminiscent of Europe. I will recommend this place to all friends.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an excellent atmosphere. Being in such a historic building was so surreal. And the food was excellent. The soft crab was absolutely delicious. Our waitress was great as well. We were not let down at all and will definitely be eating there again. Of course, make sure you try their crab cakes. They’re known for them. They’ve been using the same recipe for so long which makes it even better. Our glasses were always full and we never waited long for any service. Definitely try it if you are looking for seafood in Old Town.

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GF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Not sure where to start so I"ll start from the beginning. I ordered a coke, I was served a diet coke. The waitress said that's what was on her mind. Then the meal came. Let me say the soup she-crab soup was watery and tasteless. Asked for old bay to season it. They didn't have it. Then we got our meal. The crab cake was great! Extremely small but good. The steak was dry, tough and tasteless. Mashed potatoes were great. Lastly was dessert, we were told we must order everything at once, but still it took a good 20 minutes to get our bread pudding. It came out 1/2 cold 1/2 luke warm but completely dry. It was so bad I couldn't swallow. I requested the check with the dessert paid promptly and left. We will not return. This was not the anniversary dinner we wanted to have.

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F
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We visited during restaurant week and were not disappointed! Not a fan of blue cheese, the waitress obliged with the house dressing on the lettuce wedge which was very good. One in our party had the jumbo shrimp and pasta which was very good, another had the surf and turf which featured a rather small steak - just okay, and the salmon salad was outstanding - just the right blend of spinach, walnuts, and perfectly cooked salmon. Would definitely visit again and recommend it for its seafood.

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a
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for my boyfriends Birthday. I got fish which was delicious and very fresh. I would recommend seafood at this restaurant.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Well you never know what you’ll get for restaurant week. I’ve been to The Wharf once before and had a great experience. Came back for restaurant week and unfortunately found a hair in my salad. I informed my server, but the manager that was informed never came over to apologize. Our table was also wobbly and not fixed until the end of our meal. Thankfully the entree (garlic shrimp pasta) and the dessert (bread pudding) were a hit. Hard to say if I’d consider coming back based on my last experience.

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, had reservations at 8:30pm and was able to be seated at 8:19pm on a busy night.

Managers come around with greeting table touches.
Food came to the table maybe 10-15mins after ordering/ with no mistakes.

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BL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Full disclosure, we ordered off the Restaurant Week Menu. Food was good but not awesome as it has been in times past. As a Maryland native, the crab cake was 50% filler/backfin not all lump as advertised.

My husband had the garlic shrimp pasta and it was very good.

Service is always excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom out to dinner here for restaurant week. We sat on the patio and was immediately greeted by our server, Ellen, she was very personable, answered all our questions and told us about the restaurant and their special offers on other days of the week. Appetizers were very light and had us excited for entrees. My rockfish was cooked perfectly, skin was crispy, and crab cake was was nicely binded. With room still for deserts, we both finished even making sure we got all of that blueberry sauce. We left very satisfied but not painfully full. I especially appreciate this because I love walking to the docks after dinner in old town. Our experience was wonderful and we’ll definitely be back.

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice lil quiet setting. Food was delish! Service was great!

Not really a fan of their desserts!

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Wharf on Thursday of restaurant week...We arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away...we had a quiet spot on the patio loved the quaintness and beauty of OldTown Alexandria!! We had an excellant server "Ellie" she was informative about the menu and also gave some good tips for places to visit after dinner while in Alexandria... we had she crab soup which was delicious...entree choice was surf and Turf with filet medallions and wonderful crabcakes....we chose raspberry white chocolate bread pudding for dessert best bread pudding ever!! Throughly enjoyed this meal would recommend the Wharf for everyone!!

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as usual was great. Best Crab Cakes in the area. Service was also great. Ellie was most attentive and helpful.

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l
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on the mark for good food, service, ambiance

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LP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week and had brunch. The menu was nice and we got to try some new dishes. The service was excellent. Coffee tended to be not very hot. I think it was the thermos's they poured from. Loved the she-crab soup and the lobster roll. Even without the special pricing this is a fair value. We will be back!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

My soup was cold. I ordered the seafood platter. The seafood was fried too hard. I tried to eat it anyway. The Chef must have been tired cause the food had NO SEASONING. It was a waste of my time and I want my MONEY back 😢😢😢

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O
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Delicious food. Phenomenal service. Highly recommend.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week was a delicious menu with wedge salad, lobster roll and key lime pie. Wedge was light on the blue cheese. Could have been more. Lobster roll with lots of tender lobster. Bun was a bit soggy. Key lime pie was light and delicious and not too sweet. Host accommodation was great as we booked for outdoors but changed last minute due to hot day with humidity.

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KB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sea food we have ever had. Crab cakes were all meat. Even though we recently spent two months in Alaska, salmon at the Wharf is the number 1in preparation.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our hotel in Arlington highly recommended we go to Old Town Alexandria and eat at the Wharf. Service was good, the food was really really good! It was our anniversay, so they brought us out a delicious blackberry bread pudding with a candle which was nice. I had one of the best Salmon dishes ever and my husband had the Seafood Paella which was also yummy. Would definitely go again when in the area. We were in town for a conference for my husband which happen to fall around our anniversary.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The portions were very large and each member of our family enjoyed their meal. The wait staff was attentive, but not overly willing to make a connection with our table.

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AF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so wonderful, the ambiance was perfect, and they made you feel like a VIP. The hostess was very knowledgeable.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Customer service was awesome and the food was awful!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The mussels were bad, not all but enough of them were. I got the fried seafood platter. It didn’t have no taste. The French fries didn’t have any taste either. The members that received the fry food wasn’t happy. The other two members enjoyed their meal.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Everyone in group loved the food. Definitely would recommend this place!

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Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in Alexandria Va. after seeing a concert at the National Harbor across the bridge in DC and went to the Wharf for Sunday Brunch. Alexandria Va has a nice wharf area with many stores and restaurants and the Wharf was one of them. The food was very good with many choices. My husband and I both decided on the Lobster and asparagus frittata which was delicious. It came with fried potatoes that also were very good. All of the brunch entrees come with a glass of champagne or a mimosa. We both enjoyed are entree with the glass of champagne and had a very enjoyable meal. Would recommend highly. I was not interested but did notice they had a whole menu devoted to beer so I am sure there were many excellent beer choices as well.

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CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is cozy and historic. Our waitress was charming and helpful. The food was delicious - highly recommend the she-crab soup. Overall, a fantastic anniversary celebration.

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