The Wharf

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2331 reviews
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Seafood
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.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s 73rd Birthday Dinner

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Houston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Must have been a bad night because dinner was awful, service was poor, and the evening began with a near slip and fall on wet floor. The Manager was gracious in removing part of the bill and a free dessert.

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CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, exactly how a restaurant should operate. Outstanding staff who were attentive and friendly, meals were on time and cooked perfectly. Definitely coming back with friends and family.

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Lobster roll for my and bronzine with mased potatoes was delicious. The young lady waiting on us was great!

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AJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at The Wharf and were treated to a slice of cheesecake after dinner, compliments of the restaurant. Nice atmosphere and great service, but expect to drop a chunk of change here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Crab cakes were my favorite, bourbon pecan pie was delicious.

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BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a lovely place to celebrate our anniversary.

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LE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seafood, ambiance, and location is exceptional! We often come to celebrate special occasions.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu seems a bit more traditional. It seems like a menu you would have seen back in the 80s. This isn't meant as an insult just want to specify that this isn't meant to be cutting edge cuisine. The food was very good though, well prepared, and delivered nice and hot. Our server was awesome. The kitchen got slammed near the end and our desserts took a while to come out. The building is awesome.

Overall, we will probably go again, but we'll try some other restaurants first.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server went above and beyond. Even gave us sight seeing information! Wonderful!!

Delicious food!

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KW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wharf is by far one of my most favorite places to eat while in Alexandria! The food and service never disappoints! I would definitely recommend making it a priority to go here. The crab cakes are out of this world.

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PA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

There was a small rat running around. We ordered the stuffed lobster tail. It was ok - bland with not a lot of favor.

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LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere outside. Enjoyable music from the street musician.
I would recommend this wonderful place to anyone who would like to soak up some Old Towne atmosphere and some amazing eats.
It’s not for those with a tight pocketbook, you may want to come prepared.

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FP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Branzino and stuffed shrimp were unimaginative and boring though well prepared. The appetizer sampler platter was quite skimpy for the price. However the raspberry bread pudding was excellent.

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Wharf! Been here many times on a date and also with family an friends.

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LH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My salad was very overdressed, supposed to have nuts and cranberries, couldn’t find any, my husbands meal very good

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood sampler was great. The waiter was outstanding. It was pricey, but the Wharf delivered on this occasion.

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MT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time at The Wharf. First time that I brought a few friends for brunch. I loved it just as much this time as the last. The food is quality and the selection is excellent.

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SS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my best friends birthday! What a great little place and the food was AMAZING!!!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic! The service was great and we got our food quickly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Leisurely Lunch gathering of old friends on a super hot Friday. We all had the two or three pick lunch special ($11 or a little more). Nice and quiet so we could hear each other talk...my half bbq salmon sandwich was tasty but plate was plain because my she crab soup (excellent) was served first and separately. We shared three desserts...bourbon pecan chocolate pie (very good but no bourbon taste), key lime pie, excellent, raspberry bread pudding (good). We would go back.

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KJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and a good value! Our waitress was new and totally helpful if not overwhelmed but that’s to be expected in a new job. Loved the Maitre’d as he was so perceptive and aware! Wine choices were terrific!

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our evening! Great food and experience.

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely spot. The seafood was fresh, the service was excellent. It was busy on a Monday night, but not too loud that we couldn’t have a conversation. We will be spending all our special occasions here!

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably one if the best seafood restaurants in the WORLD! All of the food—fresh oysters, jumbo shrimp, Canadian halibut, and stuffed crabmeat local flounder was outstanding as was our server Naomi. We Will be back!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ask for a table upstairs or outside . Great location. Food was good, server was not. He was close to being rude - as noticed by everyone at our table.

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance and service was top notch! Julie our waitress was so professional and friendly and made the best recommendations. Will definitely go again and tell all my friends to go as well!

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RL
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were totally underwhelmed by the quality of the food. The bread was a little stale, the fried clam strips were very chewy, the Wharf Seafood Platter was good but the Flounder stuffed with Crab was disappointing. The presentation was very much what you would get in a cafeteria. The thing that saved our whole experience was Julie the bartender. She was warm and friendly. She made a great suggestion for dessert. The creme brûlée was very good. Julie also made great suggestions of other places to visit. If we come back, it will be to see Julie in the bar.

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m
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, we had the she crab soup and the broiled mixed seafood platter, both outstanding, especially the crabcake!
I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because of the chocolate mousse which was poor (0 stars). It is not a difficult recipe to execute, desserts should be at the same level as the main course, it's important to end a meal on a high note! The service was good and the atmosphere pleasant. We enjoyed the evening very much in spite of the mousse. I do recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

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Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Although had reservations through Open Table, were seated on table by bar (more noise, no table cloths as in the dining room). Crab cake appetizer, as others have stated, was excellent. After that, main course was just mediocre, as was its presentation. Prices seemed high. Got the impression the restaurant was more of a tourist trap,rather than a good seafood restaurant.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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P
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was terrible!! My son and went to the Wharf for Father’s Day because we want to try a different restaurant. We ordered a crab cake with shrimp fried balls with sriracha sauce for appetizers. It has a very small shrimp wrapped on an IMITATION crab cake. What’s worst, it’s re-fried! For my entree, I ordered the soft shell crab. The one piece crab is okay but the side dish which is green beans is not freshly cooked. It looked it’s been cooked a day earlier. The rice that came with it is the store bought-ready to heat and serve. My son’s entree was a fried oysters Benedict, I didn’t tried it but it doesn’t look appetizing as well.

The first cup of coffee served to me was not hot so I have to ask for a freshly brewed one.

I didn’t complained with the management because I’m not after of getting a free food, I can always make a review.

This is the worse restaurant that we’ve been to using the OpenTable App!! My son and I always eat at different restaurants every weekend. We’ve tried almost all the restaurant in our area on the OpenTable App. We have a favorite group of restaurant though that we patronized a lot but it’s not on the OpenTable, but on Resy, it’s the Great American Restaurant group (Carlyle, Patsy’s, SweetWater, Mike’s, Artie’s, Ozzie’s, Jackson’s, Costal Flat, Silverado) - these restaurants are always the basis of my review, the service, the food, cleanliness...I always give them five stars!

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks. Informed wait staff, able to explain menu items. Very attentive!!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was great. Portions were just right to not feel stuffed nor hungry. Didn't need a take home container.

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T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed that the Bronzini isn’t on the menu anymore.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, I wish there was more. Crab cakes were very good but small.

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CH
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two friends and I went to The Wharf prior to a Little Theatre of Alexandria performance. When I said that I was debating between the bacon-wrapped scallops and the filet, our waitpersons Oksana suggested the filet with two scallops on the side. Two of us chose that option and the third had the crab cakes. All of the food was well-prepared--the steaks being done exactly as we asked and the crab cakes having very little, if any, filler. The pace was perfect, and we were able to walk to Little Theatre. We would definitely go there again!

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful seafood! Went there to celebrate my niece’s graduation. The food and service was exceptional as always. I stop in every time I come to Alexandria

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, the Tuesday specials were delicious.

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