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Wharf Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Old Town
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119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
11:00 - 23:00
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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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Bethesda, Maryland
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474 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have never heard of this restaurant before but it is restaurant week in Alexandria this week, so tried this place out. What an excellent seafood restaurant; the best I've been to for a long time in the DC region. The old fashioned looks of the restaurant appealed to us. The she crab soup, the stuffed flounder, and the bread pudding... More 

1 Thank Margaret C
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really tasty seafood dishes; portions not overwhelming, but sufficient. Service is good. Don't let the seemingly snooty atmosphere throw you, it's actually more like comfortable classy. Only complaint is that, at the time of my visit, the bartender was talking a bit too loudly to his customers. Would revisit.

1 Thank LadyinMotion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever my friend Pam comes into town, this is a delicious spot for lunch or dinner. The seafood is excellent and the vegetables are wonderful.

Thank 813antonettem
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I are locals and go to this restaurant regularly. I love the fried shrimp. It is consistently delicious and reasonably priced.

Thank Linda M
Blacksburg, Virginia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good wings & beer in the bar. Ate there while we were waiting for the water taxi. It was crowded so we ate in the bar. Good service & convenient to aear attractions.

1 Thank Sharonladybug
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230 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy returning to The Wharf. This evening, we went early for my husband's birthday. The service was very attentive. We enjoyed the clam chowder, crab cakes & crab imperial with saffron rice and a side of broccoli. I ordered a bottle of Joel Gott pino gris, which was very nice. They brought us a complimentary dessert for the birthday.

1 Thank FMCMaryland
Kennebunk, Maine
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extensive menu of classic seafood preparations. There were a few high notes, including the she-crab soup and the crab cakes. My dining companions really enjoyed their steak. My broiled seafood sampler was a mix of very fresh, well-prepared fish and some overcooked shrimp and scallops swimming in butter. The wine list needs a bit more depth, especially at the higher... More 

Thank Jon E
Forest, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They were busy, but we were seated right away. We had the pick two lunch special. The she crab soup was done right. Ihad a great little garden salad and my husband had a wonderful half sandwich. The waiter started us with warm bread and butter, and kept our tea glasses filled. Warm and inviting atmosphere.

Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 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 17 January 2017 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 

Thank gully1965

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?