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Wharf Restaurant

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Old Town
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119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.
703-836-2836
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 176
    Excellent
  • 172
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
5 star meal, 3 star service

I highly recommend the cioppino. This was delicious. The she crab soup was full of crab and very tasty. All 4 of us thought the meal was terrific. The service at the bar was very good while we waited for our reservation time. The table service was a bit poor (cleared when not finished, slow to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Padoc72
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Eastern PA
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Windsor,England
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent food & service. Plenty of menu choice & good wine list. Not far from the Waterfront & trolley stop

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is mine and my wife's favorite seafood restaurant in Old Town. The service is fantastic and there is a quaint, romantic atmosphere perfect for date night. The food is always exceptional.

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Eastern PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the cioppino. This was delicious. The she crab soup was full of crab and very tasty. All 4 of us thought the meal was terrific. The service at the bar was very good while we waited for our reservation time. The table service was a bit poor (cleared when not finished, slow to greet, and not all... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited the wharf during Restaurant Week, and had their three-course lunch. The she-crab soup was creamy, tasty, and loaded with crab. We can't get too much crab, so we followed that with a crab cake sandwich -- outstanding. Then dessert-- fresh strawberries with chantilly, and a white chocolate and raspberry bread pudding. Only our good manners... More 

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Warren, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were told this was the place to get the best crab cake ever. That advice was right according to the crab cake connoisseur with us. The service was excellent and very personal. The atmosphere was historical and very appealing. Be sure to ask about it while you are there. Be prepared to pay for the experience. The price of... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had a special dinner here and were not disappointed. Starting with cocktails, we learned that their bar drinks are as good as the food. Try the pear martini! We decided on the weekly special menu which provided us with many good options. She crab soup, shrimp wrapped with bacon...entres included tuna, crab, and a mixed grill all excellent...dessert was... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Had wonderful meals, quality service, excellent beverages, and most importantly time to spend with friends.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

So many restaurants in the beautiful tourist areas are overpriced and the food is mediocre at best. This is an exception and was an extraordinary culinary delight. We loved it so much and were so afraid of being disappointed elsewhere that we went back for a second night! The service is nothing to get excited about and doesn't come close... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We ate here for lunch (we were really hungry) ordered clam chowder, crabcake, stuffed flounder and pan seared halibut and ALL of it was really quite good! Big portions with sides to choose from (two sides per order)...it was filling! Crankcase is their specialty and I can see why,it was mostly all crab and delicious. The service was excellent too.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I visited Wharf for dinner and were not disappointed. The crab cakes are a must and can be served as an appetizer or a main course. The menu is diverse but unique. There is indoor and outdoor seating available with a cozy bar. Reservations can be made but there was plenty of room for walk-ins.

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 703-836-2836

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?