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“Worth a visit for fine quality seafood, attentive service and retro kitschy atmosphere”
Review of Wharf Restaurant

Wharf Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 759 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Transit: Free trolley from Metro stop to the Wharf and transit stop 1 block from restaurant.
Description: 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.
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Worth a visit for fine quality seafood, attentive service and retro kitschy atmosphere”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

There are so many good restaurants in Old Town Alexandria to visit. Make sure to add The Wharf to your list! The atmosphere is typically old school nautical themed - very passé, yet comforting as well. The food is all delicious. The menu is very extensive and combines many favorites onto a single dish. I've never had a meal here that was less than excellent. The service is attentive and knowledgeable with servers that care about providing the diner with a degree of attention not usually found in other restaurants of this type. The Happy Hour is the best-kept secret in Alexandria. You can order any appetizer at the charming bar for half price served up by the nicest bartenders in the city (who also mix a wickedly good cocktail). All told, The Wharf provides some of the best seafood dining found anywhere with fair prices and excellent food quality. It is definitely NOT an overpriced tourist trap destination.

  • Visited April 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“Delicious Seafood”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We made reservations here while on a recent trip to the DC area. Everything about the experience was great. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was friendly. I had the daily special, grilled swordfish, and it was cooked perfectly. Garlic mashed potatoes on the side are a must, however others at the table claimed the loaded baked potato was the way to go. Others at our table raved about the fresh lobster as well. I'd highly recommend the Wharf Restaurant to anyone looking for a great seafood meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were visiting friends in Alexandria and we went here for dinner. Loved the atmosphere, the food and the building itself! I ordered the filet and it was delicious and cooked perfectly! It was quiet enough to have a nice conversation. I recommend!

  • Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Avoid”
Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Service average. Food not good. Needs a chef. Grilled seafood platter was runny and probably baked. Shrimp and scallops served in a bowl if sauce suggesting the dish was baked, not grilled. Crab cake also runny.

Visited May 2014
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El Paso, Texas
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

I spent a week on a business trip there and ate at the Wharf several times. Their daily fresh selection of seafood was great and they make a wicked martini too. The staff is friendly and attentive.

  • Visited April 2014
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