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Wharf Restaurant

119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (149 reviews)
“seafood” (146 reviews)
“scallops” (61 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I truly enjoyed this restaurant for the food and ambiance. It is all the positives raters have said. We enjoyed the oysters, crab soup, and their medium rare steak melts.

Thank John t
Reviewed 1 week ago

This month as I was looking to take my family out to lunch, I was considering these few elements; elegant interior decor, comfortable seating, quality and presentation of food, and last but not least tasteful seafood recipes. Well, I must say The Wharf in Old...More

1  Thank Syeda S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Wharf via Trip Advisor's rating. It was wonderful! It is a cozy, old school building, very inviting. The staff was attentive and efficient. The food was fabulous. It was restaurant week, so we took advantage of that menu. We had she-crab...More

1  Thank Alice H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend of my boss adamantly insisted that we visit this local restaurant, even if we were staying all the way in Downtown DC. As we were staying nearby in Arlington, we found ourselves only a few minutes away from this little gem. Now I...More

Thank PAC626
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on a rainy Sunday afternoon ate in the bar. Which has a nice feel about it. The server was attentive and friendly. I ordered the New England lobster roll. Well maybe they make it that way in old England but not in New England...More

Thank Hockeybo
Meghan S, Public Relations Manager at Wharf Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Hockey, thanks for leaving a review and letting us know about out lobster roll. We have actually tweaked the preparation a bit since you last visited, which now has more of a butter and less of a mayo base. We'd love for you to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here on a Friday night in January and were seated immediately. The ambiance of the restaurant is 18th century, but the food is 21st century delicious. Our wait staff was polite, informative and attentive to us. The rest rooms were clean. We were...More

Thank V3830WDdavidj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is first class and you will not be disappointed. Many of is take advantage of their bar to meet and chat with friends after work. It is not crowded but very friendly.

Thank arthurpeabody
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always a favorite - consistently good food. Always great service. A wonderful place to gather with dear friends.

1  Thank beachtravellover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On king street, take the trolley! I had a cup of she crab soup and 1/2 scallop Po boy for $10.95. It was really delicious. It is a very nice place with cloth napkins and such but not stuffy. You won’t regret eating here! I’m...More

1  Thank R T
Reviewed 15 January 2018

As a non-seafood eating person, normally, I would not go to this type of restaurant, but my girlfriend likes seafood, and I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant, so off we went. We had a great time. Since we were early for our...More

1  Thank terps1962
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20 October 2017|
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Response from 1Michelle | Reviewed this property |
Sorry,not sure. But many restaurants there do!
Linda H
6 May 2017|
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is available in nearby parking garages for a fee.
Linda H
5 May 2017|
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Response from Ron M | Reviewed this property |
You would need to call ahead for a group that large. As for timing 30 in DC is cutting it close too many things are going on and it's bound to delay your trip. There is no parking at the restaurant, but there is street... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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