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Wharf Restaurant

119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
+1 703-836-2836
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (16 reviews)
“crab cakes” (135 reviews)
“seafood” (131 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
119 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3207
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The wharf was a little more upscale than our kids are accustomed too, but the food was absolutely delicious. They had a nicely priced children's menu upon request. The calamari appetizer was one of the best I've ever had. We went all out with dessert...More

Thank ColleenCap
Reviewed 4 days ago

Totally enjoyed our meal here. We stopped by for a late lunch. I had the shrimp/scallop au gratin. The scallops were cooked just right and tender. Some places over cook them. The shrimp and sauce were great. I had a nice side green salad and...More

Thank deeNortheast
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a super surprise!!! First class dining and service!!! The wife, had Grilled Salmon over Pasta Primavera. I had Sautéed "Dry Boat" Scallops, both meals were almost tooo good!!! These meals were BUCKET LIST level. to die for!!! Service was exceptional and total bill $45........

1  Thank zorroVegas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with family when in old town for a wedding. Great Food! We wanted seafood and the Wharf was recommended by our hotel concierge. The she crab bisque is to die for and the crab cakes are fab. All lump crab, basically no filler....More

1  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped into the Wharf for lunch with my parents while we were shopping in Alexandria.The wait staff that we encountered were very pleasant and accommodating. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were great for the price. I would love to come back...More

Thank JLDom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was OK but not great. I ordered the special watermelon salad which was less than special and didn't feature much watermelon (just a green salad with a bit of melon). I also had the crab cakes which the restaurant brags about and...More

Thank LynetteWicks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this restaurant last year and just went back again. Excellent. Terrific service and food. Definitely worth having dinner here.

Thank arthurbyrd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten at this restaurant several times for lunch and love it every time! While spring/summer are wonderful because you can sit outside and enjoy the weather with their excellent food, the inside is also quite inviting. I LOVE their soft shell crab but have...More

Thank cari-me-away
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to have a nice salad, some fish and a cocktail - especially outside on the sidewalk. Very old style seafood restaurant inside (Thinking Fish u Wish) but that is part of the charm!

Thank Shamus01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had the best crabcake of her life here. My swordfish was great as well. Pricy but very good.

Thank John T
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Linda H
is parking available at restaurant; can we alter menu options; NEed one vegetarian plate and 1 lamb entree. Is that possible; what type of seating arrangement will a party now, 15, have.
5 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
Is parking available. approximately how far are you from Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution HAll 18th and D streets, N.W Washington, D.C D.C.. Our event is from 10:30-12:30pm. Can we make it to your restaurant if we leave at 1:30pm for a 2pm reservation.[ What type of seating arrangement do you have for a party of 13. Can we have a party menu or do we order off restaurant menu.
4 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
Denise E
Is there a bathroom on the second floor
4 April 2017|
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Response from Ron M | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bathroom on the second floor but not in the dining area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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