The Wharf

4.5
2275 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
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. 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.
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Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was fast and gracious and fish perfectly cooked.

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch and location

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food. Exceptional service! I always have a great time here.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Our waiter was more concerned with a party of 12, rather than our party of six.

We had to ask for additional coffee three times.

One of the orders was not filled, and the french fries were under cooked-which we told our waiter about after he asked was "everything OK"., and after being told steered us to the desert menu without comment.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We went here for Mother’s Day and had a reservation set for 5:15. I edited my time slot a few times so I knew there was ample availability however, the hostess and host both took poor time in clearing and setting up tables. We waited 15-20 mins to be seated WITH A RESERVATION!!! Then on top of that our server acted as though he’d never waited a table on a busy holiday before it took him 30 mins just to bring us bread and even longer for drinks. We also never saw a drink menu aside from the wine list. I tried to make this special day a one to remember and it will be but for all the wrong reasons.

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L
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Although the food was good, it wasn't so good as to justify the high prices. The service was ok and we did have a long wait time to receive our meals. Probably won't be returning.

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VJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food is good. I would recommend to family and friends. The waiters were nice but a little mixup and slow.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day. Great service and food.

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HD
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve eaten here three times and the restaurant has never disappointed so far. Treated my wife to Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. The food was wonderful, the service was great, and the atmosphere is authentic Old Town. The prices are not outlandish but they are typical (pricy) for the location. In this case, you get what you pay for. I wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend it to a friend.

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R
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Portions of crab cake entree too small for the price. Host seemed clueless.

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H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place - great food and great service!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Service was extremely slow for a small gathering. The food was absolutely seasonless. After our food was served the waiter disappeared and did not return for at least 40 minutes. Would not revisit or recommend.

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. I would absolutely recommend to everyone.

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N
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent! I am going forward to going again soon.

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RL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had wedge salad, bacon-wrapped scallops, crab cakes and fried shrimp. All were well-prepared and delicious. Our waiter was very attentive.

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RW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The entrees were delicious. I just found the keylime pie to be too heavy. I'm accustomed to it being light. Otherwise, everything was wonderful.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food - excellent selection and terrific service. Next visit in this area I will definitely want to eat there again

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LB
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love my birthday celebration. The service was excellent and food great.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was good and the individual waiter attentive but I did not feel the overall experience was welcoming. I would recommend to a friend in the area but the experience did not justify the $60 cab fare from Washington DC. Historically there was a jazz club upstairs but that has unfortunately long gone.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, inside and out. Short wait time, friendly staff and the food was excellent. Interesting history to the building which can be found on the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The decor is attractive and the service was very good. The food was great also. We went for Easter brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went for Easter brunch and all the food we got was good especially my scallops there amazing !! Server could of remembered coffee and my mom’s soda but other than that everything was good !

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and the service is excellent

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TH
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff and especially our waiter were wonderful and our window seat was available as requested! Great Dinner!

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JB
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Server was good and good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice historic setting with delicious sea food.

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G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Simple but nice décor; lots of wood. Ambiance was very relaxing with conversation-friendly noise level. Our server was extremely nice, helpful and quite attentive.
Food was excellent overall. Started with fried calamari - well-cooked and light, and crab perfectly cooked and lightly seasoned. Po boy again perfectly cooked with a very good Cajun remoulade. Although fried, softshell crab was just lightly breaded, well-seasoned and not at all greasy. Side of spinach was fresh and very well cooked. Shared dessert of homemade key lime pie with whipped cream & raspberry coulis was as good as any and better than most.
In all a most enjoyable family Sunday dinner at a very reasonable price with good food and pleasant surroundings.

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RD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I both had the lobster asparagas frittata - which was delicious. We love the bread that accompanies the meal and appreciate that the butter is not rock hard. We had salads to accompany our meal, plus coffee. Wonderful waiter, and everything was quite timely.

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JW
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was subpar which took away from ambiance and special night that I planned.

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

My husband and I are both seafood lovers. We were seated near a couple of tables with teens - attending a prom , it appeared. I thought our service to be a tad slow... but it was a Saturday evening. My biggest complaint was not about the food, which was hot and excellent - but we were seated next to the busboy's station., where glasses and silverware were stacked and dispensed. And he/they were loud with the clatter. I've been to restaurants in Europe where the busboys go out of their way to be considerate about the clanking of the dishes etc., but not here. It was disappointing - and disturbing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great Service! A little pricey. Overall, a good experience.

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CF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience. Great service, high quality seafood.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Warf is a guaranteed stop on my annual visits to DC. Found it by accident but keep returning on purpose.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food. The waiter was very attentive to our needs.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They made our anniversary extra special! With complimentary champagne and a special dessert. All the food was delicious. It was an overall great way to celebrate.

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PD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. We go there on our wedding anniversary because we had our wedding day dinner there. I lost my fitbit. They went the extra mile to find it for me.

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I selected this for our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. The service was outstanding! I had lobster (cooked to perfection) and my wife had the crab cakes. This is a meal we will never forget! When we return to Alexandria, The Wharf is at the top of our list for dinning.

The Wharf
Responded on 15 April 2019

Thank you so much, Starling. Happy anniversary, we so much appreciate you celebrating with us!

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CM
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We will not go back. Waitress was rude, did not know the menu, the soup was cold, food was not amazing. Not a good price/quality value.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for my birthday. Love their crab cakes. My wife thought the raw oysters and cioppino appetizer were fantastic. Service as always was good.

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