Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria

4.2
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2019 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
A dining experience blending the area’s finest in tastes & talents, Blackwall Hitch is a coastally inspired concept that creates a local connection. Here you’ll find seasonally driven and locally sourced food and spirits, great local music and the area’s friendliest staff and patrons. With each visit as you take in the local flavor, we guarantee you’ll be hook in no time. Get hooked on the flavor. All reservations are honored for the inside dining area ONLY. Patios & Bar area are first come, first serve.
What 2019 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I really love this restaurant and wanted to take my brother and his wife there who were visiting from California. I ordered the special lobster risotto which was nice but very little lobster. I have noticed that the portions are a lot smaller than other restaurants for the price. Last time I was there, I ordered the shrimp and scallop risotto as I have to eat gluten free and again, 2 maybe medium shrimp and 2 scallops for $30.
Our waiter was great initially but as the evening progressed, he got very busy and we had to wait quite a while to get our check. Again, he was wonderful but just too busy.
We did have a lovely table by the window as requested so I was pleased about that.

KA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not only is the place beautiful, the service was Awesome and the food was delicious!!!

AC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Arrived early for our reservation by half an hour which we explained to the maître d’ appeared we had checked and sad for half an hour after watching many other people be seated went back up only to find out she’d forgotten to check us in they finally seated us at a hightop in the bar area which is not what we wanted the manager graciously offered to send over to complimentary appetizers but the kitchen got the appetizers that were requested wrong overall not the greatest experience the food was fine nothing to get excited about and the confusion was a definite problem as far as service

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, I think a little over priced but it’s Old Towne.
Chairs were way to soft, I sank into the seat so far I felt like a child in a booster seat .

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall - as a whole the service was very good but ordered blacked and the fish wasn't had to send it back. Food was ok - but for the price would have expected it to be better.
Drinks were hit and miss. Sat outside on the back deck which was nice.
Would give it another try.

DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great. The daily special of crab cake, salmon, and grilled shrimp was perfect for my wife. Our server Julian was amazing. Our first time their and his knowledge of the menu and specials was extremely helpful and was equal to his service. Tipped him very well.

NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Excited to go. Menu looked limited, yet promising. Food was a let down and very over priced. Prime location, disappointing food/service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing, the service was okay, the waitress forgot some of our order.. and I had to request refills initially. The establishment itself was very elegant. We celebrated our 11yr Anniversary and enjoyed the experience.

EW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location, fantastic wait staff, table was ready when we got there. Ordered some wine with my favorite dinner and appetizer, all outstanding. This is my favorite restaurant in DC/Alexandria.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was our first time at Blackwall Hitch, really enjoyed the food and service. We had a bit of a wait for seating eventhough we had reservation but it was worth it. I would defn recommend and will go back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. We attend this brunch often. The food is always amazing

LL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this restaurant. It is kid friendly which I love. The waterfront scenery is lovely. They have something for everyone’s palettes.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Requested a window seat and didn’t get it

CK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A friend we had not seen in two years recommended Blackwall Hitch as a good place to meet up for dinner. We saw it was close to the water and thought that might be pleasant on a nice evening and thus made a dinner reservation.

We were seated promptly and drink orders were taken. I asked if I could have a taste of a particular draft beer to make sure I liked it. The waiter assured me this would be fine. We waited. My husband's drink arrived. We waited more. Our friend arrived. We chatted. More waiting. Suddenly a person who was not our waiter arrived with a full pint of someone's beer and presented it to me. I said I had been waiting for a taste of a particular one. It seems that they were out of the one I wanted but the waiter never returned to mention that. Why this person decided to choose a beer for me, a huge craft beer aficionado, is a mystery. I suppose he thought he was being helpful?

Our food came and it was underwhelming and not memorable. I had some type of chicken sandwich, I think. The waiter was almost never around and did not even say the typical "Thank you" when we had paid our tab.

Disappointing all around. I so wish this had been a positive experience, but I would not return here, especially with so many other restaurants nearby. I hope your visit is better.

LW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I usually love Blackwall Hitch. I was disappointed in the quality of the food. I know it was a weeknight, but that doesn't excuse a poorly cooked steak - dry, overcooked and tasteless and under cooked fingerling potatoes. My softshell crabs were cooked well, but the avocado salsa(?) was too chunky and tasteless. The quality of the food did not live up to the price point. This should have been a $10 steak and a $12 crab entree. I have had better meals in the past at Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis. My recent experience makes me hesitant to return to the Alexandria location. I hope the Alexandria kitchen can fix these issues. They are a sign of carelessness.

DM
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great seafood near the water but due to the location, only some tables have a really good water view. I had lobster risotto which was great and my guest had the prime rib. I didn't realize she doesn't eat shellfish or any seafood really so would have gone elsewhere. Nice table so she could see the water as she was visiting from LA but I do wish the arrangement allowed more tables to see the water.. They have a bar with TV sets in the middle of a space which would have been better used for water views in my opinion. Anyway, the service was great although this place is really noisy. I've visited maybe three times and plan to return and sit on the outdoor patio which is lit with lovely patio lighting.

RW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendship

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The temperature was too warm, which made for an uncomfortable dining experience. We were sweating and not able to enjoy fellowship.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was not what i expected. Could be better. Location and atmosphere was beautiful

JW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was outstanding but the service was lacking. I think our server was newer and he struggled to manage our table of 2, another table of 2 or 4, and a large party of maybe 12-14. We had to wait 15 minutes to put in our drink orders, food came out but we didn’t receive silverware for another 5 minutes and we only saw the server once more for drink refills. I’d give it another go because it was clear that with the special e event the whole restaurant was sort of reeling.

B
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Everything we tried was delicious! And our server was awesome, giving great recommendations and being attentive without being overbearing. Great night out.

T
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time with my family! What a great experience, the staff, the scenery, the service, and the food was phenomenal. I would DEFINITELY come back!

J
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, great time. The non-pasta entrees were a bit lacking in substance. I.e., the shrimp and scallop risotto did not cotain much risotto. The Softshell crab entree did not have a starch accompaniment. However, the Bayou Pasta was quite filling and the sandwiches were a very nice size!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The appetizers were outstanding ! The signature drinks were a DUD tastewise>

JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed because I’m s regular. Service was super slow. Crab cake sandwich was cold and dry

Worst experience I’ve ever had there

c
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have to say I was really disappointed and other than the outdoor bar and views, I cannot recommend Blackwall Hitch. It is really just a glorified Red Lobster. Dishes are mass produced and taste like it. Very little attention to detail or quality production being done in the kitchen. Very disappointing.

T
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant! Great location, great service and great food!

S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Menu online was not menu presented. Food was average. Wait time was a little much.
Very disappointed.

CL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was my first time at BWH. Our server Stephanie was great, our food not so much. I ordered the Trident special (salmon, lump crab cake, and shrimp on a bed of mashed potatoes) based on Stephanie's recommendation. While the salmon was tasty, the shrimp were overcooked, and the crab cake was missing lumps.

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting friends enjoyed the restaurant and the food, as did we. We keep coming back to our local favorite

DF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous. Right on the water, I know at night.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and music was perfect for a sunday brunch. Service was great in the bar area. I will be returning again

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The server was very disengaged, he did not seem excited to be at work and it made for an awkward experience. We were there for a birthday celebration and honestly wished we celebrated somewhere else.

VD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, except the noise level was horrible. Keep in mind, though, I am a baby boomer.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waiter, his name was Julian S., very nice hospitable guy from North Carolina. He made great suggestions/ pairings and made us feel very comfortable. Julian provided the best service and we’ll definitely be visiting again.

N
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The drinks I had were just okay. Orange creamsicle didn't taste like I thought it would and the raspberry drink was pretty blah. Not worth the price for the taste or presentation. Also, don't add a straw to your drinks unless the customer asks for it. Save the turtles!

JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice outdoor seating and excellent service!

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely love your restaurant! I had called ahead to arrange for a nice table for a friend as it was her 55th birthday and we were provided with a nice table but it has a very sticky item on the table top and our waitress said the previous person had put her baby carrier up there! She covered it up with a napkin when it wasn't coming off. We did mention it to the manager on the way out as it was going to need to be scraped off. The server didn't seem to know anything about it being her birthday even though I had called it in but I was able to let her know so she did bring her out a piece of cake with a candle in it.
The food was excellent as usual!
I was sorry to see how dead the restaurant was at 12 and really hope it survives as it is my new favorite!

AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I'm a frequent flyer for Sunday brunch but my service on this visit was subpar (not the norm).

AR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time for the third time! Food could be better, however. Compared to the local DC area, and its variety of options, the food here felt underwhelming. And that’s from the mouth of out-of-towners.

1
2
3
51

Tweets by Blackwall Hitch - Alexandria