Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

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$31 to $50
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Located in historic Old Town Alexandria behind the Torpedo Factory, Chart House is the area’s only waterfront dining location. It boasts panoramic views of the Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge & the U.S. Capitol Building. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 26 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From fresh seafood specialties to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, New Wave Surf & Turf & our slow roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Waterfront dining at its best!
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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with a lovely view of the Potomac River. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. My only critic is it could have had more scallops on the menu.

CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Chart House for my mother's 77th birthday dinner. When we checked in, the front of restaurant staff were exceptionally professional and polite. They wished my mother a happy birthday and she even received a birthday card signed by the staff. We asked for a window table and waited only a few minutes before we were seated at a lovely spot at a window. Our waiter (I'm sorry to have forgotten his name) was awesome. He was attentive and informative, knowing that it was our first visit, and made great recommendations to the menu. All of our food was delicious. Great flavoring, prepared perfectly, beautiful plating. We didn't order a dessert, but because it was my mother's birthday, our waiter brought her an ice cream cake with a birthday candle. These were very nice touches and made my mother's birthday evening a really wonderful one. We appreciate the team at Chart House for giving us a special night! We would definitely return again (in the daytime this time to get a chance to enjoy the river view) and highly recommend to friends and foodies alike!

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went early 4:30pm and were the only patrons there. We were promptly welcomed and given a great seat with the waterfront view. Our servers were friendly and knowledgeable and gave us great recommendations. Each of our party of 4 ordered a different entree and we were all very happy with our food. Though a little pricey, we had a great experience.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a very nice place, beautiful view, nice ambiance and most importantly good food. We were celebrating my mother’s birthday and she enjoyed it.

W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service not as great as it normally is. Food was excellent.

AI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome view of the Potomac.

BB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Waiter was friendly but inattentive. Took a long time to get our food while the place was not very busy. Took an excruciating long time to get coffee with dessert. Had to ask another waiter who also took a long time. Same with a refill. Not up to previous standard.

JM
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out-of-state guests visiting and the experience couldn’t have been better! Food & wine was excellent as always. Thank you!

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our waiter was a professional with a great attitude. We were made to feel welcome. beautiful views of the Potomac. An outstanding eating establishment.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Was great!

PC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good food, excellent service and the view of the Potomac was wonderful. They were generous with an extra desert and card from the staff to celebrate my birthday lunch with friends.

MD
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

BROTHER & I WERE REMEMBERINGOUR FATHER 1YR PASSING WE ATE THERE TOGETHER A FEW BACK...ASKED FOR LEMONS FOR WATER, DRIED AND FILLED WITH SEEDS, QUALITY OF FOOD SEEMED TO HAVE DROPPED A BIT

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

I was celebrating the day after my wedding with my family & The Chart House Restaurant and staff took amazing care of us. For my first visit, I was thoroughly impressed by the staff, the service and the added shout out on the menu. It truly was a touching and awesome experience. Thank You!

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

We enjoyed our dinner at the Chart House. Very good food. We sat by the window and loved looking out at the boats coming in. Lovely place to dine.

DM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time just a little noisy

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark was an exceptional server. We’ll be asking for him next time we’re there.

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

What changed my first time experience was the prep of the crabs/presentation and the taste was slightly salty. I made reservations online, but once I arrived, the option to sit by the window or rather the reason I was given why my date and I couldn’t sit by the window reason given was that it was not available when it clearly was. Managers stopped by our table to ask how was everything, and my companion explained our discontent, and nothing was done about it. Other than that, it was a great experience.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food needs some work. Several items were just acceptable and fairly warm, but not not good nor great. Clearly get by on the location as food and service very much not worth the price.

SP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a client here for lunch and we were seated in the rotunda, which is light and makes it feel like you are celebrating a special occasion. I had a chicken caprese salad and my client had blackened chicken sandwich. The food was perfect and the mud pie coffee ice cream slice was fantastic! We will definitely return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, food, service, ambiance, and parking. I would most definitely recommend this place to every one. Its great for first dates, families, or a casual meal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Won’t go back. Crusty stuff on spoon. Had to ask for more coffee. Food was edible but nothing special. there are so many other better restaurants in the area we doubt we will go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined outside, weather was pleasant. Perfect.

D
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chart Restaurant is an absolutely excellent eatery that anyone will truly appreciate! You absolutely cannot visit the Old Town and leave without going to The Chart House. They serve the best meals in the Alexandria locale by far! It is especially enjoyable for all new visitors to Alexandria and I strongly recommend it!

SW
London
23 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view of the Potomac, right in Old Town Alexandria at the end of King St. wonderful food, very nice dining room, not too noisy. I highly recommend Chart House.

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very nice eg., the food, ambiance and service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner—as requested we sat near a window and had a bottle of champagne ready. It’s pricey, but no more than surrounding restaurants, and the food was delicious. Crab dip to start, then coconut shrimp, and filet mignon. They gave us an anniversary card and complimentary dessert. All with beautiful presentation. Carpeted inside, which makes for a quieter restaurant. Server was attentive and pleasant—not too intrusive and never far away. Would definitely recommend for a nice evening out, with beautiful ambience and delicious steak and seafood!

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a pleasant experience .

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Felt like waitress pretty much was doing as a favor...we did not feel like we cared (I asked the rest of the group if they felt the same and got the same impression)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food was delicious as usual and the staff appropriately attentive. Love this location! Great way to celebrate my birthday.

A
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for anniversary. Me and the wife enjoyed our overall visit.

JC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, great service!!





I took my girl, she loved it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We requested an outside table through open table reservation only to arrive and be informed that the restaurant doesn’t honor requests for outside seating on open table. After a few minutes of confusion we were offered the option to sit in the dining area or tables in the bar. The whole restaurant was very noisy (which is why we wanted outside service) so we chose the initially less noisy bar area and it was still really hard to hear each other talking and some guy was yelling across the restaurant to his buddies about some sports score he saw on tv. The food and service were good but I left feeling upset. It was supposed to be a special occasion to reveal our surprise baby news to my mom, but the atmosphere was just off. I chose to wait for another night / restaurant.

FL
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outdoors on a beautiful day...Food, drinks, and service were great! Chart House does not disappoint!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a good experience

JA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Worst meal I have had in a long time. The meat was over cooked and dry . The vegetable were either hard or mushy.

LR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and very good food.

JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Our server was very engaged. She would drop food or drinks but not ask if we needed anything before walking away from the table. Upon arrival, it took awhile for the server to come take drink orders, then slow to receive drinks and slow to receive food. Was with a client so did not want to interrupt time with my client to speak with a manager.

H
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free menu was excellent. View amazing. Value was great. Service was awesome. A great time celebrating moms 75th birthday.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all the way around!

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

I love this place, and chose to come here for my birthday, BUT the food was not on point this time- it lacked taste/ season.

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