Get Hooked On Succulent Seafood At Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants

In the 1770s, Alexandria, Va. was known as a bustling seaport exporting products such as flour and hemp with foreign vessels docking there often. At the century's end, the city was one of the ten busiest seaports in America.

Even though centuries have passed, this city, located just outside Washington, D.C., still has a love affair with the water. Today, many residents and visitors get their connection to the water thanks to seafood. Whether you love a good jumbo lump crab cake, oysters, shrimp, lobster or flounder, this city has many different venues for you to drown in succulent seafood.

For well established favorites among locals, head to The Wharf featuring classic Chesapeake dishes whose building dates back to the 1790s and survived a Civil War-era fire. Those looking for a taste of New Orleans can head over to RT's for Cajun and creole fare.   

A newer restaurant that gets lots of buzz is Blackwall Hitch which has two patios with views of the Potomac River and a menu that will make you wonder which delightful dish you want to try first.

No matter what restaurant hooks you, Alexandria has a number of outstanding seafood restaurants featuring fresh catches and unique dishes.




You know how some restaurant kid menus only have a few items? That's not the case here. Kids have more than a dozen entrees to chose from and the list is great for foodies or pick eaters. Care for some salmon teriyaki? How about grass-fed...  Read More



Located in four lots featuring a restaurant, tap, grill and regatta rooms and an oyster bar, this large space dates back to the 1790s. The restaurant first opened in December 1986 and has been bringing in customers for more than 30 years. Locals...  Read More

Vola's Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge
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Named for the city's first female City Manager, Vola D. Lawson, this waterfront hangout features both a restaurant and lounge. Featuring an all day menu, folks will want to try some favorites like blackened mahi mahi, crab cakes, and fried...  Read More

Chart House
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If you want a restaurant with a view, this is your spot. Whether you are inside enjoying the air conditioning or outside on the patio, this Alexandria, Va. venue has picturesque views of the waterfront. You'll want to tell your waiter to give...  Read More



With more than 400 seats spread across five dining rooms, sea folk and landlubbers alike may enjoy treats from Poseidon's domain at this Old Town Alexandria spot. There are dishes for those who prefer land animals but seafood is the main...  Read More



No need to drive 15 hours to get to New Orleans when beloved creole and Cajun flavors can be found at this beloved Alexandria restaurant. This venue has been serving up fresh seafood to hungry patrons for more than 30 years including specialties...  Read More



Serving up coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics since 2005, Hank's Oyster Bar is a favorite among locals. There are three locations, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle and Alexandria, Va., but each offers different menu items daily....  Read More

Warehouse Bar and Grill


When walking through the heart of Old Town Alexandria, many folks will stop at this casual yet elegant restaurant catering to carnivores and seafood lovers. When dinner time comes, many guests will go for Warehouse favorite all lump crabcake...  Read More

The Wharf


When dining at The Wharf, you'll most likely hear guests order one of three specialties on their menu: East Coast Cioppino, all lump crabcake and cashew crusted mahi mahi. These are the standouts but don't let that stop you from trying other...  Read More

Blackwall Hitch
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Dedicated to blending the area's finest tastes and talents, this restaurant which also has locations in Rehoboth Beach, Del. and Annapolis, showcases seasonal menu items made from local sources. Start off your meal with a trip to their raw bar....  Read More


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