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 cheeseburger sliders or a cheese pizza? Adults also get a bountiful selection as well including salads, burgers, sandwiches and pasta. Seafood lovers will devour Cajun shrimp and grits, farm raised trout and wild Alaska salmon. Check out their daily afternoon delights menu which gives patrons of the bar deals on meals. Don't leave without sampling the cr� brulee off the dessert menu!

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: While the restaurant focuses on a wide selection of dishes, their seafood options will not disappoint.

Gina's expert tip: Try the grilled oysters off their starters menu. They are a great way to begin your dining experience.

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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 and out of towners looking for some high quality seafood will go straight to the grill room classics on their menu featuring fish & chips, public house gumbo, crab cakes and oreccietti & clams. Guests may also indulge in a selection of half or full dozen oysters.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: Grill room classics have been bringing in locals and tourists for more than 30 years.

Gina's expert tip: Follow the restaurant on social media to see what events are coming up.

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Vola's Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge
Photo courtesy of Vola's Dockside Grill

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 shrimp. Marylanders will love the Old Bay fries as a side dish. Be sure to check out their selection of oysters, clams, shrimp and mussels. Head on over to the Hi-Tide Lounge for bar bites (conch fritters, daily oyster selection) and libations including signature and frozen cocktails, draft, bottle, can and craft beer and wine.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: With seafood favorites like shrimp & grits, crab cakes and blackened mahi mahi, how could Alexandrians stay away?

Gina's expert tip: Sleep in on the weekend just so you can go to their brunch featuring monkey bread, crab cake Benedict and blueberry buttermilk pancakes.

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Chart House
Photo courtesy of Chart House

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 you more than just a few moments to look over their seafood-heavy menu. With choices like spiced ahi, lemon herb crusted salmon, snapper Hemingway and baked stuffed shrimp, it is really hard to chose! Those who prefer meat will find prime rib, filet mignon and paneed chicken available. A must have is their signature dessert – hot chocolate lava cake which takes about 30 minutes to make.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: With a seafood-heavy theme and a spot right by the water, this venue is perfect for fish lovers.

Gina's expert tip: The restaurant's brunch offerings are one of the most popular in the city with choices like crab cake Benedict and macadamia nut crushed French toast.

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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 attraction here. House specialties include fresh whole Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, dill seared salmon and fried fish Pontchartrain. Guests may also indulge in platters – grilled items are served with sides of roasted red potatoes and asparagus while fried are paired with Captain's fries. Head to the Anchor's Bar for draft, bottle and craft beers and catch one of the local sports team's games on one of 16 televisions.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: With a huge selection of seafood, folks will drop their anchor at this Alexandria seafood destination.

Gina's expert tip: Valet parking is available Friday and Saturday evenings.

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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 like crawfish etouffee, shrimp norman, smothered catfish and death by gumbo. Other seafood items include spicy pecan crusted haddock, Maryland fried oysters, and pan roasted salmon. Don't leave without trying one (or more!) desserts like creole bread pudding, Cajun nightgown, caramel custard and coconut cake Melvin.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: Alexandria meets New Orleans in this creole and Cajun seafood haven.

Gina's expert tip: If grabbing a drink after work or before a meal, head to the bar for a corpse reviver!

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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. The Dupont Circle location offers a Bottomless Brunch menu featuring endless mimosas, champagne or bloody Mary's and you choice of two courses. They also a traditional brunch menu with crowd pleasures such as bacon deviled eggs, steamed mussels and ice bar selections. Check the happenings section of their website to see when fun events are coming up including movie screenings and live bands.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: Alexandria is home to one of several locations for this restaurant which gives folks ample opportunity to get their fish fix.

Gina's expert tip: Specials change daily so give them a call before you head out to find out what will be on the menu.

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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 featuring lemon butter sauce with fresh asparagus and roasted potatoes. Fresh seafood selections include nods to Chef Sert Ruamthong's background in American creole and Cajun (Trout Orleans, Southern Fried Catfish) but also favorites like pan roasted Maine salmon and Maryland select oysters. Saturday and Sunday brunch is quite popular thanks to entrees (such as New Orleans French toast, crab & asparagus omelet) paired with your choice of strawberries and champagne or strawberries and double cream.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: While walking the streets of Old Town, You will no doubt be hooked by this outstanding seafood restaurant.

Gina's expert tip: Don't leave without trying one of the chef's signature desserts like triple chocolate decadence or hazelnut crème brulee.

Read more about Warehouse Bar and Grill →


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 classic Chesapeake recipes like broiled dayboat sea scallops, old school crab imperial and stuffed Chesapeake flounder. While the food is sure to be a main focus, the building which houses The Wharf is worth a look. Dating back to the 1790s, history buffs can see the 18th century floor joints notched into the beams supporting the second level and charred wood from a Civil War era fire.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: Combining historic charm and classic Chesapeake seafood recipes, this Alexandria restaurant is a must-see!

Gina's expert tip: Head to their bar for Happy Hour specials Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Blackwall Hitch
Photo courtesy of Blackwell Hitch

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. On a recent summer menu, guests could try oysters, chilled Maine lobster and crawfish. For those that want to go straight to entrees, you'll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds. Share (or keep to yourself) a chilled seafood platter of favorites like peel and eat shrimp, smoked salmon and Jonah crab claws or try the jumbo lump crab mac & cheese, crispy softshell crabs or rockfish.

Recommended for Alexandria's Best Seafood Restaurants because: Using classic American techniques and regional inspiration, this restaurant nets lots of return customers.

Gina's expert tip: Be sure to check out their live music acts Thursdays through Sundays.

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