The Best Seafood Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria


Craving seafood in Alexandria? We bring you a roundup of our team’s favorite seafood restaurants in the Old Town. With Alexandria’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, seafood lovers will find incredible seafood options to suit every budget and palate.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

1026 King Street 703-739-4265
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

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Bring a friend and dig into Hank’s signature and award-winning seafood platter, which includes oysters, medium neck, chilled jumbo shrimp, seafood ceviche, mussel escabeches and chilled Maine lobster ( $49 for the small portion 1-2 people; $89 for the large portion 3-4). Hank’s also offers a fantastic raw bar, as well as sandwiches, small and large plates and entrees. Hank’s seafood-focused brunch is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. True to its name, the oysters here are unbeatable!

The warehouse

214 King Street 703-683-6868
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

Best known for its Cajun and Creole-inspired seafood (and steaks), The Warehouse is a staple of Old Town seafood restaurants. The menu features the best local seafood, including soft-shell crabs and Chesapeake Bay rockfish. Its longtime chef, Sert’s, favorites include grilled lobster strudel, horseradish-crusted salmon with leek-champagne sauce, and spiced pecan-crusted redfish with Creole mustard sauce. Yum! The warehouse also offers a popular Sunday brunch – the smothered soft-shell crab is not to be missed.

Humming-bird

220 Union Street South 703-566-1355
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

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Located in Hotel Indigo, Hummingbird celebrates “Crab Clambakes and Boils, Fish Fries, and Oyster Roasts.” Start your meal with his salmon croquettes or grilled octopus appetizer and follow it with Hummingbird’s mouth-watering Chesapeake Bay Stew and lemon lobster linguine. Raw bar options are also available and include a caviar platter. Hummingbird also has a fantastic spacious patio for al fresco dining overlooking the Potomac.

Blackside hitch

5 Cameron Street 703-739-6090
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

Located on the quaint Old Town waterfront, this airy, nautical-inspired restaurant has something for every seafood lover, like carbonara crab, shrimp and grits, and roasted whole branzino. For added excitement, start your meal with Flaming Crab Dip! IIf you go to Blackwall Hitch for its weekend brunch, you can always enjoy seafood with the mahi-mahi tacos or the crab cake sandwich. Blackwall Hitch also has an oyster bar!

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Fish market

105 King Street 703-836-5676
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

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This fish market has been an Old Town favorite since 1976, offering fair trade and wild-caught seafood, including its famous crab cakes, raw Chesapeake oysters and fish n’ chips, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, tacos and platters. Located in a spacious 200-year-old warehouse, the Fish Market’s five different dining areas include child-friendly and romantic settings. Fish Market also recently made headlines as a recipient of the Barstool Fund. Don’t miss Happy Hour at its Anchor Bar, every weekday from 4-7pm for a fantastic variety of margaritas, including spicy and passion fruit versions. Allison loves the crab soup, steamed shrimp and lobster roll!

The platform

119 King Street 703-836-2836
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

The Wharf has been serving fabulous seafood in the Old Town since 1971! This cozy nautical restaurant offers seafood classics including raw sea bass, Chesapeake Bay, crab soup and seared Chesapeake Bay rockfish. The wharf’s 1790s architecture features original wooden columns and beams, charred by a Civil War-era fire!

Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union Street 703-935-8890
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

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If you like people watching and eating fantastic seafood, Vola’s is for you. With plenty of outdoor seating right on the water, Vola’s is the perfect place to soak up the best of the old town. Vola’s seafood dishes include options such as Cajun grouper and shrimp, pineapple-glazed salmon, and clam cataplana. Great happy hours can be found at Vola Bar and its adjacent Hi-Tide Lounge, with deals on drinks and appetizers.

Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden

1106 King Street 703-721-3970
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

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Travel Belgium by visiting Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden, which offers 11 varieties of mussels such as Green Curry and Beef & Bacon. Augie’s mussels are $15 a pound, and diners can add a side dish (fries, pasta, or risotto) for an additional $5. Augie’s is Alexandria’s only beer gardenoffering more than 70 beers on its charming terrace (dogs welcome!) fun fact: Augie’s is named after Saint Augustine, the patron saint of brewers.

Whiskey & Oyster

301 John Carlyle Street 703-567-1533
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Visit the website

One of the newest seafood restaurants in Old Town (in the Carlyle neighborhood), Whiskey & Oyster offers six varieties of oysters to choose from, including those from Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia. Of course, you’ll also need to order one of the signature whiskey cocktails like the Red or Black Manhattan. Check out W&O’s Taco Tuesday specials and search for its once a month $1 Oyster Monday Special (normally oysters are $2.25 each or $20.99 per dozen).

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