Craving seafood in Alexandria? We’ve got you covered with a roundup of our team’s favorite seafood restaurants in Old Town. With Alexandria’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, seafood lovers will find amazing seafood options for every budget and palate.
The Best Seafood Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria
Hank’s Oyster Bar
1026 King Street
Bring a friend and dive into Hank’s signature and award-winning Seafood Plateau, which features oysters, middle neck, chilled jumbo shrimp, seafood ceviche, mussels escabeche, and chilled Maine lobster ($49 for the small serving 1-2 people; $89 for the large serving 3-4). Hank’s also offers a fantastic raw bar, along with sandwiches, small and large plates, and entrees. Check out Hank’s seafood-centric brunch is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. True to its name, the oysters here can’t be beat!
214 King Street
Best known for its Cajun- and Creole-inspired fine seafood (and steaks), The Warehouse is a “must” for seafood restaurants in Old Town. The menu boasts the best of local seafood including Soft Shell Crabs and Chesapeake Bay Rockfish. Its longtime chef, Sert’s, most popular specials are Broiled Lobster Strudel, Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Leek-Champagne sauce, and Spicy Pecan Crusted Rockfish with Creole Mustard Sauce. Yum! The Warehouse also offers a popular Sunday brunch – the smothered soft-shell crab is not to be missed!
220 S. Union Street
Located in the Hotel Indigo, Hummingbird celebrates “Clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts.” Start your meal with its salmon croquettes or grilled octopus appetizer and follow it with Hummingbird’s mouthwatering Chesapeake Bay Stew and a Lobster Lemon Linguine. Raw bar options are also available and include a caviar platter. Hummingbird also has a fantastic, spacious patio for dining al fresco with views of the Potomac.
5 Cameron Street
Situated on the picturesque Old Town waterfront, this airy, nautically inspired restaurant has something for every seafood lover such as crab carbonara, shrimp and grits, and whole roasted branzino. For some added excitement, start your meal with the Flaming Crab Dip! If you’re going to Blackwall Hitch for its weekend brunch, you can still enjoy seafood with the mahi-mahi tacos or crab cake sandwich. Blackwall Hitch also has an oyster bar!
105 King Street
This Fish Market has been an Old Town favorite since 1976, offering wild-caught, fair trade seafood including its famous crab cakes, raw Chesapeake oysters, and fish n’ chips plus seafood-focused soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, tacos, and platters. Located in a spacious 200-year-old warehouse, the Fish Market’s five different dining rooms include kid-friendly to romantic settings. Fish Market was also recently in the news as a recipient of the Barstool Fund. Be sure to check out Happy Hour at its Anchor Bar, every weekday from 4 – 7 p.m. for a fantastic variety of margaritas, including spicy and passion fruit versions. Allison loves the crab soup, steamed shrimp, and the lobster roll!
119 King Street
The Wharf has been serving fabulous seafood in Old Town since 1971! This cozy nautical restaurant features seafood classics including a raw bar, Chesapeake Bay, she-crab soup, and pan-seared Chesapeake Bay Rockfish. The Wharf’s 1790’s architecture includes original wood columns and beams, charred from Civil War-era fire!
Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge
101 N. Union Street
If you enjoy people-watching and while eating fantastic seafood, Vola’s is for you. With plentiful outdoor seating right on the water, Vola’s is the perfect place to soak in the best of Old Town. Vola’s seafood entrees include options such as Cajun grouper and shrimp, pineapple-glazed salmon, and clams cataplana. Great happy hours can be found at Vola’s bar and its adjacent Hi-Tide Lounge, with deals on both drinks and appetizers.
Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden
1106 King Street
Travel to 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 for a pound and diners can add a side (frites, pasta, or risotto) for an additional $5. Augie’s is Alexandria’s only open-air beer garden, offering more than 70 beers on its charming patio (dogs welcome!) Fun fact: Augie’s is named for St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of Brewers.
Whiskey & Oyster
301 John Carlyle Street
One of the newer seafood restaurants in Old Town (in the Carlyle district), Whiskey & Oyster offers six varieties of oysters to choose from including those from Maine, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Of course, you’ll have to order one of the signature whiskey cocktails too like the Red or Black Manhattan. Check out W&O’s Taco Tuesday specials and look for its once-a-month $1 oyster Monday special (normally oysters are $2.25 each or $20.99 per dozen).
The Bottom Line
There are so many fabulous seafood restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Did we miss your favorite? Please drop us a line so we can add it to our list!