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The Thunderbird Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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42-A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840
+1 540-289-5094
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Richmond, Virginia
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, with a great selection on the menu. Good homestyle breakfast, with friendly, quick service. My husband and I always try to find a non-chain restaurant to eat at when out exploring.

Thank Tina H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried the enchilada and shrimp fajitas which were both great. House Margaritas are excellent as well.

Thank Konstantin T
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice family restaurant, good food, nice menu. plenty of choices for adults and kids. great service too.

Thank Marsha H
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ended up leaving after standing for 15 minutes by a sign that said "please wait to be seated." From the number of other guests standing around we assumed it was just busy... until two groups walked in, bypassed the sign, and were added to a waiting list none of the other guests waiting were clued in about. As I walked... More 

Thank Amanda-n-Darren
Conway, South Carolina
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was delicious! Nothing compares to their breakfast! We didnt get to try their lunch specials; however, the next time we will try them. The service was great and the price was perfect!

Thank karateone2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A new "go to" spot while visiting Massanutten. French toast by itself was scrumptious. Add their blueberry cream cheese and you are in taste heaven. If you want to add fewer calories, their homemade strawberry jam is devine-- just a little sweet but mostly berry flavor shines through. Eggs cooked just right and the sausage patty was lean, with a... More 

Thank tiatoo
Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for a late lunch/early dinner after visiting the Grand Caverns(which I recommend) and were seated right away. We had 5 adults and 4 teens in our party, two of which were Vegan. Three ordered the rueben which was amazing!! Huge and yummy! I ordered the patty melt which was good but needed more sauce. My daughter ordered... More 

Thank 726kelly
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food and the service was great. The food didn't take a long time. I highly recommend the hot chocolate. It is a great breakfast and diner place. I think The Thunderbird Cafe makes other places look bad.

Thank NatandSoph
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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370 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The kids love to come here for burgers and shakes. It is a classic restaurant and has a good breakfast menu as well. Not great food but a fun place to eat.

Thank JD-70point3
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106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were surprised to get such great tasting food. The place appears to be a diner but the Chef/cooks are special. I hear they have the same owner as Hank's barbecue. We didn't get a bad meal ! The place was clean, the servers were efficient and the price was OK. Be sure to try the place during your stay... More 

Thank Gerry T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42-A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  McGaheysville
  • Phone Number: +1 540-289-5094
We are a locally owned restaurant specializing in southern comfort dishes and cuisines.Breakfast served all day!Signature handcrafted burgers!Specialty sandwiches!Comfort food entrees!Full espresso bar!Blue Plate Specials: 10 meals under 5!Happy Hour: 4 pm - 6 pm everyday!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?