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Island House Restaurant

17 Atlantic Avenue, Wachapreague, VA 23480
+1 757-787-4242
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“eastern shore” (55 reviews)
“flounder” (53 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17 Atlantic Avenue, Wachapreague, VA 23480
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is about half way up the eastern shore and ends up being a great stop after driving for about four hours. I got there at around 11 am, when it just opened. It was nice to be the only person in the restaurant....More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting family in Cape Charles and decided to drive up for lunch. Great beer and good wine selection. Menu with a lot of selections but...order some sea food! Order the House Autry flounder fingers appetizer. I usually order fried shrimp at any new seafood restaurant...More

Thank Virgil S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a nice seafood restaurant on the Delmarva and came across the Island House. We made a reservation with Open Table. We drove to the town and without its sign we continued to drive around not sure that we had found the...More

Thank D C
519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for providing us with such positive feedback on your recent experience with us! We strive to provide both excellent service and delicious meals, so we are so pleased to know our hard work has paid off. We thank you again for...More

Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is in nestled hideaway the surroundings beautiful the atmosphere is friendly and would allow for great conversation.

Reviewed 29 December 2017

I had family in from out of town, who had moved away from the East Coast to the middle of the US. They couldn't wait to get back and enjoy some fresh seafood. We chose the Island house, and were very disappointed. The food was...More

Thank suesvb
519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

We are surprised and sorry to learn you were not more impressed with your meal. We do take pride in everything we make fresh to order, and wish you had brought these concerns to your servers attention as they would've been happy to see what...More

Reviewed 29 December 2017

For a lunch stop, interesting and good food but not really compelling. Next time we would have to give them more time and go for fancier dishes to let them show their famous talents. Walking around outside you do see a bit of the water...More

Thank Ontario76
519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our business. We do wish you had been more impressed with your meal and would love to learn more details of what you ordered. Please send that to info@theislandhouserestaurant.com, we look forward to hearing back from you...More

Reviewed 24 November 2017

Restaurant did not meet expectations. Our portions were small and shrimp were dry and rubbery. French fries tasted like they were refried twice and were luke warm.More

Thank Beverly601
519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback, we're sorry you did not have a more positive experience. It's disheartening to know you were so disappointed in the food you received during this experience. I can assure you every one of our...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Oysters is why we came and was not disappointed. So quiet an what a view !!! Carol was our server she was very kind ,such a small community she made us feel at homeMore

Thank Chuck M
519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our business Chuck. We are happy to learn you were so impressed with everything about our restaurant, as we take pride in both our staff and food alike. We hope you will be stopping in again soon...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

My friends and I stopped here for dinner last week after seeing the sign out on Rt. 13. Let me tell you, it was well worth the 5 mile detour! Let's start with the setting: absolutely gorgeous view from the deck or restaurant. Restaurant was...More

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519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review! We always aim to provide not only exceptional service but the freshest and most delicious meals possible and love to learn we have been successful. We hope this...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Four of us stopped here for lunch on the way from Salisbury to Hampton Roads. A little off the beaten path, but worth the trip for a look at this quaint town of 300 or so. We were treated to a beautiful view of the...More

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519blakej, Owner at Island House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

Hello, we are so happy to hear your group enjoyed their lunch break with us. We strive to provide nothing short of excellent food and service and we are happy to hear we have achieved that in your eyes. We hope you will come visit...More

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Suzanne M
26 October 2016|
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Response from 519blakej | Property representative |
Our dinner service starts at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you!
10 March 2016|
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Response from Big-Deeee | Reviewed this property |
My recollection is that Easter is about as busy as Mothers Day for them, so to be sure, they will be open.
8 July 2015|
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Response from lexuslady1 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't see any dogs the night we had dinner there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Atlantic Avenue, Wachapreague, VA 23480
    (Atlantic Ave & Route 180)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Wachapreague
  • Phone Number: +1 757-787-4242
  • E-mail
The Island House Restaurant and Marina is a great waterfront restaurant with a BEAUTIFUL view of The Eastern Shore's marsh and Barrier Islands. Come for our award-winning crab cakes and fresh flounder while sipping some of the best local Eastern Shore wines available. We are very proud to partner with Chatham Vineyards as our signature local wine.
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