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Ice House Cafe
Ice House Cafe

Ice House Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.icehousecafe.com
  • Phone: (703) 437-4500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ice House Cafe
Every now and then you run across a truely memorable restaurant that delights all of your senses. The food is imaginative, the atmosphere charming, the wine list extensive, the entertainment enjoyable, and the staff make you feel so comfortable that you want to come back again and again. Nestled in historic Herndon, the Ice House Cafe has been cooking up an unforgettable dining experience since 1979. From the ceiling fans blowing a cool breeze through the cozy surroundings, to the photos lining the walls of a bygone era when life was less hectic and more relaxed, to the woodwork and brass fixtures that call attention to detail- you'll find yourself easing into a deeply satisfying evening.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We hadn't been to Ice House in maybe ten years. The interior is still the same, which we love, a combination of pub and white tablecloths. Food is interesting and very good. They have a great bar menu and we saw tons of folks come in and head to the back bar. Our waiter was very personable and helped make the evening enjoyable. We definitely plan to go back."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I definitely wanted to try this place for dinner after reading the reviews. My biggest concern was the noise level on a Friday night so I booked dinner early. We were immediately welcomed as we walked in the door and the place was definitely quiet at 6 pm. Service was fantastic and all food selections were cooked beautifully. By 7 pm the place started filling up and the jazz band began playing promptly at 7:30. The band was not loud and the overall restaurant scene was vibrant and pleasant. The ambiance is "old school" restaurant / pub style and despite the tables being a little close together (as some have mentioned here), it was a very comfortable dining experience. If I owned this restaurant I wouldn't change a thing. A Must Try!!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Yes, it's crowded and loud, the tables are a little close together and the decor a bit '50s, but the food was very good and so was the staff. People were enjoying themselves and the music was lively (zydeco, I think). If you want plain vanilla dining, go to the Olive Garden. If you want a lively, full of character "people and food" place, try the Ice House."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was good and Cassie, our server, was great. Will ask for her again next time we go."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We have been to Ice House Cafe a number of times and it's always the same story...in a good way! The varied menu provides a variety of dishes and even those with the most discriminating of tastes are sure to find something they will enjoy. For me, it was the French onion soup followed by shrimp and grits, and then a shared chocolate mousse. All were delicious. Adding to the ambiance was a jazz quintet that was entertaining without being overbearing in such a cozy venue."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Service was great and the live Jazz was just right. Not too loud or too soft and the selection of music was great. Our table of three had all your specials which were excellent. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had a nice evening with my women's group. We were in the back so it is a bit more roomy and quiet. The food was excellent. The service was good. We had arranged in advance for separate checks and the server was very accommodating. Only a bit slow at the end when the server was confused as to who got what check."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Nice place for a drink and some lovely oysters. Decent beer and wine selection. Seafood (mussels, stuffed flounder, crab cakes) was disappointing, especially for the prices charges. Service was good and so was the jazz."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a great dinner Saturday night at the Ice House with another couple. Unfortunately, we were at a table in the back room with a large group beside us. At times it was so loud we literally had to shout to hear each other. The food was great, but we the noise level was just too much. We had planned on desert and coffee, but couldn't stand it any longer so we came back to our home for coffee and after dinner drinks. The bottom line is, if you go you might want to request a table in the front room just in case."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed Valentines Day with good music and great food. Service was outstanding. We were seated next to the piano player. A little loud but was able to have some conversation. Recommend for a romantic evening with entertainment and great food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The only praise for the food I can give is for the bread. Everything else was disappointing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We sat in the back room where it was nice and quiet. Good jazz music started and it was a good volume to still be able to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It would have been good, BUT: Tiny bits of crab and/or lobster shell in the food. Waiter forgot our appetizer. Music was nice but interfered with conversation."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "After our NYE plans fell through, we were lucky to score a last second reservation. The food was amazing. We live within walking distance and have never dined there. We will certainly be going back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was outstanding and the food was excellent as well. It was quiet, but it was also a Monday. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We like jazz and we were not disappointed. The food was just average. The food did not meet expectations. The mussels special which was described as done in a white wine, was in a marinara sauce and the mussels were like peas, big shells and small. About half of the shells were empty. I had a Mahi special which was OK but hardly "special". Three of our four ordered the lamb shank and were later informed that they were out of that. We had a 7:30 reservation so that surprised us. We had a nice evening and enjoyed the music which sort of saved the overall experience. The Ice House, has great ambience for a small and intimate evening in a jazz club atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I had some good fish and apple pie here, but the setting is like a 1950s finished basement with dark knotty pine walls and stuffed deer heads, etc. The place is so dark that it was hard even to read the menu. I was eating by myself, and though the servers were friendly, they rushed me. It is obviously very popular with locals, though, and would be a completely different experience if you went with a crowd."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The Ice House Cafe is a small restaurant with two separate seating areas. The main floor is just 2 and 4 tops and is pretty romantic. The styling is well aged speak easy. The live music was great and for no cover - a treat for the neightborhood. The food was really good - I had the French onion soup and lamb shank; both were hearty and flavorful. My wife had the mahi mahi special which I tasted and it was very well prepared and was a nice light offering. The Oysters Rockerfeller were amazing and a perfect appitizer on a cold night. The wait staff was pretty good by DC standards but we did have to wave down the waiter a few times."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Ice House is one of my fave's because it is quaint yet it has a local bar feel. Great place to meet for Happy Hour! They have an excellent bar and the servers are energetic,oh and they have nice appetizer and drink specials. You should go!"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Came to hear the jazz band and enjoy the food which is always great. Wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013