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The Island House Restaurant
The Island House Restaurant

The Island House Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theislandhouserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (757) 787-4242
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Thursday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Charles Thain
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us cater your special off-premise event. Chef Charles Thain has built a great reputation for excellent food from casual fare to your most formal event. Call (757) 787-4242 and sit down with us to plan your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Nick McCrea (757) 787-4242
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on weekends. Give us a call to inquire!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Voted 2011 "Best Seafood Restaurant" and "Best Crab Cake" by readers of Shore Secret's Magazine!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Ave & Route 180
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On Premise
A word from The Island House Restaurant
The Island House Restaurant overlooks the seaside waterfront of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Enjoy one of America's most beautiful wildlife estuaries while sipping local wines and fresh local seafood in the quaint seaside village of Wachapreague. If you've never ventured off of Hwy 13, you don't want to miss it!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Was a wonderful meal and always great service and great attention to detail. Thanks so much!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great seafood restaurant with multiple selections of fresh catch of the day. The gift shop is totally worth the trip with a beautiful selection of hand painted wine glasses. My friends and I have collected one with each visit."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great view of the water and marsh. The crab cakes were excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I'm not really a seafood type of person, yet this place had me eating (and loving) calamari and clam strips. My husband ordered the chef's special steak and our son (who is sooooo picky) ordered a menu special named after the town. All of the food was amazing and everyone went home happy. We were too stuffed for dessert, though. The staff was very friendly and gave us info on sites to see before we left town. Can't wait to go back again soon!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Island House has great food, exceptional service and worth returning to over and over again. The owner is committed to providing excellent dining experiences to his patrons and it shows. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We've been before new ownership and after before our recent visit. The food has been ok most of the time; excellent once or twice; but fairly mediocre more than once. The drinks are very small and overpriced. I realize that our last visit with my visiting family from NY was on a Friday night, but the noise level was unnerving. It was very difficult to have conversation without leaning and yelling. I personally don't care for the "cafeteria style" setup of the restaurant. We had discussed going to either the Shanty in Cape Charles, Aqua in Cape Charles or the Island House. We chose the Island House strictly because of the shorter drive from our home in Jamesville, since our family/visitors had a long drive to Hilton Head the next morning."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Wish that they had more of a selection for the Valentines Day menu. Too gourmet for us Eastern Shore local folks. The meal was good, just not what we had expected."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We started with the Oysters Parramore, WONDERFUL as are the fried oysters. On special were Lamb Chops with a mustard shallot sauce that were grilled to perfection. The crab cakes were filled with meat and served with a "Bloody Mary Gazpacho". Both served with roasted asparagus & mashed potatoes. Another pick was the fried flounder platter. The outside was crispy & golden yet tender on the inside. The broiled scallops were another great choice. The prep. choices being fried, broiled, blackened or bronzed. For dessert we chose the Chocolate bread pudding rich & delicious puts it mildly. Our server was friendly, tidy, well informed & professional. We heard the chef had just come on board....We say Keep up the great work & we'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The atmosphere and service was fine and entertaining. The raw oysters were filled with chips of shells and the main course of crab imperial was dry and tasteless. It's a shame we ordered the crab imperial because the people in an adjacent table said their meals were great, they had the prime rib. We were very disappointed, the cost of the meal was over $100 for 2 and neither of us could finish our meal and the waitress heard our complaints, but did nothing to help. We would eat their again, but would definitely complain next time directly to the manager, since the waitress was no help. We would have appreciated a different meal selection, but nothing was offered be our waitress."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I took my honey there for his birthday. We enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner at a table near the window where we had a nice view of the boats on the water. It was a very romantic birthday dinner and we had great service."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We had a group of eight golfers and made reservations on line. Table was ready when we arrived although it wasn't really necessary on a Tuesday night in October. Service was very good but the food was good and bad. Fried oysters and broiled sea scallops were very good. Crab cake was worst I have ever had and left over half of it on the plate. Broiled fish was not very tasty but I finished it. Really thought it would be very good seafood and was disappointed. Would not go back on another golf trip."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "There are so few good restaurants in the area, this gem was a great find !. The owners and staff were very friendly and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. The Broiled Scallops were OUTSTANDING. Lots of local and homemade items."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "The Island House Restaurant is convenient if you're in Wachapreague. We stay at the Wachapreague Inn, right across the street, so we usually end up eating there, But the food and service are average. Don't go out of your way to eat there, but if you're in Wachapreague, you might as well eat there."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "We always make a point of having lunch or dinner when we visit the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia. Very nicely situated on the water facing Parramore Island. The seafood is heads above the rest. Great service from Kaity at window table 15."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Nice setting, great seafood and side dishes all with friendly service. Worth the drive"
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "A bit disappointed in the menu. This resturant is located on the water in an area famous for fresh fish, almost all the items were fried. Good but nothing special."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "This is a gem if you are willing to jump of Route 13 and visit this small hamlet on the ocean. Best crab cakes and fried oysters you can get on the Shore."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "The food was great as well as the view. The only complaint was that the a/c vents were in the wall under our table and we were freezing. We tried closing the vent but air still came through both. We were able to hang a purse on the corner of the table to block one vent and cut down on the air. We also ended up switching seats with our husbands since they both are usually bothered by cold air less. Unfortunately, by the end of our meal, they even complained. Perhaps plastic shields to direct the a/c down toward the floor instead of directly on the person would be a consideration."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "The fantastic view of Eastern Shore marshes brings people to the Island House, but charter fishing, tourists, and locals keep this restaurant going. It has to serve a lot of varied tastes in food and atmosphere. Service was better than in the past, but servers need to be available and not checking in every 5 minutes. Bar service for us was poor that evening - drink order was slow and the evening's special drink had to be sent back . The food was very good, with ample portions of fresh vegetables and seafood, served in a standard fashion without flair to the plating. Entree off the printed menu + small side salad + 1 glass of wine + split dessert + coffee + 20% tip = $44.00 for one person."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "I told thw owner that I was glad that he is a member of Open Table otherwise we may not have visited. There are billboard ads on Route 13 but you tend to trust postings on Open Table. Fried flounder (delish), broiled crab cake(delish), shrimp/oysters (delish), sweet potatoe puff biscuits ("can you bring us some more"), all fresh, service was good, view was wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "Great seafood - founder and crab dishes served alongside the back bays - love this place. It's not for everyone in that it's pretty remote but where else can you fish all day, come in, dock the boat, walk 50 yards and take a shower, then eat a great meal in another 50 yards."
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "This was the half way spot for my husband and I (from Ocean City) to meet my daughter and her husband (from Virginia Beach) to celebrate my husbamd's birthday. We had never been to the Island House, but it was a wonderful place to celebrate. Good food and a wonderful waitress named Megan made it a special occasion indeed."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "If you really enjoy fresh delicious food, this is the place!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Definitely the best restaurant in Delmarva peninsula, halfway between Philly and Ocracoke Island, NC. I have spent several years looking for the definitive stop-over for lunch, trying several restaurants in Crisfield, MD and Ocancock, VA. I would definitely go there again in 2013!"
    Dined on 9/18/2012
  • "The food was awsome as always. We love Chef Charles. ."
    Dined on 7/21/2012
  • "We stopped at Island House on our way from Philadelphia to Norfolk after seeing them on Open Table. The staff at Island House are friendly and accommodating. The location is rustic and charming and just next door to the Wachapreague Marina. The fried seafood platter was fresh and delicious and everyone enjoyed the sweet potato puffs as an appetizer. We were also pleasantly surprised to see they had a full bar and offered specialty drinks. We would definitely recommend Island House!"
    Dined on 3/30/2012