The Island House Restaurant
The Island House Restaurant

The Island House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theislandhouserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7577874242
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    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 7577874242
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on weekends. Give us a call to inquire!
  • Special Events: 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Island House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (11)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (2)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 1sttime
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful food, service went beyond expected. Met us at door with wheelchair for handicapped guest. Will go back soon to try other wonderful sounding selections from menu. Desserts fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sure SHORE thing!
    ashoretreasure
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We don't have many choices of RELIABLE eateries on the Eastern Shore. Ever since we took a chance on returning to the Island House after being bought my a new owner, it is now our number 1 place to dine. We have constant guests and for a while there, the only RELIABLE and CONSISTENT restaurant was Wendy's and then even that place was questionable. . . So now, hands down - ISLAND HOUSE!! Thank you new owners for bringing back class to our small part of the world. Great service, wonderful wait staff, attentive owners, yummy food with REAL local options - it's just a winner in our book!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful seaside dining
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We loved the outside balcony sea side. Food was good and plentiful. Quick friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste
    JFreview
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was very bland, lacked flavor and seasoning. Drinks were ok. Dessert was nothing special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great night
    martidoll
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was a wonderful meal and always great service and great attention to detail. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seaside find
    Bamagirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L. H. "Chip" Bridges III
    Lhbridges3rd
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great view of the water and marsh. The crab cakes were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views, wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the The Island House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Outstanding choice for Wachapreague
    luv2fish
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve P
    Steve
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Day Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a wonderful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve Dinner
    suzyq
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Birthday Dinner for Two
    rocky
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed food quality
    Duke
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for dinner
    Mikey
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood restaurant
    KenIsHappy
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Nice setting, great seafood and side dishes all with friendly service. Worth the drive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed in the
    Stweis
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fried Oysters
    AMvandenHurkVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great as well
    partyof4
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable girlfriends' dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island House - a hidden gem
    Cinnnnnnnnnnn
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood - founder and
    DaveM
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meeting place
    OCBill
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find
    Munroe
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    If you really enjoy fresh delicious food, this is the place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely the best restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was awsome as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    The food was awsome as always. We love Chef Charles. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We stopped at Island House
    LeahJVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic