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7:00 PM

Ice House Cafe

364 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Live Music (15)
  • Neighborhood Gem (15)
  • Good for a Date (14)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(703) 437-4500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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What 364 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was good. Service was good. Pricing was fine. Parking was good. Bathrooms were clean.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Ice House has changed since I was last there, which was years ago. It was very loud, with a group of guys at the bar. We asked to be reseated due to the noise. I wanted to bring my wife to a romantic, quiet dinner, with soft jazz playing. That didn't happen. And, there was no jazz. The food and server were excellent!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were surprised to see tables so packed together in a $$ restaurant. Service was quick and food was very good. We were so close to the tables next to us that we could hear everything and I was afraid of hitting them with my elbow. We got charged for 2 appetizers when we only ordered one. We noticed after we paid and the waiter wanted to reimburse us out of his pocket. We found that confusing and uncomfortable.

AnnNorthernVA (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service, wonderful food, and plenty of parking to the left of the restaurant. We appreciated the warm welcome and felt well cared for without the staff being intrusive. We left the wine selection to them and it turned out to be a marvelous selection and moderately priced. All three of us had the fish special and it was done well. Desserts-bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake (very moist), and apple pie concoction were excellent as well. Appetisers were good, just not what we were expecting-warm brie on a salad, Oysters Rockefeller had a different taste than expected. Music was instrumental jazz.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoy going out to the Ice House for the live music and the fantastic food.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife and I went to see a friend's band play (MLO/A) at the Ice House Café. The band was great and so was the food. I enjoyed the craft beer selections. Our server was very nice and took care of us well despite being very busy.

vipcandi (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good, until I almost choked on a whole peppercorn in my food.

vipMonumental (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The monkfish special was out of this world. Both, my gust and I enjoyed it immensely.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant has been around for awhile, but we hadn't been in several years. The last two times we've eaten here the food has been very good. The French Onion Soup is delicious (we're pretty picky since I make it sometimes myself) and the meat dishes were also outstanding: beef skewers appetizer and the tenderloin main dish. The bar is spotty (no frozen drinks and no mint), but I had a tasty appletini.

Local (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

I've lived in the town my whole life but have never been to the Ice House Cafe. I've been missing out this whole time! It's a great local restaurant perfect for a date night. Live music on the weekend is a nice touch to liven up an already excellent dining experience