The Island House Restaurant

4.6
165 reviews
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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, fresh local seafood, steaks and burgers 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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DK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best restaurant experience I’ve attended in 20 years! The restaurant was beautiful to walk up to, very well kept, the music when you walk In is perfect for a quiet dinner with friends and family or a romantic date. The server... AMAZING!! She was prompt, friendly, dressed professionaly and anticipated all of my needs right down to extra napkins! I feel like I have to beg most places for extra anything. The bar service was prompt, the server was very knowledgeable of all of the specials (and there were several) and any questions we had about the menu. She kept the dirty dishes off the table as quickly as we were done with them, and timed our appetizers and meal perfectly. The food... the food was cooked perfectly! The chef was on his game the night we were there. The shrimp was not over cooked and the scallops were great (that’s coming from someone that doesn’t like scallops!) I also have to touch on price. The prices are reasonable for perfectly cooked seafood. We had fried pickles, 1/2 pound of steamed shrimp, two salads, a glass of wine, three Coronas, Seafood island house with collard greens, roasted red potatoes, Serloin steak and red potatoes. Then!! Then we had the creme brûlée. Our bill barely broke $100. Please go enjoy the food and the view! You won’t regret it!

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MC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great seafood! We drove 2 hours to get there because we had heard such great reviews! They weren’t kidding! This place is awesome! We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit. Valentine's Day specials gave my husband and I delicious food choices. Service was very good. Will definitely eat here again.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about the Island House! The food, the staff & the location are all amazing 💕

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around !!! My first experince there, my wife has eaten there many times !!

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal and, Briane, our server was a delight.

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LL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was amazing. Best flounder and crab cakes I’ve ever had. Best place on the shore. Do not miss it! Service is delightful too.

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v
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just ok . Not worth a long drive to get there . Flounder was broiled , but dry . Salad was 99% lettuce , two pieces of cucumber and two cherry tomatoes. Green beans were good .

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a
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spectacular setting in a small town in Accomac County, Virginia. Oysters and crabs should be the reason to venture off of US-13 to visit.

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T
Greensboro
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The dining area was extremely dark. It made it difficult to read menus or see our food. The food came out hot and fast. The steak was cooked appropriately too. We checked the dress code before we went and they said they accepted and welcomed all. We were pleasantly surprised that some locals came in casual work wear and others were dressed for date night.
We are visiting but we would return if we were locals.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On the way to OBX. Great bisque.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We made reservations, we were seated immediately because it wasn't that crowded. Then 20 minutes went by and no waitress came to even take our drink orders. It wasn't until my sister informed the hostess that we had been waiting nearly 20 minutes that someone came. She didn't let us know of the specials, which you expect from a high-class restaurant. The food was ok, very pricey for a lunch menu. We were disappointed with this experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

What seafood restaurant do you know that has no cole slaw???? Food was just ok. Crab cakes had way too much filler. Overall very disappointing.

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AT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My partner and I stopped here on our way home from the North Carolina beaches. I was worried about being under dressed because we were in travel clothes, but it was very casual. The fried oysters were the best I’ve had, and the crab cake was very meaty. My partner didn’t care for the clam fritters, but they had unbeatable prices for seafood so we weren’t upset about it. We wished we weren’t just passing through, so we could stay for a drink on the deck. Overall, it was a cute location with good service, views, and cheap prices.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family visited the Island House on vacation and were very pleased with what we found. Beautiful restaurant, great service and the food was delicious. We especially loved the sweet potatoes biscuits.

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JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's always nice when the owner greets his customers. The food was exceptional.

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatly enjoyed our dinner here while we were in the area. Sat outside on a beautiful night and enjoyed good food and service. We would go back if in the area again!

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e
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely restaurant with marina view. Deck available for outside dining. Service extremely good as is the food!

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LB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered shrimp scampi special and since I don't eat red meat thought I was safe. There was bacon in the scampi sauce and it over-powered the shrimp. Next time will stick with the crab dishes.

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are always friendly and professional. Food is fresh and the view is unbeatable

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MA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was great. We asked for no old Bay on the shrimp scampi. It had none but it did have a spicy salty blend on dish that was unnecessary. Otherwise portions we're good. Crab dip needed more crab tasted like mayonnaise. Very enjoyable meal and our server was great.

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for seafood for 2 and drinks on our 25th wedding anniversary, with a view of the water, for less than $100 including the tip. All criteria were met. I had the Fisherman’s special and my wife had the Island Seafood combo. If I went again, I would get the crab cakes again. Reserve sooner to get better views of the water. Our view was OK but not the best view. There was a wall partially blocking our view. We are thankful and pleased nonetheless!

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was a little disappointed with the house salad. It was supposed to be topped with seasonal vegetables but was mostly greens with 3 slices of cucumber and a few cherry tomatoes. Everyone else had a great meal

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EG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety of seafood from which to choose.
Service was exceptional!

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r
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, service was friendly and attentive. A pleasant dining experience on The Eastern Shore. The team that currently operates The Island House has done a very good job in improving the quality of the food ,service, and overall operation of this great local treasure . Might not be quite perfect on each visit, but we have never been seriously disappointed .

Keep up the good work.

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KL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were incredible. The view was beyond amazing. Well worth the money spent.
The only negative was the noise. I can't complain, as a large, crowded restaurant in a coastal town, during summertime for Friday dinner is GOING to have some volume.
Highly recommended- especially the local raw oysters. In my opinion, they have topped Blue Points as the best oysters ever.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food is amazing! Laid back rustic charm to go along.

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KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and it was very good, service was also excellent. Look forward to going again.

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VW
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at the Island House many times over the past 20 plus years!! We always make it a point to eat here when we are on Virginia’s Eastern Shore!! My husband had the fried scallops, and he said several times that they were the best he had eaten in years!! My fried oysters were delicious too.

Our server Richard was very polite and attentive, and the manager came over to chat with us too!! Overall a perfect dining experience!!

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GG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was excellent, great view of water and boats coming in from a day fishing. Quiet at the time we were there, but it was early evening. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Just great.

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AK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service and food was amazing!

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PG
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food by the water in this quiet seaside town.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food assortment, staff as always friendly and helpful.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Island House is special as it blends a local and casual restaurant with fantastic food that is consistently full of taste. The specials are fine dining and change enough that if you don't dine frequently you will not get to try them all. Never rushed and a very friendly wait staff that knows what the Chef has prepared for the day. My favorite Eastern Shore dining destination.

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ER
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Local seafood, great kitchen (down to the pan sautéed brussel sprouts)
Also good steak and chicken dishes
Eat outside and enjoy the view of the water
Our waitress Briona was great
Local craft beers on tap

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LH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The service was wonderful, the food was delicious, and the view was spectacular.

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SS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both very good. We eat there often and the view is beautiful

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AN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In spite of it being a very busy night (proms & graduations) the staff was moving like clockwork, but a lot friendlier. Fast, smooth and helpful! GREAT FRESH seafood; desserts that were inhaled by the teenagers in the party. Lovely views of the Outer Islands. Ambiance perfect for the yaght crowd - attached to a marina.

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LS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was fantastic. Our server was beyond superb. We had two at the table with different dietary needs. The server made sure that the food was prepared to meet our needs. I would highly recommend Island House.

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DR
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A trip up the Delmarva peninsula requires a lunch or dinner stop at the Island House in Wachapreague. THE BEST broiled crab cake ever, no filler just lump crab seasoned right. Chef's special rib eye was huge, tender and juicy. Sides are fresh and imaginative.Flounder fresh caught and fried was tasty. Local farmed oysters were a bit bland, no briny flavor, and brittle shells made eating difficult due to small shards in the meat. Off season staff had trouble keeping up with a spring crowd, but we're friendly despite the pressure.

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