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The Island House Restaurant

4.4
4.4
208 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday 4:00pm- 8:00pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 787-4242

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Kane

  • Catering

    Let us cater your special off-premise event. The Island House 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 facilities

    This fine dining establishment is situated overlooking the tranquil Wachapreage waterfront. In addition to the view from the dining room, you may also climb the spiral staircase to reach the lookout tower. There you will find a panoramic view of the barrier islands, which is quite spectacular.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (866) 934-3292

  • Neighborhood

    Wachapreague

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Ave & Route 180

  • Parking details

    On Premise

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment on weekends. Give us a call to inquire!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. DM

    DruM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Blake takes great care of his customers. Service was beyond superb for New Year's Eve.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Should of been told about the market price of the flounder-paid a ridiculous amount for a flounder dinner at a no-thrills restaurant!
  3. JF

    JimF

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious and we can’t wait to get back. We are going to take the longer route to Virginia Beach just so we can eat dinner there again.
  4. B

    Brenda

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My flounder was great and the garlic green beans were addictive.
  5. KR

    KathyR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but not hot enough. Friendly and attentive staff.
  6. MZ

    MattZ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We reserved for Saturday night 8:30 PM on OpenTable and when we arrived the restaurant was "dark:, no one inside. Closed up. No notification. No notice. A waste of time to drive there and back. Went to Mallards in Onancock instead.

    The Island House RestaurantResponded on November 6, 2019Hey Matt- Unfortunately we experienced a power outage the night of your reservation forcing us to shut down. To make things worse, our battery backup failed that night as well leaving us immediately completely in the dark. Unfortunately for you but fortunately for us you were our last reservation for the night or we would have had many more unhappy customers. We have since replaced our battery backup and sincerely apologize for your experience.

  7. L

    Lauren

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bartender Carol gave grat recommendations and service. I was lucky to get the last bowl of homemade chowder -- one of the best I've ever had (second only to Doc's Oyster House in Atlantic City). Off the beaten path and right on the water, Island House was a nice escape from the highway of life.
  8. DF

    DavidF

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it-dinner was great, manager stopped by the table and chatted about the area! Will be back soon.
  9. DS

    DanielS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food great as always staff perfect venue clean and well done
  10. BP

    BeachProperty4Rent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, friendly service, lovely ambience, great value. [Staff @ gift shop in front was absent would have been ideal to make this restaurant in time for sunset on the water.
  11. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 2nd time here and it was just as great as we remembered!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came to the restaurant after traveling and were pleased to find such a welcoming place. The service was attentive, the views spectacular (came at sunset) and the food was fabulous. We shared the Hand Prepared Calamari and Steamed Shrimp as the appetizer and shared the Baked Seafood Combo. Then had a slice of berry cake for dessert. Overall a superb evening!
  13. AS

    AddSwen35

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I have been to the Island House several times and previously it has been a pleasant dining experience. However, last Sunday was unlike previous visits in every possible way. We made reservations and placed in an unfavorable table setting; poor view with A/C vents blowing directly under table . The waitress did not approach table for over 15 minutes and it took 45 min to get our entrees. When asked where the bread was, they then informed us it wasn’t available that night. I ordered linguine and clams/smoked oysters. It was filled with gritty sand and completely awful. Really hesitate to repeat this experience. Hope this was a one time disaster because I reaalyrnjoy the setting.
  14. KK

    KenK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The freshest fish, friendly efficient service and don’t forget to order the locally made layer cake!
  15. SW

    ShawnW

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a good restaurant. The fried or Easters were great and the crab cake was good. We sat on the deck and watch the boats come in. Would definitely go back again. The attendant at the welcome center on the Eastern shore recommend at this location to us
  16. KA

    KimA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've enjoyed every meal I've had at The Island House. Delicious food, great service and beautiful view.
  17. PB

    PamelaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited while vacationing in the area. We loved everything...the food, the service, the view and the atmosphere. We would definitely visit again.
  18. LP

    LaurieP

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The chicken Wachapreague was awesome. Would drive back just to eat it again. Crab dip was on par as well. Crab cake and steak were disappointing. Great place to relax, beautiful views, zealous staff. Fantastic cocktails. Will be back
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very clean and super polite staff. Overall great experience
  20. JF

    JamesF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was fine. The view is nice. But watch the service. Very slow. We waited a long time to order dessert, too long, and ended up not ordering.
  21. b

    bestever

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both my wife and I had the broiled crab cakes which were excellent. Had a great water view from our table. Server was very professional yet very friendly.
  22. SL

    SLF65

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed ourselves at Island House. The food was great. Our server was super! The view from our table by the window was awesome! We plan to go back again.
  23. LM

    LindaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always take out of town friends and clients to the Island House. The views of the wetlands and barrier islands are breathtaking. Late afternoon, the patio is in shade and there was a light breeze, so we sat outside. The service is always top-notch and the seafood is fantastic. They start you off with a warm sweet potato biscuit while you peruse the menu. We all had different seafood platters and everyone loved their dish. Lots of different sides to go along with dinner. When we first sat down, we thought the music was a little loud and mentioned it, and they turned it down right away. The owner came over to our table to check on us; how amazing is that?! Just a perfect, perfect evening.
  24. D

    Dick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, we go there often and bring our friends.
  25. DC

    DutchieC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was worth our 2 hour drive. Parking can be a challenge. Seating was quick. Service was good. Food was very good however their Crème Brûlée recipe needed some serious improvement. I consider myself a Crème Brûlée connoisseur and what they served was nothing short of a boring lack of flavor vanilla pudding with a caramalized sugar topping. The flavor was boring, boring, boring. I even left 1/4 of it behind and I always finish my desserts unless they are less than up to snuff. Everything else was really good. I do plan on returning and hope the Crème Brûlée recipe improves.
  26. BG

    BettyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time here! Recently moved to the Shore! Will definitely come back for the delicious food and great service!
  27. HS

    HaroldS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner was very enjoyable. Glad that we were on the early side as it is a very popular place. Best part of our meal was our sunny and competent waitress, Cindy.
  28. s

    seoe

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Although this restaurant is located in a very small town, we found it a worthwhile drive from Cape Charles. My flounder with new potatoes and green beans was delicious. My husband enjoyed his crab cakes. We both thought the sweet potato biscuits were scrumptious!!!!! Our waitress and all of the staff were welcoming and responsive. We sat outside to enjoy the view over the wetlands and water. So relaxing!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great fried flounder and crabcakes. View was pretty. Definitely going back
  30. J

    Julie

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed it! Sat on patio, wonderful service and the food was quite good! Very reasonably priced! Highly recommended.
  31. JE

    JamesElGato

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Beautiful setting and very good food. We had the oysters on half shell, the wedge salad, the garlic clams and the fish and chips. The Clams and oysters were perfect. The steamed garlic clams were outstanding and we recommend them highly. The wedge salad was done with Romaine, so it was a bit bitter, but nicely done. The fish and chips were very good, but I was a little taken aback when asked what we wanted for our two sides. Chips I was guessing should be one...right? My wife ordered one of their specialty drink and our waitress looked at her as if she was from Mars. She had no knowledge of the properties drink menu and it did make my wife feel rather foolish to have to pint it out for her on the menu. The room was beautifully set right on the water. The early lunch crowd was small until a group of about 20 people from a motorcycle riding group came in and conducted a meeting (complete with standing Pledge of Allegiance) in the middle of the dining room. It did seem to me a private area should have been found for them and this did distract from the otherwise very nice lunch we had.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  33. SE

    SharonE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Worst crab cake ever. All filler. Highly overpriced for what you get.
  34. T

    Teabowdoe

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    one order was wrong, and two were slightly over cooked. unsure if the third order was right as well. 2 cooks were out and they were busy, but I was disappointed as the food has been better in the past.
  35. T

    Trish

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Owners of the B&B we stayed at in Cape Charles told us this was their favorite place to eat. We see why. The marsh views are spectacular, there is an outside deck, the service is great and the food is fresh and flavorful. We have never had fresher flounder, or thicker. We loved the option to have our food broiled.
  36. KK

    KathyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner-Crab Imperial was outstanding! Enjoyed the rolls--yummy! A great ending to a busy week! Thank you!
  37. W

    Whinny4me

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent, as always. Fish always excellent. Service excellent, cannot fault this place. Good portions and great value for money.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have awesome experience eating here. The staff are nice and friendly. The food is exceptional!
  39. JJ

    JulieJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took friends who know the shore but had never been to Wachapreague. Said best crab cakes ever!
  40. DC

    DanC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The "platter" with flounder and crabcake were served with very small portion. They were out of the special sauce (which is why I ordered the crabcake) at 5:30 on a Saturday night! They make the sauce onsite? Our table was at an exterior wall with three AC ducts in the wall. It was freezing and very uncomfortable. Small portions, freezing legs, no sauce and pretty steep pricing. Go elsewhere.

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The Island House Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Ave & Route 180

  • Neighborhood

    Wachapreague

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday 4:00pm- 8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On Premise

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Kane

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment on weekends. Give us a call to inquire!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 787-4242

  • Catering

    Let us cater your special off-premise event. The Island House 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 facilities

    This fine dining establishment is situated overlooking the tranquil Wachapreage waterfront. In addition to the view from the dining room, you may also climb the spiral staircase to reach the lookout tower. There you will find a panoramic view of the barrier islands, which is quite spectacular.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (866) 934-3292

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