The Island House Restaurant

4.5
204 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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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SW
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very clean and super polite staff. Overall great experience

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

b
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

D
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

HS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

s
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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!!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JE
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

SE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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

T
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

N
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

KK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

W
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

j
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly and attentive staff. Happily accommodated my dietary needs.

r
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The view at The Island House is always a great treat, but more importantly the ISLAND HOUSE CREW continues to provide very good food, served by a friendly team of servers.

We recently joined a large group of friends at The Island House, and everyone was pleased with their meals, especially the fresh flounder.

The Smith Island Cake was also very popular with the desert gang. Great friendly service & everyone happy, and a very nice ending to our Memorial Day Weekend.

God Bless America & Thank You Veterans

PH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had to send the steak back - over cooked. Was replaced with proper cooking. Had a soft shell crab overcooked and small. Too expensive for what we rec'd. Service was good and it's sometimes a place with good food but lately (last two times) we were disappointed. Too bad. It was our anniversary dinner and rec'd a 10% discount. Should have been a 50% off with food like that.

DT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal restaurant! If the weather is nice, I highly recommend watch the sunset from a table outside! Beautiful view over looking the water. Service and food are outstanding!!

MR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the staff was friendly and helpful!! We loved this restaurant!! I atmosphere was amazing, the location is nice and quiet!! I hope I get back to the area again just so I can visit this place again!! Oh there is a bald Eagle that visits the island behind this restaurant that can be seen from the dock so that is just another attraction!!

LE
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The view can’t be beat. The seafood was fresh and cooked just right and priced reasonably. The sweet potato biscuits were excellent. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant. We could hear one another without straining which is important for us because my husband is very hard of hearing. The only disappointment was that they were out of two deserts. We would definitely return!

AA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will definitely be back ..I got the special which was prime rib it was fantastic ,my husband got broiled seafood medley the seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly. The little town is so cute we had a great weekend.

SB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. First time there and will come back whenever we are down in that area again. We are from Cherry Hill, NJ.

S
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It's a fun place on the water with a great deck. The bar has happy hour and game activities. Food is okay but I enjoy it enough to go back.

G
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, good service. Loved it. Great location and views.

BT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here! Great food, friendly service, and beautiful view. A seat next to the window -always requested when we eat here. Great seafood, the perfect " Eastern Shore ambiance". The sweet potato biscuits are awesome (free with your meal) and you gotta save room for Becca's Coconut "Smith Island" cake for dessert.

AO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Love the food and the view. Staff was attentive.

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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