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The Island House Restaurant

4.9
122 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Worth the Drive
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner

Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 787-4242
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Kane
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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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atlantic Ave & Route 180
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On Premise
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Entertainment
Live entertainment on weekends. Give us a call to inquire!
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Special events & promotions
Ask about our annual Oyster Roast in November benefiting The Navy Seal Foundation!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 122 People Are Saying
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4.9
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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Absolutely delicious...always is!! Very relaxed surroundings!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent dining experience for family and/or friends.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

If fresh delicious seafood is what you’re after, this is the place. Everything we had, crab cakes and fried oysters with great side dishes, and the chocolate bread pudding, was great.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and meal with a lot of food for the cost!!!👍👍👍👍👍

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentines Day specials were excellent as was the service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was delicious. Atmosphere was pleasant. Service was great. Consistently a 5 star rating.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was everything the locals said it would be. Great seafood. Great service. Would definitely recommend (and I'm kind of picky. ..lol).

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was excellent. That's why we come here. Looking forward to next time!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had New Years's Eve dinner here and it Met and exceeded my expectations in every way!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

We went as a group of 6 for a work Christmas luncheon. Very clean with a beautiful view of the water and docks. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious with generous portions. We had a very nice lunch and would definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Not up to previous standards.
The Bloody Mary was sour and the clams too tough to chew. Should not have had to ask for water and dessert, leaving us with the impression that we were being rushed. After this experience, we will think twice before making the hour drive to the island house restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

We loved the food -from the oysters on the half shell to the VA white wine to the soft shell crabs and broiled dinner. Laura’s service was attentive but Sirius XM radio was blaring and that really about runined the ambience.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Best broiled 🦀 crabcakes I have had in a very long time.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Great lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on the Eastern Shore !! Ya gotta love the Island House !!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

First I have been at the Island House. WOW - excellent and absolutely the best food I have had in a long time. Coming back in a few weeks to bring my husband.

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2017

Overall disappointing. Food and service not up to par. Felt rushed and never got an option for dessert. View however was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We ate here on the recommendation of our hotel. It was well worth the extra miles. Our server, Rachel, was attentive and pleasant. She made our night! The food and view were great too.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Took my mom and family to celebrate her birthday. Wonderful seating, service and great food. Staff sang happy birthday and treated her with cheese cake. Truly made her feel special. Food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Aunt Agnes's birthday 👩‍👧‍👧 with family. They truly were most helpful assisting with her in her wheelchair. They made her feel special on her birthday. Great seat overlooking the water, great service and great food. Thanks Island House!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was good, service great. Will return when I'm in the area, maybe even make a special trip. If you're ever on the Eastern shore of VA, you owe it to yourself to eat there.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great view! Great bar! Great service! Great food! Great place!

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

The crab bisque is fantastic!! The food is usually good but the view is always spectacular! Reservations recommended

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Although we really wanted to sit outside on the deck, it was a bit windy, so we opted to stay inside and were seated at a nice corner table by the window. Service was quick---we did not have to wait long at all. The waitress was attentive and friendly; the food was good---my wife really enjoyed the rib-eye steak and my crab cake & fish was tasty. We enjoyed a couple of drinks---they have an adequate beer and wine selection. It was a very pleasant evening out in a nice casual environment with great views; we enjoyed it and will return!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The Island house is always reliable. The food and service is just right. Tonight our server Ava was attentive without being annoying. The restaurant is always what you expect but tonight it went above and beyond, the view of high tide over the tidal grasses and then as the darkness set in the moon light shimmering over the water just added to a great evening.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

The Island House is the perfect place to celebrate husband's birthday with friends! The food was delicious, the swordfish was fresh, the shrimp carbonara was rich but yummy. The service was excellent! This place does not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

We dropped off our son at Camp Silver Beach and swung by The Island House for drinks and apps. What a fantastic view and great breeze on the deck. Highly recommend the Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Parramore. Very relaxing and scenic.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal on 7/15 at the Island House. Not only were our meals fantastic but the scenery and service perfect. We will definitely return and look forward to sharing the experience with friends and family.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

We were headed from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and needed a break from driving. We couldn't have picked a better spot. We had a very leisurely late lunch watching the boats go by. Food was delicious - I particularly liked the crab cakes and my husband had an Asian salad with shrimp that were delicious. We also tried the fried oysters which we loved. Our waiter couldn't have done a better job. It was a great experience and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Beautiful setting,great food artfully prepared. Everything is fresh. Big bar, plenty of tables. Check out the jewelry on display

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Our 2nd. trip there and NOT our last. Well worth the drive down from Delaware. We love the area and we love the food. Some of the best crab cakes I've ever had. The wife enjoyed her fish, the desserts were also great. We will make the trip down again very soon.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Waited for hostess to acknowledge us, assisting two large parties that had no reservations before us. I had stated on Open Table that it was for a birthday, this was never mentioned, in fact, we were never asked if we wanted any dessert. Waitress just brought the bill. I was very disappointed in that the birthday was never addressed.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2017

This was our first visit and we'll definitely be back.....great views, atmosphere, service, and creative seafood-focused cuisine. Highly-recommended as our best meal during a visit to Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a 6 PM reservation and was disappointed that there were items they were out of for the day, but it was Father's Day so they probably were busier than usual.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Food was very good, our server was very friendly and attentive and the view was outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

Quaint out of the way restaurant with spectacular views of the waterway and barrier islands. As one would guess, known for its seafood. I enjoyed their broiled crab cake and fried oyster dinner. Crab cake not loaded with fillers mostly all meat and the oysters were not greasy fried just right . My wife had scallops. Very fresh and cooked to perfection. In all from the sweet potato muffins thru the salad and entrees it's what you would expect from a coastal sea food restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

I have to say that Saturday's meal was the best I have had at the Island House and our waitress
Was so friendly and attentive to our needs! A perfect night to share with visiting friends!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The seafood at Island House is fantastic - perfectly prepared and generous portions. Their sides are also fresh made and delicious and dessert...the Smith Island cake was incredible. You definitely get your money's worth at this restaurant and will not leave hungry. Service is attentive and friendly. The view out of the wall of windows over the water is gorgeous. This is my favorite restaurant anywhere and we always make the trip to eat there when we're on the Eastern Shore.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

I would have given 5 stars but found it odd that a seafood restaurant was out of cod for the fish and chips AND out of salmon. The crab bisque and chocolate bread pudding were outstanding! (And I am a foodie). Everyone's food was excellent. Will go back next time we are in the area

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was excellent except for not having a good variety of gluten free options. I have been in some restaurants (two that I can think of) that can prepare most items on their menus gluten free.
I thought the prices to be a bit steep but because of the location plus not a lot of restaurants in the area, they can afford to charge whatever they want.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Wife and I come to the Eastern Shore once a year for an organization's directors meeting, and tried the Island House last year on internet recommendation. We enjoyed our experience so much, that, this year, we came back two days ago. The restaurant had some specials at the bar for Cinco de Mayo, and we took advantage of some very good margaritas. For dinner, we had a table by the front window , looking out toward the ocean. Even on a rainy day, a great view. My wife had shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat with provolone on top, broiled. I had their signature crab cake, and a nice portion of flounder, both broiled. We were both very satisfied with our choices. The sweet potato biscuits and sides were very good. The only reason I gave a moderate on noise, a diner at the next table took a call and was very loud in his conversation. It was not the Island House's place to fix stupid:) It was a platonic meal!

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