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About The Island House Restaurant

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!

17 Atlantic Ave
Wachapreague, VA 23480
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

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

Dinner

Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Atlantic Ave & Route 180

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 787-4242

Website:
http://www.theislandhouserestaurant.com/

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

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!

Parking Details:
On Premise

Executive Chef:
Michael Kane

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Ask about our annual Oyster Roast in November benefiting The Navy Seal Foundation!

The Island House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
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Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
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Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Hot Spot (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Casual, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Seasonal
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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food3
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Waterfront, Casual
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food4
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Casual, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Fabulous meal with family in a wonderful restraint on the Shore!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 28, 2017

My husband and I drove up to the Eastern Shore from Virginia Beach. It was definitely worth the drive!! The food was very good - I had the crab cakes and my husband had the blackened scallops. The server was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is located right on the water with a beautiful view. I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Island House!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a great time! Cruised around the eastern shore for the day, culminating here for a late lunch. We ate outside on a the deck in 80 degree temps overlooking the water. Had the outside to ourselves due to some pretty aggressive no-see-ums, it that was our choice. We each had flounder, my wife had the platter and I had the sandwich. Both were excellent! Cole slaw, sweet potato fries and onion rings were all good to. Enjoyed meeting Trevor, the young man who waited on us. He braved the bugs too serving us and discussing local fish and fishing spots.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful Easter Sunday brunch. A window table was reserved for us and the server was very attentive. The drinks came right away but we did have a bit of a wait for our food. But the wait was well worth it! My wife's chicken and spinich omelet and my shrimp and grits were delicious. Even though The Island House is an hour's drive from our home on Chincoteague Island, it is always worth the trip. The 80 degree weather cooperated, too, on this beautiful holiday.
Thank you so much!
Michael

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My wife and I had an awesome, top down drive up from Va Beach, great food and service, and the view over the barrier islands toward the ocean. Would highly recommend this for a hospitable Eastern Shore experience. Lovely town of Wachapreague and the people at the restaurant were great. Thanks to Trevor and the bartender (we normally get names but talking to her about the community and stuff was a hoot).

Thanks to Open Table as well for the email that reminded me how much I wanted to try Island House.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 15, 2017

My wife and I wanted to do something special for Easter and decided on Wachapreague because of the restaurant. We had a fantastic meal Saturday night, stayed at the Wachapreague Inn and attended sunrise service Sunday morning. It was a very memorable weekend and we have decided to make this an annual trip for Easter.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Dining out with friends from out of the area. Food is always great and wonderful menu focusing on fresh seafood. Blake Johnson and staff make sure that your dining experience is always the best! Great seaside waterfront table. See you again soon!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Very nice time

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We tried the lobster but should have done local seafood because the lobster was dry. The baked potato had been done for hours apparently. The beans were delicious but cold. The crab that topped the lobster was excellent. We waited thirty minutes for dinner, so we were happy to have ordered appetizers. Our waitress was excellent. We love to come to the Island House and won't let this experience spoil that. We will make certain we order local seafood. Upgrades to the front are beautiful! The hostess was on-top of logistics and treated us with thoughtfulness. We love the place!

Tags: Casual
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