The wildlife and natural beauty of Chicoteague makes it the perfect vacation spot for when you when to slow down from the stresses of everyday life. Since it’s an island popular for fishing, Chicoteague naturally offers a plethora of fresh seafood options. However, visitors will soon realize that a varied range of restaurants is available for diners. Don’t miss out on these great spots in this Virginia gem.
For those who enjoy dining in style but not breaking the bank, try something new and head over to Channel Bass Inn Tea Room for some afternoon luxury and leisure. The afternoon tea is a substantial four courses, beginning with savory delights and followed a variety of scones, cakes, and biscuits. Tearooms can also be booked for baby showers, bridal showers, and other events. Next time you’re in Chincoteague, enjoy a taste of Britain and treat yourself to afternoon tea.
In between exploring Chincoteague’s many attractions, visitors are bound to get hungry and want to grab a quick bite out. When lunchtime comes around, the Sea Star Café serves up a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads, which can be followed up with some of their fresh baked desserts. What makes the Sea Star Café above and beyond the average lunchtime stop is the freshness of the food and consistency; the two owners prepare every meal to order. The café is perfect for carryout or you can dine in the outdoor seating.
Known for the delicious smoked brisket, ribs and burgers, Smokey’s serves up meals that can only be described as delicious. Don’t forget the seasoned boardwalk fries and onion rings to complement your meat. The flavored fresh squeezed lemonades and iced sweet teas will keep you cool and hydrated after a long day outside. With a sandy outdoor area that has games and a moon bounce, the fun extends beyond eating. For an afternoon and evening of entertainment and food that satisfies the whole family, Smokey’s is the way to go.
No trip to Chincoteague is complete without taking in the stunning views of the Assateague Lighthouse and the wild ponies. At Etta’s Channel Side Restaurant, diners can enjoy the fresh seafood while taking in stunning waterside views. Patrons particularly enjoy the tasteful décor, gentle music and overall pleasant atmosphere of the restaurant. Each entrée is prepared with particular care and has consistent quality that keeps diners coming back for more.
All food truck lovers and casual diners in Chincoteague should have their next lunch at Right Up Your Alley. Serving up authentic Mexican cuisine out of a food truck, the menu is simple, well executed and delicious. With the casual setting comes reasonable prices and the perfect relaxing atmosphere that you can only find on the shore. Whether you want traditional tacos and quesadillas or the beach appropriate fried Mahi Mahi fish tacos, you’ll appreciate the authenticity and quality served.
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When on Chincoteague Island, people struggle to find restaurants serving quality Asian food. For those who are looking for a place to eat to break up the traditional seafood and American fare, they should look no further than Saigon Village Restaurant. Owned by a Vietnamese family, Saigon Village put freshness above all else, and the menu has plenty of healthy and vegetarian options. This local restaurant provides a taste of Vietnam on the beaches of Chincoteague. Make sure to try the Vietnamese iced coffee.
At Sugarbakers, the cinnamon buns, donuts, croissants and scones are so popular that diners need to arrive early to get them before they run out. Luckily enough, you can call ahead and reserve your sweet treats so you don’t have to worry about missing out on an amazing breakfast or snack. Along with numerous baked goods that are freshly made, Sugarbakers serves sandwiches and salads for lunch. Desserts can be ordered for any event, ranging from birthdays to wedding cakes.
A creative outdoor restaurant in Chincoteague serves up tacos in more delicious ways than you would think is possible. The family owned and operated Pico Taqueria provides fresh meal options that will have you feeling full but not bloated as you head back to the beach. The taco options include the Maddox with local cornmeal fried oysters and The Deep Hole with crispy cauliflower and caper pico de gallo, along with traditional offerings. Pico Taqueria serves up a beloved classic with innovative and upscale flair.
One of the best parts about Chincoteague is the local charm of the community, and Captain Zack’s Seafood is the perfect family owned spot for a traditional coastal meal. All the food is cooked to order and is as fresh as can be. This spot is carryout only, so be prepared to bring it back home or on a nice day, you can sit in their outdoor seating area. Customers love the big portion sizes and quality of their meals. For great value and freshly prepared seafood don’t miss Captain Zack’s.
Our list of the best restaurants in Chincoteague would be incomplete without including the best dessert spot on the entire island. The Island Creamery features a wide selection of freshly made ice cream flavors using dairy produced from local Lancaster County cows. For special occasions, be sure to order an ice cream cake and they will custom make it with selected flavors. Just be careful you don’t get too addicted, because visitors report making multiple trips to the Island Creamery in the same day.