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Etta's Channel Side Restaurant

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7452 East Side Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA
757 336-5644
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 86
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  • 75
    Very good
  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful view, good food, friendly staff. Under-rated

A few good restaurants on Chincoteague Island get short changed in the rating system because they are compared to grocery stores and ice-cream shops by people who are camping or not eating at better restaurants. Etta's is one of those. It offers a great view of the marshes and the Wildlife... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
FLTraveler88
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Florida
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Dorset, Vermont
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Hands down the worst dining experience I have ever had. My family and I arrived to the restaurant with a reservation toward the end of the night. We were seated on the screened porch where a musician was playing. From there it took us half an hour to get our drink order taken-mind you the restaurant was slowing down from... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Wonderful warm scallop salad. Great hush puppies, too! Quiet dining with great view of bay between Chincoteague and Assateague.

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Loved the food and the atmosphere! A great place for couples and a view of the bay that is 2nd to none. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Virginia
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We ordered a seafood appetizer and 2 different seafood entrees. Great hushpuppy and a nice roll started us off. Service was very nice. Food was cooked properly and well presented; scallops especially well. Unfortunately the only herb being used in the kitchen that evening was tarragon which overpowered all the dishes and made them taste all the same. Like a... More 

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Ashford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was lovely- nice dining room and overlook of the channel. The food was good but nothing spectacular for the price.

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Milford, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This restaurant is extremely difficult for anyone with disabilities to navigate. Parking lot is hard gravel and ramp is strep with limbs of trees in the way. The door is almost impossible. The view of the water is great and the decor is pleasant. I was very disappointed with the food it was just average. My salad was fresh but... More 

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Florida
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A few good restaurants on Chincoteague Island get short changed in the rating system because they are compared to grocery stores and ice-cream shops by people who are camping or not eating at better restaurants. Etta's is one of those. It offers a great view of the marshes and the Wildlife Refuge. The more casual back room feels like you're... More 

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What a lovely restaurant with a beautiful view of the water and delicious food. Six of us went there for dinner. Our waitress, Karen was great and so enjoyable. We had two orders of bacon wrapped dates - highly recommended. For dinner, three of us had crab cakes which were wonderful. Two had coconut shrimp - they were great. The... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We picked this restaurant because of the excellent view...bad move! The menu looked inviting so we had our innkeeper make a reservation as we are from New England and love seafood. The first hint of problems started with margaritas that arrived watery and no limey tang, which we sent back and ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio which was fine.... More 

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Rosemont, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We have been visiting the island for 28 years now,and find Etta's to be the best on the island.Please check which days and times open. The atmosphere and decor is very bright and pleasant,the serving staff very attentive,our food is always served promptly(w.hot bread and grits,yum!).(I recommend the scallops or crab imperial highly). There are wonderful very active hummingbird feeders... More 

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Address: 7452 East Side Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA
Phone Number: 757 336-5644
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chincoteague Island

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7452 East Side Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chincoteague Island
  • Phone Number: 757 336-5644

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic

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