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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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  • 73
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  • 28
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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
Warm and Filling

I had a very nice meal here with my family. The drinks were good and the food was filling. Great atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2014
sarah g
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Louisa, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but well worth winding through the side streets to its location. The manager and waitresses were unusually friendly, cheerful, and helpful. The menu of seafood is excellent, and the various entrees we ordered were very well prepared. Prices were a little higher than some other places, but still in the moderate... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It's been my experience that the food at Ettas is the best prepared seafood you can get. The view is amazing and service is always good. I recommend sitting on the screened porch. Get some hush puppies and whatever flounder is on the menu.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took a last minute trip to Chincoteague for Thanksgiving. Tried to get a reservation at Bill's for their advertised special Thanksgiving dinner, but they were full and said Etta's was doing a Thanksgiving meal, and we were able to get a reservation at 5.30 pm. The location is a bit off the beaten track and we hadn't eaten there... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I had a very nice meal here with my family. The drinks were good and the food was filling. Great atmosphere.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The staff was friendly and the location was great, but I really wouldn't recommend Etta's. The food was just OK, nothing special. No where to go but up. We didn't see Etta but, if there is an Etta, she needs to turn it up a notch.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We were at Etta's for a special event. The whole restaurant had been booked, and Etta's did the catering. The venue was comfortable, the food was good, and the setting (on the channel between Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands) was lovely. We have not eaten at Etta's any other time, but we will give it a try for dinner the next... More 

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Manassas, Va.
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222 reviews 222 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The wife and I were in the mood for seafood so we went here at the suggestion of the hotel clerk. This was a Friday so she said we should make reservations. We did for 630 and arrived early at 6. No problems as there was no crowd. We had a great view of the water. We ordered the Fried... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Found this through a friend. After striking out on places to have a quiet sit down dinner, this was a good find. Atmosphere and clientele reminds me a little of a retirement home but food was good and view is nice. Nice spirit selections, we had both cocktails and beer with our dinner. My only real criticism was that they... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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140 reviews 140 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We discovered Etta's earlier in the day while we were exploring the island. It's tucked away on East Side Drive on the channel, hence the name. We went back for dinner, with a 5:30 reservation. We wanted to eat during the daylight hours. The hostess seated us in what she said was the best seat in the house - and... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Don't get me wrong, the sea food was good just like the other seafood restaurants but just like the other restaurants they were all prepared the same way with little deviation or imagination. We enjoyed the meal but we were looking for something a little different. Friendly service, very nice view and away from the downtown area but still very... More 

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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: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children

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