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The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

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6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
757 442-3800
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Eastern shore flavor.

I got the fried sampler platter and it didn't dissapoint this big fella. A nice place with a country charm. Check out the gift area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Christopher M
Hoschton, Georgia
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Onancock, Virginia
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went on a first Wednesday so enjoyed live music and readings. The food? Most of the offerings are fried -- fried hush puppies, fried potatoes, fried seafood, ... It just seemed like the menu was geared toward whatever would be easiest for the cook/chef to prepare -- nothing challenging. I tried the crab soup and it was okay. The tomato... More 

Thank sister-cousins
Lewes, Delaware
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really wanted a seafood meal, but thought I had to travel a few more miles from the hotel. Based on a recommendation from the hotel staff, I came here for dinner. It was a great meal--scallops, shrimp and oysters with mac and cheese (would not recommend) and green beans (tasty). I like fried food and it was lightly fried... More 

Thank Joyce M
Locust Grove, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The seafood is fresh and great tasting. whether it's fried or broiled (I like the fried the best!). Another good place to stop and get my fill of seafood or I can take some frozen seafood home with me.

Thank wdnduck4u
Camden, North Carolina
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the Oysters and the shrimp, They are lightly breaded and of course the Oysters were in season so they were fresh. I also loved the Hush Puppies, The fries could be much better as could the slaw but I wanted seafood and it was very good. The price was a tad high IMHO. I can live with $16... More 

Thank Mike A
Ewing, New Jersey
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123 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We have always wanted to stop here for lunch. We decided this was the year to do so and now are saying we missed out on so many good meals. Don't drive by this restaurant. The food is DELICIOUS! From the start, order calamari...outstanding! Then, don't skip the She Crab Soup...the best! Finally, crab cakes...WOW! After your meal stop into... More 

Thank HowardMichele
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This restaurant is right on the highway and we had a delicious dinner there. Their burgers and seafood are very good. Even though they were busy we didn't have to wait long for our waitress to get to us. We only waited around 15 minutes for our food to.

Thank meldoncaster
Onancock, Virginia
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Four adults went for dinner and ordered a variety of seafood off the menu and from the daily specials. Some of the seafood was fresh, some frozen. It's important to ask what is in season to ensure that you get the freshest available seafood. Found the quality of the food to be good but the prices seemed on the high... More 

Thank Lori C
Hoschton, Georgia
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I got the fried sampler platter and it didn't dissapoint this big fella. A nice place with a country charm. Check out the gift area.

Thank Christopher M
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Our first time visit, but it won't be our last. Easy access of US 13 on the southern part of the Virginia Eastern Shore. Plenty of local seafood selections and methods of preparation. Food was plentiful and delicious. And reasonably priced. Very well prepared, whatever your choice. Pleasant atmosphere and a retail seafood market inside to shop at if you... More 

Thank Ranger869
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

An easy stop on US 13 on the southern eastern shore of Virginia. The food is always good and the atmosphere full of local flavor. Thy have everything from diner fare to well prepared local fish and shell fish dishes. Would definitely plan my lunch stop here!

Thank Gene B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Nassawadox
  • Phone Number: 757 442-3800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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