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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 77
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  • 55
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice roadside stop for lunch.

Great food. Great service. Quirky place which I like. Love the house seasoning! She crab soup and gumbo were fabulous! A little pricy for lunch but we did have seafood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Jackson, NJ
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Jackson, NJ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great food. Great service. Quirky place which I like. Love the house seasoning! She crab soup and gumbo were fabulous! A little pricy for lunch but we did have seafood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

There really isn't much around the area but a few restaurants (American, mexican and plenty of chains) and this seafood restaurant. We got the stuffed flounder and the healthy salmon entree. The crab could have been strained a bit more but the fish as a whole was good and Sr all fishy. The salmon was a touch to dry but... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

North of the Bay Bridge Tunnel along the Eastern Shore, there aren't a lot of places to eat. This place stands out as a much better choice over Hardees or Bojangles, but for a fried seafood joint, it's just OK. Soft shell crab was fishy, clams were a bit sandy and chewy, and the fry batter was nothing special. The... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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86 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were driving up the coast from Virginia Beach to Dover and wanted something yummy for lunch so we stopped here and it was terrific. We called our order in ahead of time and went in to pick it up, but we noticed that there is a drive thru window. The inside is cute with nice paintings and fun decor.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Clam Shack had a reasonably priced menu for the seafood it carried. I had a dozen steamed clams with butter and one of the fried seafood baskets. Since the steamed clams are what I was really craving I enjoyed them the most. The fried food was decent. We were there on a Monday so there was no crowd and... More 

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Ocean View, DE
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A converted McDonalds restaurant into this clam place. Food was good and prices ok. I've driven by this place for many years, but I'm glad we stopped to eat here. I would eat here again! Open faced crab melt was good, just comes with a side of 3 hush puppies and a small plastic container of cole slaw.

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Heathsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

no sure what to expect from a converted McDonalds but thus place is local with excellent seafood. I had 2 appetizers- shrimp wrapped in bacon & oysters wrapped in bacon. Lightly fried, bacon was crispy & oh so delicious! Complimentary hush puppies to start. My colleagues had clams over linguine & shrimp scampi. Both were loaded with clams/shrimp, freshly prepared.... More 

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Melbourne
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I was here on business in the fall of 2014 and it was suggested that I take a ride up Lankford Highway to this restaurant and told that it would be very hard to miss it, because they have all sorts of flags flying, the building a converted drive-thru fast food outlet is brightly painted with signs all over and... More 

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We began stopping at the Great Machipongo Clam Shack over a decade ago for steamed shrimp on our way to and from the Outer Banks . This past August we did the trip home in two days so we stayed in the Hampton Inn down the road and had dinner. I was tired and was leaning towards getting the old... More 

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Henrico, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Great place to eat! Great service and more importantly the food was delicious!! Definitely will return there

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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: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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