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2 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-1910
757-787-8558
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Waterfront dining with an upscale casual seafood focused menu...
Waterfront dining with an upscale casual seafood focused menu. Specializing in the use of Local, sustainable and fresh products with an award winning chef.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Full of small town feel; stunning location

Taking an out of town visitor to the eastern shore during a freezing week in January could be dicey. This place gave us the feel of Onancock with a great view, historical decorating and we loved the food. Can't wait for a return trip in the summer.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
mshinds
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Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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216 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Charlotte Court House, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Taking an out of town visitor to the eastern shore during a freezing week in January could be dicey. This place gave us the feel of Onancock with a great view, historical decorating and we loved the food. Can't wait for a return trip in the summer.

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Mystic, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was our second visit to Mallard's while traveling home from Florida to Connecticut. We made it a point to come back because we enjoyed our meal so much the first time. We were not disappointed this time either. The crab chowder had a tomato base and a nice spicy taste that warmed us on a cold day. My husband... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The setting at Mallards can't be beat, summer or winter. The old building on the wharf on the bayside is authentic. Sitting outside in the summer next to the boats is great. Having chef Johnny Mo play is fun. Oh yes, there is even food. Today we had the crab and tomato-basil soups. They were spicy, but not too much.... More 

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mallardman, Owner at Mallards at the Wharf, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of mallards!! We were so happy to see you and are very glad you enjoyed yourselves. Mallards depends on our customers reviews to stay on the top of our game and once again we thank you, not just for the review but also supporting us during the off season. Hope to see you again... More 

Newark, DE
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Ate here recently with a friend and wasn't real impressed. Perhaps in summer when you can sit outside and enjoy location and fresh fish it might be better. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. So give this just an ok!

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Milton, Delaware
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I met my daughter and granddaughter Sunday 1/4/15 at Mallards at the Wharf for lunch. We meet there for two reasons, one it's a midway point for each of us and two, the restaurant is so accomodating. This is our second visit to this restaurant and we'll be back again. Our server was so nice and patient with us while... More 

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mallardman, Owner at Mallards at the Wharf, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent review of mallards! We rely on the feedback of our customer's experiences and we LOVE it when we receive ones like yours. At mallards we strive to ensure every guest the same warm, comfortable and memorable experience. Thanks again! Johnny Mo More 

USA
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A friend and I were returning to Delaware from Virginia Beach (VA). It was lunchtime and we were very hungry, so I consulted the "Near Me Now" function on my iPhone's TripAdvisor app, and up popped Mallards. We were welcomed by two grandsons of the owner and then led into the dining room. The owner seated us by the window... More 

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mallardman, Owner at Mallards at the Wharf, responded to this review

Thank you SO much for your review about your recent trip to mallards. We are so glad to hear about your experience and and we look forward to seeing you again!! Mallards strives to always give great service and food with a smile!!! Thanks again and happy new year!! Johnny mo More 

Tappahannock, Virginia
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Nothing special to get excited about at the Mallard. Fairly run of the mill fried seafood and one or two menu items such as broiled or grilled fish seem to be sensible choice. Dining area appears to be a bit run down and cramped and outside tables were just too hot for lunch.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Mallard's is situated at the end of town next to the creek that feeds out to the Chesapeake Bay. The crab cakes are a huge hit!

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Ocean City, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Dont expect to get ES seafood here. The day that we were there the soup of the day was cream of mushroom, it came to the table lukewarm at best and overpowered with blue cheese I could not finish it. Average fish sandwich nothing fancy, very average. My wife had smoked salmon on pita topped off with bacon again not... More 

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mallardman, Owner at Mallards at the Wharf, responded to this review

Caribeanjoe, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Mallards at the Wharf. My name is Johnny Mo and I am the chef owner. I would like to address the issues that you stated in your review. I appogize for the temperature of the soup, that definately should not have happened. From the chef to the waitress to... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the deck overlooking one of the prettiest waterways on the Shore last Friday. I had the broiled fish with rice and grilled asparagus. Delicious, moist and very fresh. My companion had the sea scallops with a chipotle aioli sauce and polenta cake. Too spicy for me, but he enjoyed it! You can't beat the setting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-1910
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Onancock
  • Phone Number: 757-787-8558

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

Waterfront dining with an upscale casual seafood focused menu. Specializing in the use of Local, sustainable and fresh products with an award winning chef.

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