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Ice House Cafe & Oyster Bar

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760 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4638
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

It can be good or average. Food is usually very good, but the kitchen is sometimes overloaded and you have a long wait for your entree. Music can be very good or kind of average - can be too loud at times. Service can be good or just average. So, all in all, the main dining room is hit or... More 

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north carolina, United States
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Ice House is great, it has been around for a long time. This was a favorite when we lived in Northern Virginia, and we just went back after being gone 10 years. It was still as special as we remember. It has a nice ambiance of simple elegance, not stuffy. There is a separate oyster bar, and a selection of... More 

Thank Martha H
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Stopped by for a quick beer on the way back to our hotel. Nice bartender, had a nice, cold Abita....Wish we would've eaten here but it was late. Maybe next time....

Thank cyncov
Herndon, Virginia
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Great food, great drinks, excellent service. Best oysters in town (imho). The oysters Oscar are worth the trip. Menu selection is quite varied for a small place. Also well worth noting is their gazpacho that is smooth and savory. Save room for their delicious desserts.

Thank mbn48
New Market, Maryland
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I stopped in a few weeks back. It has a nice décor. I had the steamed spiced shrimp which was excellent. The service was quick and the bartender was friendly. The drinks were a little overpriced. It is a nice place which I endorse to try for lunch or dinner. They also have live jazz a few nights a week.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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161 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This was a family visit for my Jazz aficionado father-in-law's 90th birthday. Somewhat faded ambiance (loved the huge stuffed Moose head above the door), the tables were fairly close together, they had a nice menu and wine list, very good service, the food was delicious, and the Jazz quartet was pretty good. I thought their prices were fair given the... More 

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Clifton, Virginia
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Friends invited to a dinner and what a surprise. Great place for a nice dinner with family or good friends. Try their seafood, e.g. fresh oysters and fish. I had a very nice combination of oysters and todays catch together with good matching of beer and wine. One thing to be aware of is that some dishes might be spicy... More 

Thank 2013TheSwede
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I love the back bar. The bartender is the reason this place is so comfortable. The bar menu food is all fantastic and reasonably priced. Always has a great variety of craft beers on tap, and an interesting wine list. Old fashioned mature bar that is fun and spirited because of the barkeep. I've never sat in the dining room,... More 

Thank GPappy
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102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The managers have to decide whether they want to have the fine dining seafood restaurant that we have come to expect or if they want to be a rock and roll bar. (Believe me, this was not a Jazz Band for background music. It was Classic Rock.) Thankfully on a recent Saturday night visit the food was still fabulous once... More 

Thank Chris K
Raleigh, NC
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

With great expectation we visited the Ice House on a Saturday night in April for dinner. Quite simply, the food was very good, and very nice menu selections. Our server was very congenial, but quite harried as the place was packed and the kitchen was sloooowwwwwww. What ruined, and I mean ruined the evening was the live jazz band that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 760 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4638
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Herndon
  • Phone Number: 703-471-4256

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?