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All reviews pies lemon meringue pie tomato soup oysters cole slaw fresh seafood soft shell crab sandwich down home cooking great family restaurant traditional family local place place is clean the main street daily specials homemade patrons
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the Monster sandwich. A large soft shell crab, a large crab cake, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Served with a side of fries. $22. Very flavorful, yummy. My wife had the soft shell crab sandwich (only one claw), hence the 4 star review. Service...great. Place is spotless. Parking in the rear. Too full to try the homemade pies.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 11, 2022

This was a cute local family restaurant. We enjoyed stopping for lunch on Friday and returned on Saturday for another slice of pie. The waitress remember us and brought out the same drinks we had the day before. Very impressed with her and found out...she was a 4th generation of the Lee Family. Very quaint place. The pie is worth the trip.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

It is easy to overlook this little place on the main street of Killmarnock - but it is SO worth stopping by. It has a great family atmosphere (no beer or wine sold here! How great!) The place is clean and nicely furnished and the...staff were friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. We had the fresh seafood and weren't disappointed. If you stop in, try the Coconut Cream Pie - delicious!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2021

We decided to go to Kilmarnock since it was such a beautiful Fall day, saw a lot of color in the trees today. We got to Lee's a little after noon. Place was hopping and we were lucky to get seated rather quickly. It's an...extensive menu and they have a board of daily specials. Waitress was prompt & friendly. I got soft shell crabs, mac & cheese and cole slaw. My husband ordered cream of potato soup, coconut shrimp, beets, & fries. His soup was very tasty, not hot enough for me temperature-wise. There were plenty of waitresses and they were very busy! Our food came fairly quickly. Mac & cheese was spot on - not too salty, w/ flecks of cheese & good creaminess. Cole slaw was fine, my soft-shell crabs were delicious. My husband enjoyed his coconut shrimp, fries, & beets. The meals came w/ warm rolls. The side portions are not huge, think of an old fashion diner using those small side plates. My only disappointment were the pies. Very reasonable at $4 per slice and definitely homemade but I thought the lemon meringue wasn't very lemony. Richardson's Cafe in Mathews has an outstanding lemon meringue pie. My husband's coconut cream pie was good not exceptional. By the time we left, there was a waiting line to get in. Just a very clean place, great service, with down home cooking. None of the waitresses were wearing masks and most patrons upon entering also did not wear masks.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 19, 2021

The Lee's restaurant has a few really good choices. We ate outside and it was pretty noisy. Next time we ate inside and it was great. It has been remodeled and very clean. The service was pretty good considering how crowded it was. I had...the roast beef with mashed potatoes and it was delicious! Order standard dishes and it will be delicious! Don't forget their famous pies!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed May 27, 2021

My family has lived in this part of Virginia for centuries. and with Lowery's upriver in Tappahannock now gone, Lee's is the undisputed leader of traditional family / seafood restaurants on the Rappahannock, bar none. The food is simple local fare and recipes carefully prepared...and served. Seafood is of course a specialty but especially when oysters are out of season (any month without an R!) their other food is great. I am not even a dessert aficionado but their pies and cakes are too good to pass up. Prices are also more than reasonable because this is above all else a local place with generational customer loyalty and not a tourist venue.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 25, 2020 via mobile

Great family restaurant and a local institution. Friendly great service- not fancy but solid, tasty, down home food. Fried pickles were top notch- perfectly fried with a bit of zip in the batter. I could t decide between grilled or fried crab cake so they...gave me one of each- all crab, no filler. Double fried fries were great and the fried clam strips were a childhood favorite of my wife. Just a nice friendly meal with great price and value. Took some pie home- not my fav but I’m picky and many rave about it. A definite stop when in townMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

Just what we were looking for in the the way of basic home cooked food. Wonderful friendly staff, more than fair portions and very good selection of homemade desserts. We would highly recommend for families, couples and all ages looking for something in between fast...food and expensive fine dining.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed May 6, 2020

This local restaurant is among the few to thrive in the Northern Neck for almost a century. To this day it’s success is attributed to its founder, Harry Lee’s insistence on three simple goals: Good food, Good service and Good prices. Love eating here. Never...disappointed!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

It's the place the locals go. And I guess the locals are quite happy with their experience. I know I was. My lunch was a cut above what I was expecting for their reasonable pricing. The variety of options was outstanding. And the service was...most pleasant and expedient. I'll be back ... again and again. Maybe in a few years I'll be considered one of the locals.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 5, 2020 via mobile

On a day trip to Kilmarnock we decided to eat lunch here. The main room of the restaurant was so loud that we had to sit in a side room. My wife’s flounder sandwich had fried fish with the skin still on it. She didn’t...know that until she investigated the fishy taste and discovered the skin. Her “cup” of soup was just shy of a small teacup in size. I ordered a burger (medium) and onion rings and I got a burger and fries. My wife pointed out the lack of onion rings to the waitress (who was pleasant enough) so she brought an order of rings. 7 rings. Outside layers of an onion so they weren’t soft and weren’t completely covered by the coating. The burger looked great but there was no pink in it and the meat was so tightly packed and smooth it had to have lots of filler. And the iced tea was watery. So a second visit is out of the question.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Great food and service. A long time local favorite. Service was excellent and the prices are very good.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Always good, always a huge menu where everything tastes good. Not fine dining, but vibrant, very friendly, and lots of side dish options to suit everyone. We love to support local!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 25, 2019

It's a very local place with very local, loyal and elderly patrons. Vegetables are overcooked to the consistency of babyfood mixed with butter and cream or dripping with canning juice. I'm not sure if most folks of an earlier generation brought up on southern cooking...simply had low culinary standards, but this place will leave the modern stomach wanting.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

So enjoyed our visit here. Great food and our experience in meeting Jenn, the granddaughter of the founder of the place just enhanced the meal.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Lee's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4