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The Thunderbird Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place for a family with kids. Great breakfast menu with some signature dishes. Good food. Menu offers different dishes like a signature specialty dish of their own. Very affordable for families with kids. We would eat there again. Close to the resort. Clean. Friendly service.

Thank anneadams642
Dayton, Virginia
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a GREAT place to eat if you're in the area. It is located right off route 33, east off Harrisonburg and west of Elkton. They have a good selection on their menu and it is a VERY clean place. It is very close to the Massanutten Resort.

Thank Tom M
Sunny Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're staying at Massanutten, do yourself a favor and try the Thunderbird at least once for breakfast during your stay. Large portions of pancakes, french toast, eggs, housemade sausage, and the best homemade strawberry jam ever! Plus a bunch of cute, bubbly waitresses to help start your morning off right! You'll probably be back a second or third time... More 

Thank zekesphotos
Crofton, Maryland
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for dinner one evening while we were at Massanutten. Courtney was super-nice and attentive. The food was very good, especially for a small local place. There are two types of gravy - one we tried on the chicken fried steak and the other on the open-faced turkey - and both are delicious. The hot rod sandwich was enormous,... More 

Thank terps94
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Masanutten for the weekend and needed to grab dinner, and I needed a beer. This place ended up being one of the best parts of the trip. I had my first chicken fried steak ever. I tend to hate breaded stuff because I get grossed out by soggy bread. (French toast... No thank you.) But for some... More 

Thank Chelsea M
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's no rocket science to preparing breakfast food, but when every patron cleans their plates and gets up from their tables with smiles on their faces, the folks at Thunderbird must be putting an extra sprinkle of love on top of each dish. We'llll for sure come back to give dinner a try.

Thank Shaun O
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had an omelet. She had eggs and home made sausage. Friendly service, tasty and real food, and good menu variety. Some very appealing pancake choices. The prices were on par, or maybe better, than Cracker Barrell. They have a reciprocating 10% discount with Hanks down the road.

Thank fijitsdad
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here a few weeks ago during a family vacation had a wonderful breakfast both this place and Hanks are owned by the same owner both do a great job

Thank Patrick M
Centreville, Virginia
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson and I ate dinner at Thunderbird. Food was OK but nothing to get excited about. Staff was friendly. Cafe was old, needed remodeling. Prices too high for quality of food and surroundings.

Thank Bill S
Sandston, Virginia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our party of nine enjoyed a breakfast on our departure day from a week at The Summit Massanutten Resort. The food was ok and the service was good. Upon leaving, the cook (bandana man) was spotted in the mens' restroom using the urinal. He exited the restroom without washing his hands. Gross! Unfortunately, I was not informed of this until... More 

Thank Claudia L
Owner123123, Owner at The Thunderbird Cafe, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your meal and the service at Thunderbird Cafe. To reply to your complaint I have a designated sink in the kitchen that has foot pedals and commercial grade anti-bacterial soap, which allows for more sanitary washing. Additionally, the owner likes to respond to these complaints and you were told he would not return until Wednesday... 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 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  McGaheysville
  • Phone Number: 15402895094
We are a locally owned restaurant specializing in southern comfort dishes and cuisines.Breakfast served all day!Signature handcrafted burgers!Specialty sandwiches!Comfort food entrees!Full espresso bar!Blue Plate Specials: 10 meals under 5!Happy Hour: 4 pm - 6 pm everyday!

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