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The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

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$$ - $$$
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6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
757 442-3800
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Driving up and down Route 13 on Virginia's Eastern Shore, I've been curious about this restaurant, about an hour north of Virginia Beach. I decided to explore it on a recent trip. The Great Machipongo Clam Shack is a good alternative to Route 13's generally below average fast food stops. It serves up generous portions of seafood for the price.... More 

Thank Thomas L
Florida, New York
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The establishment was clean and the staff was helpful. The menu include tasty seafood favorites. The prices were reasonable. I will make this place a regular stop whenever i'm in the area. It was that good.

Thank GLEN A
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful stop on the Eastern Shore. The food is the best--very fresh seafood with a variety of options and always the focus on the freshness. Stop for a meal. Options include gluten free, healthy choices, and some meat dishes. Desserts are delicious as well. They will serve wine with your meal for a corking fee, and there is a... More 

Thank 627_Chris_2905
west plains, missouri
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

excellent food. several of us had different items and everyone was happy. Fried oysters, shrimp, scallops, fish, soft shell crab, and clams. Everyone was happy. I enjoyed the option of sides rather than just French fries and slaw. I had mashed turnips and my husband had beets and collards. I was told I really missed a treat by not having... More 

Thank Abby95
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for lunch on our way up the peninsula. What a fun and unique little spot! The wait staff was friendly and fun to talk to, the atmosphere was very laid back. If you stop, order the She Crab Soup . . . it was delicious!

1 Thank IslandLover1961
East Meadow, New York
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202 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant has delicious foods. Every item we ordered was outstanding- well seasoned, crisp, fresh, reasonably priced, great taste. The staff was helpful too. Great crab cakes.

1 Thank larktrav
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My better half and I stopped at the quaint little restaurant on the way to Maryland. It was unique...part gift shop and part restaurant. I had a wonderful seafood sampler plate for lunch and it was great. Lots of seafood to choose from and cooked with pride. Highly recommended and reasonable prices.

1 Thank kenneths894
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, Usa
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While travelling up thru Delmarva stopped in for lunch on 9/22/16. It's a cool place (a repurposed old McDonalds) with lots of stuff hanging on the walls and things about it's history and of the area. Is a restaurant but also a store selling foods and tourist things like bumper stickers and shirts. Also sell local local wines Food was... More 

1 Thank Dennis V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here 2 times for lunch while vacationing in VA Beach. It's a cool little place with a fun, laid back and funky decor. Both times we had great, friendly service. There is beer and wine, soups, frozen seafood, t-shirts, pottery, lots of hemp items, etc. for sale. We tried a few dishes that came in baskets and the... More 

Thank teachertooPa
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This roadside café, on Rt 113, in Virginia near the Chesapeake Bridge, tunnel to Newport News, etc. is full of shore charm, seafood market, tourist trinkets, friendly waitresses, and most importantly, good crab cake sandwiches. We have been eating steamed crabs and Crabcakes from Baltimore, Rehoboth, and more down to Machipongo, which the restaurant tells us refers to the Machipongo... More 

1 Thank Edwin M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Nassawadox
  • Phone Number: 757 442-3800

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