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“Great spot on the water in Historic Onanocke”

Mallards at the Wharf
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Onancock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
richmond, virginia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great spot on the water in Historic Onanocke”
Reviewed May 18, 2010

Just returned from a four day family reunion trip to the Eastern Shore.....our reunion started with lunch at Mallards in historic Onanocke. Soft shell crabs were in season and
it was a great spot to begin our weekend reunion, The location is perfect.....we ate
out on the deck overlooking a small creek with beautiful sail boats and homes
in the area. I highly recommend this spot for casual lunch/dinner while in the Eastern Shore.

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Arlington VA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Quaint setting & well-prepared seafood”
Reviewed April 1, 2010

On a family vacation we heard this was a great restaurant -- and they were right. The building was a 19th century retail space. The entry-way was vintage display cases and shelves. The rest of the downstairs was the casual dining area: a bar and tables that overlooked the wharf. Loved the dark blue walls & white lace curtains decor. Service was excellent -- efficient and friendly. The fried oysters, steamed clams, and peppered flounder were perfectly prepared. The soup of the day, tomato-shrimp bisque, was delicious. On the way out we took a peak at the upstairs dining area -- lovely! Looking forward to going back this summer for dinner.

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Powhatan, VA
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting location with good food”
Reviewed December 11, 2009

Overlooks the harbor, in a converted general store. Seafood is the big feature

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Best creme brulee”
Reviewed August 17, 2009

Lovely setting right on the waterfront, cozy and very welcoming. Our waitress was super and we really enjoyed the whole meal. The crab cakes are delicious, full of crab. The creme brulee is some of the best I've ever had, and I order it often. Not an inexpensive restaurant, but worth the money.

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Washington, DC
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good Mallards is back -- but for how long?”
Reviewed August 2, 2009

We've been going to Mallards for over four years. First it was located outside Onancock and was great. Then it spread out to three locations and it was good. Then it went to seed. This particular location turned into a dive bar with local riff-raff and was not a place to take your kids. The country Mallards turned into boring, bland food. And the sandwich bar Mallards never was much of a deal worth going back to.

Today the country Mallards is closed and Johnny Mo, the creative force, chef, and owner, seemst to be concentrating his energy on this Mallards. The last time we went the menu had been upgraded and the cooking was excellent. Johnny Mo wasn't cooking but was sitting at the bar. He's a charismatic man, but some complain that his real love is music, not cooking.

For now, at least, we'd gladly go back. Everyone in our party had an outstanding meal, but I would advise against sitting outside because there are WAY TOO MANY flies and insects. Maybe that's a sign of good cooking, but I've also seen a lot of flies on garbage, so maybe not.

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