Exploring the Atlantic Wild Horse Trail with Bonnie Gruenberg

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Many of the restaurants of Chincoteague are iconic. Vacationers make a yearly ritual of visiting these family owned establishments which serve the same familiar delicious dishes every year - comfort food ala Chincoteague.  Local seafood is always a good bet, and Chincoteague is world famous for fried oysters. Be sure to make reservations for dinner. Even in the off season, you need reservations to get into most of the restaurants at dinnertime, unless you plan to eat after 830 pm.  

A.J's on the Creek

 6585 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA

www.ajson thecreek.com

(757) 336-5888

Somewhat pricy, with a casually elegant atmosphere, serving a variety of carefully prepared dishes. The bouillabaisse is a great choice. Specialties include oysters rockefeller. oysters romanoff, clams casino, seafood pastas, fresh grilled fish and a full line of veal dishes and hand-cut steaks. Over the summer, A.J's is open for lunch and dinner. Great for special occasions.

Bill's Seafood Restaurant

4040 Main St.

Chincoteegue, VA

(757) 336-5831


Specializes in fresh seafood, choice steaks, and chops. We have chosen Bills for   breakfast, lunch and dinner and dine here  at least once every time we are in Chincoteague -- and we are never disappointed. The homemade desserts are well worth the calories. Beer, cocktails, and an international wine list. Open all year, seven days a week. Located downtown next to the firehouse. Parking is available in the rear.

Capt. Zacks Seafood Carryout

4422 Deep Hole Rd.

Chincoteague, VA


Offers full menu of local dishes, including fresh seafood. Live Lobsters. Carry out and delivery.

The Crab Shack

6560 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA


Fresh seafood, dine in or take out. Fresh cut “boardwalk” fries


Don's Seafood Restaurant

4113 Main Street

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5715


Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7 a.m. until closing. Chattie's Lounge upstairs offers a DJ or live entertainment on Wed., Fri. and Sat. nights. Late night fare is offered. Closed January through late March.

Etta's Channel Side Restaurant

7452 East Side Drive

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5644

Offers local seafood in a family atmosphere. Beautiful setting overlooking the Assateague Channel. Open weekdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Open Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 31 through late March.

Famous Pizza
6689 Maddox Blvd


Chincoteague Island, VA


Fresh home-made pizza, pastas, subs, salads, and sandwiches including Greek gyros.

J & B Subs

3571 South Main St.,

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5500

Open 7 days, Snacks, groceries, bait, ice, Philly Cheese Steaks, NJ Hoagies, pizza, beer, wine, Carry out  

Maria's Family Restaurant

6506 Maddox Blvd

Chincoteague Island, VA


Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Offers pastas, pizzas, and salads to seafood. A favorite hangout for locals.  

Mr. Baldy’s Family Restaurant
3441 Ridge Rd

Chincoteague, VA


Family dining, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local favorites, salad entrees, vegetarian dishes and fresh seafood.

Sea Shell Café

7085 Maddox Blvd

Chincoteague, VA



European style bistro & deli serving gourmet deli sandwiches, pastries, dinners, espresso, beer & wine, for eating in or take out. Local fresh organic meats & produce. Home baked bread.

Sea Star Gourmet Carryout

4121 Main Street

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5442

Owners prepare fresh to order sandwiches with exceptional meats, cheeses & vegetables, salads with crisp mixed greens, vegetarian fare with our own hummus & tabouli (vegan too!), pasta and potato salads, hearty soups, fresh baked French baguettes & sweets.

Steamers Seafood Restaurant

6251 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5300.


Unpretentious and down-to-earth, with fresh seafood served on simple tables covered in brown paper. Clambakes in a steamer pot, all you can eat blue crabs, steamed shrimp, snow crab legs, as well as . Full menu also available. Open Easter weekend through Columbus Day Weekend.  

Village Restaurant and Lounge

 6576 Maddox Blvd

Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-5120

Waterfront dining overlooking Eel Creek and beautiful salt marshes. Menu includes fresh seafood, steaks, veal and chicken - specializing in fresh Chincoteague Oysters.

Woody’s Beach BBQ

6700 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA



Woody’s has the best ribs, pulled pork, and barbecue chicken anywhere.  It is slow cooked and served outdoors, or packed into to go containers to enjoy the beach or back at the campground or motel.  We love Woodies; it sets the standard for barbecued ribs.  

Island Creamery Ice Cream

6243 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague, VA
(757) 336-6236


Over 36 flavors of incredible homemade ice cream, sherbet, sorbet and frozen yogurt. Cafe latte, cappuccino, ice cream cakes, free wireless internet.  Open daily year round.

Muller's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
4034 Main Street
Chincoteague, VA
(Next to Firehouse)
(757) 336-5894

Fresh fruit sundaes, splits, malts, ice cream sodas, fountain drinks, and frozen yogurt. Warm Belgian waffles served with ice cream, fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream. This original Chincoteague home was built in 1875 by William F. Cropper, the town cabinetmaker and undertaker.

Mister Whippy's

6201 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA

 (757) 336-5122


 Soft-serve ice cream, homemade waffle cones, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and Mister Whippy's cyclones. Drive-thru service. Open daily.



Campground, hotel, motel, or B&B -- whatever your style,we can point you to great local lodging.


Visiting Chincoteague &d Assateague Island, VA

Respect free-roaming horses as wildlife. Keep at least the length of a large bus between you and the horses at all times., And try not to disrupt their behavior with your presence.



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