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Ice House Cafe & Oyster Bar

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760 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4638
+1 703-471-4256
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Herndon, Virginia
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313 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food here is usually pretty good. They have a variety of musical acts on weekends, leaning towards blues & jazz. We are (used to be) regular customers. If you have wine, salad, and entree it will set you back quite a bit of $$$. We were there early Nov for our anniversary, had a nice time and left a... More 

Thank dcshoe
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Ice House Cafe never disappoints. Situated in a historic part of town this restaurant has a menu to suit all tastes. Recommend the tuna or jambalaya but all good.

Thank Adrian F
Herndon, Virginia, United States
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I dropped off my wife's car this morning at our local mechanic and walked back home. It's less than 1/2-mile. My walk took me past the Ice House Cafe and I happened to look at the menu displayed outside. That's when I decided I wanted to go back there for lunch today. I've been to the Ice House many times.... More 

Thank Fred K
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were in the area and found this delightful restaurant in our hotel's suggested places to dine. The staff was friendly and gracious. The menu was very creative and even offered such unique fare as ostrich. The decor was charming and cozy and there was musical entertainment. We were very pleased to have happened on such a very nice place... More 

Thank Faith D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I've been here several times for a casual evening of jazz and dinner with friends. The main room is where the jazz is played and can get a bit loud if you are planning to have a conversation with friends while the band is playing. There is a back room that you can still hear the band perfectly well, but... More 

Thank 866Paul
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

It can be good or average. Food is usually very good, but the kitchen is sometimes overloaded and you have a long wait for your entree. Music can be very good or kind of average - can be too loud at times. Service can be good or just average. So, all in all, the main dining room is hit or... More 

Thank BistroBaron
north carolina, United States
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Ice House is great, it has been around for a long time. This was a favorite when we lived in Northern Virginia, and we just went back after being gone 10 years. It was still as special as we remember. It has a nice ambiance of simple elegance, not stuffy. There is a separate oyster bar, and a selection of... More 

Thank Martha H
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Stopped by for a quick beer on the way back to our hotel. Nice bartender, had a nice, cold Abita....Wish we would've eaten here but it was late. Maybe next time....

Thank cyncov
Herndon, Virginia
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great food, great drinks, excellent service. Best oysters in town (imho). The oysters Oscar are worth the trip. Menu selection is quite varied for a small place. Also well worth noting is their gazpacho that is smooth and savory. Save room for their delicious desserts.

Thank mbn48
New Market, Maryland
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61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I stopped in a few weeks back. It has a nice décor. I had the steamed spiced shrimp which was excellent. The service was quick and the bartender was friendly. The drinks were a little overpriced. It is a nice place which I endorse to try for lunch or dinner. They also have live jazz a few nights a week.

Thank Dorian D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 760 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4638
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Herndon
  • Phone Number: +1 703-471-4256

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