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The Thunderbird Cafe

42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
+1 540-289-5094
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“french toast” (40 reviews)
“pancakes” (47 reviews)
“grits” (56 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The menu has a great variation to choose from. Being local, we also use their take out feature. The food is warm and fresh when we get it home, so I recommend that if you need a quick meal. Breakfast is fantastic when someone else...More

Thank Sugar9225
Reviewed 4 days ago

The only thing I didn't like was how cold it was inside. The food is really good. I am a picky eater so if I say a place is good try the place.

Thank Kathleen D
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were happy with our food, but we thought the cost was a little pricey especially for the portion sizes.

Thank dclaxton
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I found the food to be average at best. We had omelets that we did not finish and the biscuits were cool and needed to be reheated. The service was fair and the menu was varied for both breakfast and lunch. We will be looking...More

Thank Ken133
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we ordered catfish and fried chicken. The fried chicken turned out to be a battered boneless breast fillet covered in mushroom gravy. It was very tasty, but not exactly what I expected. The catfish plate was average. The vegetables were tasty, but very small portions....More

Thank mkg789
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We can tell you that we had a specialty sandwich with pulled pork, cheese, and tomato, pickles and a dijon mustard sauce. It was wonderful. Also had the patty melt, with homemade fresh french fries. This place is more than a cafe. It happens to...More

Thank TCjoel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, I had read the mixed reviews regarding this restaurant but we tried it anyway. It wasn't awful but we probably won't go back. I love grits but pass these up. They did not even compare to the grits we had in Charleston a few...More

Thank TexasJane09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cafe overlooks the indoor watr park. Also has indoor candy shop. Had some appetizers and drinks. Happened to be karoke night. Some real talent. Great service

Thank Brenda H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service, and great coffee! My favorite place for breakfast in the area! The breakfast burrito is the best!

Thank Devin L
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

My son and I got chocolate milks and asked for refills. I was shocked to find this cost us $12 bucks. I always prefer to be told that refills cost money. My husband loved his sandwich. Those of us that got breakfast found the pancakes...More

Thank joeybagz312
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Dawn J
Hi, we are having a family reunion and celebrating the lineage of our grandmother that has turned 85. We are staying at the Massanutten resort and would like to do a brunch on Sunday the 2 th of July. We have 36 people total. Can you help accommodate? Not sure what the alcohol laws are in Virginia on a Sunday, but we were hoping for bloody Mary's and mimosas. Please call me back at 813-484-7805; my name is Dawn.
19 June 2015|
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Response from judyCS | Reviewed this property |
The Thunderbirrd would not be good. Hank's is nice but you would need to call to see if they have a room to hold that many people. We really enjoyed the food there and the ambiance. Probably making arrangements at the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  McGaheysville
  • Phone Number: +1 540-289-5094
  • E-mail
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!