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The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

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6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
+1 757-442-3800
09:00 - 21:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been coming to this place ever since they were down the road. Yesterday, I purchased fresh flounder filets. Tonight, my husband agreed with me (and he rarely agrees with me on anything) that it was the freshest flounder he'd ever tasted. I breaded and fried it, and there's no fishy smell in my house or in my mouth.

Thank Beachpixie1
Pleasant Valley, New York
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127 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We looked at reviews on trip advisor. This appeared to be a good choice. We entered and it was full of hungry people looking for a good lunch. I guess our timing was off as the service was slow. Patrick who appeared to be the manager was very accommodating when I mentioned we were lost in the pecking order. He... More 

Thank Gary V
Central NJ
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for dinner based on other reviews and it didn't disappoint. The crab cake was not fried but rather heated kin the hot plate. Husband really liked crab salad. Definitely stop when traveling the eastern shore, do t let the old McDonald's facade you, the food is great.

Thank gabs789
Suffolk, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We finally decided to stop to eat after many years of going by it when we travel from Suffolk to New York. I am so glad we did and we will be back. The soft shell crabs were soo good, and the fried scallops, shrimp, and clam were the best. Loved our server, and the fact that is so laid... More 

1 Thank mladue
Jean M, Owner at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review! Glad you decided to stop and we'll look forward to seeing you again! More 

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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here while on vacation. We went for open mic night. We sat right next to the stage so we could see and hear the performances. The food was good and the performances...well some needed improvement, some were downright horrible, and some were enjoyable. We clapped for them all. A great place to visit and eat.

Thank Tim S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a mini trip to Cape Charles from MD's eastern shore. We are so glad we stopped here and it will always be a stop on our way south from now on. We had the fried oysters. So they still had all of the amazing juices and the cocktail sauce was nice and spicy. Be sure to... More 

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Jean M, Owner at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack, responded to this review

Thanks for the recommendation! See you next time you're travelling by! More 

Winchester, VA
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the crab cake melt. The crab was plentiful and the filler was minimal. Very rich and tasty. The calamari appetizer was more on the average. Would definitely recommend the unique experience.

Thank Nanette T
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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147 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling up the Eastern Shore of VA, we happened upon this former McDonald's now a seafood restaurant. Not only is it funky and fun, with friendly staff, lotsa fun things to read on the walls, but the crab vegetable soup and crabcake are authentic. Delicious! These folks know their seafood,old bay spices and how to make a delicious hush puppy.... More 

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259 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem in the middle of nowhere! Bonus: stays open in the "non-tourist" season to cater to the locals. Many restaurants on the peninsula close until mid-March or so. I was staying on the southern tip of the peninsula for work and had heard about this place from locals. I ventured in one evening and ordered one of the... More 

1 Thank HopheadWI
Hartford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The GF menu was great. In addition to many of the usual fish dishes, they also had GF crab cakes that were terrific and GF soups. The service was good and the price was about average. They also have a nice little store in the back of the restaurant full of cook books, fish and all sorts of nick nacks.

Thank mjn06033
Jean M, Owner at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the Gluten Free selections! We realize how important that is to our customers! More 

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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
Reservations, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13, Nassawadox, VA 23413
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Nassawadox
  • Phone Number: +1 757-442-3800

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