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Ice House Cafe

4.3
383 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Live Music
Every now and then you run across a truely memorable restaurant that delights all of your senses. The food is imaginative, the atmosphere charming, the wine list extensive, the entertainment enjoyable, and the staff make you feel so comfortable that you want to come back again and again. Nestled in historic Herndon, the Ice House Cafe has been cooking up an unforgettable dining experience since 1979. From the ceiling fans blowing a cool breeze through the cozy surroundings, to the photos lining the walls of a bygone era when life was less hectic and more relaxed, to the woodwork and brass fixtures that call attention to detail- you'll find yourself easing into a deeply satisfying evening.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(703) 437-4500
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
What 383 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

And unexpected pleasure

I had never heard of the restaurant but was very pleased a friend invited me to meet for a business lunch. The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable for a business lunch. It’s easy to get to and parking was easy. I work in Tysons corner and this was about 20 minutes away.

I had the clam chowder and the pan sautéed salmon special.The chowder was excellent and I was impressed with the salmon. It was sautéed in real butter and when I say real butter I mean lots of it and although it was more calories than I should have a business lunch it is one of the tastiest lunches I’ve had in a while.

I think I’ll try for dinner

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2.0Dined on 13 May 2018

My wife selected this restaurant for Mother's Day since the menu looked great and we hadn't been here before. We had a 6 PM reservation so we didn't expect that three of the dishes on the menu would not be available (duck, chicken and another). So I ordered the pork chop, which showed up seared on the outside and fully purple on the inside (uncooked). My wife's bourbon prawns were actually large (not jumbo) shrimp with the same super spicy sauce from the Thai beef skewers dumped on top. Not sure what was "bourbon" about the dish. She passed that to me to eat since she couldn't eat it. Oh, and 3 of the shrimp were barely cooked. My daughter's chicken strip things could barely be chewed threw with teeth, pretty gross. My son's jambalaya, excellent. The Thai beef skewers, very good. Clearly they were understaffed (2 servers) and they appeared to be pretty worn down from the day. The bus boy was very nice and apologetic for the poor food and he brought my wife a rose, which was an appreciated exit to the dinner. I'm sure, based on other reviews, this was just a way off experience we had and we may possibly consider giving it another chance in the future. We picked up wings on the way home and watched the Caps game....better end to the day.

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

We had a change of plans and got reservations 2 days before for Mother’s Day Brunch for 7 people. It was just perfect. The table was in a room with only one other party, service was great, and the food was delicious. We had mimosas, Eggs Benedict with crabmeat and Cajun hollandaise, omelet with shrimp, and French toast with bacon. They even gave my mom and I each a rose.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

The food was wonderful but we waited a very long time to get our main meals

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1.0Dined on 29 April 2018

The Ice House is a great place to get away and I love the owners and the food. The music on Saturday night was unbearable. It was so loud that you could not speak with the person sitting next to you, and we were in the back room. I understand the weekend music, but there is no reason for the music to be so loud in such a small place. I may stay away for dinner from now on and just stick to lunch and nights when there is no music.

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

We enjoyed our visit to the Ice House. The service was excellent and the food of the highest quality. This is a neighborhood gem with a classic bar and great food.

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4.0Dined on 24 April 2018

Food was very good and the service was excellent as well. Atmosphere was very conducive for a business lunch with minimal noise. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Grt band. Jambalaya was grt too. bar service a bit too slow

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food, great service and great music!

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

We enjoyed a great evening at the Ice House, celebrating the end of a very busy work season. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We were lucky enough to be there to hear the Dixie Power Trio. We were a little nervous that it might be too loud, but were pleasantly surprised that the music was entertaining and not at all overpowering. This was not our first dinner at the Ice House but it had been a long while. We are happy to have re-discovered this great gem in the heart of Herndon.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Food was ample and delicious. Excellent service from the moment we arrived.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We just happened to pick this place for dinner while visiting from out of town. The menu is exquisite and diverse. The Jambalaya is particularly tasty. I enjoyed the up-tempo live blues and it makes for a pleasantly jovial ambiance. My schedule is such that I will be in this area on a yearly basis and I fully intend to visit for dinner next year as well.

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

The live music was too loud - it was good - but the room is too small.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my wife, enjoying the crab cakes, filet, and Bourbon shrimp. The service was consistently attentive without being overbearing. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and had a good amount of heat without being over powering. The birthday surprise of the House special banana swirl cake was appreciated and delicious. Will definitely come back and recommend!

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

If you like Jazz and great food in a neighborhood casual restaurant you will truly enjoy this pub like restaurant. We have gone many times the food is outstanding and service is great and we love the music. Just celebrated our Anniversary there. It was great. We will be back in the near future.

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Oysters were great, the Creole Jumbalaya was tangy and very good. The place was relatively empty since it was a Tuesday night but the server was rather slow but the food was good.

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

I ordered the Rockfish special. It was covered in lump crabmeat and served with roasted vegetables and orzo. I thought the Rockfish tasted fishy so I sent it back. The waiter was very gracious and suggested some grilled shrimp. He brought me a skewer of beautiful grilled shrimp, along with the most delicious roasted vegetables and sauted spinach. It was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Food was good. Service was good. Pricing was fine. Parking was good. Bathrooms were clean.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

The Ice House has changed since I was last there, which was years ago. It was very loud, with a group of guys at the bar. We asked to be reseated due to the noise. I wanted to bring my wife to a romantic, quiet dinner, with soft jazz playing. That didn't happen. And, there was no jazz. The food and server were excellent!

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3.0Dined on 10 February 2018

We were surprised to see tables so packed together in a $$ restaurant. Service was quick and food was very good. We were so close to the tables next to us that we could hear everything and I was afraid of hitting them with my elbow. We got charged for 2 appetizers when we only ordered one. We noticed after we paid and the waiter wanted to reimburse us out of his pocket. We found that confusing and uncomfortable.

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Great service, wonderful food, and plenty of parking to the left of the restaurant. We appreciated the warm welcome and felt well cared for without the staff being intrusive. We left the wine selection to them and it turned out to be a marvelous selection and moderately priced. All three of us had the fish special and it was done well. Desserts-bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake (very moist), and apple pie concoction were excellent as well. Appetisers were good, just not what we were expecting-warm brie on a salad, Oysters Rockefeller had a different taste than expected. Music was instrumental jazz.

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

We enjoy going out to the Ice House for the live music and the fantastic food.

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

My wife and I went to see a friend's band play (MLO/A) at the Ice House Café. The band was great and so was the food. I enjoyed the craft beer selections. Our server was very nice and took care of us well despite being very busy.

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4.0Dined on 27 January 2018

The food was good, until I almost choked on a whole peppercorn in my food.

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

The monkfish special was out of this world. Both, my gust and I enjoyed it immensely.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

This restaurant has been around for awhile, but we hadn't been in several years. The last two times we've eaten here the food has been very good. The French Onion Soup is delicious (we're pretty picky since I make it sometimes myself) and the meat dishes were also outstanding: beef skewers appetizer and the tenderloin main dish. The bar is spotty (no frozen drinks and no mint), but I had a tasty appletini.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

I've lived in the town my whole life but have never been to the Ice House Cafe. I've been missing out this whole time! It's a great local restaurant perfect for a date night. Live music on the weekend is a nice touch to liven up an already excellent dining experience

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4.0Dined on 17 January 2018

Other than the animal heads on the walls, which are not at all my thing, it was a nice restaurant and I liked the rest of the decor. We had lunch at a quiet time, well after the usual lunch hour; I don't know if it's typically as quiet as it was that day. Service was excellent; the lunch itself was tasty and nicely presented but the desserts were overly sweet - and I have a huge sweet tooth. Parking is mostly in back or on the side and there's a step or two in front, so it's not as handicapped-accessible as it could be. It's an older building. Just good to know before you go. I would go back.

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Wonderful local spot. Live music Friday and Saturday. Check out the menu. Always good with a couple of specials every night

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Nice place. Good food.

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3.0Dined on 8 January 2018

Service was good. Food was average. Very salty and fish was lukewarm when it was served. I’ll try it again next time in town as maybe chef had an off day.

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

A perfect place for Christmas Eve. It had been many years since we had been there (no particular reason) and are so glad we thought of this place. Inviting, cozy and a good meal. Service was great, we will not let so much time lapse before we return again.

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5.0Dined on 19 December 2017

My wife and I went here for dinner and really enjoyed our time there. Great environment, great food. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Haven’t been in a few years & was pleasantly surprised at great service, good food, loved the music! A bit pricey!

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3.0Dined on 5 December 2017

Sometimes change is good. This place has been around a long time, however, they have never ever updated their interior. My shoes stuck to the rug as I walked to the bathroom. The bench seating they have against the wall is so nasty where the vinyl has worn off the cushion leaving gross looking cracked cushions. The place just feels dirty. Their food is still really good, no complaints there. But if you are at all germy or just like a clean fresh looking place, this is not for you. I hope they spend some money for a face lift, and this place would be back on my Go-to list. As for now, I’ll wait another 20 years to go back.

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5.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Great location that is very cozy! The live music was a good touch.

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

The ambience is comfortable neighborhood style with old-time pictures of the town on the wall. Food was very good, service was great. Jazz was the main attraction and it was good enough. I'm going back.

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3.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Food was ok but overseasoned. Spiced/blackened type seafood is good but chef using way to much - happened past three visits so realize it's heavy handed. Our opinion, they should tone it down so you taste the actual food.

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4.0Dined on 8 November 2017

Raw oysters were delicious and served correctly. Ambience nice, reasonably quiet

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