Where to Eat in Cape Charles

Let’s be honest: Food is a crucial part of any vacation. In fact, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t plan every trip around what we’ll be eating every step of the way. Luckily, Cape Charles offers a refreshingly robust array of dining options to satisfy every craving. If you’re wondering where to eat in Cape Charles, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

When you’re craving something quick and easy

You may not always want a sit-down meal, especially in the summer. Maybe you want to grab and go to the beach, or take something back to the house to enjoy on the backyard patio. The Bakery on Mason has a small menu of sandwiches served on fresh-baked baguettes — these routinely sell out in the summer, so get there early if you want a taste. If you’ve got a big appetite, Coastal Baking Co. has heartier sandwiches, often with a New Orleans spin — try their muffaletta, then browse their selection of Creole gourmet goods. Deadrise Pies is the local go-to for pizza to-go or enjoyed on the patio with a craft beer. 

When you’re craving a waterfront experience

Looking for waterfront restaurants in Cape Charles? You have three options. The Shanty is a rustic/industrial space that overlooks the town harbor. They have great cocktails, local seafood, awesome outdoor space, and the perfect vantage point for sunset drinks. Not far from there you’ll find Hook at Harvey, a more upscale spot with chef-driven fare — we love this for date nights and special occasions. You’ll have to leave the historic district to find our third option, The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery. They offer spectacular views, a popular Sunday brunch, and — you guessed it — fresh, local oysters.

When you’re dining with family

While just about everywhere in Cape Charles is kid-friendly, certain restaurants are extra welcoming for families with kids. Some kid-friendly restaurants in Cape Charles include Cape Charles Brewing Company, which has an expansive menu and a sprawling outdoor space with games, trains, and room to roam. Kelly’s Gingernut Pub also has a big menu of crowd-pleasers in a cool setting — it’s a former bank, and you can even dine in an old bank vault. The Shanty and Deadrise Pies are also good bets for dining with kids because of their outdoor space and laid-back vibe. On a budget? Head to Rayfield’s Pharmacy for an old-school diner experience with some of the most affordable prices in town.

When you’re craving something sweet

Whether you’re looking to start your day on a sweet note or you need a late afternoon treat, there are plenty of indulgences in Cape Charles. Brown Dog Ice Cream is the o.g. dessert destination in town; folks are known to line up for a cone. Believe us: It’s worth every minute you’ll stand in line. Another frozen treat we love comes from Peach Beach Ice Shack, which offers many flavors of shaved ice a block from Central Park. Both Coastal Baking Co. and the Bakery on Mason have a rotating selection of fresh cookies, cakes, and pastries. And Cape Charles Coffee House is a favorite stop for muffins, pancakes, and mimosas — best enjoyed at a sidewalk table.

Finding a good restaurant in Cape Charles is easy. Choosing where to eat in Cape Charles is the challenging part, because you've got so many excellent options. Are you willing to accept this challenge? We're betting you are.

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