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  • Latin Cuisine at Margarita Restaurant, now open at the corner of Washington and Wilder.
  • Big Al's Doughnuts and Bake Shop opening in June in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center.

Whether you're looking for restaurants serving seafood, Italian, Thai, barbecue, ice cream, Chinese, pizza, specialty Coffee, steak or good old-fashioned comfort foods, Colonial Beach has an eatery to tickle your taste buds.

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  • Bobby K's Roadside Cafe, 4099 Kings Hwy., Oak Grove menu

  • Colonial Buzz Espresso & Wine Bar at 234 Colonial Ave in the blue building. 
  • Crazy Jack's Sandwich Shack (opened Spring 2021) in the Beachgate Shopping Center between the ABC Store and Domino's. Hot Subs Menu Cold Subs Menu
  • Denson's R&B Oyster Bar at 116 Washington Ave. reviews Food Truck and Catering only as of September 2022.
    dockside restaurant sign
  • Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar on "The Point" 1787 Castlewood Dr. 804-224-8726 brunch menu reviews menu
  • Domino's in the Beachgate Shopping Center 804-224-2334 (was closed October-December 2013. Reopened under new management)
    • Drift - Seafood Restaurant coming soon to the Boardwalk
    • El Toro Authentic Mexican Restaurant opened June 2022 in the Beachgate Shopping Center (at the end)
    Eugene's Sausage Fries Storefront
    • Eugene's Sausage and Fries soft opening May 13, 2023 from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Grand Opening Monday, May 15, 2023 from 8:00am - 8:00pm. On Monroe Bay Ave. next to Ice House Brewery, Kitchen and Marina.
    Eugene's Sausage and Fries menu
    Drink Menu Food Menu More Food Brunch, Appetizers
  • Happy Clam 804-224-0882 (formerly "The Landing") became The Lighthouse Thai & French 804-224-7580. As of June 2022 it is Los Hermanos Cantina 11 Monroe Bay Ave.
  • High Tides on the Potomac Steak & Seafood and the adjoining "Black Pearl" Tiki Bar on the Boardwalk 804-224-8433 Closed December, January and February reviews
  • The Huasteca Authentic Mexican Cuisine Opened September 9th, 2021 in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center phone 804-410-2028
  • Hunan Diner at the corner of Washington and Colonial 804-224-8754 menu
  • Kittrell's Firehouse Chicken & Ribs 18620 Ridge Road and in Oak Grove Plaza, 2998 Kings Hwy. (mobile unit) 540-295-3886
  • Lala's Kitchen on Wheels
  • Ledo Pizza & Pasta in the Beachgate Shopping Center 804-224-5336
  • Lenny's Restaurant, 301 Colonial Ave. 804-224-9675 reviews
  • Los Hermanos Cantina, 11 Monroe Bay Ave. Opened 2022.
    Nancy's Ice Cream - Now the Pink Poodle
    • Muse Pizzeria and Arcade 101 Taylor St.
    Muse Pizzeria mural inside entrance
  • Oomboon Restaurant Sunflower Thai and French Cuisine. Washington Ave. 804-410-2084 sushi menu
  • Orchid Thai Corner of Washington and Hawthorn
  • Paradise Bay Grill at Monroe Bay Campground, 1410 Monroe Bay Circle. 804-238-8556. open April - early November. menu
  • Riverboat on the Potomac 301 Beach Terrace 804-224-7055
    Thai Food Dish
    menu, front menu, back Menu - Apps, Fries Subs Burgers, Salads
  • Shady Lane Seafood 20699 Ridge Road 804-224-7878
  • Suki The Cuisine serves Thai and Sushi on the corner of Washington and Hawthorn menu
  • Tides Inn Market on Washington Ave. 804-214-9352
  • Top's China in the Beachgate Shopping Center 804-224-2828
  • Wilkerson's Seafood Restaurant in Potomac Beach on McKinney Ave. 804-224-7117

    My favorite dish at Dockside is the sauteed chicken breast medallions with angel hair pasta. Absolutely yummy! Maybe they'll add it back onto the menu. I've also had the steak quesadillas. The last time I ate there I got the fish tacos with dirty rice. Yum! I also like to go there to hang out with friends and listen to the bands play. They have a real nice setup as far as indoor and outdoor seating. I can even tell when they have bands playing when I'm at my house, as the sound carries across the water.

    When I eat at High Tides, I usually get the Commander Quesadillas. It's on the appetizer portion of the menu, and it makes for a great meal. Indoor or outdoor dining with a great river view (they're right on the Boardwalk) is offered. Inside, there's a cozy fireplace area for chilly days. They are closed for the winter months (end of December to the first week in March).

    Hunan Diner has great General Tso's chicken. That's usually what I order when I go there. Half the time I eat in the dining room, and the rest of the time I order take-out.

    Drunken Noodle at The Lighthouse

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    Your Favorite Colonial Beach Restaurants

    Click on the links below to read about visitors' favorite places to dine in Colonial Beach.

    Shady Lane Seafood 
    They have the Best steamed crabs ever!!! I drive an hour away just to get my delicious crabs. Its well worth it!! I've been going there for over 30 years!!! …

    Tattle Tale 
    Tattle Tale has one of the best atmospheres in Colonial Beach! Not to mention their exceptional coffee. Katrina's Reply : I had the honor of being …

    The Dawg House  
    Come Check Out The New Art Work On The Concession Trailer and We Will Have Rick's Crab Soup! Katrina's Reply: I will come take a look - and more …

    SeaSide Thai-French Restaurant 
    This place is great. It has excellent Thai food that you can spice up to your own taste. Also the French food; escargot, filet mignon; are the best I've …

    Cocomo Joe's Grille 
    The grille is finally open and has delicious food. We had steak n - cheese subs and they were excellent. The place is definitely beachy and a job well …

    Bowie's Diner Not rated yet
    Excellent in every way! Katrina's Reply: They are great, aren't they? They are actually called Bobby K's Roadside Cafe now.

    Riverboat Not rated yet
    Love love love Riverboat! Food is delish, armosphere is fun...but can they please replace the canvas awnings outside? And even a little landscaping? It …

    High Tides on the Potomac Not rated yet
    My family loves this place. The seafood and steaks are awesome! We have been eating here since it opened. Very friendly atmosphere. Never had a bad meal. …

    Four Seasons Restaurant Not rated yet
    Excellent food and excellent service. Ate there several times for lunch and dinner last summer when we vacationed in Colonial Beach and it never disappointed. …

    LENNY'S Not rated yet

    Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar Not rated yet
    Rocky and Blair have added delightful outdoor seating this summer (2013)! Enjoy your favorite beverage and appetizer as you browse the standard menu and …

    Lighthouse? SeaSide? Whatever..... Not rated yet
    We went out to dinner on Saturday night....the sign still says "Lighthouse" but we knew "Seaside French Thai" had opened in the old Lighthouse location.... …

    Lighthouse Restaurant Not rated yet
    This is not the OLD Lighthouse Restaurant from years ago, so go try it again!!! The food is excellent, even though the silverware isn't. Try the crab …

    Dockside Restaurant Not rated yet
    Dockside Restaurant has always been my favorite. No prefab frozen stuff here folks!!! Fresh Fresh Fresh...and did I forget to mention FRESH! I can't pick …

    The Happy Clam Not rated yet
    Fresh seafood is your invitation to enjoy a fabulous meal created by the son of the original owner. There had been a time when the Happy Clam was sinking, …

    Pizza and Donuts! Not rated yet
    Wow, it looks like we're getting a Papa John's pizza store AND a bakery in the Colonial Plaza shopping center! Katrina's Reply: Toni - yes, it looks …

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    Past Colonial Beach Restaurants:
  • 1st Stop Meat Market & Deli, 912 Colonial Ave., 804-214-9244
  • The Happy Clam location next to Wilkerson's on McKinney Ave. was heavily damaged by Hurricane Isabel in September, 2003.
  • Bowies Rt. 3, Oak Grove. 804-224-7578 (Reopened Spring 2013 as Bobby K's Roadside Cafe!)
  • Beach Taco food truck on the Boardwalk (Sold to Lala's Kitchen on Wheels in 2019)
  • Cocomo Joe's Grille in Colonial Plaza. Grand Opening October 2, 2014. Closed Feb. 2015 (former Papa John's Pizza location)
  • Colonial Beach Soda Fountain in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center, 501 Euclid Ave. Closed January 2024
  • Fat Freda's on Hawthorn. 804-224-1211 hosted Cruise Ins on Fridays in Spring and Summer. (Closed December 14, 2013)
  • Four Seasons Family Restaurant opened June 2, 2015 and closed in 2021 in Colonial Plaza Shopping Center, 731 Colonial Ave. menu reviews
  • Kelsea's Kitchen, 119 Hawthorn St. (former Fat Freda's location). 804-224-7075 Menu 1 Menu 2 Closed February 2015
  • The Lighthouse Thai & French cuisine 11 Monroe Bay Ave. 804-224-7580
  • Nancy's Ice Cream's last season in operation was 2021. They closed after 17 seasons in business. The Pink Poodle purchased the structure in 2022 and will opened for the 2023 season.
  • Ola's Country Kitchen 1010 McKinney Blvd. 804-224-9050 operated for many, many years. Opened in 2023 as Fire Escape American Grille
  • Papa John's Pizza 731 Colonial Ave. 804-224-4040 (Closed May 2014)
  • Sage Restaurant and Bakery, 119 Hawthorn 804-410-2086 (Closed after 1 season in 2017)
  • Sand Castles Ice Cream & Deli 804-224-0600 (later became Denson's Grocery & R&B Oyster Bar, and is now the newest home to Willey's BBQ. 117 Washington Ave.)
  • The Tattered Apron - this place on Washington Ave. was open for just a couple of weeks in 2020.
  • Sea Side Thai & French on the corner of Washington and Wilder. 804-224-2410 reviews (July 2018: Became Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar. August 2020: Became Oomboon Restaurant. May 2024: Became Margarita Latin American Cuisine)
  • Shady Lane Crab House 119 Hawthorn Street menu Later became Sage Restaurant and Bakery.
  • Sher's Snack Shack 323 First Street (behind Ola's) "Home of the Empanada"
  • Sweet Tastin' Bakery in Colonial Plaza. 301-704-8952 or 804-224-9002 (Closed 2013)
  • Sage Restaurant and Bakery Open for one season on 2018 at 119 Hawthorn Street. Later became Suki The Cuisine and then Orchid Thai at the end of 2022.
  • Tattle Tale Cafe on Washington Ave. served coffee and gourmet entrees and appetizers. 804-224-0045 Closed October 2017.
  • Willey's Ribs 18480 Ridge Rd. 804-224-7427 (Closed April 2014) Willy's Road Stove food truck parked in town and later had a location on the Boardwalk. As of 2024, Willey's is at 117 Washington Ave.
  • Wingz & Thingz in Oak Grove Plaza Note: This Hot Wings shop never opened.
  • Espresso Station Coffee 804-224-0045 next it was Tattle Tale Cafe which closed in late summer of 2017.
    Sage restaurant sign

  • Willey's on the Boardwalk in the Food Court building


    Willeys RestaurantWilley's on the Boardwalk - Closed October 2022
    List of Bars in Colonial Beach.

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