Occoquan Dining Guide
There are lots of restaurants in and around town featuring live music, river views and garden patios. Most you can get to by boat. The town docks behind Madigan’s Waterfront are available to everyone. Tim’s Rivershore and The Landing have transient slips. A few of our favorites are below. Make sure to check out the Occoquan Restaurant Directory for a complete list and links to each restaurants website.
Bistro L’Hermitage – (703) 499-9550
Wedged along the side of Occoquan Road, Bistro L’Hermitage is the apex of fine dining in Occoquan. The low-slung, cozy French restaurant serves up flavorful dishes in memorable style. The menu is constantly changing but the simple flavors are always delicious.
Bistro L’Hermitage is the closest you’ll come to Top Chef without traveling 20 miles north to DC and you don’t have to take my word for it. Nowadays, even veteran restauranteur Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post ventures into Prince William to dine. Mr. Sietsema labeled Bistro L’Hermitage an Editor’s Pick in his October 18th review.
If you find yourself lucky enough to dine at Bistro L’Hermitage, remember to say hi to Youssef!
Cock & Bowl – (703) 494-1180
The patio outside Cock & Bowl is the best place in town to enjoy a fine Belgian beer and a tasty meal. The fare is distinctly European and the mussels (served with your choice of six delicious broths) are the signature dish.
The proprietors, Michael & Jacquie, are very energetic and definitely give the restaurant soul. And, yes, they will serve you a Belgium waffle topped with all of the good stuff for dinner. For more information, check out their lively and entertaining Facebook page.
The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar – (703) 910-6641
The Landing is just outside of town overlooking the Occoquan River and Occoquan Harbour Marina. Owner and chef, Troy Clayton opened the recently renovated family restaurant during the summer of 2014, bringing waterfront dining to slip holders, boaters and foodies alike. Check out the entertainment calendar and make plans to spend an evening on the “Front Porch”, the restaurants newly added outside dining area just behind the Tiki Bar with the best view on the Occoquan!
Occoquan Inn / Virginia Grill – (703) 491-1888
The busiest kitchen in Occoquan sits in the heart of town. Inside the green building with purple shutters on Mill Street is a restaurant duplex with a hearty menu. Oh, and the building happens to be haunted by ghosts.
The Virginia Grill (upstairs) serves up homestyle breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. The peanut soup is tasty and unique. If you have a tooth for peanut butter, you just found a new favorite soup. The Occoquan Inn (downstairs) is an upscale restaurant with a warm and romantic atmosphere open each night for dinner and brunch on Sundays.
Madigan’s Waterfront – (703) 494-6373
Madigan’s Waterfront is the cornerstone of Occoquan. The restaurant and deck is perfectly situated on the bank of the Occoquan River, with the Rt. 123 bridge soaring overhead. Lunch and dinner are served everyday and there is a delectable brunch on Sundays. The inside bar and outside deck often features live entertainment during summer weekends.
It is possible to visit Madigan’s Waterfront by boat. Follow the channel markers to the Rt. 123 bridge and cut between the bridge pylons towards the small marina. There are small markers on the other side of the bridge pylons that mark safe passage.
The Electric Palm Restaurant – 703-492-7256
The Electric Palm Restaurant is located on the property of the Prince William Marina. The restaurant and tiki bar overlooks the Occoquan River. The menu features an array of American classics, with an emphasis on seafood and steak. Live music is common on summer weekend nights. Unfortunately, they don’t serve the full menu at the tiki bar.