Occoquan Dining Guide


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 newest restaurant in town is the delicious Cock and Bowl bistro on Poplar Alley. The patio outside the restaurant 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.


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.

Water’s Edge - 703-494-500

Water’s Edge is located on the property of the Occoquan Harbour Marina. In 2011, a brand-new rooftop deck was opened. The menu features seafood and steaks with all-you-can-eat crabs available during the summer months. At night, the dance floor is packed. On Fall Sundays, football is on every TV.

Other notable restaurants:

The Blue Arbor Cafe

The Garden Kitchen

The Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre

Osprey Landing Restaurant

The Coffee House of Occoquan

The Pink Bicycle Tea Room