We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ford's Fish Shack South Riding

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Location and contact

Menu

RAW & CHILLED
Raw Oysters*
"To eat an oyster is to kiss the sea on the lips." -Leonard Beck. Cocktail & Horseradish (Mignonette, Upon Request). Ask Your Server For Daily Selections. Now Featuring: Wicked Pissah™ Oysters* Cherry Stone, VA - Grown Exclusively for Ford's Fish Shack
1/2 Dz $14.0
Baker's Dz $28.0
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Cocktail & Mustard Sauce
Short $59.0
Tall $99.0
Grande $135.0
Ford's Seafood Tower*
East & West Coast Oysters, Jumbo Shrimp, Alaskan Snow Crab Cluster, Chilled Lobstah Cocktail
MP
Alaskan Snow Crab Legs
1 Lb or 2 Lbs, Steamed or Chilled, Melted Butter, Mustard Dressing
MP
Lobstah Cocktail
Chilled, 1 1/4 Lb Lobstah, Melted Butter, Mustard Dressing
LITTLE PLATES FOR SHARING (OR NOT)
1 Lb $12.0
2 Lb $23.0
Angry Mussels
Chorizo, Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions, Ciabatta Bread
Less $9.0
More $11.0
Maine Chips
Hand-Cut Potato Chips, Lobstah, Basil Aioli, Melted Blue Cheese, Marinated Tomatoes
$9.0
Guacamole
Avocados, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cilantro, Lime Juice & Tortilla Chips
Pint $12.5
Quart $24.0
Ipswich Clam Appetizer
Fried Whole Belly Clams, Tartar Sauce
$9.5
Ford's Fish Wings
Bone-In, Flash-Fried, Buffalo Sauce, Celery Root Slaw, Blue Cheese Dressing
$9.5
Hot Spinach & Crab Dip
Reggiano-Parmesan, Tortilla Chips
$8.0
Devilish Good Eggs
Praline Bacon, Spiced Pecans
1/2 Lb $12.0
1 Lb $23.0
Steamed Shrimp (North Carolina or Florida)
Old Bay, Cocktail Sauce
MP
Steamahs - A New England Classic (Seasonal Availability)
Steamed Long Neck Clams, Beer, Onions, Bacon, Red Pepper Flakes. While They Last! (Available Plain for New England Natives!)
$9.0
Smoked Salmon Bruschetta
Tomatoes, Balsamic Reduction, Basil, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, Ciabatta Bread
SOUPS & SMALL SALADS
$6.0
Lobstah Bisque
(Friday & Saturday) Sambuca Cream
$6.0
New England Clam Chowdah
(Sunday-Thursday) Bacon, Spiced Oyster Crackers
$6.0
Caesar Salad
Romaine Hearts, House-Made Croutons, Reggiano-Parmesan
$7.0
BLT Wedge
Iceberg, Bacon, Grape Tomatoes, Radishes, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Green Goddess Dressing
$6.0
Chopped Salad
Napa, Frisee, Roasted Corn, Cucumbers, Cranberries, Tomatoes, House-Made Croutons, Buttermilk Tarragon Dressing
SALAD PLATES
MP
Lobstah Cobb Salad
Romaine Hearts, Bacon, Tomatoes, Avocado, Blue Cheese, Champagne Vinaigrette, Deviled Egg
$16.0
BLT Oyster Salad
Wedge Salad, Crispy Oysters
$10.0
Chicken Caesar
Grilled Chicken Breast, House-Made Croutons, Reggiano-Parmesan
$16.0
Salmon Salad*
Marinated, Short-Smoked, Chopped Salad, House-Made Croutons, Buttermilk Tarragon
HAND-HELDS
Hand-Helds are Served with Thin Fries. Substitute Sweet Potato Fries, $1. Additional Substitutions May Include a Reasonable Upcharge
$10.0
Fried Fishwich
Cod, White American Cheese, Tartar Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato
MP
Crab Cake Sandwich
Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade Sauce
Blackened Fish $13.0
Flash-Fried Shrimp $14.0
Ford's Tacos
Flour Tortillas, Napa, Chipotle Lime Dressing, Marinated Tomatoes, Radish
$10.0
Chicken Sandwich
Grilled, Havarti Cheese, Arugula, Roasted Red Peppers, Basil Aioli, Ciabatta Bread
$10.0
Ford's Burger*
Mustard Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese. Add a Crab Cake to Make It a Surf & Turf Burger, MP
$8.5
"Half-Smoked" Dog
Flash-Fried, Wrapped In Bacon, Chipotle Caramelized Onions, Whole-Grain Mustard, Deviled Egg
$15.0
Catfish Po'boy
(Only Available on Friday) Blackened Chesapeake Catfish, Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade Sauce
ROLLS
Rolls are Served with Thin Fries. Substitute Sweet Potato Fries, $1. Additional Substitutions May Include a Reasonable Upcharge. All Rolls Available as Footlongs
$14.5
Oyster Roll
Crispy Oysters, Lettuce, Remoulade Sauce
$14.0
Shrimp Roll
Flash-Fried Shrimp, Lettuce, Remoulade Sauce
$16.0
Clam Roll
Flash Fried Whole Belly Clams, Lettuce, Tartar Sauce
LOBSTAH ROLLS
MP; Over 100K Lobstahs Steamed and Shucked; Potato Salad. All Rolls Available as Footlongs
Grand Mainer™
Chilled Lobstah, Mayo, Crispy Whole Belly Clams, Remoulade Sauce
Traditional
Chilled, Mayo Dressing
Connecticut Style
Sautéed, Warm Butter
ENTRÉES
$16.0
Atlantic Salmon*
Marinated, Short-Smoked, Mashed Potatoes, Dijon Cream Sauce
$17.0
Pecan Crusted Trout
Spiced Pecans, Citrus Chardonnay, Chorizo Mac & Cheese
$27.0
14 oz Smoked Ribeye*
Chorizo Mac & Cheese. Make It a Surf & Turf. Add a Crab Cake, MP
MP
Alaskan Snow Crab Legs
1 Lb or 2 Lbs, Steamed or Chilled. Grilled Corn
$13.0
Fish & Chips
A Top 40 Dish, Washington Post 2013. Cod, Thin Fries, Coleslaw, Tartar Sauce
MP
Fish of the Day*
Chef's Daily Creation
1/2 Rack & Tail
Pork Ribs, Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce, Lobstah Tail, Thin Fries, Potato Salad. While They Last! 1/2 Rack & Crab Cake, MP; 1/2 Rack & 1/2 Lb Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, MP; Full Rack, $23
MP
Crab Cake
"Held together by determination." -Tom Sietsema, Washington Post. Thin Fries, Coleslaw, Remoulade Sauce. Also Available as Dinner Portion, MP
2 Tails $29.0
3 Tails $39.0
Billy's Lobstah Tails
Your choice: Fried or Broiled. Thin Fries, Grilled Corn, Melted Butter
$21.0
Grilled Chicken $14.0
Shrimp $17.0
Vegetarian $12.0
Blackened Sea Scallops
Penne Pasta, Tequila Lime Sauce, Sautéed Bell Peppers, Red Onion
MAINE SEAFOOD BASKETS
Thin Fries, Coleslaw. Pick Any 2: $20; Pick 4: $27. Add 5oz Fried Cod, $5; Add Lobstah Tail, $12; Add Crab Legs, MP. Shrimp Available Pan-Seared. Scallops Available Blackened
$14.5
Gulf Shrimp
$18.0
Ipswich Clams
$18.0
Sea Scallops
$15.5
Oysters
WICKED ADD-ONS
$12.0
Lobstah Tail (Fried or Broiled)
$6.0
4 Shrimp (Fried or Pan-Seared)
MP
1/2 Lb Alaskan Snow Crab Legs
MP
Crab Cake
$5.0
Crispy Filet of Cod
$8.0
4 Fried Oysters
$8.0
3 Scallops (Fried or Blackened)
$9.5
1/2 Rack of Ribs
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Reviews (285)
Filter reviews
282 results
Traveller rating
153
103
18
6
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
153
103
18
6
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews oysters lobster roll blueberry pie lobstah shoestring fries seafood tower seafood basket grilled corn on the cob cod cornbread muffins cole slaw salad tacos ribs potatoes steak maine chips
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 282 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent find in the vicinity of Dulles Airport. Everything we saw come out of the kitchen looked amazing. Our own order was very good. One little bonus that most orders will automatically receive a side of slaw. Most coleslaws are ok, but not at Ford's...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank URIguy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Several times over the past few years I have chosen Ford's Fish Shack as a meeting place. Always delightful and delicious!

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Carrie O
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

Wife and I stopped here for lunch after trip advisor review and are not disappointed. Monday’s are buck a shuck oysters!!! We tried three varieties and all were good. Lunch waitresses attentive and pleasant. We split every order: a bowl of clam chowder, medium thick...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank billw934
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

I’ve had fried cod worldwide with the exception of my home. Here, it was perfection. Served at temperature with (too?) thin fries and the best tartar sauce I’ve ever had. The coleslaw was a light, crisp, and fragrant salad - coleslaw does not describe it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank havingmorefun
Reviewed 16 November 2018

We went here for our 30th Anniversary. Our waitress, Jean, was wonderful. There when we needed her, but didn't hover. My husband had the crab cakes, and I had the potato crusted halibut. It was delicious, although it came with asparagus, which were really large,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Meg D
Reviewed 9 October 2018

My friends and I picked Ford's based on Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. When we arrived there was a projected 30 minute wait, however our actual wait was between 15 and 20 minutes, just time enough to sit down on a very...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jerrym183
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Was amazing experience and food was off the charts, environment was fantastic and lobster was best I ever had

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chase h
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with a co worker around 11:30 and was seated quickly. We had another group come in behind us and they were helped right away, we sat there for about 10 minutes before we asked who we thought was our server when...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ejay727272
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Visited for oysters and enjoyed the different varieties of them from different areas around the NE. Oysters tasted fresh and sauces were good. Busy but service was good and attentive.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Diane A
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The food was very tasty, and the service was excellent. The restaurant was very busy, but yet, our server was quick, attentive and accurate. She was also very kind as well. It feels a bit like a chain restaurant, but overall, it was a fun...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mdinsac
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Beverly W
12 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from CLB2001 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Buffaloman's assessment. Traffic will more than likely be horrible, so I would wait until at least 5:30 pm, maybe even 6:00 pm for your dinner reservation, just to be on the safe side.
1
Vote
GrandmaLouie
17 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Gayle Y | Reviewed this property |
Hello! Sorry I just saw your question. They are not open until 3:30 pm today. Sorry.
0
Votes
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing