Horn Harbor House Seafood: Casual dining for the whole family
by Madison White Franks
Down a winding road in Burgess in Northumberland County, you will find a restaurant sitting on Horn Harbor, fittingly named, Horn Harbor House Seafood.
Founded in the 1970s, Horn Harbor has been a local favorite for decades. I wanted to see what the hype was about so my husband and I headed there one Saturday for a date night. We arrived at the rustic wood building, in a clearing at the end of Horn Harbor Road, about 5:30 p.m. The popular waterfront restaurant fills up quickly on Friday and Saturday evenings.
As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by the smiling hostesses asking if we wanted to sit upstairs or downstairs. I asked what they suggested and they pointed to a table next to a window, and that is where we sat with a view of Horn Harbor and the marina.
Through the grapevine, I had heard that their hushpuppies were really good, so as an appetizer, Taylor and I decided to get the large order of sixteen hushpuppies which were served with melted butter for dipping. I must say, they lived up to their reputation and were very good.
It normally takes us forever to decide on what dinner entrees to order, but I knew before going I wanted seafood. So I chose one of their signature dishes, seafood au gratin, described on the menu as shrimp, scallops and crabmeat in a cheese sauce. I chose a salad and mashed potatoes as my two sides.
My husband, who prefers a steak over seafood, was intrigued by the night’s special, the Wilma or Pebbles cuts of prime rib. He decided on the Wilma and a double order of fries.
Taylor had no idea what he was in for with the Wilma cut and when the prime rib arrived, it was an impressive 28 ounces of tender meat. Go big or go home, right? The prime rib melted in his mouth and was cooked to a perfect medium well. Even the Pebbles cut is a hearty piece of meat.
My seafood au gratin was fantastic. The shrimp, scallops, and crab meat covered in cheese sauce was a different choice for me. I normally don’t think of seafood with cheese.
It seemed as though Taylor had only eaten about five ounces of his prime rib before declaring he was full. So we asked for to-go containers and ended up boxing it up to take home.
But we couldn’t leave without trying at least one desert. Horn Harbor has daily specials for desert and I chose the Tuxedo Bomb for Taylor and I to share. It was a chocolate and vanilla ice cream covered in a chocolate shell. This bomb was delicious.
Horn Harbor House Seafood is a great family-friendly, casual dining experience. Diners can eat in the upstairs dining room or choose a lighter-fare menu for seating in the lounge or on the deck. Diners can also either arrive by car or boat, by way of the Wicomico River. As we waited for our dinner, we saw several diners arrive by boat and conveniently tie up at the restaurant’s dock.
Whether you come by land or water, make the trip to Horn Harbor!
Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On the Menu
Dinner options where you will find options of “From the sea” and “from the land” to satisfy any craving.
Did you know?
Horn Harbor House Seafood has been a local favorite in the Northern Neck since the year 1973.
Also, restaurant goers can come by land or sea to enjoy a delicious meal at Horn Harbor.