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Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

I finally made it out to this restaurant with a couple buddies for lunch. I had read and heard many good things about the place. They had a full crowd and it was a weekday. We ended up sitting over in the bar area. I’ve...been craving whole belly clams fried, and this is one of the few places that offers them. $16 for a pint which was a nice size portion. A friend ordered the angry mussels and they were extremely plump and delicious and the other friend ordered their shrimp roll. We shared their homemade potato chips as a snack before our lunch’s arrived and that was tasty but I’m not a big blue cheese fan and the lobster bits were almost undetectable. I ordered their deviled eggs and there were five halves FILLED w egg and two slices of candied bacon on the plate. We all thought the filling was a bit too sweet and I wouldn’t order them again. The bacon was perfect. My whole belly fried clams were a bit smaller than I was hoping but done very well; a light batter and perfectly cooked. I would order again. I wanted to try their fried oysters but was too full! All in all, a nice experience. I’ll go back for sure.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

Really quite disappointing- poor service and timing, mediocre food. Felt rushed and cramped. It’s a factory and about turning tables.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

We did not enjoy our food & speed quite a bit -- clam chowder, calamari, popcorn shrimp, mussels were all disappointing. Service was good and ambiance as expected.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023 via mobile

Best fried clams I’ve had in a long while!! Fried calamari, broiled scallops, Chopped salad, fish n chips & lobster tails were absolutely delicious!! Perfect meal out with family!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023

Lobster Roll: pricey lunch for mediocre taste. True Maine lobster rolls are made with only mayonnaise and lobster. That simple preparation allows the true lobster flavor to come through. But FFS normally serves it with some kind of spiced mayonnaise and chives or green onions....So I asked for them to make it with regular mayo. The flavor was bland, almost tasteless like the lobster might have been not quite on point. Perhaps that was the reason for the seasoning. Regardless, I can't recommend it as "fresh off the hook"More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 March 2023 via mobile

My wife and I took a friend for dinner. It was our first time dining here. Food was good. Service was good. Portions were large.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 February 2023

We had 14 people.....the young man who waited on us didn't miss a beat. He got all the drink orders and food orders correct and didn't bat an eye when we ask for separate checks. The food is excellent and always hot and great tasting.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2022

Stopped by the Ashburn location November 10th, Thursday evening after a business meeting and sat at the bar (Raquel V). Ordered a beer and my favorite angry mussels - all was good.  Ordered two lobster rolls and requested substitute corn on both orders to "go". ...These were for my wife and 90-year-old mother-in-law. Also ordered two desserts. Got home to Manassas and to our surprise - no fries - missed on both orders.  Then we noticed that the quantity of lobster was about half the portion of our dine-in experience at the South Riding location. (We order this once a month). I called that evening to share this bad news and a young man took by email and claimed that he would send a gift card. Nothing received Friday. Called again and spoke with John - Mgr trainee - still nothing!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022

On the 9th of July, we went to Fords Fish Shack in Ashburn for a seafood meal, including raw oysters ( which were very good as usual). however, we also ordered a plate of steamers ("Steamah") clams as well. We were very excited to have...these since we had both not had them in some time and were very much looking forward to them. The disappointment came immediately upon the plate being placed on the table. The Steamers smelled terrible and tasted equally as bad. When we mentioned it to the waiter, we were told that "that 's what they smell like". We asked that they be taken away, as the very smell was turning our stomachs. I did not want to argue with the waiter, but I know that is [not] what steamers smell like. My wife and I are both seafood lovers, and have eaten clams in various ways over the years, and know what well seemed clams smell and taste like, and that's not it. I did not like the condescending response but chose not to argue with the waiter. To their credit, however, they took the clams off our bill without our asking but did not offer us any concessions. I like Fords, and it's very near our home, so we will likely go back, but I hope the next visit is much better.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 July 2022 via mobile

Great seafood and the secure was amazing. The adult beverages were amazing. Monday's there is $1 oysters which were well worth the money!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 June 2022 via mobile

So glad I stopped here on my way to the airport! Enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere and friendly staff. Most of all the clams, shrimp and crab legs. Good value for cost!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022

If you like seafood, stop by and check it out. I just found the food to be average. Fish and chips: chips were good as was the coleslaw. Fish taste was good but over cooked. Clam chowder was OK. Salmon over cooked.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2021

I'm not sure why, but Ford's Fish Shack has lost its luster. Perhaps it was fall-out from the COVID pandemic, supply lines cut, new cooks in the kitchen, or simply lax management, but what was once a dining delight is now an overpriced greasy spoon...where the fish is cold, over-cooked, and nearly flavorless. And I understand the lack of staff requires some level of patience, but the server we had was not just slow, she seemed irritated by our very presence. Normally I don't give this kind of slip-shod dining a second chance, but given the many lovely past experiences at Ford's, we went back not twice, but three times . . . Never again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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fordsfishshack, Marketing at Ford's Fish Shack Ashburn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2021

Tony, thanks for the feedback. We really appreciate that you gave us so many tries. I'm going to pass this on to Tony. Please feel free to shoot him an email with your contact info so he can reach out tony@fordsfishshack.com

Reviewed 4 August 2021

When you are located miles and miles from the shore, and you serve great seafood, that is a mark of great ownership, management, and employees. Total experience was fantastic. Will be back again and again.

Date of visit: July 2021
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fordsfishshack, Owner at Ford's Fish Shack Ashburn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2021

ISC&, thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm glad you could tell that our seafood comes fresh from the coast. We look forward to your return!

Reviewed 8 June 2021

First experience for lunch was a great one. Attractive restaurant, solid menu, great service, good food, reasonable prices given the quality. You'll leave satisfied.

Date of visit: June 2021
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fordsfishshack, Owner at Ford's Fish Shack Ashburn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2021

Americansportswriter, just wanted to share this note with you and thank you for taking that leap of faith and giving us a try for the first time. I hope that you will join us again soon.

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