Catch Great Live Music at Ford's!

May Live Music Schedule (Ashburn)

May 3, Bobby Stevens
May 10, Adam Stauffer & Brian Weber
May 17, Nick Tierra
May 24, Tommy Gann
May 31, Oren Polak

And Now Catch Great Live Music in South Riding!
May 3, Tommy Gann
May 10, The Hummingbyrds
May 17, Jon Rooks
May 24, Shane Gamble
May 31, Lenny Burridge
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 2013 Lobster Roll Rumble!
June 6, 2013 in NYC was a lobster lover‘s dream

Twenty top restaurants - including Ford’s Fish Shack - all known for their lobster roll,
competed against each other in New York City to determine which Lobster Rollwas best.
See photos of Lobster Roll Rumble 2013 at

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What our customers are saying in 2014...        

Best chowder ever with bacon flavored biscuit crackers-yum!!
Stacy Poulin White/ March

“I had the crab cake last night, man it was the best ever” Thumbs up!!!!!”
Gina L. Taylor / February

“I loved !!! Best clam chowder ever !!” —
Kesia Scarpelli / January

”As ALWAYS, great service and great food and my first time
for Sunday Brunch here w/my crazy friends... several bacon bloody marys later!
Food was fabulous!”
Sandy Ayoub / January
”The best seafood ever.”Dane Hoggatt / January

What our customers are saying in 2013...        

    “Enjoyed a wonderful dinner Saturday night. Yes, the pumpkin cheesecake is excellent.
Wish your restaurant was in PA.”
Judy O'Dore / November 
“Outstanding food and service. We will return to this place again.”
Mihwa Allen / November

“Our first time there this Saturday. From the drinks, to the salmon appetizer,
to the Lobstah Cobb Salad and OMG! the Angry Mussels...
everything was delicious.” —
Mariea Stella / November

“Today was my first time..... loved the fish wings and the fish tacos
were out of this world! Can’t wait to go back again!!” —
Kim Bladen / November

“Thank you for my free Pumpkin Cheesecake today.
Love FFS SR, food is amazing and staff is always great!!!”

— Stacie Brockway / October

“Great dinners last Saturday night. Wished we lived closer.”
Judy O'Dore / September

    “So true! We always have great service and amazing food.
A real gem in Ashburn!” —
Melissa Seymour McConnell / August

    “So many of us could write the same letter. We are sooo lucky to have you in the “neighborhood”!
A fave not only to us but to the rest of our family when they visit from CO, NC, and MD.”
Nancy Roberge DuPaul / August

“First time there with my daughter, lobster rolls and crab cakes were awesome thanks ♥
our waitress Michelle was also great ! We'll be back”
Denise Hovermale / August

“Recently stayed in Ashburn for my daughter's Nationals softball tournament. Ford's was a few minutes away
from our hotel so we stopped in for a bite. So, glad we did! The restaurants (yes, we visited both locations) were both
very clean and the staff was very knowledgeable of the menu as well as friendly.
The menu was modest and was not over the top. The selections were well thought out and priced moderately.
We tried pretty much all of the menu as we were a large group and everyone concurred that it was absolutely great.
We stayed in Ashburn for 6 days and went to Ford's 4 out of the 6 that we were there.

Our trip is already planned for the Nationals again next year and obviously Ford's will certainly be the place we dine at.
To the owners of Ford's, your place is absolutely great, your staff and all.
To the owners, if you are planning on opening a Ford's in NJ, please let me know!” — Irene G.
Emerson, NJ / August

“We were there Sunday night and loved it once again! Angry mussels and ribs and
lobster tail were yummo. Bartender lady was friendly and took really good care of us.
Blueberry martinis were delish too.” —
Belinda Vallarino Cermola / July

"My husband and I ate here last Saturday after wanting to try it for some time now, and I really have to say...
this was some of the BEST seafood that we have ever had, anywhere, and we are beach-goers who love fresh seafood.
The service was great and friendly and the environment was so fun and took me back to Martha's Vineyard.
Absolutely love, and we will be back for sure." 
One of the rare times that Cindy Thee and I
were NOT sitting bellied up to the bar. The oysters and shrimp at happy hour are the BEST!!

— Sara Lilliendahl / June

My husband and I just had the bacon-wrapped shrimp. Ah. Maz. Ing. More of this, please.
Maybe a regular menu item? Particularly a great meal bc I don't eat gluten!

Raina Keefer / April

 “This place is AMAZING! I am a NC girl so fried oysters or any kind of oyster is my friend.
My husband and I can come for date night but we can also bring our three kids b/c the kids menu
is just as great as the adult menu! I could live off this menu and we probably will :)”
April Dixon DiMartino / April

“Had the best crabcake ever last night at Ford's! Am from eastern shore and been looking for
a good one in northern virginia. They take the prize!”Pam Peacock / April

“We are going back on Thursday. It has become a weekly thing for us now.
—  Donna Reagan / March

“We hosted a small celebratory dinner there last night and wanted to thank the staff for taking such great care of us
before hand and while we were there. Amazing food and service, as always!”Karen Burke Ford / March

About the new South Riding restaurant...
“It was fabulous and the service was fantastic!! Taste better than Coastal Flats!
So nice to have a great restaurant in the neighborhood.”
— Kere Withey Knapp / February
“It's National Margarita Day on Friday and I have a group of 8 planning to dine with you!
Just sayin'.... because your drinks are as fresh and unique as your food!”
Lisa Gallagher Eannarino / February

Call ahead works great and we don't mind waiting because we know
once we are seated that the food AND service are outstanding!!
Kathy Niccum / February

“Going this evening... hoping to get in. Love everything that I had in Ashburn...
know we will love South Riding just as much. We go several times a month... Best Restaurant in No VA.”

Libby Allman Johnson / January

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The NOVA Must: Ford’s Angry Mussels
Tonight I met up with my old roommate who is in town for the holiday at Ford's Fish Shack in Ashburn, VA.
I hadn’t really been to Ford's besides running there for lunch to go, but this place is poppin’!
I mean the wait at 5 PM was 35 minutes, luckily we sat at the bar which was first come first serve.
The happy hour is actually one of the best I’ve seen and they serve a full menu at the bar.
I was a bit hungry so I ordered the Angry Mussels having previous heard they were great,
and boy oh boy was that the best decision I’ve made in a long time granted most of my decisions are food based but whatever.
The mussels are paired with a chorizo, tomatoes, onions, in a lemon butter sauce, almost like a soup.
Served with toasted ciabatta bread.  I’m Hispanic, so you say chorizo and I’m already there and it’s the next day.
I’m also a Chesapeake bay girl and you say seafood and I’m there, so this was a double whammy!

This plate is delectable, the mussels come as pictured above, however after the recommendation of our server
I quickly ditched/shucked the shells and let the actual mussels marinate in the chorizo, onion,
tomato lemon butter sauce (swamp soup) then ate them as they soaked and dipped the ciabatta bread….
if I had a quarter for every time I looked up from my meal to form sentences I would have no quarters.

This meal or app was fantastic, and a wonderful discovery!
Warning though if you are not a fan of garlic do not get this meal, I found a big old slice in the soup….
that might of been a happy surprise.  So if you ever find yourself in the Ashburn area
make sure to stop off at Ford's for great seafood and a pretty excellent happy hour!
— Elements of DM / December

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Great News!
Ford's Fish Shack was just named a top 50 restaurant 2012
by Northern VA magazine.

Thanks to all our wonderful customers and families for making this possible

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Great News! ZAGAT 2013 Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurants
We are excited that Ford's Fish Shack earned
the second highest food score for a seafood restaurant in all of DC.

FORD'S FISH SHACK New England / Seafood
Food: 26   Decor: 21   Service: 23

Zagat reported... "Folks from "Maine" feel like they're back home when chowing down
on the "authentic" specialties (lobster rolls, whoopie pies) at this casual, maritime-themed fishouse
in Ashburn's Ice Rink Plaza; it's "always busy",
but the staff makes everyone "feel special" and doesn't charge much for the pleasure."

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July, 25 2012
Special to the Times-Mirror Loudoun’s best happy hour spots may not be a mystery


 "I set out to discover the best of Loudoun and came up with quite a long list. With so many great places to cool-off after work,
I cut the list down to my five favorite spots. The best happy hours usually stick to a certain criteria:
close to home, cheap alcohol/wine prices, good atmosphere and delicious bar food."

 Top five favorite: Ford’s Fish Shack

   "Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4 – 7 p.m.
Located at 44260 Ice Rink Plaza in Ashburn, Ford’s may be the only Loudoun restaurant offering $1 oysters during happy hour.

And they are good oysters thanks to owner Tony Stafford, an experienced chef and restaurateur formerly of Bonefish Grill and Artie’s
(part of Great American Restaurants). Friday nights get jam packed with patrons filling up on $1.25 jumbo shrimp.
Drafts include local microbrews Lost Rhino and Port City,
and beer snob favorites Allagash, Bass, Smuttynose, Dogfish Head and Bells."

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What our customers said about Ford's Fish Shack in 2012...    

"Simply the best sea food restaurant in Northern Virginia. Great food, great staff, great prices.
When you go there make sure you ask to meet Wayne."
Bob Murphy / December

"Had an awesome brunch and Kevin took great care of us! The food rocked and service was great. Thanks!"
— Susan Gordon Terry / November

"My family enjoyed another fabulous take out meal from you guys. Chips, calamari, bisque, Waynes cod,
Atlantic salmon & fried shrimp basket. All sooooo good. Thanks for another tasty meal. Keep up the good work!"
Vanessa West Newton / November

"Just moved to D.C. area and someone told me that this girl from Maine could get some whole belly fried clams
here at Ford's Fish Shack. I will be returning again and again!" Linda McIntire / October

"I'm receiving the keys to the new Minnitti family home in Ashburn!!!
Looking forward to many years of your delicious cuisine." — Kenneth Minnitti / October

"I so miss your restaurant. Last year my son's birthday was celebrated on your birthday at the restaurant.
You were one of his favorite places to eat. Unfortunately, we have moved from the area,
so will not be able to celebrate with you." Bonnie King / September

"Just back from lunch there today. As always, delicious crab cakes, and great service.
We're so glad to have you in Ashburn!" Michelle Williams Loprest / September

"I am hoping to go for dinner tonight tonight. Thursday, I went for lunch with 2 friends.
We even got oysters for an appetizer. Lunch was absolute best.
Here is extending CONGRATULATIONS to FORD'S on their 2nd Year!
Your establishment is my "go to place" for out of town visitors, and special occasions...."
Chris Audi / August

"A mini New England Clambake in a bowl. Reminds me of fall weekends on the beach."
Chris Wentworth Stanbridge / July

"Amazing restaurant. I was in Ashburn VA on a business trip from California and my co-worker/I just
happened to notice this place late at night after a very long day of working. We walked in AFTER closing time and
we were still seated, the place was still hopping at this hour of the night. The service was speedy and the way these people
cook fish is 2nd to none-it is literally like going to a 5 star seafood restaurant without the price tag.
I will be going there
next time that I am out in that direction and you should as well.
" — Greg L. / July

"I'm not the kind of person that orders the same thing every time I eat at a restaurant, but it will be hard
to not order the shrimp tacos at Ford's on any future trips. They are that good! I have started spending more time in Ashburn
because of Ford's. It has that affect on you.
" Steven W. / June

"If you weren't two hours away, I'd be there, and I'm STILL tempted! YUM-M-M!" Lallon Pond / June

My favorite!!! I keep need a restaurant in Pittsburgh area so I can enjoy the great food!!"

Denise Weaver / June

Celebrated my birthday there last night BIG thanks to Wayne, Chris and the rest of the staff for great suggestions
and fantastic service. Never a disappointment when we dine at Fords" — John R. Casey III / May

"I am a native New Englander who has lived here since for over 30 years. No restaurant is closer to the food of my youth than Fords.
You bring back so many warm and happy memories of lobster rolls in Bristol, RI style calamari from Federal Hill,
fried clams from Narragansett, and especially, my home state favorite, coffee milk. The coffee milk brings me back to my days
at Lincoln HS when my lunch included a carton of coffee milk each day! I try to think of that carton as I drink YOUR coffee milk!
It eclipses my memories! Thanks!!!" —
Maryellen Walsh Silsby / May

"My husband and I ate lunch there the other day for 1st time. Best seafood outside of new England!
Can't wait to bring friends and have dinner." —
Jennifer Morrison / May

"Fried lobster tail.... it's out of this world... and you can get it only at FORD'S FISH SHACK
Save Debbie and me one for Saturday night." — Bob Murphy / May

"Just ate at Ford's this past Saturday. The mini corn muffins were made it back to the hotel.
I had the Maine Fried Seafood Basket (shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops) and a YUMMY Ford's Chopped Salad.
The seafood was absolutely nom, nom, nom! I am a New England (Cape Cod) girl and I know fresh, succulent seafood
when I eat it...and i definitely ate it all!!! My husband had the Pecan Crusted Flounder plate....Wow!
The Chorizo Macc & Cheese was over the top and the Citrus Chardonnay Sauce was deserving of
a couple hundred fist pumps!!! Cannot wait to come back into the area just so that we can come to Ford's.
Thanks for a great meal, great service and integrity where seafood quality and freshness is concerned.

— Jody Holshey / April

"We may be there for date night tonight, love love love your food, service and atmosphere!!"
— Simply Cakes by Alison / April

"Came here for the first time tonight and everything was fabulous - especially the fish tacos
and bread pudding! Also you have the best service of any restaurant I have ever gone to.
Thanks all you fantastic and attentive servers - you rock!!" — Jenny Holshey / March

"Debbie makes the best Bloody Mary's on the planet!! It was the perfect cure
for "the day after" St. Patty's day."
Ted Thomas / March
"This is a great place, stop in for a quick lunch and like before its always good" — Tim Thompson / March

"The very "best" and freshest seafood we have ever had from coast to coast!!" — Carol Ann Ryan / March

"I can't get back to Ford's Fish Shack fast enough! Love your cooking♥" — Kristine Beaman / March

"Delicious meal tonight!! Thanks for the great service and awesome food. Love absolutely everything
we've had here." — Jennifer Riley / February

"The best bloody mary I ever had was at your restaurant..." —
Geralyn Buttram Moore / February

"You guys seriously rock, love the Salmon Salad and the Buffalo Fish "Wings" apps, never stop making these please!"
Jennifer Ocampo de Huerta / February

"Definitely a favorite place for Seafood. Lots of great dishes, but fish-n-chips is still my #1 choice
with the melt-in-your-mouth cod. mmm! Highly Recommended!!" — Kathy Dipp

"Our favorite local joint"Jason Craft

Thoroughly enjoyed the Chowdah and the Connecticut Style Lobster Roll."Leland Moore

"Best place to get Real New England Chowdah and Maine Lobstah rolls around!!"Kirsten Rarich Gunsolus

Best Lobster Roll in the area! Connecticut style for those who don't want Mayo.
And the scallops? Fantastic."
Liz Calvert

"Lunch today was awesome! Fish Taco's and great service!"Matthew Pascual

"If you live in the boonies like I do, this is the most legit seafood spot in the game.
Guess what, it's affordable above all else. Mad love for this spot."
Brett A. Robison

"Your mussels ROCK!"Jo-Ellen Doldo

"Just enjoyed my first Ford's brunch today. Crab Cake Benedict was fantastic!"— Rachel Stevens Rawlings / January

"The food is beyond good! I can't wait to get back there and get some more of those Maine Chips!"Topher / January

"Was there last night - two of our party had the potato encrusted flounder and LOVED it.
I had the Maine Salmon and LOVED it. Another of our party had the shrimp tacos and LOVED it.
Topped it off with the pumpkin cheesecake and LOVED it.
Ford's Fish Shack delivers a great meal once again."
— Luann / January 2012