Destination dining just up the river
|The Landing Restaurant offers waterfront dining on the Potomac River.|
by Sarah Bowis
The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar is approximately 20 minutes north east of Callao and is a destination spot well worth the drive. Located at Coles Point Marina and Boatyard, The Landing Restaurant boasts seafood favorites and offers a vibe that says you’re not in the Northern Neck anymore; you’re somewhere south and tropical.
On a beautiful, warm and sunny Friday, co-worker and friend, Lisa, and I ventured to The Landing for lunch. Greeted by a friendly server, who lives on her boat at the marina, we were led to the back deck so we could enjoy the spectacular view of the Potomac River and a lot of sunshine.
Lisa and I were both hungry, thirsty, taking pictures and just in awe of what was upon us; we weren’t sure where to start. We were advised lunch offers a limited bar selection, but were offered samples of local wines, which were tasty and refreshing.
Lisa and I had a desire for something else. Lisa, clearly caught up in the tropical vibe, ordered a pina colada, while the Star Hill Northern Lights India Pale Ale out of Charlottesville caught my attention. The smooth and creamy pina colada satisfied Lisa and The Star Hill Pale Ale with a refreshing boast of a citrus-floral aroma, is perfect for a lunch-beer.
For appetizers, our server recommended the fried calamari with dipping sauces. The oven-baked crab and artichoke dip with crispy pita chips caught our eye for another great starter. The calamari was lightly breaded and full of flavor, a great start to our lunch. The oven-baked crab and artichoke dip paired nicely with the salty pita chips and my pale ale.
For our entrées, our server suggested we try the certified Angus burger with aged cheddar on a toasted brioche. Lisa and I agreed that the Coles Point crab cake sandwich with house-made tartar sauce on a toasted brioche was also a must-try. After taking our orders, we couldn’t help but enjoy the serenity of where we were. Lisa enjoyed taking pictures of boats exiting the marina, while I gazed off for a moment, imagining I heard a steal drum playing.
If You Go
The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar
307 Plantation Drive, Hague VA 22469
Friday, noon to midnight
Saturday, noon to midnight
Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
On the Menu
Seafood, Burgers, Pizza
Did you know?
In May 2013, Chef Troy Clayton opened The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar in collaboration with Taylor Burke lll, the owner of Coles Point Marina.
It may be a steal drum band, or not, but live entertainment is featured Friday and Saturday nights, with a single acoustic entertainer on Sundays. Dance in the sand and enjoy the outdoor bar. If you’re really feeling adventurous, rent one of the brand new cabins just a short walk from the restaurant. Nightly and weekly rentals are available. The marina also features a brand new pool, volleyball court, a large sand beach and a community hall.
Lunch arrived with the aroma of crab and beef. Food enthusiasts alike, we split each entrée to share. The Angus burger was cooked to our liking and was accompanied with a heaping of hot and salty French fries. Juicy and full of flavor, the burger is an entrée we certainly recommend. The crab cake is served oven-baked, a nice selection if you’re avoiding fried foods, and had little or no filler. Our server suggested sweet potato fries, which were fantastic. The brioche buns are lightly buttered and toasted, and add a sweet touch. We barely finished our entrées and had no room for dessert—never thought I’d say that—so we took the flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding to-go.
Arrive by boat or by car, just be sure to make The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar your next waterfront dining experience.
Chef Clayton is owner of Geranio Restaurant, The Landing at Coles Point Marina and The Landing at Occoquan Harbour Marina.