Where to Eat in McGaheysville: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

McGaheysville ( /məˈɡækiːzvɪl/ mə-GAK-eez-vil) is an unincorporated community located in Rockingham County, in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is located along U.S. Route 33 between Penn Laird and Elkton, and sits at the base of the Massanutten.
Things to do in McGaheysville

1. Romano's Italian Bistro

42 Island Ford Rd, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350 Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 540-289-5770
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 298 reviews

Romano's Italian Bistro

Best Italian food in the valley, Join Romano's Italian Bistro for a nice meal, check our daily special on facebook

Reviewed By JonInIndy - Indpls., IN

Went on a weeknight at 7 pm with friends. Although Romano's isn't a typical restaurant building (located on end of building with other businesses), it is clean with some Italian decor.

The staff was friendly and through the course of the evening, tended to all of our needs. After our drink orders were taken, the drinks and a bread basket (with bread that lasted through the meal) was brought to our table. Our salads and main courses were served in a timely manner.

Between the 4 of us, we had 2 spaghettis, ravioli, and lasagna for our entrees. The portions were very generous. Thought the price was a great deal: $9.95 for each meal. More importantly, the food was very good. Being a calzone lover, I saw one delivered to another table that was the diameter of the plate and 2-3 inches high - it was the personal size but they have a large size!

Also got a couple of cannoli to take home which I thought was good but that my wife thought was very good.

Good meal for the price.

2. Grilled Cheese Mania

1476 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-1546 Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 14 +1 540-746-7515
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Grilled Cheese Mania

Grilled Cheese Mania has just celebrated it's 5 year anniversary. As many of our regulars know, Mania is my maiden name and our menu options are named after my family and friends. All of our foods including our drinks are homemade and prepared on site. I take pride in every order that goes out the window at GCM. The team I work with offers excellent customer service and they are a pleasure to spend my days with. Without them and you, our customers, I have no business at all. We use quality ingredients in all our recipes and always strive to be consistent and affordable. We don't cut corners on quality and do not strive to be cheap fast food. I do hope you will stop by our new restaurant and enjoy a meal in our new dining room, picnic table or take out. We want you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself so we have added corn hole, hula hoops, jumbo Jenga, board games and even a huge map for you to pin your hometown on. We look forward to serving you! Blessings, Kathleen Mania-Casey

Reviewed By DearDona - Winston Salem, North Carolina

On a recent car trip from NC to Pennsylvania I calculated the half way point to our destination!and investigated the best places to eat in Harrison burg. Voila - up came grilled Cheese Mania. I was a little unsure when I saw that it was a food truck but in the spirit of adventure decided to give it a try. what a good decision. My husband and I both ordered the Casey, his with peppers and onions added. Honestly, probably one of the best roast beef sandwiches I've ever had! We elected to get the horseradish dipping sauce, which was the pice de resistance! We managed to hit it at a great time as there were no lines. Service was friendly and pleasant and all our queries were answered. Picnic tables had nice large umbrellas that kept us nicely shaded from the bright sun. I'm getting g hungry just thinking about that sandwich (grin)!

3. Ciro's Italian Eatery

101 Downy Knoll & Spotswood Highway, Elkton, VA 22827 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 540-298-1205
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Ciro's Italian Eatery

Reviewed By Shershe699 - Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

When looking for an exceptional Italian dining experience, never confuse this Ciro’s with those that include Flying Pizza in their names. There are plenty of that variety to be found, but only one Ciro’s Italian Eatery in the tiny town of Elkton. The decor sets the tone for a pleasant meal. They do feature a small bar offering tasty libations, if you desire. They also have several large dining areas, as well as a seasonal outdoor patio. They boast a menu with a tremendous variety of options. A full pasta dinner is never a wrong choice, but you’ll also enjoy a slice of pizza or a few ample appetizer selections. Salads, sides, and delectable desserts are not to be passed up. My family has dined at Ciro’s for years and we’ve always been pleased with the quality, quantity, and cost of our meals.

4. Dippin' Dots

4614 Massanutten Dr, McGaheysville, VA 22840
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Eerfan1

Saw this as a possible review and couldn't resist. My daughter loved this stuff growing up...who doesn't enjoy this????

5. vito's pizza pie

4741 Spotswood Trl, Penn Laird, VA 22846-2004 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 +1 540-433-8486
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

vito's pizza pie

Vito's Pizza Pie is a small Pizzeria offering slices and whole pies. We have a convenient pick up window, perfect for picking up lunch or dinner! We are open 6 days a week, offering delivery, carry out, and dine in. Our menu has everything from Sliders and Garlic knots and wings to Pizza, pasta, wraps, and subs! Daily specials! Happy Hour! And more! Grazie!!

Reviewed By Anne S

The price and quality of the pizza is wonderful. I can't believe that I have wasted my time with Dominos and Pizza Hut when this delicious pizza was available for delivery! I have never eaten in, but the pizza delivery is delicious and quick!

6. Base Camp

4614 Massanutten Drive, Massanutten, VA 22840 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 5 - SGD 37 +1 540-437-3354
Excellent
36%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Base Camp

Settle in Slope-Side Any Time of the Year! Our newest dining experience welcomes guests under the signature umbrella or outdoors on the ski lodge deck. This indoor-outdoor bar and grill is the perfect location to enjoy a great beer on tap. The mountain always ends at Base Camp! Experience a living room outdoors - complete with couches, chairs, end tables, torches and a fire pit. Eat. Drink. Relax

Reviewed By Silvergoat - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Very Very well done renovation outdoor and indoor seating with staff that tries hard and delivers. Only thing I miss prior to the renovation were the magnificent home made potato chips. TVs could be bigger but picture quality is the best I have sent for...MoreThank you so much for such a postive review of Base Camp! We are so glad you enjoyed our newest renovations and our wonderful staff. We can't wait to see you on the mountain again soon!

7. Campfire Grill

4156 Del Webb Drive, McGaheysville, VA 22840 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 24 +1 540-289-5794
Excellent
24%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Campfire Grill

This casual dining venue pays homage to the outdoors and the spirit of adventure, making it a must-visit destination for hungry campers of all ages. Camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, campfire pouches, and skillets are just a few favorites served at our scenic mountain setting. Just make sure to save room for the s'mores!

Reviewed By megsmom2008 - pennsylvania

We had eaten lunch here this past summer and really enjoyed it. I unfortunately could not say the same today. My husband had the shepphards pie. It was charred black on the top and edges. It was mostly just mashed potatoes with a very small amount of beef and vegetables. I had the chicken and dumplings. I had loved this over the summer. This time it was a runny soup with less than a 1/2 cup total of chicken and vegetables combined. Neither one came with a side. My 6yr old wound up with a $12 kids meal after you added his milk ($4) to the $9 chicken tenders and tater tots. He didn't even like the chicken. We asked for bread or rolls but they don't have any. The waitress was unconcerned about the food and flippantly offered to get me something else if I wasn't happy as she walked away. The onion soup was very good. $60 for 2 adults and a little kid, no alcohol, no dessert.

8. Joshua Wilton House

412 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3611 Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 540-434-4464
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Joshua Wilton House

Located in an elegantly restored Victorian mansion, Joshua Wilton House is within walking distance of historic downtown Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University, offering guests quiet charm and gracious living in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The Restaurant offers a unique and exquisite a la carte menu that changes with the seasons, along with an extensive selection of beers and an award-winning wine list. Featured are the food products of many small local farms and producers who supply our kitchen with high quality ingredients that simply cannot be found elsewhere. Chef's Tom French and Brian Bogan work together to create food that highlights Virginia's southern heritage while adding a French influence to the dish. During the warmer months, seating is available on the outdoor brick patio. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in our lounge before dinner.

Reviewed By Gail M - Rapidan, Virginia

This 1888 house, beautifully restored with original mantels, fireplaces, stained glass and parquet floors, is a surprising gem in downtown Harrisonburg. The five bedrooms are small but with lovlely period furniture, wi-fi and no TV! The piece de resistance is restaurant which has been serving its signature creme brulee dessert for 40 years. My husband had perfectly cooked duck breast and I had crispy pork belly with carrot puree, prosciutto and tiny apple balls marinated for days in cinnamon and star anise and then rolled in sugar and flamed to caramelize, In summer there's a small herb, flower and vegetable garden for fresh local produce. The night's salad and dessert chef was a saxophonist. Perhaps that accounted for the great classic jazz CD's playing in the cozy bar and the dining room and the harmonious progression from amuse bouche to final gormandise. If it's a James Madison University event weekend, reserve early.

9. Hank's Grille & Bar

49 Bloomer Springs Rd, 1 mile from Massanutten entrance, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2341 Reservations, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 25 +1 540-289-7667
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 699 reviews

Hank's Grille & Bar

Hank's Grille & Bar, formerly Hank's Smokehouse is unique casual contemporary barbecue and steakhouse. We offer a contemporary atmosphere suited for individuals, couples and families. We have separate full service bar with 10 Craft Beers on tap, local wines and beers and creative specialty drinks. We have daily specials that include: Happy Hour everyday from 4-6pm, All U Can Eat Barbecue, Our Famous Prime Rib and more.

Reviewed By Rachel B

We were a party of 6 and not one of us were disappointed.

Some of the best ribs we’ve tasted!!!! Even the sandwiches were amazing!! Side items were of the same caliber of the main food.

There was no part of the meal that was not delicious!!

If you are in the area you want to stop by and check out Hanks.

10. El Paso Mexican Grille

245 S Stuart Ave, Elkton, VA 22827-1532 Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 540-298-8861
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

El Paso Mexican Grille

Reviewed By ANNE B - Deep Gap, North Carolina

Brother Steve and I were wet and hungry after a long, rainy and beautiful hike in Shenandoah National Park. Atmosphere was warm and welcoming, service was pleasant, but the particular items we ordered were not excellent. My brother's chicken burrito lacked any other ingredients besides chicken, although the menu had promised more. My chicken taquitos with guacamole salad were plain and dry, and the guacamole consisted of about one tablespoon (it was excellent, however, leaving me wanting more). Chips and salsa were very good, but refills were not offered until just as we were about to leave. Prices were very reasonable, and we will definitely give this place another try, but will order something different next time.

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