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Cafe de Marco

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Seafood, Bistro, Continental
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244 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
+1 239-394-6262
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tucked away in the northern most point of Old Marco is Cafe de Marco. An...
Tucked away in the northern most point of Old Marco is Cafe de Marco. An intimate bistro/cafe serving the most diverse selection of fresh seafood & other continental specialties since 1983. A favorite amongst locals & seasonal return visitors to Marco Island. Reservations are greatly appreciated. Olde Florida atmosphere in the historic district of Olde Marco. Perfect for an outstanding meal, business, or special occasion. Vast wine selection and beer available. Twilight specials and children's menu available. Owned and operated by same owner & family since starting out in 1983. Our building enjoys a rich piece of Marco history. The Cafe's building was the original quarters for the chamber maids employed by the historic Old Marco Inn just a few yards away. Many years ago the Inn functioned as a "bed & breakfast", and the maids would simply walk to work from our building. This explains the answer to a frequently asked question..."Was this an old house at one time?" Today, step inside to what has been transformed into an islander's tradition for over 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon! ~Sandy Franchino, Owner
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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Simply the Best

Every year when we come to Marco Island we dine at Cafe DeMarco. We have never been disappointed. They have the freshest food on the island. Every dish prepared is superb. They get my highest rating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Kenneth R
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Every year when we come to Marco Island we dine at Cafe DeMarco. We have never been disappointed. They have the freshest food on the island. Every dish prepared is superb. They get my highest rating.

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Huntingdon Valley, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Go for the prawns! Simply spectacular! Nice wine menu too. We asked to be seated in smaller side room for a more quiet experience. Great service too.

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Cafè de Marco and for taking the time to post a review. We greatly appreciate your positive comments regarding our food and service. The prawns are one of our most popular items and we're so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you again for your positive feedback and we look forward to serving you... More 

LaGrange, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

It was my birthday and I got to pick the place. We had never been here, but it had great reviews. It's small and a bit hard to find and they could really use some work outside, but the food was great. I would suggest reservations because the space is limited, I had the prawns (1 lb.) my husband had... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us for your birthday celebration at Cafè de Marco and for taking some time to post a review. It is very satisfying to receive such positive comments regarding our cuisine. Our seafood is brought to us by a local fisherman each day in order to ensure it is as fresh and tasty as possible. It... More 

Dahlonega, Georgia
Top Contributor
305 reviews 305 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Is this a great restaurant ? No. Was it a good meal? Yes. But the cost did not out weigh the food ,service or the old building. My daughter and I ate here. We had water and 2 entrees and our bill was$90.32. Yes ! We had the special fish entree grouper done du marco style And the jumbo prawns.... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Cafè de Marco and for taking some time to post a review. We greatly appreciate your comments regarding our building, pricing and seafood. To begin, our building holds a special place in the history of Marco Island. The Cafe's building was the original quarters for the chamber maids employed by the historic Old... More 

Mesquite, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The twilight special was an excellent bargain for an excellent meal. Everything tasted fresh, was hot, nice presentation, and my salmon was prepared as requested...lightly blackened with the sauce on the side. The sauce was superb! My husband had swaii, a very mild fish that melted in your mouth. Wonderful experience, excellence service! We enjoyed our waitress, Samantha, a recent... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Cafè de Marco and for taking some time out of your day to post a review. We greatly appreciate your positive comments regarding our Twilight special and service. Our fish is brought to us locally each morning to ensure we are serving only the freshest and tastiest seafood on the island and doesn't... More 

Long Island, NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Pretty dining room and pleasant staff. Started off with salads and then had crab cakes which were delicious and husband had the special fish of the day which he enjoyed. Look forward to returning next trip back.

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are very glad you joined us for dinner and enjoyed your meals. Our seafood is brought to us each day locally to ensure it is as fresh and flavorful as possible. Thank you again for your positive feedback and we look forward... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We recently tried this restaurant for the first time and had a lovely evening. The setting is intimate and feels like dining in an old home. The service was attentive but not overly so. We were with another couple and all of had the lobster bisque to start based upon the recommendation of the waiter. It was wonderful. Each of... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us for dinner and had such a great experience at our historic Olde Marco location. The lobster bisque is one of our most popular items and we're glad you enjoyed it along with your other seafood entrees.... More 

Marco Island, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We had an excellent birthday celebration at Cafe de Marco. We did not have reservations for dinner, but they are recommended during the season because this is a small restaurant. Cafe de Marco doesn't have a liquor license, but they have an extensive beer and wine list. You can also bring in your own bottle of wine for a $15... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for your special birthday celebration at Cafè de Marco and taking time out of your day to post a review. It is very heart warming to know that your entire party enjoyed our seafood dishes. Our seafood is brought to us locally each day to ensure it is as fresh as possible. We also very... More 

Sterling, Virginia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My husband and I ate at the Café last weekend while visiting the island. From start to finish, everything was wonderful and we had no complaints. Husband and I both ordered the snapper almandine and it was melt in your mouth good! This is the place to get fresh fish. We finished off the meal with a piece of the... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Cafè de Marco and for taking some time to post a review. We greatly appreciate your positive comments regarding our seafood and service. Our fish is brought to us locally each morning in order to ensure we are serving only the freshest and tastiest seafood on the island. Additionally, we train our staff... More 

Marco Island, FL
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

You will always have one of the best seafood meals ever when you visit this restaurant. My brother-in-law will not go to another restaurant on the island until he first visits Cafe De Marco. The prawns are always excellent as is seafood prepared their special way. The wait staff is first rate and always helpful with recommendations. You will not... More 

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us at the Café for dinner and had a wonderful experience. Thank you for your comments on our seafood selections. Our seafood is brought to us each day locally to ensure it is as fresh and flavorful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 244 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Marco Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-394-6262

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 37
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bistro, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Tucked away in the northern most point of Old Marco is Cafe de Marco. An intimate bistro/cafe serving the most diverse selection of fresh seafood & other continental specialties since 1983. A favorite amongst locals & seasonal return visitors to Marco Island. Reservations are greatly appreciated. Olde Florida atmosphere in the historic district of Olde Marco. Perfect for an outstanding meal, business, or special occasion. Vast wine selection and beer available. Twilight specials and children's menu available. Owned and operated by same owner & family since starting out in 1983. Our building enjoys a rich piece of Marco history. The Cafe's building was the original quarters for the chamber maids employed by the historic Old Marco Inn just a few yards away. Many years ago the Inn functioned as a "bed & breakfast", and the maids would simply walk to work from our building. This explains the answer to a frequently asked question..."Was this an old house at one time?" Today, step inside to what has been transformed into an islander's tradition for over 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon! ~Sandy Franchino, Owner
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?