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The Island Cow

2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-472-0606
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Pierson, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to The Island Cow. It was on our list of pet-friendly restaurants that we received when we got to Sanibel. If you are a pet owner/lover, and your pet travels with you, consider it pet tolerant. After eating out with our dog at some truly pet-friendly restaurants on the island, this was a BIG letdown.... More

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Chesterfield, VA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed lunch here one day with family. Lot of choices on the menu and the service was good. Prices seemed reasonable, and the place was bustling. The wait for dinner is substantial, and lunch has an easier wait. Food ranged from ok to pretty good. If you are in town for a few days or more, the restaurant seems to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Had Breakfast here today and the decor was fun! They bring you some very tasty muffins upon sitting down. I'm picking when it comes to Orange Juice and it was so fresh tasting and delicious! I love pancakes and have to try them where ever I go and the we're the best I've had in a long time! Great tasting... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A very busy restauarant with a huge menu! Something for everyone here. The whole family liked our meals and the service was great as well

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Bowling Green, OH
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you don't mind a long wait and a whole bunch of noise and happy people, you'll do fine eating in. For us, it was better to take it as carry out. The carry out service is great. Really nice people. Included everything we ordered and then some! Just tons of food. The Holy Cow is enough to feed more... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I had a great stuffed seafood omelette for breakfast one morning, and shared our experience with the 50 other people staying on Captiva for my nephew's wedding. We agreed it was one restaurant we would definitely try again. So we went back the next day with a few other people but just missed the breakfast cutoff so... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

OMG ... We just left the Island Cow and will NEVER go back again. When my niece turned her fish over on her plate there was a fly cooked in her piece of fish! Just about lost it right there at the table. The worst part was that the waitress, Amanda, offered to take 10% off their tab! When my... More

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We ate lunch here and it was really busy. Apparently it always is which is good for the restaurant, but not so goo for the customer. We were given a menu to look at and ushered through the restaurant and outside the back door to the waiting area where we were given a buzzer to let us know when they... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We go to Southwest Florida often and go to Island Cow whenever we go to Sanibel . It was a fun touristy restaurant where the food was edible and the service was acceptable. This last time will be the last time though. With 3 children hot and tired from a day at the beach all four adults had quickly decided... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We will never go back to the Island Cow. It was pouring rain on the day/time we went and the outdoor seating was closed. Not a problem for us, but every one else on the island tried to eat there as well. Waitress was very pleasant and accommodating. Restaurant was VERY loud due in part to a large family with... More

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