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Island Cafe and Smokehouse

American, Steakhouse, Southwestern, Seafood, Barbecue
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224 Cotter, Port Aransas, TX 78373
361.749.6602
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Breakfast was really good.

We decided ti go here for breakfast and glad we did. The hash browns here nice and crisp. Eggs and bacon were cooked per my order. Normally I order toast but decided to try biscuit with side of sausage gravy. Both were good. Wife ordered pancakes with side of bacon and she said north were good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dan D
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Belton, Texas
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Belton, Texas
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59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided ti go here for breakfast and glad we did. The hash browns here nice and crisp. Eggs and bacon were cooked per my order. Normally I order toast but decided to try biscuit with side of sausage gravy. Both were good. Wife ordered pancakes with side of bacon and she said north were good. We will be back... More 

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Thank Dan D
Brenham, Texas
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65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped in for lunch. This was my first time to eat here somewhat because of the mixed reviews. The lunch that I had was great as was the service. I had the lunch special "fish basket". It was served on a plate with salad, green beans, french fries, and three large pieces of fried grouper. All of this food... More 

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Thank jimcab2
Parsons, Kansas, USA
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking to satisfy your hunger at reasonable price with good tasting food, this your place! We had enough to have a second meal

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Thank JOE H
Windham
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In the east, we would call this a clam shack. In Texas, no clams. We had fried grouper, which was absolutely wonderful. Succulent and abundant, crispy breading and not oily at all, the fish was great. And, you can get it with a salad instead of cole slaw. I think a salad lets you pretend successfully that fried fish is... More 

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Thank Gina V
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States
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159 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Our first visit and throughly enjoyed breakfast. We ate around 0900, so the rush was through and there were only a few people there when we entered. The menu is the normal breakfast items with choices of platters or individual items. The cinnamon rolls are home made and absolutely awsome. Everyone enjoyed their eggs, bson, aussage, omlets, pancakes, grits and... More 

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Thank Norma T
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Stopped in on my way back to the hotel for a quick bite, ordered a hamburger with fries and a Coke. Pretty standard American fare I would say. Burger was quite good, fries were so so. The place was empty, it being mid-afternoon, and service was quite prompt. The place has a rather run-down feel to it though, and smelled... More 

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Thank John D
Omaha, Nebraska
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68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is my second visit. I ordered the shrimp omelet. Husband had the Spanish omelet. Both were delicious. I ate it all and now I need a nap.

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Thank Bescolas
Prosper, Texas, USA
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I've been here several times but usually just for breakfast. Casual place, friendly staff and your average (breakfast) menu items. The sausage gravy and biscuits looked good, but tasted of lard. They weren't that way in the past. When mentioned, the server quickly took them off the bill.

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Thank JoeD63
San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We went off of reviews from other people and decided to try it. I had some delicious fried shrimp and my wife had a shrimp po-boy. The best po-boy so far.

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Thank Matt B
San Antonio, Texas
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170 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

3 of us had breakfast and no one said anything good or bad, just OK. Waitress seemed rushed and let us know they would not do a egg white omelette since the kitchen was busy, thou all the tables were not full. Nothing special.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 224 Cotter, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas
  • Phone Number: 361.749.6602

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Southwestern, Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?