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The Island Cow

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American, Bar, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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All reviews hush puppies paella shrimp tacos fries pancakes sandwich ribs omelet potatoes steak bread huge menu fun atmosphere lunch or dinner large portions worth the wait
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Reviewed 1 week ago

everything on the menu is great,breakfast ,lunch or dinner you cant go wrong. a fun place to eat anytime

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made this our first stop after arriving into Sanibel Island because we read they were a pet friendly restaurant. So glad we did! Our server, Kyle, was very friendly and helpful. The service was prompt and the food was delicious. They even offered a...menu for our pup which she loved!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant in Sanibel Island. Every time we visit we stop for at least once. Staff is always super friendly and food is excellent.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Were here for 4th of July. Great food and the waitress were so nice. Our daughter has allergies and she went far and beyond to help our daughter to have a nice meal. We were all satisfied with our meals. So tasty! We sat outside...and even if it was a hot day it was nice in the shade.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and friendly staff! We had the pulled pork platter and the catfish dinner with hush puppies and fries. The fish was CRUNCHY and perfect, just the way I liked it…

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our favorite place to eat. The atmosphere is fun, and the menu is extensive. We really liked our food, and the wait staff was always great. Sometimes they have live music as well.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe we were too excited bc of the hype of this restaurant on fb groups. Worst Cocktail I've ever had at a restaurant, ordered seafood maybe that was a mistake considering the name either way it was bland, worst part our waiter had the personality...of the iguana in back. We got our own take out boxes, never offered refills or desert. Hard pass for us next time!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very salty fish long waiting and expensive food not worth the wait and definitely not worth the price

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were blown away by the expansive menu. The ambiance is fun. The food and service was excellent. We would definitely return again.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch with family, outside ( but loads of fans to keep it pleasant), food was good - grouper, pork quesadilla, beans and rice - but service was superb. Kyle was great, really friendly and helpful

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd seen the wait crowd while driving by and figured it must be good. During my next visits, I ate here and really liked it. I've had lunch and dinner here. Fun atmosphere and delicious food. The BEST key lime pie on the island in...my opinion.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had breakfast on our way off the island and it was a wonderful experience! Our waiter served us promptly and the food was delicious. The atmosphere is fun, so much to look at! We will go back - probably earlier in the trip next...time.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

We have frequented Island Cow a number of times but this time was a bit sketch. Jorge was our server and was not particularly that friendly. 5 minutes after leaving my son realized he had forgotten his name brand sunglasses and we immediately went back...only they were not in lost and found. We approached Jorge and he pretended that he hadn't seen us before and didn't know where the shades could be but after we persisted he happened to find them set aside by someone.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

Island Cow seems to have the best variety of food on the Island. We finally tried breakfast on this trip as well and it was just as good as dinner. We love that there are things to do while you wait for a table. Great...family friendly and laid back atmosphere.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

Raw oysters were big and juicy. Fried shrimp was outstanding. We sat outside and when a storm came, the staff quickly pulled down the canopy. Enjoyable seafood meal. Oh yeah, cheapest beer we found on the island as well. That has to count for something.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Response from 1-bamafan4life | Reviewed this property |
Okay, went back and saw the previous posts. It must have gone downhill fast. It was nice when we were there.
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Response from Teresa M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can have a drink at the bar while you wait on your food.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Island Cow

Yes, The Island Cow offers takeout services.

Yes, The Island Cow is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Island Cow is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4