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The Island Cow

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2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went here on our last night on Sanibel Island. I had high expectations! We went early like 4:45 to avoid dinner crowds. That was a wise idea. We only waited 10 minutes for a table. When we left at 6:30 it was VERY busy! The food was good but the portions were on the small side. I had the... More 

1 Thank Tgilberti
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was also! Gotta point Nick out. Best server ever. Gotta go there if you're in Sanibel!

Thank Ashley M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We come to Sanibel every year, and make it a point to come to the Island Cow every visit. We always order the smoked fish dip. The kids' menu is great - it even has a catfish option. The muffins and pan seared mahi are also a must.

Thank Natalie H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is good and one of the more affordable places on the island. Perfect for kids. My daughter loves it. They have a draft of the day for only $1.99. Always expect a wait as it is very popular. Had breakfast for the first time this year and it was good. Layers of cheese on top of the three cheese... More 

Thank gdip1014
West Chester, Ohio
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For us, very time we are in the area we must stop at the island cow. The menu has everything on it, if you can't find something to eat....you just aren't hungry. From seafood omelets and pancakes or grouper sandwiches and great desserts, we have eaten it all. Starbucks coffee made many in our group happy since you don't find... More 

Thank Ronnie M
Edwardsville, Kansas
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant does not look like much from the outside but the food is very good. Their menu is very extensive so you can find almost anything for the entire family. We visited this restaurant twice while we were in SANIBEL and both times they were extremely busy so plan ahead and get there early or you will probably be... More 

Thank George P
Middletown, Delaware
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our friends found this cafe on line with good reviews. Very eclectic menu and great choice of food. Service was very efficient and friendly. We were a group of 9 in a busy restaurant and they sat us within 10 minutes. I had a cheese steak with pineapple in it .. Amazing. Highly recommend this place

Thank andyp412
Lantana Tx
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place can get very crowded and waits can be an hour plus in the evening. Food was very good but not worth waiting for an hour. Very popular restaurant on Sanibel.

Thank Steven S
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I came into Sanibel on a Saturday night, we usually try to avoid restaurants on weekends but we were travel weary and couldn't face cooking for ourselves that night. Of course we arrived just at the dinner rush and the place was hoppin, the hostess saw there was just 2 of us and gave the option of... More 

Thank Susan J
Lantana, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food and wide variety in the menu perfect for the whole family! Many tables to seat inside/outside friendly staff. 👍🏻👍🏻

Thank Ziegenpuss17

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239-472-0606

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?