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“Winter Surprise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Grille

Island Grille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $36
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Island Grille is a small restaurant on Atlantic Beach. We specialize in keeping our menu fresh and try to accommodate both those with a thirst for fresh seafood and those who would rather try a traditional dish with a new perspective. Although we would love to accommodate everyone who walks in our door reservations are recommended and the restaurant is LIVELY! You may be seated close to other guests, you may get visits from all of our staff throughout the night as they graze your table.. If you are looking for a great meal in a fun and fearless environment check us out on Monday or Tuesday during BOGO entree night. If you like things a little more laid back I recommend reservations any other day! But, I always recommend them!!! See you soon at The Island Grille! -Amiee Scott General Manager
Sanibel Island, Florida
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Winter Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Atlantic Beach is a summer destination for many. This restaurant provides an excellent meal during the summer season and also in the off season. We have eaten there in the summer and tried dinner in the winter doldrums.There was no difference in the quality of the meal or the service. Additionally we were surprised by the number of diners and would suggest reservations. Apparently we were not aware that this restaurant has a large local following.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 555Shermans
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English first
Rantoul, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“5 star!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

The place is 5 star--- enough said! we have been there 5 times in 3 weeks
and hate to go home from vacation because there is nothing to compare back home

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank taaRantoul
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“If you are a stuffy food snob who doesn't enjoy the company of other people, stay away.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

The measure of a restaurant is not the sizes of the dining area, menu, and wine list. I enjoy a smaller menu that is consistently executed and a wine list that is within range of a normal vacationer. I like being able to have a brief, friendly chat with the people at the next table. I appreciate the waitress remembering the wine I like. The Island Grille is elegantly prepared food, served in a casual/relaxed atmosphere by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. They can't seat large groups together and they don't serve chicken tenders so leave the kids at home unless they can appreciate a roasted red pepper cream sauce. If you can't enjoy a meal unless it's in an intimate room full of whispered conversations and that has 100 menu items served by a parade of sommelier, head waiter, etc...then stay away from the Island Grille and stop ruining it for the rest of us. I've eaten there many times and hope to many more.

Rick in Wilson, NC

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hurricaniac
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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not sure what the fuss is about”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

People rave about this place but i just dont see it. The food is ok, but WAY overpriced. The place is cramped and hot every time. They boast "WATERFRONT DINING" which is true, but there is no view from the inside, no porch or patio, and a mediocre view from the parking lot at best. It has a very charming key west feel and the bar is nice but its not worth the hassle during dinner.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank T B
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“New Year's Eve 2011 a HOMERUN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

The Chef and all of the staff really were over the top with their speciality menu this year.
Starting with the unexpected greens wrapped around a bite of black eyed peas with hamhock, then the usual delicious crab bisque, an entree prime rib and ending with sinful desserts.
Christy, our server, was a delight as always. The atmosphere was festive and we could even watch fireworks on the beach. We met some new beach friends. Great experience.
Happy New Year!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank F C
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