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Reviewed July 15, 2017

While staying on North Captiva, we boated up to Cabbage Key for a lunch stop on the way to Cayo Costa state park. While I'd been here before, I was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience, beginning with Dockmaster Joe. He welcomed us, helped us tie off, gave us some local knowledge on timing of lunch and planning, and was terrific. We had lunch in the historic inn, which is really a step back in time - dark old wood, the original "hang dollar bills on the wall" decor, terrific staff (our waitress, Rebecca, was outstanding), and living history in the form of authentic fishing posters, gigantic tarpon from tournaments, and the smell of decades-long, baked-in drinks, fish and burgers. Food was good (not overly memorable, but the perfect tonic after a morning on the water, baking in the sun and working up an appetite), and we left sated and ready for the next adventure. But, here's the hidden recommendation that is most important: We went back for breakfast the next morning (which they serve from 7:30-9), and that was SUPERB. It's hard to find a good breakfast down in the out-islands, and the crowd was sparse, but it's hard to think of a better environment than sitting on a porch, watching the world come to life around the bay, enjoying hot coffee, french toast, eggs and bacon and the best biscuit you're ever going to eat, and being drenched in relaxed, pastoral enjoyment. Get out of bed and head to CK for breakfast - you're not going to be disappointed. Only caveat on CK is that it gets crowded in the primary lunch hour (11:30-12:30) as tour boats stop in, but work around that and take a quick tour of the island, including the dark mangrove swamps - and watch for gators.

  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

We’re ecstatic you were able to make it out here for Breakfast! Our lunch hours are peak times for crowds to stop in for a quick bite to eat, and we do not often have the opportunity to brag about the perks at other meal times. You should come back for Dinner and an overnight stay in one of our island cottages, and complete the Cabbage Key experience! Rebecca would love to see you again!

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

My family and I rented the Tarpon Cottage for 3 nights and had a spectacular time! We could tie our boat up to our private dock and come & go easily. We watched dolphins chase baitfish and even got to spend time with a Manatee. We even got a bunch of playful dolphins to play in our boat wake and jump. The Cottage was perfect for the 4 of us complete with a kitchen and comfortable beds in the 2 bedrooms. Best part was taking our coffee down to the dock and watching the sunrise each day. Had a great fresh dinner at the restaurant one night and ended each day with a Cabbage Creeper.

Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

We are a popular play spot for manatees and other wildlife. Sounds like Mother Nature was being very cooperative during your stay. We hope you’ll consider us for your next quick getaway!

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Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

Great food and service from Rebecca. We had drinks and lunch. Rueben sandwich was great. We are at Pine Island for the weekend. We enjoyed fishing and then lunch at the cabbage Key restaurant.

My husband had the shrimp salad which was served over a tomato on bed of lettuce. Also came with coleslaw and potato salad.

Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Rebecca hopes you’ll come back in the future and request her service again. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend on Pine Island!

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Reviewed June 27, 2017

We took our family to see Cabbage Key and had lunch. We had cheeseburgers and the delicious key lime pie in the room full of money. We added a few dollar bills too. The kids loved it! We took the walking trail into what I call the "jungle" because that is exactly what it looks like. It is amazing! I have never seen a lot of the flora that was there and it was so cool. We saw tortoises and lizards, beautiful birds and wonderful flowers. What a beautiful place! I want to go back. The lady who runs the T shirt shop is so nice and was super to my grandkids. We will return!

  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled with family
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Come on back anytime! Every dollar that falls from our walls is donated to local charities, around $10,000 every year!

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Reviewed June 27, 2017

If you're coming from the south, you round the channel marker into cabbage key lagoon and it feels like you're in THE KEYS! Absolutely beautiful emerald green waters with fish jumping everywhere and the sun shining will certainly turn your frown upside down. Debi was an excellent server who takes care of your every need while Mario was quick to clear anything unneeded from your table. Then, the best part! DOROTHY'S STORIES! OMG, my wife and I could listen to her for hours tell of how Cabbage Key came about and how Ponce de Leon was shot in the butt right off the key (I added the butt part hahaha) and also how the native Indians roamed there for almost 5,000 years! The Reuben was the best I ever had and the cheeseburger was pretty good too. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TIME!!!! HIGHLY SUGGESTED!

Stayed: June 2017, traveled with family
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Sounds like you had a great time with some of our rock star staff! We all strive for excellence, and we’re glad to hear we hit our mark. Don’t forget us for the next holiday weekend, or family reunion. We love celebrating special events!

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