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“Excellent Dining Experience”
Review of Cafe de Marco

Cafe de Marco
Ranked #17 of 120 Restaurants in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $37
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Tucked away in the northern most point of Old Marco is Cafe de Marco. An intimate bistro/cafe serving the most diverse selection of fresh seafood & other continental specialties since 1983. A favorite amongst locals & seasonal return visitors to Marco Island. Reservations are greatly appreciated. Olde Florida atmosphere in the historic district of Olde Marco. Perfect for an outstanding meal, business, or special occasion. Vast wine selection and beer available. Twilight specials and children's menu available. Owned and operated by same owner & family since starting out in 1983. Our building enjoys a rich piece of Marco history. The Cafe's building was the original quarters for the chamber maids employed by the historic Old Marco Inn just a few yards away. Many years ago the Inn functioned as a "bed & breakfast", and the maids would simply walk to work from our building. This explains the answer to a frequently asked question..."Was this an old house at one time?" Today, step inside to what has been transformed into an islander's tradition for over 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon! ~Sandy Franchino, Owner
Hamilton, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Excellent Dining Experience”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Great service from Christine. Food was exceptional. Would definitely go back next time we're on Marco Island. Note it's beer and wine only.

Visited November 2012
Thank Beth K
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Great food and Service”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

One of the best restaurants I have been to. Everything was grar, the food, the wine, the specials, the service, the atmosphere! Everything!!!!! thanks to Cafe de Marco.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Mechi C
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Excellent food and fantastic service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The food was excellent, especially the prawns! Careful, the prawns are rather large, so pace yourself when ordering several dishes. Small restaurant; reservations highly recommended. Average price for the quality of food.

Visited November 2012
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Naples, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Can't Miss Restaurant of Marco Island”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

When visiting Marco Island you will have many dining options. Your hotel or resort concierge will likely reccommend Cafe de Marco, and this is truly a Can't Miss Restaurant of Marco Island. This restaurant is great for those looking to sit indoors or outdoors, and although there is no view of the water, the building is rich with character and the decor inside is elegant. This restaurant is great for groups as there are 3 different sections for seating including a private room.

Our server, Scott, was excellent. Politely and confidently, Scott introduced himself once we were seated comfortabley and took our drink orders. He "gave" us the specials (I say gave because he knew what was being served, not reading off a list). He then grabbed our drinks, and returned with bread and took our appetizer orders. Lobster Bisque and Escargot filled Mushroom Caps. The Lobster bisque was creamy, rich, and had just a touch of brandy, with chunks of shredded lobster meat. It was delicious! The escargot mushroom caps also fantastic. The Escargot was tender and well seasoned, while the mushroom caps were cooked just right, and did not have an overly oil saturated/soggy texture like mushrooms can often be cooked.

For our meal, My colleague and I shared the Captains Platter (array of seafood including crabcakes, lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, catch of the day, baby red potatoes and seasonal veggie) and the Rack of Lamb. The seafood was clearly fresh, and cooked extremely well. If I were to pick on anything, I would say that the only part of the meal I did not like was the fact the rack of lamb was prepared with butter as opposed to light use of olive oil. It could be a personal thing, but I dislike the use of butter as I think it takes away from the flavor of red meat. I will say however the lamb was prepared to the correct temperature, and was juicy. Take away the butter and it would have been a homerun.

Overall you can expect great service, fair prices, generous portions, and delicious food. The owner, Sandy, is there just about every night and will personally check on your table and is genuinely interested in what you have to say. World class service from people who are clearly passionate about what they do.

Can't miss Cafe de Marco on your next visit to Marco Island.

  • Visited October 2012
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Chapin, South Carolina
2 reviews
“great find”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

My wife and I are frequent visitors to Marco Island, but for some reason we had never visited this restaurant. We regret the omission. The restaurant is small, but not cramped. The service, from all the staff was excellent. The food was outstanding, well prepared and the portions generous. This place is on our list of places to visit again.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank James S
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