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“Best on Marco Island”
Review of Cafe de Marco

Cafe de Marco
Ranked #16 of 121 Restaurants in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $37
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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
Manchester
1 review
“Best on Marco Island”
Reviewed May 14, 2008

The seabass and jumbo prawns were excellent . Service was excellent and the waiter Ken was very friendly.

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Bristol
1 review
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“Great Seafood and Service”
Reviewed February 26, 2008

We had he pleasure of dinner at Cafe de Marco the last week of February, 2008. Highly recommend the place for the quality of the food and the service. It is easy to see why most of the reviews are positive for this restaurant. First of all, the service was excellent. Our waiter was very professional and great at observing and getting us what we needed without constant interruption -- a real talent. And the Sea Bass, Grouper, Talapia dishes we had were excellent -- recommend the blacked preparation if you like it spicy. Also, the clam chowder was above average. Highly recommend the place for the quality of the food and the service. Best I have eaten at in a long time.

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Pittsburgh
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Twilight rates make it the best bargain on Marco”
Reviewed February 12, 2008

Feb. 2008. Noticed in local Marco Island brochure/magazine that Cafe de Marco offered "twilight" specials (5:00pm-5:45pm). What a deal! It was the best meal we had on the island and at the best price. Note: server did not mention "twilight" so you have to remind them.

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Birmingham, al
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great little restaurant”
Reviewed January 28, 2008

This is a gem of a restaurant that is away from the condo/ resort area. No water views and doesn't look like much from the outside. Almost cancelled reservations when I first saw the location and nearby shops. Glad I didn't. The meal, service, and inside ambiance were great. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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georgetown, kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Loved the food and service at this place”
Reviewed August 12, 2007

This restaurant really seems to sneak up on you. When you pull in, it looks like a nice quaint little cafe, but inside the food and the service are really special. We both had the Lobster Bisque and it was sooooooo good I joked with my friend that I could swim in it. The bread was very good also, as was the main entree. The salad was very fresh and nicely prepared. For the entree, my friend had the stuffed crab and I had seafood wrapped in bacon.....it was so rich I could barely finish it. Also, for dessert I had the key lime pie which was the best I ever had. Be prepared to spend a lot of money here, but it is definitely worth it. The servers are well dressed but the atmosphere will accept "smart casual" attire, even shorts. Loved it and will definitely dine here again!

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