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“A Wonderful Valentine's Day Dinner”
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: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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
Newport News, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Valentine's Day Dinner”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Wonderful giant prawns. I have never tasted better. The wine list is extensive and fairly priced. Did I mention the key lime pie?

Visited February 2014
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Thank Travers E
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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us at the Café for dinner and had a wonderful experience! It is very satisfying to know that you enjoyed our signature dish, the jumbo prawns, as well our made in-house key lime pie. Our seafood is brought to us each day to ensure it is always as fresh and tasty as possible. Our desserts are all made in-house and the key lime pie seems to never disappoint! We very much appreciate your feedback and look forward to serving you again soon.

Once again many thanks and the best,

Café de Marco Management Team
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South Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disaster”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Probably the worst dining experience I've ever had.
Started off with a bug in my all-ready poured ice water. A hair in one of our salads. An ant climbing up the wall. A noise level beyond comprehension - too


rude and inconsiderate to even address - which made any remote possibility of enjoying the evening out of the question. The prawns were good. Steak should not be on the menu. Or what came with it. Scallops & shrimp were unremarkable. Won't be back. Neither will anyone we know.

  • Visited February 2014
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Munster, Indiana
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great seafood!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Outside patio dining was very pleasant, service was great and the seafood selections and manners of preparation were delicious. Starters were delicious, as was the Captain's Seafood Platter.

Visited February 2014
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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us at the Café for dinner and had a wonderful experience! Thank you for your comments on our service and food. Our wait staff goes through extensive training in order to become very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly toward our guests. It is very satisfying to know that you enjoyed our seafood while dining with us. Our seafood is caught locally and brought to us each day in order to ensure it is always as fresh and tasty as possible. We are glad that you enjoyed our outdoor dining area. Your feedback is very important to us and we look forward to serving you again soon.

Once again many thanks and the best,

Café de Marco Management Team
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Chocowinity, North Carolina
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“Elegant Dining”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

The restaurant is beautifully furnished. There were eight of us, seven wonderful meals, mine was average. I had the Snapper dinner. Others in our group raved about their meals. I thought the service was not up to snuff. It was a bit slow, and I received my appetizer order AFTER my main course was served! I will go back if for no other reason to experience the good meals some of my friends had; plus, of course because the place is so elegant. And not too pricey, really! They have a nice variety of items on the menu plus some specials. The entire facility is located in a nice part of town and the adjoining hotel buildings are pleasing to the eye.

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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us at the Café for dinner and had a wonderful experience! Thank you for your comments on our newly redecorated interior as well as our service and food. We recently redecorated our interior in order to give the restaurant a brighter and fresher look. It is disappointing that your service while dining with us did not meet your expectations. Our wait staff is extensively trained in order to be as knowledgeable and attentive as possible. In the future, please let us know immediately if something with your service is not right so that we can correct the problem. We very much appreciate your feedback and hope that you will join us again soon.

Once again many thanks and the best,

Café de Marco Management Team
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Superb”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Cafe de Marco is easily my favorite restaurant on Marco Island and in the entire Naples area for that matter. The food is superb. Clearly prepared with pride and I've never been disappointed. Athens jumbo prawns are a specialty that I highly recommend. Their lobster bisque is the best I have ever had. I also highly recommend their key lime pie. Many places will claim to serve the best, but Cafe de Marco truly holds that claim.
Matching food is their amazing service. Their employees are incredibly friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. They really set a standard for how the customer should be treated and many restaurants in the are could learn a thing or two from simply experiencing huge level of service they provide. They make you feel welcome and most importantly are genuine in wanting to provide an exceptional experience from the moment you walk in Ono the moment you leave.
Finally, the environment. Cafe de Marco recently updated their look. Such an improvement. Brighter and lighter. The atmosphere finally matches every other aspect of this restaurant. Perfectly fine before, but it was a bit dark and made it feel a bit claustrophobic. The lighter colors and more modern fixtures completely changed the ambiance of the restaurant. Making it more inviting to match the exceptional service and delicious food.
Thank you Cafe de Marco. Please do exactly what you have been doing. I look forward to visiting you many times in the future.

  • Visited February 2014
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jwfra345, Manager at Cafe de Marco, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of the Café de Marco. We are delighted that you joined us at the Café for dinner and had a wonderful experience! Thank you for your comments on our food, service and atmosphere. It is very satisfying to know that you enjoyed our signature dish, the jumbo prawns, as well as our award winning lobster bisque soup. Our seafood is brought to us daily to ensure it is always as fresh and tasty as possible. Your comments on our service are greatly appreciated. Our wait staff is trained extensively in order to always be as knowledgeable, attentive and as friendly as possible toward our guests. It is nice to know that you enjoyed our newly redecorated interior while dining with us! Although we were closed in September, we were very busy giving the Café a new brighter and fresher look. Your feedback is very important to us and we hope you will dine with us again soon.

Once again many thanks and the best,

Café de Marco Management Team
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