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“Great prices, but poor service.”

Island Cafe and Smokehouse
Ranked #36 of 79 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast
Colorado high country
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great prices, but poor service.”
Reviewed November 9, 2007

The prices were the cheapest we found on the island, and the first time we ate there out of 3 times that trip was for dinner. the dinner was very good for the money, but opon eating there twice for breakfast. discovered that thier breakfast was average at best.
As for the service, never did our waitresses check on us after they brought our food, and we had to wait what seemed like forever to get our check. as we watched our waitress wandering around a nearly empty restaurant doing what seemed like nothing other than laughing with the other waitresses. unfortunaltly the service never got any better. this could be a fantastic restaurant if they would hire a decent staff.

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dfw,texas
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good homestyle cooking”
Reviewed October 1, 2007

An island staple. Same staff from year to year. Happy ladies take your order quickly and never let your drink go dry. Food is always hot and any changes to orders are met. Have tried other places, always come back to this. Simply put- always a hit never a miss.

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TX
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Family Restaraunt”
Reviewed September 2, 2006

Good, simple food. Most meals come with a salad bar which is better than average with good selections. Green beans were from a can. Wait staff is also no frills but, friendly enough.

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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
Reviewed June 24, 2006

This must really be a local's place because its not that easy to find and they sure could use a better sign out front. Fried shrimp well worth it and reasonable. We'd go back.

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Fulton, Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best place to eat in Port Aransas if you're looking for reasonable prices”
Reviewed June 19, 2006

While in Port Aransas we ate at quite a few restaurants, some expensive, some not, but I must say that The Island Cafe was actually the best food we had. Breakfast is very good, on weekends you may have to wait for a table, but it is worth the wait, very reasonable prices, friendly waitresses, and the food is good. Just down home, good food, nothing fancy. We didn't try the fish, but I have heard it is very good. It couldnt be any worse than some fish we had on this trip. Every restaurant that we tried fish, it was from Alaska or flown in from somewhere else. I expected fresh daily fish in Port Aransas and didn't get it.

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