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Date Night A Success
Ended our spring break with date night with my wife. First time visitor to Island Cafe but many time visitor of Marco. Seems like an old school restaurant on Marco. Tiny venue. Oldish decor. I had branzino special which was prepared well. My wife had...More ... read more
Zman1962 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 24, 2019
New Owner but Same Great Food!
Love the food here. Even though it has changed hands the food is still wonderful. Great grouper piccata and all seafoods are good here.
Shirley R via tripadvisor.com - Mar 24, 2019
Tasty and high quality
After several ho-hum meals in and around Marco Island, is almost resigned myself to lowered expectations...then we ate at Island Cafe. This small gem located on busy Collier blvd is easy to overlook but it is well worth seeking out. We had a group of...More ... read more
JimRiesterer via tripadvisor.com - Mar 21, 2019
After several ho-hum meals in and ...
After several ho-hum meals in and around Marco Island, is almost resigned myself to lowered expectations...then we ate at Island Cafe.This small gem located on busy Collier blvd is easy to overlook but it is well worth seeking out.  We had a group of six and an early 5:45 seating.  The place isn't too big so it was full on a Tuesday ... read more
Jim R. via yelp.com - Mar 21, 2019
A HIDDEN GEM !!
We enjoyed a gourmet dinner at this gem of a restaurant hidden in a small shopping strip. The service was excellent. The ambiance is very comfortable. I highly recommend the "tournedos" as a main course. Will return next year.
DrJazz123 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 20, 2019
Wonderful, quiet...A great dining experience!
Dined again tonight at Island Cafe..and couldn't have been more pleased. I am partial to their "crispy duck" but thought I would try the jambalaya entree.($29) It was fabulous. Some of the largest and most tender muscles I have ever had..and the shrimp and scallops...More ... read more
MrPr946 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 18, 2019
Cozy ambiance and good service
One of the good place to have some meeting in marco island, i find the food very nice and delicious. Must try!
DhaneAnderson via tripadvisor.com - Mar 10, 2019
Best of the Best...! Food is 5 star..
George Davidek via google.com - Mar 6, 2019
A Little Gem!
Simply put, excellent! There were 6 in our party, and all dinners were absolutely delicious. The service was also excellent. The place seats about 60-70 people, cozy, nice ambiance and just a great experience overall. We all can’t wait to go back. The Island Cafe...More ... read more
rita932 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 6, 2019
Excellent ... read more
Christopher Cavallaro via google.com - Mar 4, 2019
Two Visits, Two Home Runs
The restaurant continues to update its dining area, making it brighter, and the addition of plantation blinds to allow views of their mini garden. We went with friends and then by ourselves and everything we ordered was top notch. The crown roast of lamb, salmon,...More ... read more
Rosemarie K via tripadvisor.com - Feb 28, 2019
A delectable touch of Provence
A charming, small space with a varied menu of tempting options. The entrees were a mix of french classics plus interesting alternatives like Salmon Filet crusted with Pecans and Creole Jambalaya with andouille, scallops and mussels. Our meal was unhurried, professionally orchestrated and delicious. The...More ... read more
LibbySherry via tripadvisor.com - Feb 27, 2019
Terrific food and service
Had a reservation, promptly seated. Small restaurant, and it was full. Glad we opted for indoor, as the outdoor seating looked cramped and overlooks the parking lot. Pretty decent wine list, and many house wines to pick from. Entrees come with a soup or salad...More ... read more
kjm55 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 26, 2019
Delicious Dinner
We enjoyed a lovely dinner at this hidden gem. Wouldn't think such good food would be served in a tiny strip mall. Only downside is that there is not much outdoor seating (only two tables.) Key lime pie was worth it!
acedaughter via tripadvisor.com - Feb 26, 2019
Liked it, not love though
Cozy place, although small in a strip mall setting. We were met with extremely welcoming staff. Our table was also very nice. The menu was delightful only over shadowed by our extremely nice and attentive waitress, Marybeth. The “less than 5” rating comes from the...More ... read more
Travelings00n via tripadvisor.com - Feb 14, 2019
Great Little Spot
This spot is highly reviewed and for good reason. I’d recommend a reservation. We walked in and they graciously got a us table pretty quick. This is a beer and wine restaurant. There’s about 10-12 tables inside and a couple outside. Everybody was very nice!...More ... read more
brianrounds via tripadvisor.com - Feb 11, 2019
Great Food in Intimate Setting
My wife and I had a lovely dinner at The Island Cafe. It’s a small restaurant in a strip mall probably overlooked by many. The menu is extensive with both seafood and meats. Prices are reasonable for a restaurant of this quality in Marco Island....More ... read more
Hunt901 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 5, 2019
Excellent choice for dinner with friends on a very busy Sunday evening in beautiful Marco Island Florida
It has close to one year since we have visited the Island Cafe in Marco Island Florida. Very nice choice. Excellent menu, very good service and excellent food. Pork wrapped in bacon dinner was excellent. Salmon dinners were also very good. Will definitely go back...More ... read more
E1273UKdavidm via tripadvisor.com - Feb 2, 2019
Loved this place! Best dinner of our vacation!
This was a nice, quiet place to dine, whether inside or out. It was a cool night, but nice enough to sit outside. We were the only ones who did, which felt like a private experience. Mary Beth was our waitress. She was so nice...More ... read more
tmf7150 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 27, 2019
The food was above average, but the service was sub par...
ross mantz via google.com - Jan 18, 2019
Quiet spot for delicious food. Top notch!
Tim Keeney via google.com - Jan 17, 2019
We are from up north, close to ...
We are from up north, close to New York City. We're used to getting the type of food we want at the moment we want it. There's always tons of variety from where we live and we have our favorites picked out. Visiting Marco Island/SW Florida, we were skeptical about how decent food would compare with the variety and quality we are used ... read more
Joseph T. via yelp.com - Jan 17, 2019
New Owner, but better than ever
The Island Cafe formerly offered good French/Continental cuisine, but with new ownership that traces its roots back to Arturo's, once an excellent Italian eatery on Marco Island, the revitalized Island Cafe now has a decidedly Italian flair. Prices remain modest, offerings are expanded, service is...More ... read more
Gary H via tripadvisor.com - Jan 15, 2019
Cozy and excellent!
I went through the list on TA looking for restaurants. Their menu was the best. It’s in a small strip shopping center but do not let that detour you. The inside is charming and staff friendly. I probably had the best pecan crusted salmon I...More ... read more
mdiver08 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 12, 2019
A special option
Lots of variety in the menu and good service .This place has got much busier but that has not affected the ability to serve a great meal ... read more
Morlaism via tripadvisor.com - Jan 7, 2019
My wife and I ate here December ...
My wife and I ate here December 10, 2018 during our stay on Marco Island.  This place is fantastic.  The ambiance is intimate, upscale with great service.  The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive.  My wife had seared scallops in a wild mushroom based sauce with pappardelle pasta.  The sauce had well developed flavors, the mus ... read more
Nelson M. via yelp.com - Dec 12, 2018
The food is some of the finest ...
The food is some of the finest you will find on Marco Island! New Owner/Chef is doing a fantastic job. We tasted the special, The Duck, French onion soup and the pasta w scallops and they were all outstanding!
Pat W. via yelp.com - Dec 11, 2018
Very very enjoyable..."quiet, classy and great food"
We have been patrons of The Island Cafe for a number of years...but last night was the first experience of this season. Island Cafe may well be the most understated great restaurant of Marco..perhaps in some part due to its hidden location. Island Cafe is...More ... read more
MrPr946 via tripadvisor.com - Dec 10, 2018
This was a great local spot. Excellent service and food.
Aaron Weimer via google.com - Dec 2, 2018
Excellent food
Thought this was a French restaurant but found out otherwise. Service was beyond expectation and the food very good. Would recommend to anyone ... read more
Jerry D via tripadvisor.com - Nov 29, 2018
Under new management
It’s clear that some improvements have been made to this restaurant since our last visit. However, it’s difficult to make a shop into an interesting restaurant. We both ordered the mussels which were very tasty, but let down by some being gritty and we know...More ... read more
Mike T via tripadvisor.com - Nov 16, 2018
Dinner with a friend
Had a delightful meal last night with attentive service and great food. My girlfriend had shrimp and scallops and I had chicken franchise. Have been here many times and the food is always good.
572donnao via tripadvisor.com - Nov 4, 2018
Absolutely the best!!! Highly recommend.
A Google User via google.com - Nov 2, 2018
Absolutely the best!!! Highly recommend.
Rene Root via google.com - Nov 2, 2018
Delicious food, excellent service! You must eat here when visiting the Marco Island area ... read more
Dana Root via google.com - Nov 2, 2018
This place is a really amazing ...
This place is a really amazing. Never know from looking at it from the outside. We are visiting the island for a few days and, as we do wherever we go, Found it by accident on various websites and just took a shot. The menu will blow your mind. My wife had shrimp scampi and I had the special of the night, grouper francais, which came ... read more
Sam B. via yelp.com - Oct 29, 2018
We went twice during our 4 day stay
The orange duck was excellent! My husband had it twice. Excellent service. The waiter remembered our special needs from the previous visit.
j p via tripadvisor.com - Oct 22, 2018
Very nice
Lovely little restaurant with a great selection of food. It was a shame they weren’t doing the summer menu when we visited. Only reason I’ve taken one star off is that we had 2 bottles of water and were charged $12. Perhaps this is an...More ... read more
Grimbo89 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 17, 2018
Great food great service consistently ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Oct 9, 2018
This place is amazing. Don't miss ...
This place is amazing. Don't miss it  atmosphere is great. Service exceptional. Food was delicious. Jambalaya,  scallop and mushroom pasta , none better. Wish we lived here would be back once a week ... read more
Monica W. via yelp.com - Oct 7, 2018
Great food great service consistently ... read more
Dan Sebold via google.com - Sep 16, 2018
In one Word EXCELLENT
This place is a great find. Small but great with flavor and technique Diana the hostess was wonderful, she makes every patron feel at home Our waiter Ray explained the menu and his attention to our service was just right We had the Summer special...More ... read more
michael c via tripadvisor.com - Sep 5, 2018
Lovely French restaurant!
Doris Ackerson via google.com - Aug 16, 2018
Perfectly delightful meal.
Mark Friedland via google.com - Aug 16, 2018
Excellent Restaurant!  The food ...
Excellent Restaurant!  The food was amazing it looked and tasted incredible.  The owners even came over to ensure we were happy. Total five star!
CJ W. via yelp.com - Aug 11, 2018
Lovely French restaurant!
A Google User via google.com - Aug 9, 2018
Perfectly delightful meal.
A Google User via google.com - Aug 9, 2018
Best meal of the week!
A Google User via google.com - Aug 9, 2018
One of the best places to eat on Marco Island. Great food. Best mussels I have had in a long time, all of them were large. No skimping here.
A Google User via google.com - Aug 9, 2018
This place was good and the fish ...
This place was good and the fish was delicious and we were served with care. We had an early dinner (from 5-6pm) and we were the only customers. Very cozy. Very clean. Reasonably priced.
Sharon R. via yelp.com - Aug 8, 2018
Don’t judge this book by its cover!
We had just arrived at Marco Island and were starved! We pulled into this little strip mall with an “Island Cafe” sign and figured we would get a quick bite to eat. We were reluctant to go in because it was 5:30pm and there wasn’t...More ... read more
aspeck via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2018
Amazing little gem
Went there last night after reading the good reviews. This restaurant could be easily overlooked from the street because it's tucked away but very quint inside. They offer a summer special 3 course meal which is a great deal for what you get. My appetizer...More ... read more
TravelMiami_Florida via tripadvisor.com - Jul 23, 2018
Good food but not memorable ... read more
Richard Barber via google.com - Jul 16, 2018
Best meal of the week!
David Salesman via google.com - Jul 16, 2018
Good food but not memorable ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Jul 9, 2018
Amazing combos of fish, meats and vegetables. The presentation is great. The tiny Cafe is quiet and intimate. Romantic place to eat.
A Google User via google.com - Jul 9, 2018
Great Choice
This restaurant is tucked away in a stripmall and does not look very inviting.But enter and it is a revelation.There is a wide choice of dishes,seafood or steak and lots more.We all had a different choice and each dish was hot and cooked to perfection.The...More ... read more
KatieB52 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2018
We've been on Marco Island for ...
We've been on Marco Island for a week and we have not been too impressed with some of the restaurants. We decided to try Island Cafe for dinner before we leave based on the reviews here and the menu. The restaurant is located in a small shopping strip, it's easy to miss. We were greeted by the lovely hostess and we were seated at the ... read more
Murray M. via yelp.com - Jun 27, 2018
Excellent food and value.
Steve Weber via google.com - Jun 16, 2018
Good food, served hot at with great presen- tation.
Ed Connolly via google.com - Jun 16, 2018
Sauces to delight . Lived up to our expectations. Fish was excellent ... read more
Phil Hargreaves via google.com - Jun 16, 2018
Excellent food and value.
A Google User via google.com - Jun 9, 2018
Yum and more
We started going there when Theresa and Henri owned it (long time residents) but have not been there in several years. Our neighbors and us decided to go out on impulse...something you can do in the summer months. We had heard Aurtoro has turned the...More ... read more
Jfomarco via tripadvisor.com - Jun 9, 2018
Hidden gem- pleasantly surprise! ...
Hidden gem- pleasantly surprise! We love the atmosphere and culinary experience here. I've been to many fine dining restaurants and pay much more for worst food compared to this cafe. Don't let the "cafe" in the name fool you, this is definitely quality, fresh, sophisticated, fine dining food and atmosphere. We loved the flavorful fo ... read more
Uyen L. via yelp.com - May 28, 2018
Great choice for Seafood
We went for a quiet dinner while visiting Marco Island. Island Cafe is tucked away in a small center but looks are deceiving. Quaint and comfortable. Started with mussels and escargot, followed by salads. The stars of the evening was the grouper with blue crab...More ... read more
rs2tvw via tripadvisor.com - May 19, 2018
Exceeded excellent recommendations
We arrived for our second visit to Marco Island and immediately heard that there was a great new place to try. “Great chef and delicious food”. It’s small, you can have a conversation, casually elegant and excellent wait staff., ie. Gene. Evening special included a...More ... read more
rozebug via tripadvisor.com - May 17, 2018
Enjoyed the $28 Pre-Fix 3 course Summer Special
I ordered from the Island Cafe’s Summer Special menu. This Pre-Fix 3 course menu was fantastic, and only $28. Including a glass of wine. I had my choice of a glass of house wine with an appetizer, soup or salad and entree. I chose the...More ... read more
TVA99 via tripadvisor.com - May 7, 2018
Exceptional European cuisine in ...
Exceptional European cuisine in a cozy setting.Arturo & Arturo Jr. have reestablished themselves with Island Cafe'.The food  is exquisite & the service  is friendly.They have a nice wine menu.The Manhattan Chowder had fresh pompano in an amazing red broth with tomatoes, carrots & onionsI noticed the most beautiful plated entree's wit ... read more
Tanya A. via yelp.com - Apr 29, 2018
A Hidden Gem
My family and I decided to go out to dinner later in the day and all the recommended and big named restaurants had over an hour wait. I jumped on Trip Advisor and found this place that had great reviews. No waiting, so we headed...More ... read more
sajo25 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 25, 2018
Island Cafe was the perfect host ...
Island Cafe was the perfect host for a Sunday night birthday dinner celebration. The facade is unassuming, but inside there is joy, hospitality, and good food!Frank is an exceptional host and made us feel at home. The Piper Heidsieck was a beautiful start to the evening that paired well with the Caesar salad, French onion soup, and G ... read more
Brennan H. via yelp.com - Apr 22, 2018
Quaint French Restaurant
A very small, cozy restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. Love the escargot and duck! Intimate and relaxing, great service, but no full bar.
Marco P via tripadvisor.com - Apr 7, 2018
Great food. Great service
Just went to island cafe tonight for the first time and had a great experience. Our server Frank was fantastic. Food was fresh, delicious, and bread and soup was great. Will be back again!
kkhoefs via tripadvisor.com - Apr 4, 2018
Different owners since my last ...
Different owners since my last visit(Arturo and his son)..but same enjoyable dining experience. Walked in without a reservation early on a weeknight..maybe two tables occupied....and almost got turned away. Hostess/cashier runs a tight ship here..basically told us the place would fill up later(she was right). After checking her list ... read more
daniel r. via yelp.com - Apr 2, 2018
little known gem of a restaurant
We discovered the Island Cafe when we were taken there by friends. We've been back several times since. It's a small place, I think less than 15 tables. The service is always outstanding, and the food is excellent. Fish is always cooked properly (so many...More ... read more
sparkacigar via tripadvisor.com - Apr 1, 2018
Service was great. Had the mussel ...
Service was great. Had the mussel appetizer and the sauce was amazing.  For dinner had the grouper with blue crab. Again, the sauce was incredible.  The grouper was fresh and cooked perfectly.  My dink g companion had shrimp and scallops.  Don't remember the last time a restaurant nailed the scallops.  Island cafe had a great seat an ... read more
Jim F. via yelp.com - Mar 30, 2018
Nice dinner with good service
We haven't been to the Island Cafe in several years. There are new owners, but our server, Robert, has been there for years. We took our family for an early celebration of my granddaughter's birthday. Food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our meals.
RHG0165 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 30, 2018
A Very Delightful Evening
This restaurant has been taken over by new owners in the last one - two years. The newer owners have had successful restaurants on Marco, over the years. The service was excellent, and the food was outstanding. It is beer and wine only. We hadn't...More ... read more
Thomas W via tripadvisor.com - Mar 26, 2018
Best french food? Either here of Bistro Soleil. Fab.
Great service. Sure it is in a strip mall. Get over yourself. Charming "clubby" place for locals. Fair prices and marvelous food.
Bob-Mitchell-Hello via tripadvisor.com - Mar 23, 2018
Popular restaurant for Great Food
We came for dinner with reservation due to the restaurant's popularity. Although the venue was small, it was adequate for our group. Our rack of lamb and grilled twin tournedos came exactly as we requested in doneness, and the sauces that they came with were...More ... read more
Brorat via tripadvisor.com - Mar 22, 2018
First time here. Ordered the frog ...
First time here. Ordered the frog legs and husband ordered the grouper. Both were delicious!  Healthy portions -- couldn't finish the frog legs and wished I could. Salad with vinaigrette was tasty and French onion soup cheesy but not too cheesy and not too salty like some restaurants make it. Frank waited on us and was attentive with ... read more
Cynthia S. via yelp.com - Mar 20, 2018
Delicious Surprise
First time here. Located in a strip center and doesn’t look like a top notch restaurant from the outside. What a nice surprise! Ordered the frog legs and husband ordered the grouper. Both were delicious! Healthy portions — couldn’t finish the frog legs and wished...More ... read more
ckspring1 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 20, 2018
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