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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
This was a great local spot. Excellent service and food.
Aaron Weimer via google.com - Dec 2, 2018
Delicious food, excellent service! You must eat here when visiting the Marco Island area ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Nov 2, 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
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
Perfectly delightful meal.
Mark Friedland via google.com - Aug 16, 2018
Lovely French restaurant!
Doris Ackerson 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
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
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
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.
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
Excellent food and value.
A Google User via google.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
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
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
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
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
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
Excellent food preparation and presentation.
Brian of Pemberley via google.com - Mar 16, 2018
Excellent food preparation and presentation.
A Google User via google.com - Mar 9, 2018
Dinner was delicious.   Grouper ...
Dinner was delicious.   Grouper with crab and lemon sauce as well as shrimp scampi. The hostess and waiter were delightful. However, this was listed as a waterfront restaurant but there is no water near it. It is a small venue that takes pride in its offerings snd service which we appreciated.
Leigh D. via yelp.com - Mar 2, 2018
Salmon crusted pecan was really good.
Brad Hackel via google.com - Feb 16, 2018
Salmon crusted pecan was really good.
A Google User via google.com - Feb 9, 2018
The seafood is amazing!
Cintia Penna via google.com - Jan 16, 2018
The seafood is amazing!
A Google User via google.com - Jan 9, 2018
Under new ownership. Same family ...
Under new ownership. Same family that was Ciao Bella. Had a lovely dinner. Wife had the chicken and I had the fish special.  Very tasty although the portions were not sumptuous. Plenty for us. Wine list needs to expand but kudos to the wait staff friendly and attentive. Big improvement over the old cafe. Only will get better. Owner o ... read more
Frederick M. via yelp.com - Nov 9, 2017
Absolutely delicious. Everything to perfection. Enjoyed are rare offering of jumbalyia. Scallops, shrimp, mussels and so much more. Do yourself a favor and experience this wonderful dining experience.
A Google User via google.com - Nov 9, 2017
Our favorite restaurant on marco island. Very small number of choices but very well done and excellent service ... read more
A Google User via google.com - Nov 9, 2017
This restaurant is so good! Beautiful ...
This restaurant is so good! Beautiful food, and tastes amazing!!!! Frank is one of the best waiters, very nice you have to try it!!!
Food I. via yelp.com - Oct 5, 2017
We went to island cafe today and ...
We went to island cafe today and it was delicious and the service was wonderful. We had the escargot and the special of the night. Yellowtail snapper with butternut squash risotto.  Followed by key lime pie and creme brûlée.  I would recommend this if you're in the area.
Susan L. via yelp.com - May 17, 2017
Omg. Timing of the meals was amazing ...
Omg. Timing of the meals was amazing. The portions were perfect. Other then we're the youngest people here( and where not that young) it's a must go to place on Marco.
Michael L. via yelp.com - May 2, 2017
The. Food. Is. Terrific. Service ...
The. Food. Is. Terrific. Service was very friendly and timely. I totally recommend this if you love classic French food in a homey atmosphere. The mussels were the best I've had in a long time. And the cream of mushroom soup was delicious. The scallop entree was excellent and well portioned. All is well portioned- not too much but yo ... read more
Susan M. via yelp.com - Apr 24, 2017
Don't let the nondescript exterior ...
Don't let the nondescript exterior fool you. This is an outstanding restaurant. The service is incredibly professional and attentive and the owner is apparently always around making sure everyone is happy. The food is a little pricey but not too pricey given the area. You get what you pay for, however, because the food is both impecc ... read more
Rick V. via yelp.com - Mar 2, 2017
What a great restaurant! Stopped ...
What a great restaurant! Stopped in without a reservation but were seated immediately. Friendly personal service. Warm crusty rolls, delicious salads, especially the spinach salad! Ravioli appetizer was enough for a small entree, pecan crusted salmon and bacon-wrapped pork were perfect. Just wish we had room for dessert, as the desse ... read more
Carroll B. via yelp.com - Nov 20, 2016
Remarkable dining experience. I ...
Remarkable dining experience. I had the rack of lamb. While not the tastiest lamb I've ever had it was cooked to perfection (on the rare side of med rare as requested) and it was huge. The accompanying reduction sauce was excellent. The wilted spinach was sublime, sautéed in butter and garlic. The scalloped potatoes are baked in an i ... read more
Dale S. via yelp.com - Oct 3, 2016
Agree with those who wrote the ...
Agree with those who wrote the food is excellent, it really is. I gave it 4 stars because while the food is top shelf, the decor is tired, the wine list is past tired, and the service is decent. It's easy to tell the chef is European as his small touches are excellent, but am surprised by the cheap cutlery and cheesy plastic flowers.
Chris N. via yelp.com - Oct 1, 2016
Everyone said best food on Marco ...
Everyone said best food on Marco island, so we had to try it. I am agreeing wholeheartedly! The shrimp and scallops were outstanding and my wife's filet was the same. Highly recommend!
John J. via yelp.com - Aug 10, 2016
My hubby and I were pleasantly ...
My hubby and I were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was elegant yet casual. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was incredible! Best steak and grouper we've ever had.
Liz J. via yelp.com - Aug 3, 2016
One of our favorites! Food is always ...
One of our favorites! Food is always consistent, service is always attentive! One of the best restaurants on Marco! Love that there is linen tablecloth service & it is an intimate setting. We particularly love the wine room table. With that said, yes it's a little outdated as another reviewer said but it is clean so that does not bot ... read more
Sharon K. via yelp.com - Jul 27, 2016
Best food on Marco! You can tell ...
Best food on Marco! You can tell that the owner truly cares about his business. Very friendly staff and great food. I recommend the filet.
John W. via yelp.com - Jul 13, 2016
Still the best restaurant on Marco ...
Still the best restaurant on Marco. I has shrimp and scallops tonight. Outstanding.And the bread pudding was as good as I remembered.
Richard N. via yelp.com - Jun 12, 2016
Last night we sat in the small ...
Last night we sat in the small wine room of the Island Café. It's very intimate. We had delicious house wine, delicious appetizers and delicious entrées.I had the chef's special appetizer, spinach and goat cheese stuffed ravioli. Very tasty and creative, With a delicious butter sauce. My entrée was duck, crispy skin tender juicy meat ... read more
Elly C. via yelp.com - May 31, 2016
Best food! Super dinner with family ...
Best food! Super dinner with family. Fresh and delicious. Everyone loved their meals. Yum.
Garth M. via yelp.com - Apr 15, 2016
The food was excellent, you won't ...
The food was excellent, you won't be disappointed! We had the pasta dish and the grouper and both dishes were wonderful. The portions are huge and come with a side sad or soup. Their wine selection is unfortunately not that great; we decided on the house sauvignon blanc which was OK. Our waiter could have been more attentive and frie ... read more
Laura H. via yelp.com - Jan 22, 2016
I don't want to comment on the ...
I don't want to comment on the appearance of the restaurant because I have a picky eye and the littlest of things bothers me (the menus were old, the tablecloths were a bit lacey and distracting), but I want to compliment on the food and service.  We got there at 5 and were able to get the early bird special, which meant we got a fre ... read more
Ally M. via yelp.com - Dec 18, 2015
First time for me at The Island ...
First time for me at The Island Cafe. A little more upscale than I needed (e.g., linen tablecloths) but overall experience of food, service and price was perfect. The golden corvina and shrimp/scallop dishes were expertly prepared; even a few "wow" moments due to the sauces. Service was attentive but not pretentious (thank you). And ... read more
Tracy P. via yelp.com - Oct 22, 2015
Fantastic casual spot with delightful ...
Fantastic casual spot with delightful French sauces and excellent values.  Portion size perfect.  Loved our waitress!  Cannot wait to return.
Kane P. via yelp.com - Oct 1, 2015
Outstanding food. I went for the ...
Outstanding food. I went for the 'early bird special' had the spinach salad which was very good but the real star of the night was the shrimp and scallops. They were amazing!!! Cooked perfectly. Lastly the key lime pie was excellent. Wasn't sure what to expect from this restaurant but I would definitely recommend it and also return.
Megan S. via yelp.com - Sep 23, 2015
Elegant/casual restaurant with ...
Elegant/casual restaurant with a great presentation of the food. Juicy steaks and chicken and also a great array of seafood options. The Summer special is a great deal, lots of food and a starter with desert! The ice cream Sunday was amazing with homemade chocolate sauce, sugar pecans and a homemade whipped cream. Great place to brin ... read more
Marc A. via yelp.com - Sep 8, 2015
Wow. After spending the weekend ...
Wow. After spending the weekend in Miami and having more than my fair share of terribly mediocre, over-priced food, this was a breath of fresh air. Started with an onion-goat cheese tart. Absolutely delicious, delicate puff pastry with goat cheese. Also had a spinach salad with caramelized pear and walnuts. Just amazing. My father-in ... read more
Bob M. via yelp.com - Jan 26, 2015
When you are the last ones there ...
When you are the last ones there it "ain't nothing but a house party". Good time, great food!  Highly recommend.
Stacey M. via yelp.com - Oct 14, 2014
Best restaurant on the island! ...
Best restaurant on the island! Service is friendly and very informed on the menu. The food is so well prepared that we returned 2 times in one week. This is truly a FINE dining experience. No one could possibly have any complaints here!
Elana S. via yelp.com - Aug 27, 2014
Service...greatFood...excellentPrice ...
Service...greatFood...excellentPrice...extremely conservative for quality and presentation.
Matt H. via yelp.com - Jul 19, 2014
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