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The Island Cow

) #22 of 56 Restaurants in Sanibel Island €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
+1 239-472-0606
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
07:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
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Reviewed yesterday

I know, I know .. so many love this place. We were curious to try it since it so bright, and cheery. We went for dinner one evening and had a short wait in the back courtyard area. Our server was very bubbly and took...More

Thank Beach Bum Woman
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is always a wait here, but that tells you that people keep coming back. Moderately priced for lunch like most of the places on the island.

Thank AMA411
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been to Sanibel several times over the years. My kids beg to go to the Island Cow. This week we have been three times. First dinner I was disappointed as the fried and coconut shrimp were terrible. Service was good. The breading in...More

Thank TNmomma_of_3
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

worst dining experience this year...waitress with an attitude, 3 tables received drinks, refills, and food before we had drinks...2 hours waiting on our order and when it came, a hair in the chicken salad and the gator basket wasn't even cooked...a request to speak to...More

Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We've been coming to Sanibel/Captiva for nearly 20 years. Since opening, Island Cow is on our must-do list. The atmosphere is fun, the menu has something for every family member, and at a reasonable price. We have been multiple times, and always enjoy it! We...More

Thank edensmom25
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you go to Sanibel you MUST eat here. The menu is huge! The drinks are refreshing. The prices are reasonable (especially for a tourist area.) Eat here! You won't be disappointed. Especially if you have a refreshing frozen pina colada

Thank juliebix
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here for lunch and I found it to be average, bordering on below average. I had baked red snapper. The piece of fish was small, under-seasoned, and over-cooked. I was pretty disappointed.

Thank Brandon0072
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped on a suggestion from another person out and about during the day. They were right. Busy but very good food at a reasonable price. There were eight of us and each meal was served properly and was enjoyed - even a little sharing...More

Thank Kenny G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our waiter was the absolute best! There were seven in our group and we ordered a wide variety from the massive menu. Most of the food was average. One member ordered clams. You could not even saw through these suckers. Holy cow were they tough.

Thank mholden25
Reviewed 3 days ago

Recently visited the Island Cow, I think they must be trading on a past reputation, because we found the food very poor, Calamari was all little bits, the burgers were well overcooked and the bread was stale, nothing more to say except the place could...More

Thank Warren10
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Response from nhollywood | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are - but you have to sit outside, which is fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0606
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