The Island Cow

New American Restaurant$$$$
  • erin k.
    "Crunchy Grouper tacos are heavenly."(4 Tips)
    Thomas H.
    "Island Cow on Sanibel Island"(3 Tips)
    Jane C.
    "Boom boom shrimp and the frickles are a must."(3 Tips)
    Eric N.
    "Enjoyed the fried pickles and the BBQ Pulled Pork Plate"(7 Tips)
127 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • breakfast food
  • sanibel island
  • tacos
  • muffins
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  • Brigette K.
    Brigette K.August 6, 2014
    Yum! The chocolate chip muffins were sooo good. And $1.99 for the special beer? Yes! I had pulled pork and it was exactly what I was in the mood for. Substituted regular fries for sweet potato
  • Tobias N.
    Tobias NegeleJune 1, 2015
    We ate here twice while staying on Sanibel Island. You have to try one of the seafood baskets. I had the half and half with clam straps and shrimps with sweet potato fries. So good!!!
  • Faith S.
    Faith SpinoApril 10, 2015
    We love the Island Cow! Awesome breakfast complete with muffins for the table. Our server was friendly, the atmosphere is very eclectic-Sanibel-y and the food was great. Great choice on the island.
  • Kelsey W.
    Kelsey WilbergNovember 29, 2012
    Excellent food n service the portions are hearty and we like food when we go out to eat the gumbo, salmon, and catfish are recommendations we would highly recommend the island cow
  • David C.
    David CobbMay 3, 2013
    Excellent food and atmosphere. I had some kebabs with a weird name like Cowzboy Kebobs that were really good - shrimp, scallops and beef. And they serve Starbucks coffee !
  • Eric H.
    Eric HannulaDecember 24, 2013
    The combo tacos were the best! Corn flake crusted mahi-mahi and boom-boom sauced shrimp can't steer (pun intended) you wrong. Happy tummy at The Island Cow!
  • Trevor N.
    Trevor NashleanasJune 2, 2014
    Red beans and rice is just like they make in Haiti! Sweet potato fries and regular fries are the best I've ever had... soft, but not mushy; firm, but not crunchy!
  • Stefan S.
    Great place to Lunch. Nice place with very friendly to us and our kid (9 months). You even get a free muffin as a little welcome.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HallinApril 30, 2013
    Great atmosphere after a morning at the beach, excellent service, good food - and a fun time awaits you at the Island Cow on Sanibel Island, FL.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CaseJune 20, 2015
    Great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Breakfast quesadilla with black beans and chilled wild berry bisque made for a great breakfast.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, atmosphere and staff! Come hungry! This is one of the few places we eat when on the island when we stay. Moooooooo!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WhiteJune 28, 2012
    Called ahead and seated when we arrived. Food was great, fresh fruit served with breakfast, the strawberries and melon was very sweet and fresh.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanAugust 24, 2014
    Delicious breakfast place. Got the Juan Po breakfast special and it was killer. The hash browns were great. Overall a great meal.
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HorenDecember 22, 2014
    Get the frickles! (Fried pickels) also the back patio/bar area is great for chilling.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good food! We had breakfast and dinner here twice. So much food and very affordable! They serve Starbucks coffee too!
  • Agnes Z.
    Agnes ZlatnikMay 8, 2014
    We had diner and breakfast too. Clams were a bit sendy. We liked the mussels marinara and the snapper. Breakfast eggs were great too.
  • Ira E.
    Ira EltingAugust 7, 2014
    I had the lightly fried seafood was huge! Too much to handle. We also ordered the "frickles", and my wife ordered a tuna sandwich
  • Hussein O.
    Big portions, good tasty food. I like the design of inside and out very cool
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WorleyJune 17, 2013
    Great place for families (lots of variety, large portions, o.k. Prices) but the food itself is fairly generic. Not a whole lot of taste or originality.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MurraySeptember 16, 2012
    Fantastic grouper tacos! This place is how you would imagine a casual island restaurant. Kid friendly. Beware of wait times.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilhelmNovember 24, 2012
    If the Bonita Breakfast Burrito is on the specials menu, give it a shot. Delicious eggy awesomeness!
  • erin k.
    erin kelleyJuly 11, 2012
    Best food on the island. Crunchy Grouper tacos are heavenly. One order should be shared... Portions are huge!
  • Kate M.
    Kate McMillanMay 4, 2012
    Yummy crab cakes here! Always a must go to place when in Sanibel. The cheese grits are good here too.
  • Andrea D.
    Andrea D'AmbrosioNovember 1, 2015
    I love coming here for their breakfast! Best coconut and funfetti muffins. Great breakfast options!
  • Molly C.
    Molly ConlenJanuary 1, 2015
    We loved the frickles and the combo tacos. Delicious, portions were large, recommend sharing! Great outdoor seating.
  • Jane C.
    Jane CrooksAugust 8, 2013
    Boom boom shrimp and the frickles are a must. There is usually a wait even in off seasons.
  • Amber G.
    Seafood Quesadilla! SOOO good! Very generous on the seafood! 👍
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Had a very good fried oyster Po Boy here. They serve Starbucks coffee and do take out too.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownJanuary 6
    great menu!! Get there early or late for dinner! big rush during dinner hours
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RussoJune 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge portions and quick! Really delicious breakfast. Free muffins when you are seated!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SkorjanecMarch 6, 2015
    Grouper is excellent, any kind of food you could want. My picky eaters were happy too.
  • Emma
    EmmaJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The grouper tacos are amazing! The tacos are big so find someone to share them with.
  • Nat F.
    Nat FinnMay 8, 2011
    Get the gumbo - & a double order of muffins so you can wrap them up in the paper towels and take them!
  • andy b.
    andy barnetteApril 20, 2012
    This is our go to restaurant everytime we come to sanibel. Ribs are out of this world
  • Jill O.
    Jill OgletreeOctober 7, 2014
    Fried shrimp was fresh and yummy. Great fries too.
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy RomascavageJune 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great outside seating and menu selection! Totally worth the wait!
  • Sean S.
    Sean StrifeNovember 14, 2010
    The coconut fried salmon is heaven on earth. The plum sauce is amazing and comes with all the coconut dishes.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FornwallJune 2, 2015
    Fun atmosphere, and interesting choices for breakfast. The grits are delicious.
  • Penny D.
    Penny DiversSeptember 9, 2013
    Recommend the clam strip basket. Not sure where they find their clams, but they are huge.
  • A M.
    A MJanuary 4, 2012
    Try the Corned Beef Reuben. And the sangria if they have it that day!
  • Elena G.
    Elena GentileOctober 2, 2012
    Had breakfast this morning. Was yummy and huge. Love the decor and the unattended children signs.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa P.December 29, 2012
    Great food. Good service. Looooong wait, so plan ahead...but it's worth it.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ClackMarch 22, 2013
    Huge selection on offer - Catfish Rueben was okay but Huber cheesy. Awesome fries though...
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa ReneeJuly 19, 2013
    The food and service is great, just brace yourself for a not-so-pleasant hostess.
  • Rori S.
    Rori Smith-KochMarch 26, 2012
    Come with a very empty stomach. The portions are enormous! But so good!!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MorganSeptember 30, 2010
    Everything here is solid but nothing is going to bowl you over. Extensive menu makes this a great choice for families.
  • Darlene C.
    Darlene CieriApril 20, 2014
    Great seafood dishes. Don't miss this place-- an absolute must!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HallDecember 30, 2012
    Purple Cow: grape juice & vanilla ice cream float. An unlikely, unique treat!
  • Vanessa
    VanessaJune 17, 2012
    Great family restaurant but be prepared to w-a-i-t...
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay PedersenApril 4, 2012
    There's always a wait - especially during the season. Kill some time at periwinkle place just around the corner :)
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