The Island Cow

New American Restaurant$$$$
Sanibel
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  • erin k.
    "Crunchy Grouper tacos are heavenly."(4 Tips)
    Thomas H.
    "Island Cow on Sanibel Island"(3 Tips)
    Eric N.
    "Enjoyed the fried pickles and the BBQ Pulled Pork Plate"(8 Tips)
    Jane C.
    "Boom boom shrimp and the frickles are a must."(3 Tips)
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  • elizabeth n.
    Had the paella, it was AWESOME! The shrimp in it was my favorite. Drinks are a little pricey for how weak they are, but they complimented the meal and tasted great. Really good service, very casual.
  • 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.
  • Isabella K.
    Isabella KayatSeptember 7
    Loved this place and so glad I didn't just drive by. They give you these super yummy muffins upfront. Ginormous menu with options for everyone
  • Debra G.
    Debra GrossJanuary 21
    Loved the fun casual atmosphere waitress was wonserful and the adobo shrimp.basket delicious! I had my big dog with me and he was welcomed to sit with me it the outside seating area
  • 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.
    Stefan St.May 6, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hussein O.
    Hussein OthmanAugust 15, 2016
    Big portions, good tasty food. I like the design of inside and out very cool
  • Ira E.
    Ira EltingAugust 7, 2014
    I had the lightly fried seafood combo...it was huge! Too much to handle. We also ordered the "frickles", and my wife ordered a tuna sandwich
  • 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.
  • Andrew S.
    Delicious food, friendly people and an awesome atmosphere ... place to eat when around! Reasonable prices!
  • erin k.
    erin kelleyJuly 11, 2012
    Best food on the island. Crunchy Grouper tacos are heavenly. One order should be shared... Portions are huge!
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilhelmNovember 24, 2012
    If the Bonita Breakfast Burrito is on the specials menu, give it a shot. Delicious eggy awesomeness!
  • 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.
  • Amber G.
    Amber GrishamMay 30, 2016
    Seafood Quesadilla! SOOO good! Very generous on the seafood! 👍
  • Jane C.
    Jane CrooksAugust 8, 2013
    Boom boom shrimp and the frickles are a must. There is usually a wait even in off seasons.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownJanuary 6, 2016
    great menu!! Get there early or late for dinner! big rush during dinner hours
  • Joe S.
    Joe SkorjanecMarch 6, 2015
    Grouper is excellent, any kind of food you could want. My picky eaters were happy too.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RussoJune 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge portions and quick! Really delicious breakfast. Free muffins when you are seated!
  • Emma
    EmmaJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The grouper tacos are amazing! The tacos are big so find someone to share them with.
  • Jill O.
    Jill OgletreeOctober 7, 2014
    Fried shrimp was fresh and yummy. Great fries too.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KornMarch 27
    Sweet potato fries are incredible! And the mango sangria was great
  • andy b.
    andy barnetteApril 20, 2012
    This is our go to restaurant everytime we come to sanibel. Ribs are out of this world
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy RomascavageJune 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great outside seating and menu selection! Totally worth the wait!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FornwallJune 2, 2015
    Fun atmosphere, and interesting choices for breakfast. The grits are delicious.
  • 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!
  • Penny D.
    Penny DiversSeptember 9, 2013
    Recommend the clam strip basket. Not sure where they find their clams, but they are huge.
  • Elena G.
    Elena GentileOctober 2, 2012
    Had breakfast this morning. Was yummy and huge. Love the decor and the unattended children signs.
  • 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.
  • A M.
    A MJanuary 4, 2012
    Try the Corned Beef Reuben. And the sangria if they have it that day!
  • 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...
  • Darlene C.
    Darlene CieriApril 20, 2014
    Great seafood dishes. Don't miss this place-- an absolute must!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa ReneeJuly 19, 2013
    The food and service is great, just brace yourself for a not-so-pleasant hostess.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HallDecember 30, 2012
    Purple Cow: grape juice & vanilla ice cream float. An unlikely, unique treat!
  • 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.
  • Claudia C.
    Claudia CoxApril 28, 2014
    Their Scallop N' Shrimp Scampi pasta is great!!
  • Vanessa
    VanessaJune 17, 2012
    Great family restaurant but be prepared to w-a-i-t...
  • Becca M.
    Becca McPheeMarch 18, 2014
    Friendly service and amazing food! Definitely a favorite.
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KachaevNovember 26, 2014
    Catfish Po-Boy of ridiculous size! Really good!
  • Steven B.
    Steven BergésMay 13, 2013
    Really, tremendously good food. Nice atmosphere too .
  • Michele R.
    Michele RoweJuly 6, 2015
    The shrimp and grits was AMAZING!!
  • Deena L.
    Deena Lawson DamanApril 18, 2015
    Breakfast was awesome....shrimp oscar omelet was fabulous. Im stuffed!
  • Judy M.
    Judy MSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the voodoo scallops - very yummy. but ask them not to overcook them!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BayerAugust 21, 2015
    Breakfast is awesome! Get the bomb and skip lunch!
  • Jörg G.
    Jörg GoyMay 14, 2014
    We thought this would be a child friendly place. But the waitress did not even ask what we would like to order for our little daughter! Also there were crayons but no paper. Daughter unhappy.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BalentineSeptember 7, 2011
    The seafood paella was amazing and the shucked oysters were huge.
  • Kerry W.
    Kerry WilsonJune 17, 2015
    Wings were mediocre, shrimp and grits were decent but everything is overpriced... except the $2 drafts. Still looking for a decent place to eat on Sanibel.
  • 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 :)
  • Jörg G.
    Jörg GoyMay 14, 2014
    It was way not that good than expected. Our waitress seemed to be annoyed and she did not smile on time. Maybe she does not like her job. Food was ok but not exceptional!
  • Joe P.
    Joe PendleburyApril 30, 2012
    $2 for just under a pint of Samuel Adams! Absolutely bargain by British standards.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FosterOctober 5, 2014
    Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos are great!
  • Kirk B.
    Kirk BeckerJuly 25, 2013
    Easily best family restaurant on Sanibel.
  • Eddie
    EddieSeptember 14, 2012
    Can bring your dog and sit outside. Reason we came.
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie S.November 28, 2010
    Fried oyster app and catfish sandwich was the best I've had. Service was excellent
  • Tom J.
    Tom JAugust 20
    The gumbo was good. The crawfish were so so.
  • George P.
    George Pagan 3rdOctober 26, 2015
    Great service and awesome food. Live mellow music.
  • Thomas M.
    Breakfast, especially the egg white omelette a la kardashian.
  • Serita M.
    Serita McClearyJune 11, 2013
    Try the Purple Cow, Cow Potion, or a Mango Smoothie!
  • Dana H.
    Dana HApril 30, 2012
    The lobster and crab wontons are amazing!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KazisJanuary 21, 2014
    BBQ meals here are a nice break from all the seafood.
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MalkowskiJune 18, 2011
    Sea spuds are delicious. Expect a wait.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewsterOctober 6, 2014
    Swordfish is awesome
  • Amanda E.
    Amanda EveSeptember 30, 2011
    Tuna melt is the best and their breakfast is yum
  • Liz D.
    Liz D.December 27, 2013
    Try the fried artichoke heart appetizer!
  • Sue G.
    Sue GoldmanJuly 14, 2015
    Second night here on Sanibel Island. We love The Island Cow, . Spending quality time with hubby
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunFebruary 15, 2012
    Outdoor tables, ice cream, and more just over the bridge in Sanibel.
  • Suzy S.
    Suzy SheppardMarch 2, 2011
    Great food. Large menu. Busy. Slooooooow service.
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DJune 27, 2013
    The fried shrimp and chowder was great
  • Frank A.
    Frank AquilaNovember 23, 2013
    The Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos are great
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DJune 27, 2013
    Cupcakes served before your meal!
  • Vik C.
    Vik ChhabraOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grouper tacos are crazy good. Ask for them grilled, not fried.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MorrisonMarch 18, 2012
    The Holy Cow is humongous. You've been warned. Delicious food coma.
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BaxterNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite place for breakfast. Awesome belgium waffles.
  • Kevin
    KevinJuly 21, 2012
    Coconut Fried Grouper Sandwich! GO!
  • david h.
    david haslamApril 7, 2010
    Great place for families. There can be a wait so get there early!
  • Amy@GoPetFriendly
    Amy@GoPetFriendlyFebruary 10, 2011
    The outdoor seating area is nice and its pet friendly!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RussoAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Granola and berries are awesome.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChenevertAugust 13, 2014
    Fun place for an outdoor breakfast
  • Mike M.
    Mike MasinDecember 15, 2010
    Try the pulled pork; they make their own BBQ sauce
  • Darrell
    DarrellJune 18, 2011
    Beef kabob and steak temperature was good, but meat was flavorless. Mashed potatoes had most flavor.
  • Pac
    PacJanuary 5, 2015
    A great breakfast here...eat outside
  • Dale S.
    Dale SuslickMay 8, 2012
    The Juan-Bo Combo is a hearty meal. #Value
  • LInda M.
    LInda MJanuary 18, 2014
    Fun, friendly servers!!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MirrMarch 22, 2011
    Get the pulled pork it is so delicous
  • Anita P.
    Anita PuskarJuly 26, 2011
    Delicious food, would definitely come here again!!!!!!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PAugust 17, 2015
    Food was decent but pricy and the service was adequate. Could be a great place for drinking.
  • Byron B.
    Byron BrewerApril 26, 2010
    Get the table started with an order or two of the fried pickles. You won't regret it.
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy Marrero CaballeroNovember 13, 2010
    Loved it!!! Went there 3 times a week while working in FM, will be back someday!
  • Julie N.
    Julie N.F.May 24, 2013
    Bronzed Snapper is a must!
  • John
    JohnMarch 10, 2013
    Gratuity was included for our breakfast. Check your receipt before you tip.
  • Marilyn L.
    Marilyn LJanuary 18, 2012
    Have their version of shepherds pie. Yummy!
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZumkehrApril 8, 2013
    The fries are fantastic!
  • Thorsten L.
    Nichts! It was shit shit shit. Oysters not well prepared. Fish fat. Service OK. But Drinks too weak. Too extensive for what you get. Don‘t go there!!!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaufmanSeptember 22, 2011
    Excellent gluten free menu
  • Jon H.
    Jon HJanuary 1, 2011
    free muffins for breakfast are delicious!!!
  • Robin A.
    Robin AtkinsSeptember 20, 2013
    Never waited! Great food!
  • Alex C.
    Alex CoryJanuary 1, 2014
    Foods great, but expect at least a 45 minute wait for dinner.
  • Suze Q.
    Suze QNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Coconut French toast for breakfast yummy!
  • David A.
    David AcevedoAugust 9, 2014
    Fun place, great food!
  • P B.
    P BMarch 27, 2011
    I got sick after eating here. For some reason, the salt on my margarita tasted tasted fishy. I should have known better. I won't be back. The fried pickles were REALLY good though...
  • Tom Z.
    Tom ZareckiAugust 18, 2012
    Moooooo! Been here previous years, back to graze again.
  • Morgan H.
    Frickles are amazing!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BayerAugust 22, 2015
    Breakfast is awesome
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonMay 24, 2015
    Great place for breakfast!
  • Deb B.
    Deb BlandMarch 25, 2014
    Breakfast is the best
  • Dan J.
    Dan JaspersonMarch 25, 2013
    Terrible. A 15-20 minute wait was easily a hour and a half wait and the man taking reservations knew it
  • Tammy H.
    Tammy HurtadoDecember 6, 2012
    Not actually open until 10:30, call before you go.
  • Liz D.
    Liz D.July 10, 2015
    Fried artichoke hearts!
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FriendDecember 4, 2010
    Free muffins with breakfast. Yum!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LynchJuly 25, 2011
    Dinner is enough food for two meals.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GoldfarbDecember 3, 2011
    The hostess was very cute!
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KilwayOctober 13, 2013
    Great food!!
  • Eric N.
    Eric NygrenJuly 28, 2010
    Enjoyed the fried pickles and the BBQ Pulled Pork Plate
  • Kate H.
    Kate HallDecember 30, 2012
    Grouper: shazam.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas P.July 26, 2011
    Don't bother getting a frozen margarita unless you're hiding a bottle of tequila in you pocket. I thought it was a virgin margarita. WTF!
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GainesAugust 21, 2011
    They charge Me four dollars for a pick up fee?
  • Graham
    GrahamMay 22, 2010
    Udderly delicious!!
  • Han S.
    Han SoloAugust 31, 2013
    Einfache Einrichtung. Vielseitige Fischgerichte werden frisch zubereitet. Netter Service. Keine Servietten - Küchenrollen auf dem Tisch. Günstigster Preis für ein Bier.
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