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The Island Cow

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-0606
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the older waitress that had a funny story to tell...she wasn't even our waitress. I'll bet she has been there for many years. Food was good (could do without the sugary muffin...ick, but I'll bet people like them) but the best part are all the cow figures around the restaurant and funky atmosphere.

Thank MariaMag
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place. Fun place. Lots of options and an environment conducive to family, fun and good food. We love the breakfast options, Starbucks coffee and everyone can find something that they can enjoy. Eat inside or outside and they have heaters when it cools down.

Thank RonPatrick
Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been in love with this restaurant for decades. It has the best food and the best vibe. Lots to choose from on the menu but get the gator tail!

Thank RobinBright
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes please. I would LIVE here if I lived here. The sundaes are ridiculous in the very best possible way.

Thank Mark H
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were really impressed with the way the place handled large crowds: they hand you a buzzer and menus and have a cute separate waiting area with tables outside. My fried oysters were yummy. My son said the fish tacos were mushy. Make sure you spray for mosquitoes if you go at night and eat outside.

Thank Jeannelb
Cary, North Carolina
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, this place is kinda fun. HUGE menu, so you won't have any problem finding something to your liking. They have a few (8) beers on tap and ran a $1.99 Key West Sunset Lager special today for a pint, and it was good. Also good was their promotional Tito's Vodka Watermelon Splash. It was well made and tasty, with... More 

Thank ringegl
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fried shrimp, blackened mahi-mahi and fries were amazing. Portions are ridiculously huge. Our service was quick and friendly both times we dined there. The restaurant is kid friendly.

Thank Beth D
Durham, CT
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Portions were good, service prompt and friendly, but meal was just average. These seemed to be following a trend on Sanibel, where we have yet to have a truly good meal. The Island Cow was more reasonably priced then most and did have a fun vibe that would be good for kids.

Thank Becky A
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food portions are plentiful. The staff is knowledgeable and good service. The food is tasty. The coffee keeps coming and always fresh and hot.

Thank Matthew R
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were there for breakfast. The food was quite good. The helpings were huge! Coffee was good and kept on the full side. Good service.

Thank BuilderDad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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, Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, 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
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0606

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?