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Island View Waterfront Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
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2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
+1 410-687-9799
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food with great service. Easy to get to once away from beltway traffic. Plan to be back in summer by boat.

Thank c w
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Friendly, family owned restaurant on the water. We feel so comfortable there. Love the soup and atmosphere.

Thank Kathy K
Abingdon, Maryland
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our late lunch! Crab cake was delicious! Soft crabs great! The view was beautiful!

1 Thank praywithsinging
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite places to have a quite romantic dinner. Home cooked and family run, you couldn't ask for anything better. Small seating area inside, or a big deck outside looking over the river. And if you do go, order the crab pretzel! You won't be disappointed

1 Thank jeep2525
Baltimore, Maryland
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128 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We go here for breakfast during the summer a great deal, and have reviewed Island View before. Two days ago, we went there for lunch. My wife and I both ordered Jalapeno Bacon BBQ Sauce burger and onion rings. So why was it unique? First, the burgers were made of fresh ground beef, not frozen patties. Second, it was topped... More 

1 Thank Norris T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This remote restaurant makes you feel like you are on vacation. The view is beautiful, service hospitable, and food delicious.

1 Thank b3rd
Baltimore, Maryland
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I had a Living Social coupon for kayaking for 2 people/1hour. We went out to this great little cafe tucked away in what feels like the middle of nowehere. It is located on the corner of several coves and you can see Hart Miller Island in the distance. Both of us are experienced kayakers but don't own crafts due to... More 

Thank Always_On_Vacay2014
Baltimore, Maryland
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We saw the kayak/lunch convo on the website and rounded up 3 other couples and were lucky to get a picture perfect Saturday. The restaurant is way to find and is on a point with beautiful views. The young lady who gave the kayaking instructions was great-energetic and enthusiastic. Browns cove is a safe and easy body of water to... More 

2 Thank David D
Baltimore, Maryland
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169 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

From the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed. Beautiful view .. which may be the main reason you come here. Right on the water.. you can rent a kayak and spend half a day here. I was at a wedding at this restaurant/waterfront venue one time, and it went very well. The reception was held in the dining room,... More 

1 Thank cookiebox
Plainfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

It really had the feeling of eating on someone's back porch looking out on the water. Beautiful view. I had a veggie burger which was very good. Grandma had a crab cake which she said was excellent. Everything tasted really fresh as well. Four stars because it was a bit cramped and services took awhile, it was busy. I mean,... More 

1 Thank Mercedes B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 410-687-9799
Quiet, friendly, out-of-the-way, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Island View has been in business for over 80 years, over 40 by the same family. It was built in the 1920's as a dance hall and prohibition bar. From the 40's-60's is served as a picnic grove for residents of Baltimore city and others to relax on those hot summer days. The Laing family purchaces the property in 1968 and has provided waterfront dining for over 40 years!

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