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Island View Waterfront Cafe

2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
+1 410-687-9799
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I love this place. Lunchtime is great. The food and friendly staff is outstanding. kayaking was really fun (for 2 senior citizens) I have taken my parents , friends and co workers here.

Thank Anne K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to have crab cakes in the Baltimore area, and I wanted to see the Chesapeake Bay. I found this place within driving distance of my hotel, and went down for lunch. Not many people there, but the crab cakes were full of flavor,...More

Thank Gayle1946
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oysters and crab cakes.WOW!!!! GREAT MEAL AND GREAT WAITRESS!!! We will come back often. The menu and service is outstanding.

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The dynamics of atmosphere and food is the attraction here. Outdoor, or indoor dinning works. I ordered the patty melt well done. And importantly, that's how it arrived and not dried out. Salad and other dishes were good as well. Another plus to me is...More

Thank JoeD7192EG
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Quiet little Tucked away spot with a great view, good service, and great cream of crab soup. My plan is to eat out on the deck the next time I visit.

Thank Jatique D
Reviewed 26 July 2017

I did not want to get off the kayak, it was beautifully tranquil. Although near the city, the location is secluded from the hustle-and-bustle. Be prepared to relax and enjoy the grandeur of the water. The food is good. If you are gluten free, expect...More

Thank Giselle B
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I think I reviewed this place once before but it was a while ago. We just had dinner here and it was fantastic! We made it in time for happy hour, so I got a coconut crush for $4! I got the blackened chicken BLT....More

Thank Markoshannon
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Atmosphere really nice Back on-track great Disappointed with wait time for food and crabs Suggest bug lights Mosquitos got bad part way through the night

Thank Robin D
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Establishment is set amongst waterfront cottages and homes along the Chesapeake Bay on what most would considered a single lane road. Parking is in front of the restaurant and it appeared to be adequate for the size/seating available. Outside tables were available, however if you...More

Thank Chuck E
Reviewed 12 July 2017

An out of the way place that you would never find if you weren't looking for it. Excellent food and atmosphere; went here for lunch, loved sitting out on the deck and relaxing with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. The crab cake and...More

Thank vtbk
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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