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Island View Waterfront Cafe

2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
+1 410-687-9799
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“burgers” (7 reviews)
“crab” (8 reviews)
“soup” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Wonderful place with great views. Food is really good. Burgers are great and the pot roast is fantastic. Had a special of chile lime wings. They were some of the best wings I have ever had. Full of flavor and served piping hot. Soups were...More

Thank mhardywright
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We dropped in for lunch because it was the perfect day to eat outside overlooking the water and the place had decent ratings. We walked up the side entrance to the deck and sat down. When the waitress greeted us she reprimanded us for not...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This restaurant is on the water and very close to Rocky Point golf course. It has been here for a long time and the current owners are the 3rd generation. It was a dance hall during prohibition and bar now it is a restaurant and...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017

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 13 September 2017

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 7 September 2017

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

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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
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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
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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