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The Island Cow

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2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4007
+1 239-472-0606
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is always great. Food can't be beat and there is always service with a smile. They have an extensive menu which includes salads, pasta, fish, chicken, stesks, sandwiches and a kids menu. There is always a wait because it is just that good. They have a nice waiting area out front and a patio out back with a... More 

Thank Anne N
United States
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is family oriented and service was excellent. Great environment, weekend music is awesome. We found it, loved it and reasonably priced. Highly recommend when in Sanibel that you visit. Very accommodating and loyal employees. Most have been there 7+ years👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Thank Skamp589
north conway
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No outside bar...or bar service. But an area to order your own drink and carry outside while waiting the atmosphere was so-so we visited during the day. Just looking for a bar to hang out in the sunshine. Not the place. We left.

Thank mrad1017
Williamsburg, Virginia
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch the other day had a little bit of a wait but well worth it. My friend and I ordered the shrimp Po boy and I have to say it was huge we should have ordered one and split it. The food was absolutely excellent, staff was amazing and bloody Mary's weren't half bad either

Thank aiyanaskincare
Champaign, Illinois
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food and large portions. Great service with quick turn around even on a Sunday. Expansive menu.

Thank Timothy M
Boston, MA
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is so conspicuously local. So original, funky, and eclectic in its decor and so busy with locals on a Wednesday night in April that we waited out back for 45 min. It felt like a place we might visit on Martha's Vineyard. There are lots of places to hang out in the front, back, and side while you... More 

Thank John_d_boston
Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I ate here the other night. I had a delicious steak sandwich. She had a burger that was good but messy.The owner stopped by several times to make sure our food was good. The t-shirts are cute. We would go back.

Thank TravelPrincess22
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for lunch and then breakfast the following day. The food at lunch was really quite good. Had reuben, quesadilla and coconut shrimp salad...Each one was terrific. Fun atmosphere and virtually the only place open between 3-5pm. Worth the wait.

Thank bcwecan17
Ellsworth, Maine
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A real unique character place you don't want to miss. The menu is large, food is great and ambiance is fun. service was also great.

Thank icyparrott
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stop for lunch. HUGE menu with a large selection for seafood lovers and land lovers. Nice selection of drinks to choose from for adults and kids. Fun atmosphere. Had the tacos trio and was amazing. Others had Fish Rueben, Shrimp Po Boy, Shrimp and Grits.

Thank Sue H

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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 33957-4007
  • 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?