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Island View Waterfront Cafe

) #4 of 52 Restaurants in Essex $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
+1 410-687-9799
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good25%
  • Average20%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (5 reviews)
“onion rings” (4 reviews)
“burger” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
$$ - $$$
2542 Island View Rd, Essex, MD 21221-6411
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 23 May 2017

grew up a few doors down from this place. it was my first job. mr bruce hired me and taught me the ropes of the restaurant business along with ms fran. the food is great and consistent. the view is fabulous! now bryan has taken...More

Thank chantz b
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I've reviewed Island View a number of times. Just cannot help myself. Today we both had the Jalapeno Burger with bacon and jack cheese with a side of onion rings. Also have reviewed this dish before. It's always good and well worth the drive. First,...More

Thank Norris T
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Absolutely love this place Great food and atmosphere Love to sit out on the deck and watch the kayakers (they rent them) and the wildlife

Thank cg62
Reviewed 15 February 2017 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
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

Thank Kathy K
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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