Island View Waterfront Cafe


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In a Nutshell

After kayaking in a calm-water cove, guests dine on a soft pretzel topped with crab dip and other seafood dishes while overlooking the bay

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. Prix fixe menu will consist of your choice of 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 2 glasses of wine from the menu for two. 2 apps, 4 entrees, and 4 glasses of wine for four. Single kayaks are provided. BYOB prohibited. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Not valid for happy hour specials. No cash back. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Proficiency in swimming required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like the whispering voices that tell us what to do, seafood comes from the ocean. Answer the aquatic call with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $75 for a two-hour kayak rental and dinner for two with one appetizer, two entrees, and two glasses of wine ($160 total value)
  • $149 for a two-hour kayak rental and dinner for four with two appetizers, four entrees, and four glasses of wine ($320 total value)
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Island View Waterfront Cafe

Cuisine Type: American casual, seafood
Established: 1969
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Maryland crabcakes, crab pretzels, scallops
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Bryan Laing, Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
[It's an] American-casual menu with many seafood options and classic dishes; [there are] no crazy or hyped-up ingredients.

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our crab cakes are the most popular and, along with our crab soups, are the oldest recipe. We've been featured on a Maryland public-television special about the best crab cakes in the Baltimore/Maryland area.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The building was built in 1928 as a dancehall and picnic grove for [the] residents of Baltimore to enjoy. There was also a speakeasy in the basement during Prohibition. The dance floor is still [the] original. Also, we have one of the oldest liquor licenses in Baltimore County. [It was] issued when Prohibition ended.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The property is on a point overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The cove for kayaking is a protected calm-water cove with a sandy bottom. There are beautiful sunsets, Chesapeake Bay wildlife, ospreys, and bald eagles for sight seeing.

Customer Reviews

Hidden treasure! The kayaking was fun and the service was great!
Allison E. · October 13, 2014
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Merchant replied · October 5, 2014
This was a kayaking and dinner Groupon; The food was very good. However, you are very limited in the area to kayak.
Carol W. · October 6, 2014
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Merchant replied · October 5, 2014
Such a gem! Kayaking was wonderful. Beautiful area, water was fairly calm (even though we went on a windy day). The staff setting up the kayak gave recommendations on the easiest route to paddle to avoid fighting the wind and currant, which was very much appreciated. The restaurant was lovely. Friendly and attentive staff. Very warm and relaxing ambiance with great views of the water just outside the window. Our waitress gave great recommendations, although I have a feeling everything on the menu would have been delicious! I would recommend this to others looking to spend a nice, relaxing day on the water and then enjoy a delicious meal. I'd definitely come here again!
Tiffany C. · October 5, 2014
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Thank you!!
Merchant replied · October 5, 2014
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    2542 Island View Rd

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