Island View Waterfront Cafe

Essex

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In a Nutshell

Kayaks set out for a scenic paddle on the calm waters of Chesapeake Bay, then return to the quaint waterfront restaurant

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Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 12 or older. Ages 12-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Valid for single-person kayaks only. Paddles and life jackets provided. Only valid from April 1 — September 30. Must meet height and weight restrictions. No outside food or beverage, No alcoholic beverages on kayaks. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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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

Good food, great outdoor ambiance. We'll be back!
Susanne B. · December 6, 2016
Great hidden gem! Good food and great beer selection.
Renee W. · October 15, 2016
Gr8 staff, food and overall a wonderful day on the water :-)
Laurie C. · October 3, 2016
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    Essex

    2542 Island View Rd

    Essex, MD 21221

    +14106879799

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