The Island Cow

3.0 stars 3.0 out of 5 18 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Kid Friendly, Seafood + 2 more
44% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-0606
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    3 ratingJuly 23, 2017

    I went here for breakfast and they had a few gf options. Though they had some options if you wanted to go out for a good gluten free breakfast I would not recommend going here. They also had a Starbucks in the restaurant but I would not recommend getting anything from there because it is not a real Starbucks, they just have some of their syrups. I feel that this restaurant wasn't the best for gluten free.

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    3 ratingJune 22, 2017

    Echoing the last comment. They do have a GF menu, but it says to leave off bread, rice, fries etc for entrees. With the prices being $15+ for each sandwich, this seems like a ripoff for those needing to eat gluten free i.e.: burger leave off bun and no fries yet you can pick another option on their sides which leaves pretty much a salad. There are better options on Sanibel and Captiva for GF dining.

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    1 ratingJune 04, 2017

    Sure it has a gluten free menu. Its a menu that says that they don't offer gluten free bread, rice, sauces, flour substitutes, etc. im also lactose intolerant and all i could order was a literally a single burger patty for $15 or a handful of lettuce with vinaigrette for $12. Would not recommend at all.

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    5 ratingMarch 01, 2017

    Love this place. It is our 4th or 5th time here and it gets better each time. No gluten free bread to substitute but GF options are awesome nonetheless. No x-contamination issues for us.

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    5 ratingFebruary 01, 2017

    Dined here in the evening with my vacation mate. Our waitress said she wrote the GF menu, so she really knew her stuff. Plus, this place is about dairy/cows/real butter, so she said I didn't have to worry about soy oil or soy protein which is a separate issue for me. Phew! had the Paella which was fabulous. The GF menu said something about the rice, but she said the rice had been changed, so it was fine. She said it normally comes with bread, but would leave that off. My dining partner said she'd take the bread, but the waitress said it wouldn't be separately plated (should but probably wouldn't be) so she suggested it just be left off. Yes, please do that! Finished it off with a chocolate shake. Lots on this regular menu and so much can be gluten and soy free.

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    2 ratingApril 02, 2016

    Separate gf menu with wheat/gluten containing items crossed off. I had a chicken Cesar salad. Too much dressing and quality of lettuce not great. Would not recommend this place for celiac.

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    3 ratingDecember 31, 2015

    No buns or bread or pasta. Good food but not as many choices

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    1 ratingNovember 26, 2015

    I absolutely would not recommend this place for gluten free. I went there with my family and ended up not even ordering anything because the lack of understanding was shocking. Their gluten free menu is pathetic.. You can order a sandwich.. but don't expect any bread. You will literally get lunch meat on a plate. No thank you.

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    3 ratingOctober 23, 2015

    They have a separate GF menu which looks impressive at first glance. However, they had no GF bread options for sandwiches, no GF pasta for the pasta dishes and it even said you would have to order the red beans and rice with out rice... But my crab legs were tasty and the staff was knowledgable about their sauces and dressings.

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    1 ratingAugust 02, 2015

    Fly-infested dump with a staff that isn't helpful. Will never come again

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    3 ratingJune 30, 2015

    Multipage gluten free menu, no reaction after the meal. Food was average but grateful to have a lot to choose from.

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    4 ratingMay 30, 2015

    Knowledgeable staff, gluten free menu, fun atmosphere, no reaction.

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    4 ratingJanuary 13, 2015

    As soon as I mentioned that I'm gluten sensitive, the server brought me a multiple page gluten free menu. There were the usual limitations (pasta without noodles, sandwiches without bread, no fries or rice), but plenty of other options. I had as seafood combo with tuna, shrimp and scallops, served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables (green beans and carrots). Several other sides were also listed as gf. Food was tasty and the server seemed well informed about gluten sensitivities.

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    3 ratingJanuary 10, 2015

    Large portions, no dedicated menu. Good prices. Our options were very limited.

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    5 ratingNovember 12, 2014

    Great food, no dedicated menu... But the staff was helpful.

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    1 ratingAugust 02, 2014

    We called ahead to find out about their GF menu and their response was "we have the largest gluten free menu on the island". Our experience was a complete disappointment. Their version of a gluten free menu is their entire lunch/dinner menu, but if your order a sandwich it will come without bread, pasta dishes are offered without noodles. Really??? You call that an extensive GF menu? Celiacs and all GF people out there this restaurant is not for us. After all the recommendations I ordered steak and eggs for breakfast... It came with the potatoes (I was told had gluten seasoning) and a slice of toast on top if everything. Makes you wonder how safe that kitchen is when preparing your GF meal. The waiter took it back and remade a bland steak and eggs meal. We will not return!

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    4 ratingJuly 21, 2014

    They had a menu that stated gluten free menu but on the menu it stated that "tell your server you can't have rice, buns, etc" We were nervous about it but the server was very knowledgable. Fun atmosphere huge portions.

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    1 ratingApril 29, 2014

    Three of us ate here on April 22nd. We went because we were told they have a gluten free menu.1. Long wait even for off season2. Menu is so large it is confusing.3. The gluten free menu is their actual menu but under the description it says tell your waiter you cannot have the bread or rice or pasta, etc. It is NOT a gluten free friendly restaurant. Why have a pasta section on your Gluten Free menu if it says tell your waiter you cannot have the pasta?4. Ordered my son grilled chicken, he has a gluten allergy. He was served a huge basket of potato chips and it took forever to locate our waiter to get his grilled chicken.I would love to give this restaurant 5 stars for their seafood, but their lack of a GF menu after stating they have one really upset me. I had their flounder with scampi sauce 5 stars. My mom had their shrimp taco, 5 stars.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Kid Friendly
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
Monday
7 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
7 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
7 am - 9 pm
Thursday
7 am - 9 pm
Friday
7 am - 9 pm
Saturday
7 am - 9 pm
Sunday
7 am - 9 pm
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