Decided to go to Island Grille again when friends from out of town were visiting. We found it to be just as good as ever. They have done some remodeling with new tables/chairs on their outdoor deck (where we prefer to sit), new fans and overall a nice improvement. We arrived around 2:30 pm and were promptly seated and served. Since it was late for lunch and early for supper we managed to sit and talk without being rushed. And, although they no longer offer the scallop salad they offered the blackened shrimp salad which was delicious. Can't remember what everyone ordered but the 4 of us were pleased. There are lots of good restaurants in Palm Coast/Flagler Beach but Island Grille has to be one of our favorites.
Enjoyed a really nice Luncheon Buffet with my sister from Cornwall Ct. and my wife! Beautiful view of the ocean food was of the chart, yummy!! I don't normally do Buffet Dining, but we hit it Lucky Prime Rib, Eggs Benedict, fresh omelettes made to order spiced shrimp , Chicken. The crew there put the Atlantic Grill to shame, service was good and it was not busy as the Church crowd was done. Nice surprise for a change! I told the whole staff they did a good job. Shocked and happy. Thank you for a great lunch with my sister and wife.
On Feb. 10, a group of 18 people came for lunch. We had 2 waitresses who were very nice. We were given a limited menu for our large group. We had one long table. The food came out slowly as one side of the table was served first. That not really a problem. For our money, we received only the meal. Everything else was extra money. We received no soup, salad and no bread offered at all. I had the shrimp portofino which was excellent and a generous portion. I sure would have liked a piece of crusty bread to soak up the sauce. At the end of the meal, were not offered coffee or desert. Maybe if diners were in groups of 2 or 4 or 6, they would get a more extensive menu. I don't know because I did not pick up a paper menu on the way out. All the antiques and furnishings were wonderful and the historic building was amazing.
I guess I was looking for a few extras. Will I return? Yes, with a smaller group.
I went there after hearing that the chef from Blue was back. He may be but the quality and quantity of the food does not match the price. No bread or salad. I got a shrimp dish that I had previously at Blue. Taste was OK but lacked shrimp count. No lamb on the menu either. Too expensive for what you get. This is not Orlando or Miami.
We were disappointed when Blue closed but were happy to hear that Island Grille opened at the same location so we decided to go with our friends for a late lunch/early supper. The place pretty much looked the same as when it was Blue but there was some improvement.
We sat outside on the deck which is the place we prefer to sit at this restaurant. Service was very good and so was the food; however, the scallop salad (everyone's favorite at Blue) was not on the menu so we ordered something else. While dining, we noticed that another table got a scallop salad so we asked the waiter who told us it's available but they didn't want to put it on the menu because the price of scallops change and the management didn't want to have to raise/lower the price to coincide with price changes. We suggested they add it to the menu with "market price" noted. Hope they take our suggestion.
Honestly Island Grille like Blue really needs to update the decor both in and out but it's still one of our favorite restaurants at Flagler Beach.
We visited the Island Grille Saturday evening for the first time, I must say that we were disappointed since we felt that the followed in the footsteps of the Blue since one of the Blue owner is part owner in this one. We sat outside and the atmosphere was top notch, the food was good but not great and very expensive. Plus, for the price they do not serve bread nor do you get a small dinner salad. I cannot call this place upscale, the waiter was annoyed when one of our guest asked for an additional fork instead of the fork he used for the salad. We hope that in the future they will include bread and salad with their meals, it costs pennies to add these.
Decided to have dinner and was very happy. The Wasabi oysters are incredible and my wife and I enjoyed our entrees. The staff is friendly and attentive. Managers and owners kept checking to see if we were enjoying the experience. This is a first class operation and our new favorite restaurant.