The Island View was built in the late 1920s and renovated in 2000. It was built as a dance hall, tavern, and picnic grove for people from Baltimore City to escape the heat throughout the summer. Tom & Fran Laing purchased the property in 1968 and operated it as Tom's Tavern. In 1983 it was handed down to the family and the name changed to The Island View. In 2000 the building was renovated to take advantage of the great waterfront view. Although Mr.Tom and Ms. Fran have passed along, the grandchildren continue to crack the whip and people from all over still come to relax and enjoy the View. The third generation, Jessica and Bryan are now running the restaurant.. It is a quiet, friendly, out-of-the-way place that offers great food at great prices
and a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay.
Check out our history! And while the names may have changed, we've become a family tradition, owned and operated by the Laings, since 1969!
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Alexandra · Married on 09/09/2017
Spectacular experience here from start to finish. Bryan and Jess were so accommodating and answered every single question I had. They made helpful suggestions that showed how much they genuinely cared about making sure everything went off without a hitch. They even helped facilitate all of our vendors setting up that day so we had nothing to worry about. And the food! Guests were raving about the hors d'oeuvres and the dinner all night. The waterfront views at sunset were absolutely breathtaking. We would highly recommend this venue on every level.
Lorie · Married on 04/26/2014
My wedding day couldn't have been more perfect, Jess was so helpful with everything leading up to my big day and Bryan and staff were amazing throughout the entire day. Islandview is the absolute perfect venue for a ceremony and reception! Love love love how my day turned out!! Thank you all!!
Tiffany · Married on 09/07/2013
My Mom found this cafe on the water, They were able to let us have our 20 person wedding on their grounds on the water. They let us pick a few dishes from the menu for guests to choose from and all were amazing. They also let us have the whole dining room during the day so we wouldn't be disturbed by other guests.