Quiet, friendly, out-of-the-way…with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay!
2542 Island View Road, Essex, MD 21221

Welcome to the Island View Waterfront Cafe, Waterfront Weddings and Events

The Island View was built during prohibition as a waterfront dance hall, tavern and picnic grove for people from Baltimore City to escape the summer heat. Tom & Fran Laing purchased the property in 1968 and operated as Tom’s Tavern until 1983 and then changed the name to The Island View. In 2000 the building was completely renovated to take advantage of the great waterfront view. Although Mr. Tom and Ms. Fran have passed along, their granddaughter Jessica Laing-Heddings and great grandchildren continue to operate the four-generation family business... As a venue it's the perfect location for weddings, events and family celebrations... Centrally located on the east coast of the United States, people from all over come to relax, celebrate and enjoy the View. It's quiet, friendly, out-of-the-way, with a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay...

Family owned and operated for over 50 years... Check out our time-line!

1928-1940 Goth’s Grove, 1940-1965 Mac’s Grove, 1965-1968 Gaff’s Grove,
1969-1983 Tom’s Tavern, 1983-2000 Island View Inn,
July 2000 Island View Waterfront Café,

October 2021 Island View Waterfront Weddings and Events - to infinity and beyond:)...

Effortless Celebrations & Weddings

With our special event guide, you will be planning a wedding or event that will "wow" your guests... For over fifty years we have helped hundreds of couples and families plan the perfect celebration...

Happy thoughts from our Happy Couples

Let me be the first to tell you that I have check out almost all the Venues out there. And, everyone was either unaffordable, pretentious or unavailable... Well, The Island View has a totally different way of seeing things. And I am now setting the stage for my wedding, and they have not failed so far. My dream might not be as clear to others, but I will get there - mark my words!

What can I say? I was once a person with no meaning in life. My life was empty and I felt lost. A close friend became my soul mate, and our life is suddenly a life with purpose. I have never felt this way before and I recommend it to all people I meet on my path to becoming 100% complete.

A bright light in the shape of my fiancé changed me as a whole. I have had happiness in my past life, but now I know what true contentment is. Right now, I'm living the honeymoon of my life...

Simply beautiful venue and wonderful people to work with while planning your big day. Cannot say enough amazing things about it and will forever be grateful we chose this spot 🙂 Still waiting on the photographer pics which I am sure will be breathtaking...

A great place to celebrate a wedding.
As a wedding photographer I always look for venues that offer great opportunities for photos.
This venue is great for couples looking for photos that are unique and different than the expected.

Sydney C. Married on 10/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding venue we could possibly choose!

I can't even put into words how grateful I am to Jess and her team. My husband and I got married here and the wedding could not have been more perfect. Not only did the scenery and the quaint cafe make for amazing photos, but even a month later our guests are still telling us how absolutely beautiful the venue was. What's most important though, is Jess and her team handled EVERYTHING. We didn't even taste test the food before we used their catering, and we were stunned at how good the food was (the best wedding food we've both had). Their professionalism, experience, and friendliness made our day perfect. If I could get married again, I would pick this venue EVERY time without doubt. Thank YOU so much Jess!Island View Waterfront Cafe 7

Week one is all about getting to know Jessica and the Island View's philosophy...


Week two is visiting the Island View in person or virtually to see if it's the right fit for you...


Week three is where you begin planning for your special day... We provide the waterfront backdrop, you and your coordinator will set the stage for a magical, memorable event... in essence you will become the guiding light...

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