Located on idyllic Ward’s Island just steps from the ferry dock, the Island Cafe is the perfect spot for a coffee, brunch, lunch, a home baked treat or a sunset dinner. Our counter service offers take out and an ice cream bar, and our garden patio is fully licensed. 

We are a family-owned and family-operated small business; we are long time and life-long Island residents; our food is home cooked and home baked; we want everyone to feel welcome.
— Maura, Pete, Zorah + Maeve


We use locally grown vegetables and fruit from the farmers market at the Ontario Food Terminal, and buy many of our bulk items from the Ontario Natural Food CoopWe also grow herbs, and veggies in our very own garden beside the cafe! Visit Our Garden for more info and pictures!


All our meat comes from Sanagan’s Meat Locker, an old-fashioned butcher shop in the heart of Kensington Market. Sanagan’s specializes in meats from small local farmers who ethically raise their animals without the use of antibiotics and hormones.

Try our delicious cookies, muffins, scones, cakes, squares and more! We’re all about old school comfort baking.

love + reviews

A Modern Bric a Brac blog wrote a lovely piece about the Island, and we were included! Thanks Sarah!

"Dine outdoors and breathe in tranquillity
Best of all was where we stopped for dinner. Local recommendations are always the best and as I was with my fabulous Toronto friend she took me to a favourite place of hers, the Island Cafe.
We reached it by passing through its kitchen garden and found outdoor seating made up of colourful benches and an assortment of chairs and tables to choose from, and from where we could enjoy the late afternoon sun.
Family run, they buy in from local and ethical sources, as well as using vegetables grown in their garden. The menu offered a selection of hearty and healthy options and we both chose a bowl of quinoa with marinated tofu, carrots, avocado, sesame seeds and greens.
On the horizon we could see a shiny high-rise Toronto, while around us was a grassy verge, trees and growing vegetables.
Our next order was some patatas bravas (fried potatoes in chilli oil, with monterey jack cheese and garlic mayonnaise) to share and we found this just as tasty as the last dish.
Time was ticking on and we had to head back, the lovely one and her blissful baby were ready for home and I had my next solo adventure waiting for me."

If you've tried any of these activities and think they sound appealing, let me know. I'd love to find out what you think.