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Top 10 Places to Eat on Sanibel Island

Added: Aug 03, 2022
Category: Island Info

There are dozens of places to eat on Sanibel Island, but deciding where to go can be tricky. Not to mention you have to make sure you find a place that suits your whole family! Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a romantic, gourmet meal or a family-style seafood smorgasbord, these restaurants should give you plenty of options to choose from!


Top 10 Places to Eat on Sanibel Island


1.      Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille


Doc Ford’s is a Sanibel staple, so it only makes sense that it would come first on our list. This beloved island restaurant is known for its jumbo shrimp and grits, mason jar mojitos, and delectable key lime pie! Your vacation wouldn't be complete without a stop here.


2.     The Island Cow


If you’re a fan of colossal burgers and old-fashioned patty melts, a visit to The Island Cow is a must. They also draw crowds for their Cowa Bunga breakfasts, complimentary fresh-baked muffins, and cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.


3.     The Mad Hatter


Looking for a place to eat on Sanibel Island that offers upscale food in a quirky setting? The Mad Hatter is the perfect choice! You won’t regret traveling down this rabbit hole to soak up waterfront views and devour mouthwatering entrees like black grouper.


4.     400 Rabbits


Speaking of rabbits, don’t forget to check out 400 Rabbits during your visit to Sanibel. This hip Mexican restaurant is the perfect date-night spot, and you'll be talking about the pineapple-topped guacamole for hours afterward.


5.     Gramma Dot’s Restaurant


If you just spent a long day at the beach and you’re hungry for hearty food in a casual setting, you’ll love Gramma Dot’s. Here, you can enjoy peaceful views of Sanibel's marina while dining on delicious sandwiches and fried seafood.


6.     Cielo  


Planning an anniversary or birthday dinner for someone special? Cielo, an elegant restaurant and bar on Sanibel, offers guests rich gourmet plates, fancy cocktails, and live piano music! It is hands-down one of the best places to eat on the Island.


7.     Island Pizza


Sometimes, nothing will satisfy you except a giant pizza pie covered in gooey, oozing cheese! No matter how many times we visit, we never grow tired of this no-frills pizza joint.


8.     Traders Restaurant on Sanibel  


At Traders, you and your family can enjoy live entertainment and coastal-style dishes like pan-blackened mahi and shrimp scampi. Don’t forget to check out the unique gift shop on your way out!


9.     Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant  


For beautiful, oceanfront views and award-winning dishes, look no further than Thistle Lodge. Located in the Casa Ybel resort, this historic gourmet restaurant has even hosted esteemed guests like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. If you’re planning to check out the resort, Coconuts Poolside Bar & Grill is also worth a visit.


10. Lighthouse Café of Sanibel Island  


Start your morning off right by indulging in fresh-squeezed orange juice, sizzling bacon, and a stack of homemade hot cakes at the Lighthouse Café! There’s no better place to get breakfast on the Island. Afterward, take a drive down to the Sanibel Lighthouse, which was built in 1884. The small beach there is a great place to relax and you might even see a few herons if you're lucky!


Book the Trip of a Lifetime with Kingfisher Vacations


Are you ready to book your Sanibel Island vacation? Our experts at Kingfisher Vacations are here to assist you in finding the ideal home for your visit to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. We have over 56 years of experience on the Island and can offer you the absolute best service given our vast knowledge of Sanibel Island's many offerings. If you’re looking for unique places to eat on Sanibel Island, we’ve got you covered! Additionally, our gorgeous private properties have heated pools, hot tubs, stunning ocean views, delightfully bright décor, and boat docks. We provide you with everything you could ever want for your Sanibel beach vacation.


Visit our website, email us at info@gokingfisher.com or give us a call today at 239-472-2100 to hear more about places to eat on Sanibel Island.


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