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3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-472-4559
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Casual fine dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Restaurant, bar and...
Casual fine dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Restaurant, bar and lounge with live entertainment and dancing. Serving breakfast, Sunday brunch and dinner.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 212
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    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 22
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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sweet night out

If you're looking for a upscale place in sanibel Florida to eat, with great ambiance and beautiful plating of the food, then traditions on the beach is just where you need to be. The meals were so nicely presented. And they tasted every bit as good as they looked. The cheesecake melted in my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Spoe4411
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Hilliard, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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382 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hilliard, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for a upscale place in sanibel Florida to eat, with great ambiance and beautiful plating of the food, then traditions on the beach is just where you need to be. The meals were so nicely presented. And they tasted every bit as good as they looked. The cheesecake melted in my mouth. I was amazed how light... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I went the day before Valentine's day. Big place with small bar. Dance floor right in middle with a piano player and singer that did sets during dinner. Lots of people dancing....mostly 50 tears old and above.....lot Of fun and food good but not great.

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Jarrettsville
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening at Traditions. The meals were excellent. Everyone had something different, lamb, salmon, duck, scallops, veal and filet. We all agreed, could not have been better. We enjoyed the music, very entertaining. Our server, Tony, did a great job!

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Branford, Connecticut
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81 reviews 81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

We very much enjoyed the dinner we had here. The waiter was knowledgeable and very polite. The early bird selection is very large and priced very well. We missed the early bird however we were impressed by the price and selection. The specials are very interesting and we had the seafood medley and loved it. There was a singer and... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family had a memorable experience, beginning with the personable and entertaining valet, at Traditions. The complementary baba ghanoush, made with a delicious olive oil , is a recipe I'd love to have. We also enjoyed the crab stuffed manicotti and eggplant rollatini appetizers. The veal chop was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. The deserts we tried were all wonderful.....tiramisu... More 

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Kentucky
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We had not been to the restaurant at Island Inn but had heard that the new management had improved the restaurant. Wow, what a surprise. Might have to rate this as the best on Sanibel. Great, creative food, great wait staff and management and one of the few beachview restuarants on Sanibel. Had two different veal dishes and they were... More 

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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Traditions On The Beach. We appreciate your wonderful review and are pleased you enjoyed your dining experience. Our chef and entire staff will love hearing your positive comments as they strive to provide the best dining experience possible! Again thank you for taking the time to share your comments, we look for forward... More 

Chicagoland
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Traditions is not a place for dining excellence. The drinks were light on the rum, the fish overcooked, and the crab not particularly fresh. It wasn't terrible, and service was friendly. Note that the restaurant has music and dancing, and as it result it is quite loud, although enjoyable for the middle-aged vacationers.

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Buffalo
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159 reviews 159 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We were at Traditions for "date night" on vacation recently based upon the recommendation of a family member who used to be a Sanibel resident. For a night of good food, it was spot on. The scallop pasta dish was fresh and delicious and the surf and turf was cooked perfectly. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive, but... More 

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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Traditions On The Beach. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your wonderful review. Our staff will enjoy hearing your positive comments as they strive to provide the best dining experience possible. We look for forward to serving you on your next visit to Sanibel Island! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We came here to celebrate mine and a friends 40th birthday while staying on the Island. First off, the sunset from here is to die for...it was gorgeous! If your reservation is later come a bit early and enjoy the sunset from the beach prior to your dinner, it's worth it. There seems to be a lot of bad reviews... More 

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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Traditions On the Beach, and for leaving a review of your experience. I am glad you took advantage of everything we have to offer, including our sunsets. It's always fun to see our guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Our staff will be pleased to hear your positive comments, as they do strive to... More 

Rye, NY
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We loved the convenience of the restaurant being on site (Island Inn), and would eat here again, but only for convenience and the live music. Be sure to use coupon provided by Island Inn if you're staying there.

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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for recent visit to Traditions on The Beach. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Your comment is great reminder that you do receive a 15% discount to dine with us when you book your stay at Island Inn. We strive for excellence in our cuisine that is prepared with finest and freshest local ingredients... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239-472-4559

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 32
  • Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Italian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Casual fine dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Restaurant, bar and lounge with live entertainment and dancing. Serving breakfast, Sunday brunch and dinner.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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