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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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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 44
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  • 23
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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
On the beach at Island Inn

Good consistent meals. Leans Italian but other choices. Nightly specials. Entertainment and a dance floor too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Nandandar
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Sanibel Island, Florida
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Fort Myers, Florida
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Second time eating at Traditions and we really enjoyed this place. Food was top quality with excellent service. They also have a musical trio that adds to the ambience.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Had a grand dinner here. Excellent menus and excellent food. Called Traditions for a reason. Older crowd. This is one of the (if not the) oldest resorts on Sanibel and had very interesting photos of "old" days on sanibel. Enjoyed the live entertainment too! Would return...

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Skaneateles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We went to Traditions again this winter season as a last night out before heading North. The atmosphere is great and the ocean views at dusk are very nice. We have never had a meal here that wasn't excellent and the wine list is right for us and craft beer is also available. The music, which consists of a piano... More 

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

We're delighted to hear that you chose Traditions On The Beach to conclude your season here in Sanibel! Thank you for taking the time to describe your memorable dining experience. We will pass on your kind words to our talented staff and entertainers who kept you dancing all night. You may also visit the Traditions On The Beach website for... More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Just had the best and finest meal on the Island. We have been coming to Sanibel for over 10 years and have never had the chance to dine here before but like they say, good things come to those who wait. What a fantastic evening with superb staff making the dining experience 1st class, the food was amazing and the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your Traditions On The Beach dining experience. We are pleased to hear that our restaurant provided you with a memorable experience in all areas from the staff, to the food, and also the entertainment. We look forward to having you again! Traditions On The Beach More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Friendly staff, nice music and singing to dance to, simple local ambience, convenient location, valet parking. All good quality draws for this place. Everything is a bit more expensive on Sanibel in general, but even more so at Traditions. If all or any of our food choices had been as good as the scallops (which were great), we may have... More 

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

Thank you JJ for writing a review of your recent dining experience with us and we are pleased to hear that the scallops were well enjoyed. We were however sorry to hear that the rest of your food was not to your liking – we value your feedback and we welcome your comments on the dishes that were not to... More 

FT MYERS
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The location makes you think you are on a private island. Once inside you feel that you are at a New York Supper Club. The food is delicious, the presentation is perfect. The music makes you want to dance the night away. It is not often that you have a restaurant that meets all these expectations. What a place to... More 

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

Thank you Henryd118 for taking the time to write such a great review of your dining experience with us. We are delighted you enjoyed it all – the cuisine, the location, the entertainment – all as you so rightly put it – a perfect New York Supper Club experience. Don’t be a stranger – come and have another unforgettable evening... More 

Sanibel Island, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Good consistent meals. Leans Italian but other choices. Nightly specials. Entertainment and a dance floor too!

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

Thank you Nandandar for taking the time to review your meal at Traditions On the Beach. We are pleased you enjoyed both the food and the entertainment. The menu as you mentioned is Italian/ Mediterranean influenced with lots of fresh Florida fare. We always have nightly specials, as well as a great Sunset Menu (5pm – 6pm Monday to Friday).... More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Our night started out great with a very friendly valet, but then the experience became surreal as we were seated and transported to the Catskill's circa 1950. We laughed, but to our surprise, there was more...enter the newly wedded couple having their wedding reception in the middle of the restaurant. The food tasted great even though everything was slightly different... More 

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

Thank you Dolcetravel for reviewing our restaurant and we are pleased that you enjoyed the food – even if you did find the ambiance not exactly what you had expected. I hope you got a chance to view the sunset from the restaurant – it is one of the best sunsets on Sanibel. We hope you had a good time... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A neighbor recommended Traditions for its "Old Florida" dinning ambiance. We went with seasonal friends and were not disappointed. You will be welcomed with valet parking. Show up before your reservation and enjoy a beverage right on the beach, wonderful views. Dress up or dress down you will find them both at Traditions. We were a table of 8 and... More 

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

Thank you Ready_For_Sun10 for your recent review about your dining experience at our restaurant. We are pleased that you had a good time and enjoyed the food and of course our location – right on the beach, perfect for watching the sun go down. The live entertainment continues to be very well received – and as you saw plenty of... More 

Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

You must go here and enjoy the wonderful ambiance, music, dancing during dinner, and the wait staff! The lobby has historical information of the place, and how it has weathered several storms. Our waiter was Richard and he made our dinner so pleasant and relaxing. He was the best ever. The food was unbelievably good - worth every penny. And... More 

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

Thank you Karen for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your recent dining experience. We are very happy to hear that you had an excellent time at our restaurant. We will pass on your kind words to our wait staff and please be sure to come back and see us again very soon. Traditions On The... 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: Italian, American, Caribbean, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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