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Mad Hatter Restaurant

6467 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2016
239-472-0033
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I found the Mad Hatter to be cozy with a well chosen wine list that complemented the menu. We ordered two different fish dinners and both were fresh and excellently prepared. The restaurant is a little pricey so I may not go back every time I am in town but will definitely return for special occasions or to make the... More

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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was very surprised when we arrive as the restaurant looks like a small house and you cannot guess the food will be so good if you did not read trip advisor! Everything turns around Alice in wonderland and it is very pretty. The dining room is tiny with a beautiful view on the sea, behind a mangrove, but you... More

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Mad Hatter looks like your typical shore point fish and chips dine out. It is the complete opposite ! Impeccable food, drink, and service, albeit expensive. A la Carte with Entrées, $29-45. Unless you are wealthy, this is not family dining with kids. I adored the Black Grouper over a Coconut flavored Risotto, with a fresh vegetable medley that... More

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Golden, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The "bar" is beer and wine only. Wait staff is over done, meaning fake and over payed for what they do. Portions are very small for the price. View of beach / sunset is a parking lot. Small dinning room. That is why there is 2 seating's. Most of the menu is fried food. Wine choices are minimal (on hand... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Sanibel does not have a lot of up scale restaurants, so Mad Hatter wins, but there is no competition. They do not have a bar, so you have to wait in a hall way. They promote the sunset, however the restaurant overlooks their parking lot and then the dunes and then the beach. You will not see a sunset here... More

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Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We have been coming to sanibel island for 30 years. This was the best meal we have ever eaten. Service was phenomenal and great atmosphere. I had scallops which were amazing. Would highly recommend this restaurant

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Orlando
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went on a date here on vacation because it had such great reviews and was #1 on trip advisor. It did not disappoint. The food was wonderful along with the view. I did not realize it would be so expensive but was ok since it was a special occasion. I recommend it but be ready to pay for a... More

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

After reading all the rave reviews, I was looking forward to a romantic dinner at this #1 rated establishment. The restaurant's eccentric decor and view were nice, but it was very overcrowded and loud and I felt squeezed into my seat. Our server was a little snobby and was so rushed that our requests were ignored and questions not answered.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Located on the far north tip of Sanibel, before you reach Captiva, The Mad Hatter boasts on the beach dining and high quality entrees. We arrived during a torrential downpour and had to enter through the kitchen because the main entrance was flooded. The very courteous staff led us our seating, overlooking the Gulf. The menu had a mixture of... More

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Youngstown, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The pros: the view is nice (although it overlooks the rear parking area and the view from the deck of the Sunset Grill is better), the ambience is quant ( but better at so many other places including all of the restaurants on Andy Rosse Lane). Our seafood appetizer was very good. The cons: The crabcakes were all panko and... More

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