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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 2013
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went here for a romantic dinner on our last night family vacation (April 11, 2014). Reservations were at 8:00, so we arrived early to watch the sunset. A little disappointed in the fact that there is nowhere to hang out inside or out before dinner. (They will let you order a cocktail and then walk to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Followed recommendations on Trip Advisor, and cam here our first night. Make reservations for sure, as it is small, and booked solid during the season. Almost everything we ordered was wonderful. Don't miss the beet salad (like no other we've had anywhere, despite fact that is is just frisée, roasted beets and goat cheese), the spiced watermelon salad and the... More

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New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Of all the places we have eaten on this charming little island, none compare with the excellence of this former bungalow on the beach festooned with Alice in Wonderland memorabilia. Sit at one of only 20 tables with windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy the incomparable sunset. Some people even make their reservations based on the time of... More

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I ordered the Sea Bass special, fish was good, asparagus good, mashed potatoes were "heavy" over oiled/buttered. My only issue was with the reservations, I called ahead and was given an 8:45pm time. I called at 7pm.requested seating as soon as possible. Walk ins were seated before us. We were seated as the last patrons. Suggestion: either call the establishment... More

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Toronto
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been coming to Sanibel for a decade, and have had dinner at many restaurant's on the island. For some reason, we had never made it to Mad Hatters before. Too bad! The whole experience was exceptional. I started with the Blue Crab Cake. It was probably the best crab cake I have had. My wife had the special... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This small, exquisite restaurant looks like nothing from the outside, but external looks are deceiving. Inside the tables are beautifully set and the huge plate glass window facing due west allows an unimpeded view of the sunset to come. There are blinds to reduce the glare until the last minute, so one can thoroughly enjoy the first rate food. A... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Food and service were very good, I would eat there again when I hit the lotto, I have been in food service for 28 years and don't understand how any one can charge the prices they do

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Dinner here was wonderful as always - this was our 5th visit. We were seated immediately and had timed our dinner with the sunset. The service was top-notch and our appetizers were divine. I have had the Seafood Martini as my meal in the past but the table of four elected to share it along with the Goat Cheese Pillows... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We dined at The Mad Hatter last night for the first time in about 5 years after a change in ownership/chef. We waited about 15 minutes, even though we had reservations. The Mad Hatter has been a fixture on Sanibel for many years and is attractive inside. Many diners go to watch the sunset through the large picture windows, but... More

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

dinner was indulgent and delicious but not inventive in the way I had hoped or expected. dependably upscale french-inspired fine dining and service for those with a classic point of view ie: my 70-something father loved it. but it's food you can find almost anywhere in the country - i would have loved if the very capable kitchen had delivered... More

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