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Traders Cafe

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Seafood, Bistro, Continental
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1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL
239 472 7242
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Innovative island bistro cuisine in a spacious and relaxing atmosphere...
Innovative island bistro cuisine in a spacious and relaxing atmosphere. Live music, happy hour, fine wines, seafood and steaks. Gifts, jewelry, books, art and clothing in our shopping emporium. Winner of Taste of the Islands.
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Good for:
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine

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  • 27
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant

Valet parking. Lovely entrance to this stand alone restaurant. Food was fresh and tasty. Most choices are in the seafood category. Very popular so make reservations. The one drawback is the high level of noise.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Pacific1991
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Kearny, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Kearny, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Valet parking. Lovely entrance to this stand alone restaurant. Food was fresh and tasty. Most choices are in the seafood category. Very popular so make reservations. The one drawback is the high level of noise.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Started with Peel-and-Eat Shrimp. A bit overcooked, but just being picky. Went there for lunch, so we got some sandwiches. Our burger was quite tasty, the chicken sandwich was decent. Service was ok. There was a bit of a wait in between things. Not to mention we were seated in a corner spot and it wasn't that busy at the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Hands-down the best restaurant on the island. Best food start to finish, from the salads and apps through dessert. It also has a good gift shop with many good items made by local craftswomen/men.

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Appleton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Food was incredible. Husband had the swordfish special and I had the scallops with lobster ravioli. Only complaint was they were out of Moscato! Cute gift shop there with unique gifts.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Service was very good and efficient. However, it did seem we were a bit rushed. Of course this could just mean that the kitchen is in sync. All in all we had a very nice meal and the food was very good and priced fair for what we received. A unique place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Fantastic restaurant. The food is always fresh and well prepared, and the service can not be beat. Great spot for either lunch or dinner, and the bar service is excellent as well!

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you're in the mood for steak, Traders now has only one on the menu: a THIN cut New York Strip steak dinner for $30. Our server told us that they no longer serve their wonderful filet dinner, which had been priced at $36. I took the rest of my NY strip dinner home and measured the steak: it was... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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112 reviews 112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Met friends for lunch at Traders and loved every minute of it. It's an open and airy restaurant with a lot of class. Definitely a favorite and one of the top restaurants on the island. Everything is incredibly fresh and well done and if you go often, they have great daily specials to try. I recommend the grouper po boy,... More 

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Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Found Traders one night while walking and went in without a reservation. There were no tables available so we ate at the bar and it was great. My seafood pasta special reminded me of cioppino with noodles. My wife's grouper was also excellent. The company was fun as a group was celebrating a birthday at the bar and we became... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We brought a group of 30 people here for dinner and it was delicious. Mimi was great in helping us plan and we were taken right on time after arriving by party Trolley. Our dinners were served promptly, but without feeling rushed. Our checks were presented on time for our scheduled departure. The wait staff was excellent. The menu is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239 472 7242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bistro, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Innovative island bistro cuisine in a spacious and relaxing atmosphere. Live music, happy hour, fine wines, seafood and steaks. Gifts, jewelry, books, art and clothing in our shopping emporium. Winner of Taste of the Islands.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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