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Traders Cafe

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French, Seafood, International, Bistro
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1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL
+1 239-472-7242
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 33
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  • 11
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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
Great food, stuffy atmosphere

I wanted seafood and saw good reviews for Trader's. I was unsure if it would be appropriate for kids, but saw there was a children's menu and coloring allowed on the tables so we gave it a try. It was not a kid-friendly atmosphere. In fact, the restaurant was just a little too stuffy for our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
JJaxtraveler
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Jacksonville
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Jacksonville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I wanted seafood and saw good reviews for Trader's. I was unsure if it would be appropriate for kids, but saw there was a children's menu and coloring allowed on the tables so we gave it a try. It was not a kid-friendly atmosphere. In fact, the restaurant was just a little too stuffy for our tastes. Perhaps it was... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

For our anniversary the Hubster and I spent a couple of days on Sanibel and Captiva sampling as many restaurants as possible while we were there. Traders was on our list of places we wanted to try so on our first day we had lunch there. Because it was a special occasion we started with a Bloody Mary toast to... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Traders was recommended by a local and it did not disappoint! A little higher priced, but you definitely get what you pay for. Everything from seafood entrees to filet mingon. The atmosphere is a step up from beach attire, but not stuffy. Enjoy

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Our 3rd time at Traders and as good as I remembered. They have the best food in Sanibel (we know food). The seafood, salad, everything is fresh, quality and fairly priced. We had the ceviche and goat cheese appetizers, amazing!!! And they have a great wine selection. I'll definitely be back!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went there for the first time on a friend's recommendation. The peel & eat shrimp was excellent and beautifully presented. The ceasar salad was delicious! Service was excellent. Nice live music!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited Traders for dinner in April this year and had a great late dinner sitting in the bar. Stopped by again for drinks this trip. Bartenders are very attentive and friendly. The owner/manager is very visible and ensures the quality and service is there. Very nice place, very nice people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was #10 on TA, and a local hotel employee recommended it. Nice happy hour, 2 for 1 drinks. Very friendly staff at the bar and dining area. I was undecided on a dish and the waiter brought out a sample for me to try. The bar section charged us only 2 for 1 drinks, although we were not ordering... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

One of my local favorites. The food and wait staff are wonderful. I especially like the bread and the fresh fish of the day specials. They have an early dinner that's a little bit more economical and you don't have to wait during the snowbird season!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Flip flops or heals didn't make a difference. Welcoming staff and friendly waiter . The prices were 25 to 35. But the food was excellent. The flavor was amazing. Fresh caught grouper and veggies crisps and tasty. Try the mango salsa was great. Sit back and relax and enjoy.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our Waiter (Patrick) was very attentive! The grouper sandwich was bland. I think the sandwich would have been better with a bun rather thN French bread. For the price I should have seen fries not chips. Nothin special......the lazy flamingo had a great grouper sandwich!

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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: +1 239-472-7242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, International, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?