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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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 588
    Excellent
  • 250
    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Excellent Food! Worth the Money

I went with my husband for lunch and had the most wonderful experience! The waiter was so nice and helpful. The food was excellent. The waiter was so attentive and very intuitive about our needs. This was one of the highlights of our trip

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Anne C
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Rockport, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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941 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I went with my husband for lunch and had the most wonderful experience! The waiter was so nice and helpful. The food was excellent. The waiter was so attentive and very intuitive about our needs. This was one of the highlights of our trip

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Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Get a reservation! One night we showed up at 6 and the valet asked if we had reservations and when we said no, he graciously offered to run up and check - next seating was 8:30 so we left and made reservations for 2 nights later. Definitely worth coming back for! The staff were very friendly and professional. We all... More 

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Wayne, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Large, casual, family restaurant with many choices. Didn't feel crowded but was exceedingly noisy. Food was OK. Service was good. The bill for two drinks & two entrees, without tip, was $72.

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Saratoga County, NY
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I had dinner at Traders with my wife, I ordered the crab cakes, which came swimming in butter. They were very good, but would have been so much better without the butter. On the plus side, the bread was excellent, as was the salad.

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North Bennington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Where there for a week and went back a second time. Great food. Fun and loud as are most places on the Island. Has a great gift store connected to it.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This was the best food we had while on Sanibel. The store is a bit strange, but the food in the restaurant is great and I liked that the chef would not cook grouper because it was not in season and he didn't cook frozen fish like many of the other restaurants would.

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Richland Center, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

I've reviewed Trader's in the past and this time will be no exception in terms of my impression of this place: it is excellent. We thoroughly enjoy every experience we have here--whether it's lunch or dinner. The food is always outstanding and the service is stellar. It's also fun to walk through the shopping area after the meal.

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kensington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Walked into the place in the early evening and wanted to sit at the bar which is small and was full. Lots and lots of empty tables which the very, very, young trio of hostesses told us were "unavailable" although they remained open until we left about two hours later. A couple of nice bartenders gave us a "wink and... More 

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New Glasgow, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The people at Traders know how to please the palate! Four of us went early - around five - to avoid line-ups. We started by enjoying the two-for-one Happy Hour. Our appetizers included a dozen oysters, oysters florentine and shrimp & crab cocktail - all very good. Two of us had the sea bass and two had swordfish - everyone... More 

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Ames
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I am writing this as we are waiting for our food. I am sure the food will be excellent as we have been here many times. The problem tonight was we made a reservation for 7:30 because that was the earliest we could get in. We arrived five minutes early and they we not ready yet. No problem. However we... 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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