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Traders Cafe

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Seafood, Bistro, Continental
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Drinks, 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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  • 624
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    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 29
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  • 9
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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
Good value upscale restaurant

Good food just lacking presentation. Excellent clam chowder. My ribs were ok but no wipes provided so had to pop to the bathroom to wash my hands, tasteless veg, the Husb's fish portion was huge and tasty but let down by having too many side flavours - salsa, avocado and lime something, risotto... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
KJT-AJT
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Good food just lacking presentation. Excellent clam chowder. My ribs were ok but no wipes provided so had to pop to the bathroom to wash my hands, tasteless veg, the Husb's fish portion was huge and tasty but let down by having too many side flavours - salsa, avocado and lime something, risotto - on the same plate. Upscale food... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you're tired of just seeing the same old burgers and fish sandwiches on every menu give this place a try. We usually only go there for lunch but the food has been consistently unique and very good. Their 'starters' are really enough for lunch. My husband enjoyed the ahi tuna and I had the crab and spinach stuffed portabello.... More 

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UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We visited this restaurant on our first night in this area - and despite good reviews on tripadvisor plus a recommendation from our hotel concierge, it was a bit disappointing. We went early when it was quiet, were seated promptly - but then left twiddling our thumbs for at least 10 minutes before anyone offered us a drink. We ordered... More 

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We had lunch twice at Traders. Both meals were awesome. Service was great and we really like the atmosphere. The white gazpacho is outstanding. So is the tuna and everything else. I wish we had a Traders here at home.

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New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Had lunch at Traders. Interior was very nice. Service was excellent. I had the Gulf Shrimp and crab meat cocktail. It was served in a chilled martini glass with a avocado cilantro mix on the bottom. Waitress described it as

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west sussex
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Stunning place for dinner. Food was amazing and the service was 5 ***** from Denny our waiter we had swordfish on a bed of pasta ❤️❤️❤️

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Delaware, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

wow what a evening and what a dinner we enjoyed traders so much the service from farah was outstanding, she was a joy. the appetizers were great and the main course was to die for. we had drinks also great speciality drinks they had to offer. we did make reservations as suggested and we will be back one of these... More 

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Maryland
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294 reviews 294 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We have eaten here often, but not in two years. The food was every bit as good as we remembered. While there are numerous meat and poultry choices, you'd be silly if you didn't pick the seafood. We had stuffed shrimp, scallops, sea bass and swordfish, and one person had seafood gumbo. All of us were delighted. Make a reservation... More 

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A don't miss stop for sure! The atmosphere is warm and friendly with plenty of room between tables. Service was perfect and the meal outstanding! My husband had the Lamb Shank and it just fell off the bone. Definitely didn't need a knife! I had the panko herb encrusted Swordfish Steak. A delicious taste and texture. The mango chutney on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I can't say enough good things about this place. I visited on two consecutive nights (the bartender was wonderful - Cecile (?). Wonderful fish dishes (ordered the sea bass, and the next night the ahi tuna), If nothing else, definitely order the mussels! Great overall experience and definitely would return.

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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: Seafood, Bistro, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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