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1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL
239 472 7242
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Continental, Bistro
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.

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Wasilla, Alaska, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I had a yummy tuna sandwich with cup of clam chowder that was better than Ivar's (in Seattle). Sister had mussels - regular menu calls for them in a red sauce, but they met her request for garlic butter instead. VERY fresh. Pre-meal bread was DeLISH, as was the seasoned oil for dipping. I'll bet their other foods are just... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We tried Traders on the strength of TA reviews but wouldn't go back. Things started badly when we were kept waiting for almost a half hour (we had reserved) because the people at the table they had assigned to us were dawdling, even though other tables were available. When we complained loudly and often enough, they seated us. The waiter... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This was our first time on Sanibel Island. I will say, we are in our mid-30's and were the youngest diners there by 20-30 years. We were wondering if that was a bad sign, but the food was great. The grouper was cooked perfectly and we had the roasted garlic and goat cheese toast which was a great find!

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Lunch towards the end of serving hours was fresh and delivered with more than a smile - very courteous service. The oysters were disappointing, small, feeble and lacking in flavour - I've had much better, far from the sea. But the main courses were plentiful and delicious - my shrimp wrap was crammed with shrimp and salad and my companion's... More 

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USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Yum! Yum! Yum! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Traders. I got the Gulf Shrimp stuffed with lump crabmeat and the crab and shrimp cocktail appetizer. Delish! Even the bread for the table was great. It's a big place and it's pretty noisy tho.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is my favorite Sanibel restaurant, truly a cut above the others. Delicious food; variety of options; fun, breezy atmosphere; and top notch service. Go! But be sure to make reservations, especially for a Saturday evening.

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Glen Rock, NJ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The food and drinks and happy hour were very good....still pricey but not as expensive as their regular menu.

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Waldoboro, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Love their white gazpacho and go there once a year when we visit the island. We would love to go back there for dinner. Wait staff made recommendations and were very helpful.

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Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great happy hour and som really nice signature dishes. Only think is at happy hour the special is ALWAYS Salmon

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It was the last day of our week long Florida getaway and was still looking for a great blackened grouper sandwich. Found it here! Asked for extra seasoning and it exceeded expectations. Key lime pie for dessert was outstanding as well. Bartender gave us a sample of an excellent rum frozen concoction which was great along with a good selection... More 

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

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