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Traders Cafe

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American, Seafood, French, International
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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • 87
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  • 37
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  • 14
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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 Entertainer

My husband and I walked in on a rainy evening during happy hour. Needless to say the restaurant and bar were packed! We were greeted by a friendly hostess and put on the wait list. We went to the bar and ordered drinks. In a short time we had a table. The food was delicious! After dinner we went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sanibelwagle
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Swansea, Massachusetts
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Swansea, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I walked in on a rainy evening during happy hour. Needless to say the restaurant and bar were packed! We were greeted by a friendly hostess and put on the wait list. We went to the bar and ordered drinks. In a short time we had a table. The food was delicious! After dinner we went back... More 

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Florida
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always high quality food from an interesting menu served by knowledgeable staff. One of the best restaurants on Sanibel. Happy hour with two-for-one drinks and excellent "small plates" is a great value. Only drawback to Traders is a very noisy dining environment in season.

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Thank RoadieBob
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71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and we're glad we did. My wife enjoyed the fish tacos and the grilled chicken breast is a huge sandwich that is worth going back for. Service was friendly and well done.

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Thank 042143
MetroWest Boston
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149 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I enjoyed a late lunch at Traders Cafe. We started with good draft beer (reasonably priced at $5 for a Keywest and $6 for a Magnolia Pecan.) We then ordered blackened grouper tacos and a shrimp/crab stack. We completed the meal with a delicious piece of Keylime pie. The fish tacos were fantastic and came with a... More 

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Thank Buttercup92
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I both had a steak, after having lots of seafood on Sanibel. Everything was so good, would have loved to try dessert but there was no way. Come hungry , lots of food. Yum, we will be back

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Thank DebF57
Florida, New York
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We always stop for lunch here, and over many years have never been disappointed. Lunch service ends at 2:30, though, so don't be late!

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Thank J B
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I stopped here for lunch before checking into our hotel next door. It was not open in September when my husband and I were here for our anniversary. We ordered a couple of Mai Tais to start and they were mixed very well. We were brought bread with oil for dipping and our waitress was very prompt... More 

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Thank Debbie D
West Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The scallop appetizer was excellent. Due to late reservation we sat in the bar area. Service by Chris was very good. We both had fish that was somewhat over cooked. Sauces helped to overcome over cooking.

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Thank Harry788WV
Sanibel Island, Florida
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traders has the best freshest perfectly cooked fish on the island. In addition to several fish choices on the menu, there were 4 fish special the night we attended. It was really really had to choose. I had the crab stuffed shrimp. My husband had swordfish with lobster ravioli . Our guests had grouper dishes. All came with perfectly cooked... More 

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Thank Sanibeleatsout
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been visiting Sanibel for 20 years, they have a good happy hour but the bar staff especially, here is very rude and unfriendly, we've given them years of chances and this year I decided to throw out a review and don't think we will revisit in our next 20 years- although the food is very good here management should work... 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: +1 239-472-7242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, French, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, 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
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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