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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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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I still love Trader's. We had her birthday meal there and it was great. Our in-laws enjoyed their selections as well. Definitely a great restaurant and the shop always has something. I bought a Christmas present there for my sweetie.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

A Lovely restaurant. Great Happy hour. Varied Menu. One of the best restaurants on the island. Can't wait to go back next year.

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new york
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We were a party of three who all ended up ordering the same thing - grouper tacos - that were very tasty. Two tacos brimming with grouper and toppings. Accompanied by sides of rice & beans, and guacamole, the meal was very tasty and very satisfying. The guacamole was very well-prepared - nice and chunky with plenty of cilantro and... More 

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Shalimar
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This place is fantastic. The menu always has interesting and delicious fare. You will need a reservation! This place is packed. The service is excellent, the food is delicious the atmosphere all that fine dining can provide.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We went for their very popular happy hour (3-6 pm) and special bar area menu. Half price beer, wine and some rail drinks. Most items on the bar menu were $12-$14 and smaller portions. I did not car for my crab cakes. The Remoulade was overpowered by lime and the two crab cakes were smallish. Also came with a cold... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Beautiful but casual environment. Staff was excellent and food was great. We all loved what we ate! Grouper special, NY strip, pork chop...all good! One of my fave meals on our vacation. Highly recommend!

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So. Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Everyone in my party LOVED their food!!! I had a fish special and it was so delicious. Everything from free bread, entree and drinks were wonderful.

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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72 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There is a reason this place is always jam-packed: because it is good. We had dinner there last night and enjoyed it very much. The staff was quick and we were in and out the door in under 1 hour to catch our movie even though it was during the busy dinner service. Kudos to the chef for creating a... More 

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Virginia beach
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We have to come here 3 times while staying in Sanibel. The food is our of this world. The best sesame ginger shear tuna I ever had, darken scallop is to die for , and the mussels is the best I ever had. We will definitely eat here again for our next Sanibel trip

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Red Wing, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

For the most part, our dinner experience was very good. We started with small salads which were quite tasty. Two of us had the fish specials which were excellent, particularly the seabass. I had the lamb shank and mashed potatoes both of which were exceptional. Unfortunately, the fourth person in our party did not have as good an experience. Her... More 

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Additional Information about Traders Cafe

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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