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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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Dessert, 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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  • 652
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  • 269
    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 10
    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
One of the best places to eat on the island

Menu is very creative and they have a very good happy hour menu if you are looking for really excellent food on the cheap.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Noah S
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South Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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South Portland, Maine
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Menu is very creative and they have a very good happy hour menu if you are looking for really excellent food on the cheap.

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Ball Ground, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

I've been coming to the island since I was 7. Now my biggest Sanibel regret is not coming to this place sooner- so many years I could have been enjoying Traders! Obviously, my husband and I were impressed. While initially we were a bit turned off due to the price, it is well worth it and we spent just the... More 

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Lewis Center, Ohio
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is not open late. We tried getting in a few days before, but got there too late. We were able to get here early enough to get seated before they closed, but had to sit near the bar area. They had some specials that were good. I had a seafood special which was very good, but on the... More 

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NC Mountains
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I had a lot of great food on Sanibel during our stay, but the Macadamia Grouper with Mango Salsa at Traders was my favorite dish of the whole vacation. The fish was very fresh, of course, and the chef's preparation and presentation were just perfect. I would have given Traders a 5 based on my meal, BUT my landlubber husband... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The chef is an untrained worker who has learned on the job, but my heavens has he learned on the job! The fresh halibut with some sort of green sauce and a side of asparagus was memorable.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It us to be our favorite restaurant. But the menu doesn't seem to change. And when it is crowed, the service is very slow.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had a lunch there. The food was nothing special. Think AppleBees and then add 30% to your bill. Service was poor. Our drinks went empty without refill. Our waiter didn't bring out our food (I hate it when the send a different individual out with the food) We waited over 5 minutes for our bill after our dishes were... More 

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New York, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This place has: +Nice staff +live music +great food What's not to love? Their seafood is great & their BBQ is even better.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We always eat at Traders for lunch while visiting Sanibel. Can always count on some excellent quality & service along w/ chef specials that are not common to other area restaurants

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Dinner last night was really good. Irma our server did a great job. They can't count well on the number of oysters ordered but did correct the situation when brought to their attention. Oysters were awesome as was the tuna appetizer. Veal meatloaf not so good and neither was the pasta special. The horseradish encrusted salmon was awesome, grouper was... More 

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Additional Information about Traders Cafe

Address: 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL
Phone Number: +1 239-472-7242
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, Bistro, Continental

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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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