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Traders Cafe

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French, Seafood, International, Bistro
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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, Drinks, Dinner, 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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    Very good
  • 78
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  • 32
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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
At Last.....

Our extended family has been coming to Sanibel for many years, and had not been to Trader's until tonight...at last! Our server Erma was fantastic and she explained the menu and specials well....Appetizers, then salads then main dishes were served...and WOW!!! We were amazed, by the quality, by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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The Villages, Florida
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  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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The Villages, Florida
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82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Our extended family has been coming to Sanibel for many years, and had not been to Trader's until tonight...at last! Our server Erma was fantastic and she explained the menu and specials well....Appetizers, then salads then main dishes were served...and WOW!!! We were amazed, by the quality, by the fresh seafood, by the veggie lasagna (added parm-encrusted chicken), by the... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Year after year, other island restaurants come and go, but Traders carries on. It's an attractive setting, but it's the service and food that place it a step above the norm. Many of the servers have been here for years, and, although the menu doesn't vary much from year-to-year, there are a core of offerings which never fail to please.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised by the food and atmosphere. The service was just okay and the hostess was terrible. We felt like we were bothering her and the place was pretty quiet.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Our server Erma was 'the bomb'.....sweet, energetic, and knowledgeable. She was quick and efficient. Our drinks came fast but the food was a little slow getting to the table but nothing to complain about as all 6 of us enjoyed every morsel.

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Nantes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely traditonal restaurant with a really 'old fashioned' feel and atmosphere. The food is excellent. They have entertainment on some evenings. Wish we had discovered this eatery on our first trip to Sanibel some years ago. Well worth a visit.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped in for lunch on our first day on the island. I ordered a salad and wanted Grouper on it but, they only offered salmon??? My husband had the Grouper Po' Boy which he enjoyed a great deal. The dessert "Chocolate Fantasia" was awesome to look at and too much to eat even for two - but, I would... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We walked in a little later than we had expected this visit, but they seated us immediately and had a server from the bar wait on us, which was really nice. The specials were outstanding and so tasty. The portion size was a little large so you can share and definitely take some home to snack on later (if you... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Our waiter David took great care making sure we had everything we wanted. After my wife and I enjoyed our cocktails and bread with oil to die for we order our entrees. I ordered the scallops but wanted them cooked well and when I tasted one it needed a bit more cooking time and David went above and beyond to... More 

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Fleming Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived without a reservation on a Saturday night. However, not too busy and the hostess set up a table for the 9 of us right away. However, things allowed down a lot from there. Took a bit before anyone came to get drink orders. Then drinks came slow with 2 glasses of wine last. Water glasses came a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great, relaxed atmosphere & the decor was nice. It was a bit loud, but nothing that would keep us from a return visit. Wayne was our server - he was both knowledgable & attentive. I especially appreciated the way he treated our daughters. He offered menu suggestions and was extremely polite. The food -- the Divers scallops appetizer is delicious.... 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: French, Seafood, International, Bistro

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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: French, Seafood, International, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, 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
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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