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Traders Cafe

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

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Visitor rating
  • 569
    Excellent
  • 240
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Most recent review
casual but elegant

We were celebrating a birthday and we wanted to do it in style and comfort - Trader's is the place. The seafood was fresh and delightfully prepared. The pasta special was superb with plentiful portions of crab, shrimp and lobster. The service was excellent, including a candle on the delicious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
travelpatt
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Baltimore,MD
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Baltimore,MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We were celebrating a birthday and we wanted to do it in style and comfort - Trader's is the place. The seafood was fresh and delightfully prepared. The pasta special was superb with plentiful portions of crab, shrimp and lobster. The service was excellent, including a candle on the delicious creme brulee. They take reservations and it helps to make... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had dinner here last week. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was pleasant. However, we were both disappointed with our meals. They sounded delicious on the menu but in reality, they were cooked with an average amount of skill and effort. Not worth what we paid.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The title sums it up. Friendly staff, bar atmosphere, Denny's quality at a $$$ price. Steak was very tough (lots of gristle), potato and vegetables were cooked to death and without character. Clearly they're not trying to encourage to repeat business

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had an excellent dinner at Traders. I would have to say the highlight was his shrimp and grits. The grits were so flavorful with sausage and cheese and the shrimp were cooked perfectly. I had the peel and eat shrimp cooked with Old Bay seasoning. They were good, but a bit overcooked to me... cocktail sauce... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It's a good place. Cheeseburger was ok. Wife's salads were excellent. Service was fair. Waitress forgot to get some things when I asked for them. Would I go back? Yes. Would i go there first? No

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Groton, Connecticut
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We have been to Traders twice, once for happy hour and appetizers, and once for dinner, Our first visit was early for HH. The drinks were fine and the flat bread which had artichokes, andouille sausage, shrimp and I believe spinach was well portioned and outstanding and. The crab cakes with a corn relish were crabby but mushy not crisp.... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We have been to Traders multiple times and always enjoyed our meal. The macadamia crusted grouper is delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were actually on our way to a different restaurant but traffic was at a stop so we turned in there and ate at the bar. Really good. Best place so far!

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Detroit, Michigan
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90 reviews 90 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Everything was totally amazing! Good service, and atmosphere. I had the jumbo gulf shrimp pasta with lobster and it was outstanding. My husband had the pork chop and he loved his entree also. Service was awesome. Can't say enought about the restaurant. Looking forward to returning. Make reservations!!

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philadelphia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A chef-run restaurant...food is excellent, along with good service and a nice atmosphere. I sometimes get the blackened Mahi, but everything I order is good here.

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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: 239 472 7242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?