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“Excellent Food, Good Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Waterview

Waterview
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+(1)877-736-4320
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Cuisines: American, Bistro
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Description: Discover a diverse culinary offering sure to please any palate and the finest selection of fresh, locally sourced seafood paired with an extensive selection of robust wines. No other restaurant on the Island can match our combination of professional service, innovative cuisine and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Reserve Waterview for any event, large or small, and enjoy an exceptional dining experience that is sure to impress.
New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Excellent Food, Good Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We went to Waterview for dinner and had a very nice meal. We had lamb, alligator and crab risotto and fresh grouper. The food was well done. I appreciated that they put effort into making more complex, flavorful and somewhat unique dishes (namely the alligator risotto).

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“1st and last visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

we went to Waterview to eat enjoy Danny Morgan. We arrived early and sat outside. They do not have the ability to transmit the music from the next room to the outside.
We ordered calamari and fries apps. The calamari was frozen and tasteless while the fries were described as being dusted with cheese but were thin slices. I ordered the fish tacos which were about as good as Taco Bell for triple the price/ My wife ordered a burger, asked for ketchup which came 10 minutes later.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Clinton, NY
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Wonderful Valentines Day Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the special Valentines Day package here during our recent stay at the Sundial. The dinner included a bottle of wine, Oysters Rockefeller, Tuna Nicoise, Surf and Turf, and Bananas Foster. The steak and dessert were to die for. Ladies also received a long-stemmed red rose. The staff was friendly and attentive. There was a 3 piece musical ensemble playing fun dance music, so we made a night of it. The regular menu also looked really good, but this was the only night we dined here. I recommend it.

Visited February 2014
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good food but depressing ambiance & very slow service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We really enjoyed the appetizers (pot stickers, shrimp w/bacon) and entrees (hanger steak, linguini with shrimp) that we ordered, although the dessert (key lime pie) was a bit too tart..

The lighting and décor is very outdated, and is downright depressing. The staff was short-handed, and consequently service was very slow. Patty, the woman waiting on us, was doing her best and was very nice and made the situation tolerable, but she was getting any support. Michelle, the supervisor, said she knew they had a problem and that new management was in place and planning improvements.

Visited February 2014
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“New but needs a lot to survive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Waterview just opened this summer but the kitchen needs help if the restaurant is to survive in a competitive setting. We were a party of 9 and I had the lobster bisque which was gloppy (flour?) and way too spicy. I ate only three spoonfuls and the server didn't ask about it when it was cleared. The chopped salad was overdressed and had quite a bit of the core in it. It too was not finished. $19 for mediocre seems excessive.
My friends steak which was to have been rare to medium rare came out well done and tough.
It was hot until we said something than they turned the air on. It didn't seem it had been on previously. We were the only table until much later when 2 women came so maybe they didn't think it was necessary to cool it for one party.
We want this place to make it so before the season starts, I recommend they take a look at their menu and perfect it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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