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Traditions on the Beach

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3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5625
+1 239-472-4559
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Cleveland, Ohio
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Traditions is just that ...traditional classical and good quality food. Live music, a menu that changes and refreshes, servers that are gracious and well- trained and a Gulf view to die for. Valet service is prompt and appreciated. Favorites in the menu include the many choices of fresh fish and the lamb shank are our favorites. Shrimp cocktail is huge... More 

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Thank chalkduster
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review. You made me hungry! We're glad our commitment to good service starts with our valet service. We want our guests to feel welcome and appreciated from the time they arrive in our parking lot! We hope to see you again soon and that you might arrive in time to enjoy our tapas menu in... More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really good restaurant which is in a great location by the beach. The food and service was excellent.

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Thank David R
TOTBPublicRelations, General Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for the flattering review! We love our location and have a commitment to good food and service so our guests have a memorable experience. We hope you'll return again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here every year to celebrate mu husband's birthday and were lucky enough this year to have Nick as our server. The food is delicious, the service impeccable, we're unrushed. And it's quiet enough that you can actually carry on a conversation. Great place!

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Thank YankeeMiss
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We're pleased to be your choice destination for celebrating your husband's birthday. Everything you have described here, the food, the service and ability to have a conversation over a relaxed meal is what Traditions is all about. We look forward to seeing you next year - actually we hope to see you much sooner! More 

Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanksgiving Day 2016 gathering of 17 family members where the family was separated into 2 tables despite making the reservation in July. Tables were not ready at reservation time, table space was too crowded, service was dreadfully slow lasting nearly 4 hours- The manager Andreas was a complete jerk, very rude to my wife and not willing to make any... More 

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2 Thank docshaver
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day we experience each year. Some dishes take longer to prepare than others and our dishes are created in a kitchen and not fast food. It’s simply the nature of cooking on a holiday for hundreds of people. Unfortunately, your specific seating needs were not clearly communicated and with our table sizes and configurations, we... More 

Mason, OH
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220 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There aren't a lot of places on the island that are open on Thanksgiving. You need a reservation and we made one a week before for 7. We've eaten here before and enjoyed our meals. We walk in and there is nobody at the host station to check us in. We were 45 minutes early with plans to have a... More 

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2 Thank carrie9678
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We are disappointed that your Thanksgiving experience did not meet your expectations. While we do not enjoy receiving news that our guests have had a less than acceptable experience, we do take this feedback to heart and learn from it. We are happy your experience in the bar area was satisfactory. Please accept our apologies for the dinner experience and... More 

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We stopped by here at the recommendation of people in the next condo, who are regular visitors to the island. Very good food, nice location and a little more on the fancy side. My sister-in-law had the lamb chops and said it was the best meal she had ever had in a restaurant. The rest of us had the seafood... More 

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1 Thank Grunge131
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

It sounds like you enjoyed your meals. Our lamb chops are a house specialty, so your sister-in-law was able to taste one of the dishes we have a special pride in and which has been a part of our tradition of great dinners served to satisfied guests. The fact that other regular island guests recommended us to your group is... More 

Clarence Center, New York
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Dinner for the four of us was amazing. Traditions is tucked away within the Island Inn complex. It is definitely a throw back to old Florida with a glowing fire in the fireplace and a singer at the baby grand. A couple dressed to the nines were gracefully dancing to the romantic ballads. Of course, this is Sanibel Island and... More 

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1 Thank LibraryLady
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

It sounds like your visit was "wonderful" and we appreciate you taking the time to post such a favorable review. We hope you return soon to enjoy the food and the entertainment. As mentioned, you can come to Traditions dressed formally or casually. The food is always at its best. Bon appetite! More 

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Fresh seafood, cooked to perfection. Some of the dishes have a wonderful Greek influence. Located directly on the beach with a view of the Gulf sunset. The dining room is a bit underwhelming in decor- very plain, reminds me of an upscale family camp setting, but the food, friendly wait staff and sunset made up for that! The live piano... More 

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Thank Cynthia H
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We are so fortunate to have a chef that prepares such tasty dishes cooked to perfection! Traditions is one of the few restaurants on Sanibel that provides a view of the Gulf while dining. The live music is another addition to the dining experience we're glad you enjoyed. We hope you'll return soon! More 

NYC
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Each visit to Sanibel we make a special point to dine at Traditions on the Beach. Such a welcoming comfortable place - great beach and sunset views (if you time it right). The service is the best on the island ... the perfect amount of attentiveness - without causing unwanted interruptions in your dining. The amazing food is always a... More 

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Thank paulie777
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. Our chef takes great pride in his dishes & will be pleased to know you appreciate his creations! We'll check-in with the entertainer & pass your concerns. We hope you come again soon! More 

Naples, Florida
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Nieces down from Nashville who at one time lived on Sanibel. When they are here our favorite restaurant to go to is Traditions. They have a tremendous menu and great live entertainment with quite a nice dance floor. The wait staff and the food are exceptionally and a beautiful atmosphere.

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Thank naplesred
andrea m, Owner at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We love that we are a part of your family's "Traditions"! We periodically make changes to our menu & add new cocktails while maintaining our most popular menu items and entertainers. This way you can count on the level of service & good food you have come to expect, yet have the opportunity to experience something different each time you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $32
Cuisine
Italian, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5625
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-4559
Description
Located inside the Historic Island Inn on West Gulf Drive, Traditions restaurant, bar & lounge offers "Contemporary Cuisine - Sanibel Style." Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, we invite you to join us for spectacular sunsets with nightly live entertainment and dancing.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?