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The Sandbar

2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
+1 239-472-0305
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“crab cakes” (150 reviews)
“seafood trio” (45 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really didn’t enjoy the service, atmosphere, or my crab cakes. Really small restaurant. Expect a wait.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lovetotravel43138
BrianSilv, Public Relations Manager at The Sandbar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It looks like we are just not for you~ There isn't a wait(or much of one) if you reserve a table. You forgot to complain about the water and wine.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Sometimes it's hard for us to find a place on Sanibel where our teens see what they want on the menu and we get to enjoy a quality adult experience with them. We "discovered" The Sandbar on our fall 2018 trip to the island and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Davooda
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived around 4:30, not crowded, 4 of us shared some tasty oysters, shrimp and a few local craft beers. Nice staff, seemed to have a following and we would go back.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Petitrobert54
Reviewed 3 days ago

You need reservations as this place is smallish, we had our choice of sitting at the bar or a high top, we chose the high top. Sat next to a couple who had been married for 55 years from CT and had a great conversation....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Virginia P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a fairly small restaurant that pretty well requires reservations. The food was quite good, but rather expensive. The waitress was phenomenal. If the host and the bartender developed any sense of pleasantries, this would have been a rather nice place to dine. If...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank billandtammy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called ahead for reservations. Very busy this time of year. Atmosphere is like a Midwest Supper Club. Waiter Dave recommended the Red Snapper, and it was outstanding. Also, the rice was fluffy, and the vegetables perfectly steamed.

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank klavitter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a nice ‘end of vacation’ dinner. Nice atmosphere, friendly service, but the crab cakes I ordered were the worst I’ve ever had: three slider-sized, mini-cakes better described as ‘bread muffins with tiny specks of crab’ rather than crab cakes. The bread batter...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank WC600
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was rated highly and we booked for a special meal as we were only staying for one evening. Was a little disappointing as menu not as extensive as expected Food was pleasant but not outstanding.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank jillrp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here recently. I ordered the red snapper special and our table ordered the bang bang shrimp and crab bisque. All of this was excellent and the service was very good. The rest of my party ordered some combination including crab cakes and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank AlBeachFan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this place right next to Sunset Beach Inn. Great place. Excellent food. Prices are reasonable. Have been back several times and will def go back again!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank San183
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Questions & Answers
January 6, 2019|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
10 people
Sandra W
October 3, 2018|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Happy Hour this year is Monday through Saturday 4 PM to 5:30 each night in the lounge
Cathy D
July 8, 2018|
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Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $47
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0305
  • E-mail
Since opening in 2013, The Sandbar has become known for its incredibly fresh seafood and choice cuts of beef and pork. We take great pride in having the best service staff on the islands. Check out the reviews or come in and find out for yourself!
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