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Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts

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1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-7242
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fulton, Maryland
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate at this restaurant with a group of people from work and was waited on by Lena and another male waiter. We were split into 2 tables and Lena was our primary server. I had the swordfish at her recommendation as well as several appetizers she recommended. All the food and the suggested wines were excellent as was the service.... More 

Thank Bill S
Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped by Traders with a friend of mine and sat at the bar. There we were greeted by Lena, who just happened to be from Indiana, like me! She was so fun to talk to and very attentive to my friend and I. We had a great evening there with lots of laughs.There's a reason why Traders is one of... More 

Thank tamiami24
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is loud, chaotic, and overrated. It’s quite large so I imagine it’s like a hectic train station during the peak season. Appears to be very popular. I had a small Caesar salad ($4); husband had the gumbo cup ($5). Both were OK. The disappointment came with the $28 entrees. I had the grouper (OK, not very tasty) with... More 

1 Thank lizardgrace
Management response:

Well, this was disappointing to read, as the experience you described is nowhere near the one we aim to provide our customers. The basmati rice, while tasty, should round out a great meal, not be the star of the show. From the salad down to the service, we're sorry if we missed the mark here. Although we're closed until October,... More 

Massachusetts traveller
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for lunch . It was a nice quiet well run restaurant. We had good salads here. The wait staff was excellent and the drinks were delicious. I will definitely come back. Maybe not great for young kids.

Thank Charmagne88
Management response:

Glad to see you enjoyed the salads, service, and drinks during your visit. Hope you'll join us again the next time you get the chance! Best wishes, -The Traders Team More 

orange park
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I and two of our friends visited your restaurant on our last night in Sanibel. We have been coming to Sanibel for 4 years now. We have never had a bad experience anywhere on the island !!! Until we came to traders for dinner. We arrived at 815. 45 minutes before closing time. As soon as we... More 

3 Thank chewy4
Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always come here with the family for dinner when on Sanibel Island. The staff is friendly and the food is fantastic. The menu offers a nice variety of fish. The drink specials are always tasty and fun. We always finish off dinner with a dessert to share. The gift shop should not be missed, lots of custom jewelry and... More 

1 Thank Beth C
Management response:

Beth, it's always great to have you and your family here, and we're so glad that you've always enjoyed our seafood dishes and our gift shop. We can't wait to have you all back! Cheers, -The Traders Team More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined at Traders twice while vacationing at Sanibel. All entree's were well prepared, from the steak, shrimp, grouper, just scrumptious! Even though we were filled from our entree we made room for desert and had the creme brulee and apple crisp, outstanding! Also, there house chardonay, Guenoc, is a good complement to any sea food dish and not pricey.... More 

2 Thank times6plus
Management response:

We're so glad that you enjoyed everything from the grouper to our house white wine and to our service -- so much so that you dined with us twice! That really does mean a lot, and we're thrilled that was the case. We can't wait for your next visit! Until then, -The Traders Team More 

Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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203 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trader's offers a wide menu selection - I had the braised beef rib dinner and it was excellent. Dining is upscale yet retains a comfortable informal feel. Excellent wait staff and service - Trader's is a must if you are spending any time on the Island.

2 Thank audittflyer
Management response:

We're glad that you enjoyed the braised beef ribs, so much so that you think we're a must while in Sanibel! Thank you, and we can't wait to have you by again. Until then, -The Traders Team More 

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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was perfect! I love to cook and am usually disappointed when going out to eat... NOT Here! I dined with four others and we each ordered a different dish. No body wanted to share as our individual choices were exceptional. I had the swordfish and it was moist and tender, perfectly prepared.

2 Thank AnaBanana2u
Management response:

It means a lot to know our swordfish so impressed you, and it's great that everyone else enjoyed their meals, too! We hope that means you'll all be visiting us again soon. Thanks, -The Traders Team More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate dinner here on 8/29/2016. She had the macadamia nut grouper and I had the stuffed shrimp. After all, reading all of the glowing reviews we had high expectations and we're interested in trying dinner. I guess I missed something. My wife told me she thought her grouper was bland and lacked taste. My stuffed shrimp... More 

1 Thank Nighthawk62
Management response:

We know it's been almost a month but we still wanted to reach out. This is obviously disappointing, as we always want all of our guests to enjoy their meals with us. We're so sorry that your wife found the grouper to lack in flavor and if your shrimp was overcooked. That really isn't up to our standards, so we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, International
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Valet Parking
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-7242
At Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts, we want to make you feel right at home! Our location has been regarded as one of Sanibel's best kept secrets! Indulge yourself with one of our fantastic meals, or browse around for a great gift for a loved one. We are proud to offer a variety of food, gifts and entertainment to the Sanibel area. We provide live entertainment every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Some of our best dishes include succulent seafood and steaks! After your meal, relax with some great cocktails, fine wine, or a delicious dessert! We'll be ready to greet you with a smiling face! Visit Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts today!

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