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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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food was good. Seabass was the best meal. Music was good. The atmosphere is ok. They need to dim the lights. It's so unnecessarily bright and could use some dividers or something to break up the mess hall look.

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for a late lunch. We couldn't have picked a better place. The shrimp chowder was excellent. Entrees included the fish taco, fish of the day slightly blackened and the shrimp & scallop pasta in a red sauce (2). All entrees were very tasty. Service was excellent. I was looking for a local beer and the waitress was... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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318 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to traders with several friends for dinner. The wait staff was a bit forgetful and was definitely trying to rush us through our dinner. My wife had the fish tacos which were dry and could not even finish eating them. I had the garlic/cheese appetizer which was hardly even warm and the dinner was luke warm as well.... More 

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved our experience when we dined there for dinner. The food was very good, nice atmosphere, and excellent service. My husband had a seafood special over linguine, And the potato leek soup. I order the Chilean sea bass and it was not a problem switching the Rissoto for the garlic mash. The bread was so good, served with olive... More 

Thank lucyanne V
Management response:

We're thrilled that you were so happy with your server and that she made the experience so pleasant. What's more, it's great to know you enjoyed the Chilean sea bass, and we were more than happy to replace the risotto with the garlic mash. We can't wait to have you by again! Until then, -The Traders Team More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Traders on a recommendation of a friend. He is a winter resident on the island and it is his favorite restaurant. So we had high expectations and we were not disappointed. We were worried when our server informed us that they were out of Grouper. Since a couple of us were going to have grouper, we had... More 

Thank Joe L
Management response:

Despite being out of grouper that day, Joe, we're thrilled that everyone enjoyed their meals. What's more, it's a treat to know that we're now highly recommended by you, too -- thanks! Until next time, -The Traders Team More 

Lake Forest, Illinois
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place gets lots of good word-of-mouth so I went in with high expectations. The wait for a table or spot at the bar was long but I enjoyed the adjoining shop to kill time. The food was fine and tasty but not really memorable. It appears that a fair amount of both locals and tourists come here. No complaints... More 

Thank RedBuddah
Management response:

While we're happy to hear that we came highly recommended, we're of course disappointed that your meal wasn't memorable. We always want our guests to be excited about the dish they try here, so we really hope you'll consider coming by again. We're sure we can find you a dish you'll love! Thanks, -The Traders Team More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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198 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traders is the only place we visited twice during our week on Sanibel Island. The reason is consistency; i.e. they live up to their reviews. Their wait staff is in a class by themselves. Food quality and presentation is mouth-watering. A little on the pricey side, but not affordable for lunch.

Thank lheadley
Management response:

Knowing that we were the only place you visited twice while here speaks volumes, and we're thrilled hearing it! We hope that means you'll be by for another delicious meal the next time you're here in Sanibel. Thanks! -The Traders Team More 

Natick, MA
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203 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great meal her. We all had small plates that for Sanibel are resonably priced and plenty of food. Also had a Ceasar salad that was very good. Reservation are a good idea but there are some tables near the bar. Don't miss the gift shop lots of interesting products. Kudos to the buyers.

Thank momskier
Management response:

We're so glad you had another great meal with us and that the Ceasar salad was a hit with you. What's more, it's a treat to know you're also a fan of our gift shop -- thanks! Until next time, -The Traders Team More 

raleigh, nc
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Group of 7 friends enjoyed this lovely slice of tasty paradise with excellent reviews from all. Drinks flowed from the full bar as live music and laughter filled the brightly colored restaurant with gorgeous photographs from the island on the walls. Warm multi-grain soft bread with an herb and olive oil butter started the servings. The first round included Raw... More 

Thank travelnfoody
Management response:

It means the world to us to know that you not only so enjoyed your meal with us but that you'll be by again the next time you're in Sanibel. What's more, it's great that the lemon caper cream sauce was such a highlight for you, and you'll have to let us know how it goes recreating it. Until next... More 

Cleveland, OH
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very lively vibe; a very popular place due to VERY good food and fast, friendly service. Reservations are usually recommended. We always go here one or more times when we are on Sanibel.

Thank rub14
Management response:

It means a lot to know that y'all always choose to have a meal with us when in Sanibel, and we're so glad that's been the case. What's more, we can't wait to see you again someday! Until then, -The Traders Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Drinks, Brunch, 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, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?