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“Excellent Meal on Captiva”

Sunshine Seafood Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $33
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Little Silver, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal on Captiva”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Visited Captiva Island April 12 to the 18th and had dinner every night at a different restaurant. Sunshine Seafood -Cafe and Wine Bar was by far the best restaurant for service and food. Upon arrival at the restaurant with a party of six the hostess informed us that we would have a short wait of about 15 minutes for a table. She was correct and we were promptly seated outside on the porch. The waitress gave our party a nice greeting, introduced herself and made our party feel very welcome. She gave us the menu and explained in detail the specials for the night. Each of the party members had a different appetizer and entree. Their Florida Seafood Gumbo , Fresh Red Snapper Picatta and numerous desserts were all excellent. . The wine and beer menu was varied and reasonably price. The opinion off our complete party was that this was their best restaurant experience and on the next trip to this island we all would go back to Sunshine Seafood Cafe.

  • Visited April 2014
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Michigan
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Could have sat on that porch for hours!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Simple lunch of seafood salad croissant and iced tea was very good, and what made the afternoon more special was the atmosphere of this café porch. We expected Captiva Island to be crazy in March, but it was incredibly peaceful and quiet on a midweek afternoon. Our server was friendly and efficient, and she patiently refilled our drinks as we kept sitting there long after we finished eating, just soaking in the ambiance and not wanting to leave! Definitely worth the ride from the insanity of Fort Myers Beach! Looking forward to a return visit in 2015.
(And a special thank-you to them for mailing back the credit card I accidentally left behind,)

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Lilosa
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Oakville, Canada
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210 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good place for a meal”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stopped by mid afternoon for a late lunch. Limited menu selection for main courses which we found a bit disappointing. However, we opted to go with a couple of appetizers including the crab cAkes and the grilled shrimp. Both were quite good. The outdoor seating was also nice and the service excellent.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank 114Rainer
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great service and cozy atmosphere”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

A local told us about this little restaurant on Captiva. We made 8 pm reservations so that we could first catch the amazing sunset at 7:50 and then head over. We had been fishing with Captain John Houston of Native Guides, and he called ahead to Sunshine to ask for the reservation, and for them to prepare the fish we had just caught that day. They did so, amazingly, and was such friendly and warm service. Even the other diners had a good vibe about them, and it felt like a special place to us.

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank TRHfamily
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Bethesda, MD
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“One of our favorite places on Captiva”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We have been enjoying Sunshine Seafood Cafe on Captiva for several years. They had a dip in quality last year, but seem to have bounced back nicely. It is a small intimate restaurant, suitably funky, that serves great seafood entries for lunch and dinner. They also take reservations which is important. One needs to reserve several days in advance during high season.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Donald B
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