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“Takes you back to a different time...just as intended”

Traditions on the Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
566 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Takes you back to a different time...just as intended”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

A great setting at the beach in what aoppears to be an old resort, very nice host and staff, along with live music takes you back to a different era. The food was good...especially the lamb taggine. The kitchen was attentive to food alleegies, in our case gluten free.

  • Visited January 2014
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Helpful?
Thank joel r
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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you for dining at Traditions on the Beach and for leaving a review of your experience. I’m so glad your party enjoyed their meal and the entertainment. We hope you can return to Sanibel Island and Traditions on the Beach again soon!
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Salmon, Idaho
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“poor service and mediocre food”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

As a food service manager myself I found this restaurant to be mediocre at best. Our waiter appeared to be very inexperienced and though there were several other older waiters standing at the bar, laughing and joking with each other, apparently waiting for more important guests than ourselves, none offered assistance to our waiter. He had no real knowledge of the wine list, delivered our salads before our appetizer, did not offer plates for the appetizer, which we were splitting, and did not return to ask if everything was good after our entree was served. As for the food, I was unable to find any oysters in the baked oyster appetizer, the side, described by our waiter as potatoes gratin was one small wedge of potato that appeared to be boiled. The dessert, a chocolate cake, appeared to me to be a frozen then thawed product. If you are looking for a fine dining experience don't waste you time on this one.

  • Visited January 2014
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Helpful?
3 Thank Sandy J
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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you for dining at Traditions on the Beach and for leaving a review of your experience. I apologize that your visit to our restaurant did not meet your standards.
We pride ourselves on training our wait staff to serve you with highest quality service. I assure you that the issue of the wait staff standing around and being unattentive will be addressed immediately.
I’m very sorry that you did not enjoy your meal. Our cuisine is prepared with the finest and freshest local ingredients and is cooked by our highly skilled chef and his team. We strive for excellence in our cuisine. If our food is ever to your dissatisfaction please alert the wait staff at once so we can take care of you.
Again, we would like to apologize and we hope that you will give Traditions on the Beach another try in the future.
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New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Our best meal was here!”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Attentive service, delicious cuisine in a romantic location! Also enjoyed the live entertainment--bring your dancing shoes!

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank GlobeTrotter428
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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you for dining at Traditions on the Beach and for leaving a review of your experience. I’m so glad your party enjoyed their meal and the entertainment. We hope you can return to Sanibel Island and Traditions on the Beach again soon!
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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Moroccan Food offered here?”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

In addition to the expected island & European choices, it seems that the Chef is from Morocco & offered a few dishes from his homeland.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank Stannie60
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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you for dining at Traditions on the Beach and for leaving a review of your experience. We hope you can return to Sanibel Island and Traditions on the Beach again soon!
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Complacent?”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

My husband and I had called in at Traditions when passing by during the week and had booked a table for three days' time on the Sunday evening. We were looking forward to the occasion with its promise of delicious food and live music. We arrived to be told that we could not have our reservation, as this particular evening had been booked solely for share-holders. The attitude of the reception staff was off-hand to say the least, no apology, just shrugged shoulders and we were told we would " have to come back tomorrow."

Instead we moved on to Traders where we were made very welcome and where we enjoyed a delicious dinner, also with live music. We also returned to Traders to eat on two other occasions during the holiday! However, because of the negative response from the management at Traditions we are unlikely to make a reservation there on any future visits to Sanibel.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank dancers38
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TraditionsOnTheBeach, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Traditions on the Beach and I am very sorry that you had a bad experience. We are rarely closed for private events but you are correct we did have a private event recently that for closed the restaurant to the public. However we put up signage saying we would be closed for that Sunday evening for dinner. I am truly sorry that someone from our team accepted your reservation for a day that we knew for many months that we would be closed to the public. I am also sorry that when you arrived you were not treated as should have been. I have spoken to our entire team and explained the unsatisfactory experience you had and we have been retraining the team to ensure that this does not occur again.

Please accept our sincerest apologies and we hope that on your next visit to Sanibel you might give us another try – we really do offer a warm and friendly experience with delicious food and we would like you to experience this next time.
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