We have been coming to Sanibel for over 25 years. We have seen a steady decline in the restaurants over the last 10 years.
Since there was no compelling favorite to provide our dining business, we decided to try the Starfish Grille. We are so glad we did. Everyone in our party loved their food.
For appetizers, we had seared scallops in a tarragon butter sauce and bruschetta with wild mushrooms and goat cheese. Both were outstanding! I was especially impressed with the bruschetta. The mixture of the goat cheese and balsamic vinegar really combined to create an amazing sauce for the mushrooms on the Bruschetta.
The entrees were excellent. My wife had a Filet Mignon which was perfectly cooked and exceedingly tender. I had the flash fried grouper in a caper sage butter sauce.
In addition, we loved the atmosphere. It is a trendy and whimsical oasis in the midst of the typical unimaginative Sanibel restaurant decors. The Starfish Grille would have been right at home on South Beach in Miami. We really appreciated the tree in the middle of the restaurant with glowing paper star lanterns. Also, the bar was set up to have a blue lighting under the bar. This is the type of bar that you could spend hours enjoying tropical and trendy concoctions
The only drawback of the night was that for our party of 7, two of our dinners, inexplicably, didn't arrive with the rest of the entrees. There seemed to be some confusion on the part of our waitresses about this and it took about 10 minutes before it was resolved. While this may have made some people irate, we were all enjoying each others company so it ended up only a small nuisance. It more than made up for the wait when we tasted the quality of our dinner. The other couple with us vouched for the fact that this was an unusual occurrence.
I wish more people knew about this restaurant. I felt like I have found a hidden gem that is yet to be discovered by many Sanibel travelers.
Can't wait to come back
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