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“Vibrant atmosphere”

Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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!
Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Vibrant atmosphere”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Turned up without reservation and was seated near the bar area. Bustling restaurant with quick and efficient service. Interesting menu with a variety of "standard" and original items to choose from.

Chose ribs and scallops as main course dishes and very happy with presentation and flavor of both.

Wandered through attached shop after dinner with several unique tourist type souvenirs available.

Would come back again!

  • Visited July 2012
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Good first visit”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Surprisingly after visiting the island for the past 15 years I had never been to Traders. I am not sure why this is, but we decided to try it.
The premises are very spacious and interestingly decorated. The ladies on reception were a little frosty when we asked for a table, but in all other respects the evening passed well. The food was well prepared and the lamb shank was delicious.
Popular local musician Danny Morgan was playing that night, but the acoustics at the end of the restaurant unfortunately didn't do his band justice, which is a shame as they are very entertaining.
Overall I would put Traders in the top 5 restaurants on Sanibel and I will go back next year.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Martin Sherriff
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Chelsea, Michigan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delicious food!”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

My husband and I both really enjoyed our dinners at Traders. We were expecting it to be a little more casual than it was, but that's ok. The staff was wonderful and very knowledgable about the food and our meals were delicious. It is a little more pricey than some of the other restaurants on the island, but I will definitely return next time I visit Sanibel.

Visited June 2012
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Poinciana, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good, but......”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

After reading the ratings and reviews we decided to celebrate the final night of our vacation here. Well, it was OKAY, but the four of us couldn't figure out the RAVE reviews. The restaurant is prettier than most on the island, so that is a plus. It is not a nice, quiet or romantic dinner. They have high ceiling, a band I found awful and poor acoustics. It is apparently the local bar hangout for locals also. The bar area is separated from the dining area, but noise carries. Okay, the food. We had a strip steak...very sweet sauce and thin mashed potatoes, a citrus scallop dish which was wonderful, spinach stuffed shrimp with crab ravioli...pretty but nothing special and macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi with Thai peanut sauce...good but sauce was thin.

So....we have eaten our way around the island this week. Two of the four of us wouldn't return to this restaurant....Jacaranda's get's our vote for best restaurant we tried.

  • Visited August 2012
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Warrington, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Unforgettable!”
Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

This is the first time we ate at Trader's in the 4 yrs. we've been coming to Sanibel. Definitely, will go back again. Loved the atmosphere, the excellent service and top quality food. Had the Chilean seabass special with risotto, squash and other tasty vegetables. My husband had the mahi mahi and loved it. Salads were delicious! This is a great place!

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1 Thank Jane E
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