Dining on Sanibel & Captiva

5400 Plantation Road Captiva | 239-312-4275 | www.docfordscaptiva.com

The restaurant is named after Randy Wayne White’s famous marine biologist/former government agent, Doc Ford, who is the main character in most of Mr. White’s books. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to see the charming Mr. White who can tell a story as well as he can write one.

 

6536 Pine Avenue Sanibel, FL | 239-472-2333 | www.sunsetgrillsanibel.com

Located in “Santiva”, at the western most end of Sanibel just before the bridge to Captiva, this restaurant is an undiscovered jewel. It is one of the few restaurants that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and each meal is more delicious than the next.

2255 West Gulf Drive Sanibel | 800-276-4753 | www.casaybelresort.com

The pool bar and restaurant at The Casa Ybel Resort is open to the public and is a great spot for lunch and happy hour. They have drink specials and live music on the weekends.

 

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239- 472-7242 | www.traderssanibel.com

If you’re looking for really good food, this is the foodies’ choice for the islands. The food tends toward the gourmet but is not so unusual that those with less exotic tastes can’t enjoy it.

630 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239-472-2625 | www.overeasycafesanibel.com

If you’re looking for a great breakfast on Sanibel, the Over Easy Cafe is one of the most popular spots on the two islands. Their expertise is breakfast and lunch so they are not open for dinner.

634 N Yachtsman Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239-472-8138 | GrammaDots

Gramma Dot’s offers a marvelous lunch and dinner menu serving our customers seven days a week from “Sanibel’s only Seaside Saloon” where you can leisurely dine dockside at the Sanibel Marina. Menu features full line of “ONLY FRESH” seafood, salads, sandwiches and more. Appropriate dress required.

2499 Periwinkle Way Sanibel FL 33957 | 239-395-1263 | sanibelseafoodgrille.com

George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille, is a fantastic restaurant that has something for everyone: extensive lunch and dinner menu, pet-friendly patio dining and full bar with nightly entertainment and late night menu.

703 Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel FL 33957 | 239-395-2722 | timbersofsanibel.com

This iconic restaurant has been an island favorite since 1978 serving fresh seafood and steaks with a lot of personality. The Timbers consistently delivers a full menu of favorites including some of the best oysters in the area. You can also check out the fabulous fish market offering the same delicious items as on their menu.

2003 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239-877-0050 |https://paperfigkitchen.com/

Their philosophy…..Inspired Fare, Glorious Presentation, Old Fashioned Hospitality! Grab a bite for breakfast, lunch to go (or on the porch), or a take-along dinner. You won’t be disappointed by the variety and flavors of this beloved-by-locals establishment

 

2761 West Gulf Dr Sanibel FL 33957 | 239-472-0305 | www.sanibelsandbar.com

Although they request you to wear shoes when walking into this Sandbar, the food is as fresh as if you were still on the beach! Amazingly prepared seafood, including black grouper, oysters and crab cakes, as well as hand-selected prime beef are served nightly beginning with a great Happy Hour at the bar.

2467 Periwinkle Way Sanibel FL 33957 | 239-472-7222 | www.joeyscustard.com

If your sweet tooth says indulge, there is no better place than Joey’s Custard to satisfy your need for gourmet ice creams, yogurts and custards. With so many choices, you’ll be sure to return time and time again and stay to enjoy the fun atmosphere with board games and free wifi!

2440 Palm Ridge Rd Sanibel FL 33957 | 239-472-0212 | greatwhitegrill.com

With the largest beer selection on the island, hand-made pizzas, and amazing Pittsburg style sandwiches, the Great White Grill is the perfect place to get a bite. This Steelers bar is full of fantastic memorabilia, smiling locals and carries every NFL game on their big screen TVs.

2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239-558-8919 | https://www.t2traders.com/

Opened by the owners of Traders, T2 offers more modern flair to your favorite dishes. Think trendy tacos and savory flatbreads and coastal-inspired delicacies. Relax at the full bar with mixology cocktails, craft beers, and a desirable wine list.

2496 Palm Ridge Road Sanibel | 239-472-2534 | www.thepeckingordersanibel.com

The Pecking Order is at the top of the list for carry out and delivery joints. If there is such a thing as gourmet carry out, this is it. They feature fresh and delicious southern-style comfort food that is simply heavenly. It is owned by long-time residents of the island and their family recipe for fried chicken will keep you coming back for bucket after bucket.

15183 Captiva Drive | 239-472-3337 | www.greenflashcaptiva.com

This restaurant has some of the most beautiful views of all the restaurants on both islands. It has an outdoor patio and the inside is a wall of windows. They have a small marina for boaters and the islanders love the conch chowder.

17260 Harbour Pointe Drive, Fort Myers | (239) 466-4000 | Charley’s Cabana Bar at Marriott Resort

While not technically on Island, Charley’s Cabana Bar is close enough to count and worth the trip over the causeway. At Charley’s you will enjoy comfortable, casual outdoor dining with spectacular views of Sanibel and Pine Island Sound. It is located in the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort just over the causeway and is very convenient for those staying on the East end of Sanibel.

Lighthouse Cafe

362 Periwinkle Way | 239-472-0303 | www.lighthousecafe.com

They claim to have the “World’s Best Breakfast” and you may just agree! This cozy café is a popular breakfast destination known for it’s pancakes and is only open for breakfast and lunch. Their hash browns are fresh, not frozen and they make their own jams or “sauces”. You will not be disappointed!

2163 Periwinkle Way | 239-472-0606 | www.sanibelislandcow.com

This colorful and popular restaurant has in and out-door seating and has one of the longest menus you’ll find. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are known for their complimentary morning muffins and nightly live music. If that isn’t enough to steer your bike in their direction, they also serve Starbucks coffee!

15001 Captiva Drive Captiva | 239-472-5558 | www.thebubbleroomrestaurant.com

The Bubble Room on Captiva is a unique dining experience that is fun for adults and kids. Bubble Scouts bring you sticky buns and pizza bread (aka Bubble Bread) before you even begin your meal and be sure to leave room for their spectacular cakes. The décor is difficult to describe so you’ll have to see it for yourself! As they say, “It’s always Christmas at the Bubble Room!” Be sure to check out their unique gift shop next door.

2463 Periwinkle Way | 239-472-4499 | www.sanibelsprout.com

The Sprout is an organic gourmet vegan café and juice bar and the vegan meals are so delicious it makes you happy to be healthy! Islander favorites are the lasagna and taco salad. They also have fresh pressed juices and smoothies. They are located in Bailey’s Plaza on the corner of Periwinkle Road and Tarpon Bay Road. You can eat there or take it to go!

1473 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | 239-472-2221 | www.Amongtheflowers.com

Located on the main drag of Periwinkle Way, Mud Bugs is a newer addition with major Cajun flair and an Island twist. Open for lunch and dinner, make sure to stop by and get your fill of Crawdads, etouffee soup, and beignets! With a fun New Orleans atmosphere and live music, Mud Bugs is a must on the Sanibel restaurant scene!

2240 Periwinkle Way Sanibel | 239-395-1919 | www.sanibelbean.com

The Sanibel Bean has a dedicated following and is located across from the public park. It is self-service and has indoor and outside seating.

2330 Palm Ridge Road | 239-472-2555 | www.sanibeldeli.com

The Deli has a little bit of everything. Breakfast sandwiches, homemade soups, and a local favorite for pizza. They also serve delicious Queenie’s ice cream! They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is self-serve and there is casual indoor and outdoor seating.

6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957 |  239-472-0033www.madhatterrestaurant.com
One of the few restaurants with a view of the Gulf, it is also one of the few really gourmet restaurants on the islands. Foodies will enjoy the unique menu and the quaint atmosphere and of course, the views, as long as you get there before sunset. The Mad Hatter takes reservations and we recommend that you make them as soon as possible, maybe even at the same time you book your plane and hotel reservations! While located on the beach, do not arrive in your cover ups and swim trunks. The dress is “island casual” and it is a great spot for a special night out.

2441 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957l  (Bailey’s Shopping Plaza) | 239-472-0875 | http://sanibelspoondrift.com/
Spoondrifts’ motto is that an on-the-go beach lifestyle demands fresh, delicious, and healthy food. Try their ‘create your way’ poke bowls and see why their main ingredient is a special one: love!