Visitors come to Sanibel Island chasing the promise of endless summer, and unhurried days enjoying everything the sunshine state has to offer—which includes an amazing culinary scene! We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best restaurants Sanibel Island has for guests looking for a taste of the island life.
The Mad Hatter Restaurant
Just offshore the beautiful Blind Pass Beach, this restaurant has décor inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic, and offers up a tantalizing menu of steak, fresh seafood, and a nightly chef’s special. Sample tasty favorites like Florida snapper or black grouper. Don’t forget to take a look at the “Drink Me” menu, and the delectable desserts!
Grandma Dot’s Seaside Saloon
For diners looking for the best places to eat on Sanibel Island with an unbeatable location, look no further than Grandma Dot’s. This spot is right on the docks of the Sanibel Marina and gives guests views of the boasts from a charming outdoor patio. Serving up easy-going fare like fried shrimp, they also offer upscale dishes like lobster tails in a casual setting.
Shima Japanese Steakhouse
Located at The Sundial Beach Resort, this Japanese steakhouse offers island vacationers everything from a grab-and-go sushi mart to full-fledged hibachi-style dining and have won awards for their teppanyaki cuisine and presentations. A vegetarian selection and a kids menu make this spot easy for everyone to enjoy a bit of authentic Japanese flavor and inviting ambiance.
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island
Switch it up for a bit of topical flair and check out this casually contemporary spot that serves up Gulf and Caribbean-inspired fare. Try their popular Yucatan shrimp, or Caribbean Jerk tostadas. Salads and sandwiches include things like the calamari salad and the Cuban sandwich. They’re well-known for their signature mojito, and they also offer a gluten-free and kid’s menu!
A favorite among locals and visitors alike, this upscale spot has been a Sanibel Island staple throughout most of the last decade. Serving up a prime choice of steaks, pork, and ultra-fresh seafood, guests also have plenty of choices from the impressive wine list—but the food is the star of the show at this joint!
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