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Sanibel Restaurants on the Water

Waterfront Restaurants in Sanibel FloridaLooking to explore some fabulous waterfront dining spots in Sanibel? With so many beautiful beaches and stunning ocean views, why wouldn’t you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying them? Sanibel Island has some excellent waterfront restaurants, including casual and fine dining options and a variety of cuisines. Here are a few of our favorites!

Thistle Lodge
2255 West Gulf Drive

This beachfront restaurant features an excellent Floridian and European culinary experience with gorgeous views in a romantic atmosphere. This award winning, historic restaurant once served Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Sea Breeze Café
1451 Middle Gulf Drive

Located at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sea Breeze Cafe is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat. Popular menu options include signature entrees, wild seafood, classic favorites, salads, and sandwiches. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing vistas on the southern coast of Sanibel.  

Traditions on the Beach
3111 West Gulf Drive

Locals and visitors alike enjoy Mediterranean and Italian style cuisines in a relaxed beachfront setting with a high level of service. As Sanibel’s first dining room, Traditions on the Beach has been around since 1895. Drink, dine, and dance with live music and entertainment.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
2500 Island Inn Road

“Home of the Island Mojito”, a trip to Sanibel isn’t complete without a meal at Doc Ford’s. Located off Island Inn Road across from Bailey’s Shopping Center, this dining spot features two dining rooms and an outdoor patio. Randy Wayne White can be found writing here on many nights!

Lazy Flamingo
1036 Periwinkle Way

Enjoy a variety of delicious craft beers on tap, fresh raw oysters, and distinctive beach cuisine in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. A great place to watch the sunset.

Shima Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
1451 Middle Gulf Drive

Located at the Sundial Beach Resort Spa, this eatery has been voted best sushi, best steak, and best chef on Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Featuring a fresh sushi bar, hibachi tables for teppanyaki, other foods inspired by the Far East, and some vegan menu options.

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