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Dining on Sanibel and Captiva

Do vacation calories really count?

From popular landmark restaurants to delightfully inventive new eateries, a collection of scrumptious dining experiences awaits you on your next visit to Ocean’s Reach!

With more than 60 restaurants from which to choose, you’re sure to have fun pampering your taste buds while exploring our delectable island cuisine. Our staff recommendations are included below, along with a long list of culinary favorites on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Staff Recommendations:

  • Andy:“Tough choice! I’d say the Sandbar has to be near the top of my list, as the chef personally cuts fresh seafood each day. For a special occasion, I’d recommend checking out Cielo for the atmosphere, service and presentation. And as a big breakfast person, you’ll see me over at the Blue Giraffe quite often!”
  • Lisa:“This is never easy to answer! Trader’s is always my ‘go to’ for a great dinner, but I’d also have to add in Sweet Melissa’s Cafe for a special occasion. Both offer really fresh fish, with very well-prepared and fresh, homemade sides!”
  • Dina:“I really like going to Cip’s Place. Not only do they have wonderful food (their nightly specials are always amazing), but I love that ‘aah!’ feeling I get as soon as I’m seated outdoors on their back patio among their gardens and twinkling lights. For something truly unique, book a scenic dinner cruise aboard the Sanibel Harbour Princess!”
  • Sue:“I think my favorite would be the Normandie Seaside Café. Good food, good service, and certainly a ‘locals’ favorite’! If you opt for outdoor seating, you have a gorgeous view of the Gulf. Be sure to check out their Pan-Seared Scallops, Roasted Half Duck, and Filet & Shrimp!”
  • John:“My favorite is the Green Flash. You can’t beat the remarkable water views from pretty much every table, and their menu offers a great selection. My favorite? The Baked Stuffed Scallops!”
  • Mike:“We always have a lot of fun every time we go to The Island Cow. Friendly staff, great service and huuuge menu. Definitely try the Seafood Fajitas!”
  • Candice:Traditions on the Beach has live music and dancing every night, along with a really great ‘Happy Hour’! We love the Lobster Ravioli, plus the Filet Mignon with Au Gratin Potatoes is to die for!”

Making the “Runner Up” List:  MudbugsLazy FlamingoKeylime Bistro … and Timbers!

But those are really just the appetizers to the assortment of amazing culinary offerings in store. Check out more delicious choices below (most feature both dine-in and take-out service):




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