Top 10 restaurants in Sanibel Island, United States

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Most vacation spots are either relaxing (Tahiti) or family-friendly (Orlando). Sanibel Island, however, is that rare place which is both. Spend a quiet afternoon shell-collecting, or find a hotel with a kids' program so you can enjoy a trip to the spa or a round of golf.
Things to do in Sanibel Island

1. Joey's Custard

2467 Periwinkle Way, In Bailey's Shopping Plaza, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3230 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, American, Contemporary, Street Food Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 4 - SGD 14 +1 239-472-7222
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 146 reviews

Joey's Custard

We are a small family owned and operated shop. Offering a variety of frozen treats for our guests. Such as custard, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbets, milkshakes, smoothies, freshly prepared and pressed Panini's, as well as a full service coffee menu, and bagels and breakfast sandwiches; with espressos and more.. Come try us out, we are located in the Bailey's center. We serve Dairy Free ice creams, sugar free, low-fat, non-fat, kosher, vegan, UD certified, Italian ice, and we pride ourselves on having an option for everyone!

Reviewed By John Y - Elmer, New Jersey

Good location with ample parking. The ice cream is good and the chocolate is great but don’t get shortchanged when it comes to portion size. We ordered small sundaes and had to hunt for the ice cream. It seems that the amount depends on who dips!

2. Blue Coyote Supper Club

1100 Par View Dr, The Sanibel Island Golf Club, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4628 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 47 +1 239-472-9222
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 688 reviews

Blue Coyote Supper Club

We are open and looking forward to seeing our winter residents and new friends as well this season ! Featuring Continental Drift Cuisine with French, Asian and Southwestern influences. Fresh Gulf Seafood, Aged Beef and Florida sourced vegetables. A limited but diverse Wine List specializing in Small Boutique California and Oregon Wines sprinkled with beauties from France, Italy and South America. And great Art...Featuring an entire gallery of Markus Pierson's "Coyote Series". The True behind the Blue - The Blue Coyote Supper Club!

Reviewed By DaleU - Ann Arbor, Michigan

My wife and I had dinner at the Blue Coyote last evening. We play tennis at the Beach View Tennis Club across the street but never had dinner at this supper club. I had an excellent red wine (Van Duzer) while she had a martini with blue sapphire. We both agreed that this would be a great place to visit in the future for a good drink and small plate. What I enjoyed most about the wines was that they had a section of wines by the glass all of which had a 90 or higher rating. This is quite rare for wine by the glass. She started with escargot while I selected steamed clams. Both were excellent and larger than either of us expected, based on other restaurants.
She also selected a nice shrimp ceasar salad while I had their Coyote chop. Both selections were extremely good with plenty left over to take home for a lunch. The service was also excellent and the owner was walking around frequently interacting with diners asking us how we were enjoying the food. We will be back for 4 weeks next winter and will place the Blue Coyote at the top of our list for a great meal and drinks.

3. Mad Hatter Restaurant

6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2015 Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 31 - SGD 59 +1 239-472-0033
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mad Hatter Restaurant

Reviewed By TopsideMI - Pittsboro, North Carolina

Our party of 6 had an excellent meal which no appetizers or desert or hard liquoir (we did have wine) and the bill was $635. (note for a party of 6 a 20% tip was included).

We had the Bouillabaisse, Martini Seafood, surf and turf (2) Phyllo Shrimp, and Duck salad. All were excellent....but you are paying a lot for the sunset view as you dine.

4. Love Boat

1700 Periwinkle Way, Unit 9, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4334 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options +1 239-312-4356
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Love Boat

Reviewed By LizattheLake - Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Much easier to negotiate than the main Love Boat store, the ice cream is the same - awesome! A wide choice of flavors, cones, bowls, concoctions awaits the happy beach-goer and the promise of a visit to this establishment can be the perfect way to get the kids off the beach in record time.

5. Il Cielo

1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4704 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Drinks, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 60 +1 239-472-5555
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Il Cielo

Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00pm evenings. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm in the Lounge.

Reviewed By Marcia L - McLean, Virginia

Beautiful upscale restaurant on Sanibel. Food was excellent. Atmosphere beautiful. Excellent piano player.
I have a mushroom allergy which the chef was happy to accommodate. Made me a wonderful veal dish without mushrooms. 9 of us and everyone enjoyed their dinner.
Christina was our waitress. She was EXCELLENT! Highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.

6. Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro

2430 Periwinkle Way, Near Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3207 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Wine Bar, French, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 50 +1 239-565-1608
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 338 reviews

Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro

Authentic French Country Bistro Dining with classic cuisine favorites, Petit Plates, Prix Fixe Tasting Menu as well as A la Carte. Make a Rendezvous with Chef Christian and Mari Vivet on beautiful Sanibel Island. SIMPLY FRENCH!

Reviewed By Stephen O - Darien, Connecticut

If you like genuine French food this is the place for you. It is just like a good local place in France. The food is outstanding particularly the various stews such as lamb (naverain), chicken (coq au vain), and rabbit (lapin). The foi is a treat as well as the ris de veau. The service is efficient and very friendly and the high ceilings keep noise level reasonable. We have going since it opened and it seems to get better each year.

7. The Sandbar

2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 62 +1 239-472-0305
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Sandbar

Since opening in 2013, The Sandbar has become known for its incredibly fresh seafood and choice cuts of beef and pork. We take great pride in having the best service staff on the islands. Check out the reviews or come in and find out for yourself!

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed at a condo next door and called for a reservation but was told fully booked - but “open seating at bar and nearby high tops”. Came in at 7:45 and all seats at bar and high tops were full, so we waited next to...MoreI was disappointed when the hostess told me what happened. You are 100% right. You should have been seated and we absolutely deserve this review. If you are still on the island, please let me make it up to you. Brian 239-472-0305.

8. Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly SGD 13 +1 239-472-6566
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

A Sanibel tradition since 1980,Pinocchio's is a landmark for islanders and visitors alike. All ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, sorbet and sorbetto is made fresh daily in "Pinocchio's Lab" on premises from the finest & freshest ingredients. Family owned and operated, we serve 37 flavors of our 130+ repertoire daily. 10 Time Winner BEST of the ISLANDS BEST ICE CREAM including 2014, '14 BEST GELATO and '14 BEST FROZEN YOGURT, Nat'l Geographics Top 10 Best Ice Creams in Gulf Coast America and many more accolades from events, organizations and local food critics. We appreciate our Customers and consider Customer Satisfaction carefully. To our new Customers, Thank You for Coming In and Trying Our Signature Ice Creams. To our returning Customers, Welcome Home. Gustare! The Puma Family

Reviewed By Matthew F

This is a cute island local ice cream shop that's worth checking out. No need to go to Dairy Queen down the road. This place is better. The bakery next door is amazing as well.

9. The Pecking Order Fried Chicken & Catering

2496 Palm Ridge Rd, Located Across the Street From the SpeedWay Station, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3217 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Street Food, Soups, American Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 12 +1 239-472-2534
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 510 reviews

The Pecking Order Fried Chicken & Catering

We proudly serve old-fashioned, signature fried chicken and all the soul-food fixins. We cater comfort food!

Reviewed By icemodeled - North Port, Florida

When we decided to plan a day trip to Sanibel we started looking at restaurants. We are casual type people who like the small out of the way gems. We didn't see anything of much interest until we seen The Pecking Order. The inside is tiny but cute, you order at the counter and then wait for the food. Wasn't a long wait, got our drinks and went outside to sit at their counters. It was so nice and relaxing. The food was amazing! Fried chicken is cooked just right and crispy. Ordered the chicken and waffles. Waffle was great, portion was decent. Only comment would be less or no powdered sugar on the chicken, just the waffle. Was a bit to much. Tried their fries and mac & cheese for sides. The fries smallest portion was great for just one, nice amount. The larger sizes would be great for sharing. They seemed like they had been under a warmer or maybe just waiting a bit till the rest of the food was ready. Otherwise they tasted great! Mac & cheese was a big favorite of my husband who is quite picky. Portions of sides were right, prices good and chicken delicious!! Whenever we plan a day trip there, we will be eat at The Pecking Order!!

10. Coconuts

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks +1 800-276-4753
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Coconuts

Reviewed By SenecaLake59 - Geneva, New York

We went to watch the Buffalo Bills in their playoff game. The bartenders here are excellent. The drinks are good and the food is average. The bar is located near the pool with an excellent view of the ocean.

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