Sanibel Island Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Sanibel Island

Indulge in fresh seafood during your stay in Sanibel. Dishes worth hunting down include grouper, snapper, stone crab and shrimp. Head over to Periwinkle Way for the best restaurants on the island, such as Traders CafeGeorge & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille and The Island Cow.

You'll also find several ice cream joints along this thoroughfare, including Sanibel's Best Homemade Ice Cream, Joey's Custard and Love Boat Ice Cream. For additional local fare, stop by the local farmers market, which is open each Sunday from October through May. Vendors sell fresh produce, fish, pasta, cheese and more.

Find the Best Restaurants in Sanibel Island

  • #1
    Joey's Custard
    #1 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 347 reviewsTripadvisor (347)
    $ | American, Street Food
    2467 Periwinkle Way In Bailey's Shopping Plaza, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3230
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  • #2
    Mad Hatter Restaurant
    #2 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1628 reviewsTripadvisor (1628)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood
    6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2015
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  • #3
    Bleu Rendezvous Bistro
    #3 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 439 reviewsTripadvisor (439)
    $$ | Seafood, Wine Bar, French, Steakhouse
    2430 Periwinkle Way Suite A, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3207
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  • #4
    Coffee Bar @Bailey's
    #4 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 251 reviewsTripadvisor (251)
    $ |
    2477 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3230
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  • #5
    Love Boat Ice Cream
    #5 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 423 reviewsTripadvisor (423)
    $ | American
    1700 Periwinkle Way Suite 9, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4334
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  • #6
    Cielo
    #6 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1187 reviewsTripadvisor (1187)
    $$ | Seafood, American, International
    1244 Periwinkle Way 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4704
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  • #7
    Over Easy Cafe
    #7 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3389 reviewsTripadvisor (3389)
    $ - $$ | American
    630 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3136
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  • #8
    The Pecking Order Fried Chicken & Bake House
    #8 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 659 reviewsTripadvisor (659)
    $ | Soups, American
    2496 Palm Ridge Rd Located Across the Street From the SpeedWay Station, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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  • #9
    Shima Japanese Steakhouse
    #9 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 271 reviewsTripadvisor (271)
    $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
    1451 Middle Gulf Dr Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6521
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  • #10
    Sanibel Cafe
    #10 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 912 reviewsTripadvisor (912)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2007 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4100
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  • #11
    The Clam Shack
    #11 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 732 reviewsTripadvisor (732)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    2407 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3218
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  • #12
    Sunset Grill Incorporated
    #12 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 839 reviewsTripadvisor (839)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    6536 Pine Ave, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2034
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  • #13
    Matzaluna The Italian Kitchen
    #13 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2026 reviewsTripadvisor (2026)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    1200 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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  • #14
    Lighthouse Cafe
    #14 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1980 reviewsTripadvisor (1980)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436
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  • #15
    The Sandbar
    #15 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1487 reviewsTripadvisor (1487)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Seafood
    2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
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  • #16
    Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island
    #16 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6286 reviewsTripadvisor (6286)
    $ - $$ | American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Grill
    2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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  • #17
    Gramma Dot's Seaside Saloon
    #17 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2028 reviewsTripadvisor (2028)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
    634 N Yachtsman Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3912
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  • #18
    Sweet Melissa's Cafe
    #18 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1404 reviewsTripadvisor (1404)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Grill
    1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
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  • #19
    Traders
    #19 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1920 reviewsTripadvisor (1920)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, International
    1551 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4513
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  • #20
    Jerry's Foods
    #20 of 71 Places to Eat in Sanibel Island
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1630 reviewsTripadvisor (1630)
    $ - $$ | American
    1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4334
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