Places to eat in Sanibel Island

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  • Rosie's Cafe & Grill on Sanibel: Great food & Ice Cream

    by imtoronto Written May 11, 2013

    Our new favorite place to eat on Sanibel. Went for Dinner....we thought the food was great and enjoyed the best ice cream ever.

    Favorite Dish: Use to be Hungry Heron, but now Rosie's. Bright, Clean and Good Service. Their Grouper was the best on the island. The ice cream, which I was told was voted #1 for years, was the best I ever tasted. Now, I know why.

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  • Roses cafe: What a waste

    by Gsdental Written Feb 3, 2013

    We were served chicken wings that were raw and undercooked. Staff did not even seemed concerned. Staff did not even offer to take off the bill. Reubens sandwiches were grizzly and tough. Pretty average restaurant. Far better restaurants on Sanibel Island.

    Favorite Dish: Food just at best. I would not recommend

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    Pinocchio's Original Homemade Italian Ice Cream: Best Ice Cream on the Island

    by Homanded Written Aug 1, 2011

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    We had our doubts, myself, not being an ice cream person and Eddie not liking long lines. We are glad we listened to our young nieces and braved the line.
    It is amazing how locals and tourists alike line up for the nightly ritual of ending the day with a couple of scoops of Pinocchio's home made ice cream.
    It is a great way to cool down and mingle with the locals.

    They are known for their large - LARGE - portions and their single scoops are easily the size of most "double scoops". In fact, they are. Two scoops equal one single, 4 equals a double and so forth...
    They add an animal cracker to the top of each order.

    They also feature great baked goods, cookies, brownies and local cakes, muffins.

    Favorite Dish: I had the double chocolate and the Wedding cake.
    Eddie had the Dirty Sand Dollar (caramel ice cream with malted milk balls and chocolate) and the Purple Cow - (blackberry & chocolate).

    Second night: I tried the Watermelon sorbet and Eddie had the mango and Lime sorbet.

    I didn't care for the Wedding Cake as it tasted like eating almonds. Not a particular favorite of mine.

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    dolce vita: italian

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the dolce vita is one of sanibel's better restaurants. a very refined atmosphere and a very good selection of italian and american dishes. they also have a very nice piano bar. a very nice place to relax and have a more refined dinner in sanibel. dress code business casual.

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    Baileys General Store: Yummy coffee

    by abi_maha Updated Dec 19, 2010

    We saw a grocery store and decided to head inside to get a coffee.. the lady at the coffee shop was very sweet, we ordered 2 regular coffees and just as she was brewing it we noticed a thanksgiving pumkin latte on the menu. So when we changed our minds, she didn't charge us extra for the latte and just served this yummy concoction to us! 3 cheers to service and happiness! :)

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  • Lighthouse: Why is this place crowded?

    by brooktroutchaser Written Jan 31, 2010

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    Lighthouse, located next to Rosie's on the quiet east end of Sanibel is often crowded, particularly for breakfast. There isn't much competition on the east side. Frankly, I don't see the appeal; the food is nothing at all special, and the prices are certainly not a bargain. It is one of those places you want to like, but after dropping twenty bucks for a couple of burgers and a coffee and a beer, you realize you're getting fast food slow, and paying airport prices.

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  • OverPriced

    by diannebanniza Written Jan 17, 2009

    We ate all the meals out at Sanibel Island. All the restrurants in this area are really over priced. For example breakfast for two was $30 to $40. A hamberger was $10 for only a sandwich. Have lots of money if you plan to eat out there. Had a wondeful time except for things being high.

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    old captiva house: seafood

    by doug48 Written Nov 22, 2008

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    the old captiva house restaurant is located at the tween the waters inn. this very good steak and seafood restaurant has a refined old florida atmosphere. the dress code is business casual. a great place to relax and have a more refined dinner than most of the more touristy spots in sanibel and captiva.

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    bubble room: unique

    by doug48 Written Nov 22, 2008

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    located on captiva island the bubble room is one of the most unique restaurants in florida. established in 1979 this local seafood restaurant has a very interesting decor. the walls are decorated with hollywood memorbilia and there is a toy train that runs around the ceiling of the restaurant. the waiters are called bubble scouts and are dressed in scout uniforms. good seafood and american fare. this fun and unique restaurant is a must see site in the sanibel area.

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    Over Easy Cafe: where the locals eat

    by shohman Written Mar 26, 2008

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    A local suggested we go here as 'it's where all the locals go'
    We stopped here on a Sunday before the ride home. There was a 30 minute wait, but it seemed to go quickly. Food was very good, in fact I inhaled it.

    Favorite Dish: I had a bacon, tomato and cheese omelett with toast and potatos. Coffee wasn't so good, but the food was great

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    Doc Ford's Rum Bar: Doc Ford's

    by shohman Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    we stopped here on a rainy afternoon and it was packed so we sat at the bar. Food was just ok, but this is a big place and the people seemed very friendly. Something about the island atmosphere makes people so relaxed.

    WARNING: they don't serve Guinness >:(

    Favorite Dish: I had a chicken cesar salad. It was just ok.

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    Sanibel Steakhouse: a great meal

    by shohman Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    We were a bit underdressed, but starving for real food. No worries. We were quickly seated in the best seat in the house and given great service and fantastic food.

    Favorite Dish: I had a 14 oz pork chop, grilled veggies and garlic mashed. We also started with oysters casino. Evertything was perfect. My gf had mahi and loved that as well.

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    Sanibel Cafe: Delicious breakfast in a quaint cafe..

    by panthur Written Mar 9, 2006

    Pretty little place with unique and tasty options for breakfast. I had a omelette with havarti dill, delicious! My husband loved his meal as well but I forget what he got.. Tables have glass tops with fossilized shells in them in attractive arrangements. Seems like a real mom and pop place, the people were so nice!

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    Lighthouse Cafe': Great Breakfast

    by al_mary Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    ~ ~ Eat With The Local's ~ ~
    Great for breakfast and lunch ....
    They say that for the best pancakes ever,
    the Lighthouse Cafe has cornered the
    market, using a special recipe that draws
    up to 700 people a day in season.

    Favorite Dish: They say they serve:
    "The Worlds Best breakfast"

    We can vouch that the breakfast rates
    amongst the best we've had anywhere.

    We love their breakfast omelets that
    are meals in themselves ...

    For just $3.95, you can go nuts on malted
    blueberry or banana pancakes, or pretend
    to be healthy with granola nut whole-wheat
    hot cakes with sliced bananas.

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    The Island Cow: Great Food

    by al_mary Written Sep 21, 2005

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    Dine with the locals ....
    Enjoy outdoor or indoor seating in
    a lush tropical setting. Live music
    during lunch and dinner every day.
    Hoof it on down to the Island Cow,
    and bring the whole herd. A fun,
    casual place and friendly staff ....

    Favorite Dish: The Island Cow offers a gigantic menu with
    something for everyone. They serve breakfast,
    lunch and dinner with snacks in between.

    When you are in the mooood for some great
    cookin’, local fun and prices that won’t make
    you lose the farm ......

    Great place to eat .... good family restaurant

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