Sunset Grill: Great location-Great atmosphere
Located on the end of Sanibel closest to Captiva. Aptly named because from this small restaurant you can view the sun as it sets over the gulf. Attentive service, quaint surroundings, beer served in tall icy glasses!
Favorite Dish: Discovered the delights of homemade chips in this Florida area. This place serves them up hot, crisp, and sprinkled with an interesting herb combination! We were fighting over the crumbs!Related to:
McT's Shrimp House & Tavern: "The best shrimp house in Florida"-their motto
Large variety of seafood on the menu. Not a sedate restaurant, one where you can laugh aloud and have a good time. Early bird specials and later hours make this a favorite for people going to catch a show at the Old Schoolhouse Theater.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp, of course!
Get their Mud pie for dessert.Related to:
RC Otters on Captiva: Fried grouper sanwiches...yummy!
In the heart of Captiva's main area of shops and gallerys, a nice late afternoon lunch spot to relax and enjoy trendy dishes and home brews. Accoustic gituar solo performer was nice added touch.
Favorite Dish: Can't beat fresh local fish and their mexican fare was really tasty too.
Mucky Duck/Bubble Room/Green Flash: Hang with the locals
The Ducky's overrated and has set hours for lunch and dinner. It's usually packed with semi-permanent residents (a huge hord of wealthy, clicky old farts) from nearby South Seas Plantation resort (Captiva) that take over the place on most days. They do have a good home brew and service is fast.
The Bubble Room , also on Captiva is interesting with it's eclectic decor and overhead mini train which will give you a sore neck after a while. Get desert, you won't believe the size of pie you get!! The Green Flash (Captiva) has pretty good food and sits overlooking the intracoastal waters. Only flash I saw were cameras?
Plenty other eats to be had on Sanibel too, most all on Periwinkle, the main drag.
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Sanibel Steakhouse: a great meal
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.
Doc Ford's Rum Bar: Doc Ford's
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.
Over Easy Cafe: where the locals eat
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
Can't remember / sorry: Portions are Big!
I wish I could remember the names of the three restaurants we ate at, but they were all very good. But portions are huge! I would have split my dinner/lunch with one of my kids. My advice, look around when you go into a restaurant and see how big the portions are before ordering. All the restaurants we ate at I thought were reasonably priced especially for the portion size.
bubble room: unique
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.Related to:
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old captiva house: seafood
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.Related to:
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dolce vita: italian
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.Related to:
Schnapper's Hots: a bit of Buffalo on the beach
This small carry-out joint is run by three guys from Buffalo, and they sure know their burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and french fries.
Everything is made fresh; in fact, they have their amazing hot dogs made especially for them in Buffalo.
The half-pound burgers are tremendous. And, make sure you try the Weber's mustard.
Favorite Dish: Honestly, while all the meat dishes are very, very good, the fries are great. They're hand cut, and fried to a golden brown. Perfection.Related to:
The Sanibel Grill: Best Sports Bar/Restaurant on Sanibel!
Loads of TV's all around the pub...on Sunday's you'll find you're favorite NFL team playing here!
Favorite Dish: Crispy Grouper, breaded with corn flake cereal, served in a basket....and, best of all: $1 Bloody Marys on Sunday afternoons!Related to:
Pinocchio's Original Homemade Italian Ice Cream: Best Ice Cream on the Island
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.
Lighthouse: Why is this place crowded?
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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