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Top Sanibel-Captiva Restaurants for Any Occasion

Feeling hungry but don’t know where to go? Finding a local restaurant on the islands isn’t hard. However, if you want to know what a makes a restaurant memorable, read on to see why we consider the following restaurants to be outstanding!

Seafood: Sanibel Fish House

The Sanibel Fish House is a quaint and brightly colored restaurant with an extensive menu filled to the gills with fresh seafood. Here, hungry diners will find grouper served multiple ways (try the broiled grouper filled with a crab and scallop stuffing), pastas with shellfish, conch fritters, po’ boys, and much, much, more. 

Breakfast: Over Easy Cafe

The Over Easy Cafe serves up amazing food including stuffed omelets, Benedicts, breakfast skillets, and pancakes. This breakfast and brunch place also has an array of unique items such as the Egg Reuben sandwich and the sunrise sliders. Visit this restaurant on Sanibel to start your day off well!

Lunch: The Island Cow

This popular eatery is known for excellence and their lunches are no exception. You can visit for a quick bite, but you’ll probably want to stay. The Island Cow's sandwiches are so full and their salads are so large that it may take a little extra time to finish them! The menu even includes quesadillas, fried baskets, bbq, steaks and pastas. While on Sanibel Island we recommend trying their specialty: the “Hey That Paella” with chicken, sausage and lots of local seafood on rice. Afterwards, step outside for a game of cornhole or stick around for happy hour discounts.

Romance: Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro

Ahh, Paris! Tastes from the “City of Love” can be found on Sanibel Island at this cozy little bistro. Grab your sweetheart and visit Bleu Rendez-Vous for a fabulous meal. Start by toasting to your love for each other with a glass of wine before sharing tastes of your fantastic meals. Be sure to try their seafood vol-au-vent—c’est magnifique!

Pizza: Matzaluna

When you’re really in the mood for a great slice of pizza, head to Matzaluna. They possess Sanibel’s only pizzeria with a wood-fired oven and their creations are delicious. Try a classic pepperoni or one of Matzaluna’s specialty pizzas such as the artichoke and five-cheese pizza. The restaurant also serves many popular Italian dishes, and gluten-free pasta and pizza options are available.

Dessert: Joey’s Custard

Only the best ingredients go into the custards, ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts at Joey’s Custard. This family-owned business on Sanibel has been making its clientele smile, one scoop at a time. Stop in to try your favorite flavor or sample something you’ve never had before. You’re going to love it since there is something for everyone!

Ambiance: The Bubble Room Restaurant

The Bubble Room Restaurant on Captiva is one of the most eclectic restaurants you will encounter while on the islands. The interior is often described as quirky and fun and is filled with toys and photos from yesteryear. There’s even a room devoted to Christmas where Santa and his elves are highlighted throughout the year. Even the waitstaff adds individual eccentricity to this novelty restaurant while dressed in “scouts” uniforms covered in patches of their choosing. Save room for cake at this restaurant. They have a variety of tempting, homemade choices!

Family Friendly: RC Otter's Island Eats

After a day of shopping in Old Captiva Village, take the family for a bite to eat at RC Otter's Island Eats. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at this establishment and their menu consists of over 100 items so everyone in the family will be happy with their meal. Sit inside the colorful, beachy building or outside on the patio where even the furry family members are allowed. Live music is offered and there’s no Wi-Fi so the family can actually bond over good food and entertainment.

Happy Hour: Blue Giraffe Island Dining

When on island time, every hour is happy! If you’re thirsty (or hungry) and interested in an actual happy hour, head to Sanibel’s Blue Giraffe Island Dining from 4-6pm for great deals on food and drinks. Every day at that time all drinks are $2 off, and discounted appetizers such as pelican wings and sesame calamari can be ordered for a great snack. Afterwards, stick around for a steak or seafood dinner and a sweet dessert.

Entertainment: George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille

Known for being frequented by locals, George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille is definitely a place to relax and unwind. Live music and dancing are available every night, or step into the sports bar to watch a game. While you’re enjoying this social hub, grab a bite! Their extensive menu features fresh and delicious food that can be complemented with any one of their signature cocktails. 

View: Traditions on the Beach

The name doesn’t lie. Traditions on the Beach is directly on the beach and has access to some of the best views while dining on Sanibel. Instead of imagining yourself dining in paradise—sipping a mojito while enjoying fresh oysters or a fabulous grilled entrée—go to Traditions on the Beach at the Island Inn and experience it! Here, the palm trees sway outside and the blue waters of the gulf go on forever. The views are so nice that many couples have chosen to get married on the beach in front of the restaurant.

While Boating: Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

A full day of playing in the sun and surf of southwest Florida can certainly work up an appetite. If you’re out boating and want a remarkable place to dock your boat and grab a bite, head to Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach. You’ll see shrimp boats coming and going while you dine on recent catch. Yucatan shrimp is their specialty but Doc Ford’s extensive menu caters to everyone! If you must travel by land, this location and their other two locations on Sanibel and Captiva islands have ample parking, but the view at Fort Myers Beach can’t be beat. And arriving by boat is a great way to make an entrance!

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