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The Sandbar

2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
+1 239-472-0305
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crab cakes” (130 reviews)
“grouper” (177 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had no plans for dinners, and decided to let Trip Advisor tell us where to eat. The Sandbar was highly rated and only a few miles from where we were staying. Thursday night at 7:30, we walked right in. Our seater, Antoinette, was disinterested,...More

Thank jcampbell0928
Reviewed 5 days ago

I choose this restaurant for my special birthday while on the Island. Several people on a Sanibel FB page thought it was a great choice. We arrived early and were seated right away. We told our waitress that we were celebrating a special birthday. She...More

Thank Beach Bum Woman
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were with a group of friends and staying in sanibel. We chose the sandbar for dinner and I'm so happy we did! The shrimp scampi was one of the best I've had! My friend got the crab cakes, which were filled with big pieces...More

Thank lodawendt
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've had dinner here many times before & loved it. This time went for Happy Hour (4-5:30 except Fri is ALL night)...they have an appealing assortment of appetizers including oysters (raw & Rockefeller), mussels, shrimp, salads, chowder & flat breads...you get the picture...very tasty. There...More

1  Thank HRH T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a top notch restaurant that serves fish, seafood and steaks cooked to perfection. We are part-time island residents and while there are other great restaurants on the island, the Sandbar is our go to place when we're in town. Service is great and...More

Thank Buresa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The three of us had dinner here, celebrating a birthday. One ordered the red snapper, the other ordered a grouper sandwich, and I had a vegetarian pasta dish. I am vegetarian and we came here because we saw online that they had vegetarian dishes. I...More

1  Thank kitkat10410
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice pleasant semi quiet dining area. Delicious food but limited choices. The salmon was delicious, boom boom shrimp was just spicy enough, and the seafood stew was scrumptious. Large portions that you could share. The bread was warm and very good.

Thank kispeace2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our latest dinner at the Sandbar was as wonderful as all of our past dinners there. (We live on Sanibel and eat there at least twice a month.) Manager Brian and hostess Isabella gave us the usual friendly greeting upon arrival. We were seated immediately...More

Thank bjh04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very casual family kind of place...more expensive than most family restaurants but nearly all the tables had children with their parents/grandparents/etc. Note I enjoy having kids around me. Do insist - if you dine there - that Casey is your server. Maybe the others are...More

1  Thank leonard A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This vacation we enjoyed two visits to the Sandbar restaurant, which is on West Gulf Drive and has more of a local atmosphere. Happy hour is a fun time, when many Sanibel residents come for a light and enjoyable meal. At the bar or at...More

2  Thank MurexKen
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Questions & Answers
3 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
No direct access unfortunately. The Shalimar is just two doors down and does provide access.
Terrie K
8 April 2017|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
yes, but it is only in the lounge area!
18 February 2017|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Unfortunately not. The dining area only seats 70 guests with no private area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$47
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0305
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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.
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