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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 3 days ago

We come to Sanibel every year and luckily discovered the Sandbar a couple years ago. Without a doubt they serve the best Happy Hour Specials and Have the Best Seafood on the island. We highly recommend the Sandbar and heck, they even warned me to...More

Thank Joncarl335
Reviewed 6 days ago

SOme restaurants think they can get away with purchasing everything frozen or at lowest cost. Not here.The freshest fish and great beef were on display as you arrive.The cooking is not fancy but the quality ingredients are vey much the hero . Perfectly cooked steaks...More

Thank second row
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saved the Sandbar for our last night on the island. Have eaten there before and that's why the group comes back. Good service. Very well prepared seafood (and steaks if someone doesn't like seafood). The group had the seafood trio (crab, scallops, shrimp), sea bass...More

Thank Cymru1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sandbar has awesome steaks, seafood and other menu choices that will please anybody. Off the main path (West Gulf Drive), this restaurant is popular with locals and foodies. Business has been booming the past few years after a change in ownership and new chef....More

Thank peacockpass
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had reservations on 7/9 for between 630-7pm.The gentleman I was with is a business owner and year round resident of the island.We arrived at 650pm was greeted by a friendly hostess and a VERY RUDE CHEF BRIAN. He was very indignant upon our arrival...More

6  Thank Paula D
BrianSilv, Owner at The Sandbar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

There may be many restaurants where you live that take reservations between 6:30 and 7:00 PM ,but we don't. Your reservation was at 6:30 PM and you were 25 minutes late. I was gracious enough to get you a table, by moving an 8 top...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here for dinner and the steak was my favorite meal all week! Server was awesome also. Very good all around!!

2  Thank Abate1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not many good restaurants on the island, however this one was the exception. My sister & I ate here. She ordered the rib eye which was excellent, cooked just as ordered. I had the coconut crusted grouper. Mine was just ok, after I tasted the...More

2  Thank jhb944
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited twice on this last trip and will definitely be visiting a lot more next year. Lovely food, properly presented, not slopped on the plate like many places elsewhere, reasonably priced, and a good value wine list (unlike Il Tresoro who think it acceptable...More

2  Thank KJT-AJT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was a recommendation to us and we have never been here before since we go to Sanibel often. We were delighted with food. The oysters were fresh and tasty and the seafood was wonderful. I had the pasta of the day that was...More

1  Thank ComeFlyAway2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chose this place on a whim because it was one of the only places within walking distance of where we were staying (Island Inn). Did not have a reservation so had to wait to get in. A little outdoor seating area would have been nice...More

2  Thank Anonjany B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Terrie K
Is happy hour all evening on Friday night?
8 April 2017|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
yes, but it is only in the lounge area!
Do you have a salon for a rehearsal dinner for 35-40 guests?
18 February 2017|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Unfortunately not. The dining area only seats 70 guests with no private area.
Are you open on Christmas Day?
24 December 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
We are closed on Christmas Day.
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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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