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Mad Hatter Restaurant

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6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2015
+1 239-472-0033
16:45 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 16:45 - 22:00
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were expecting beach/bar food. Oh my! It couldn't have been any more different from those expectations. It was top notch. Outstanding wine list. Outstanding service. Definitely the finest dining we've experienced on Captiva/Sanibel. It's pricey, but well worth it.

Thank BuilderDad
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went here for dinner and had mixed results. Good: watermelon salad; shrimp phyllo appetizer. Not so good: crowded noisy dining room; double lobster tail entre had one tail undercooked. Service was pretty good but had to request refills of sparkling water.

Thank Gary J
Bloomington, Illinois
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Mad Hatter Restaurant is lucky enough to be on the best stretch of beach for the most beautiful sunset. We arrived to see the tail end of the sunset. After the sunset we went into the restaurant and were shown to our table. The dining room is a little gem. Windows facing the gulf and mirrors on the other... More 

Thank Deb B
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have eaten here for years. It is always outstanding. For Sanibel/Captiva, it is expensive, but worth every penny. Great wine list. Very small restaurant so reservations are essential. It doesn't matter what you get. I have never ever had anything here not be superb. This is truly a place for a celebration dinner. Don't worry about being there for... More 

Thank isellcaptiva
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Laurie was an amazing waitress. We had the boulliabase and the red snapper. Amazing dinner and the sunset.... sublime.

Thank Elizabeth D
Toronto, Canada
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489 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our second visit and the food was even better than two years ago. The quirky Alice-in-Wonderland decor is quite charming, the service is friendly and professional and the food is outstanding. I had the crab cake for starter and then the duck confit. Both were just right and as good as they come. My wife had the spiced watermelon salad... More 

Thank What
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been wanting to try this place for 3 years! Got a great spot by the window without a reservation. Ordered twin lobster tails. Got a complimentary amuse bouche of a truffle cream blue crab claw. Very nice spot for a romantic dinner, best at sunset!

Thank Briahna C
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We go to the Mad Hatter about once a year and it has been mixed. This time the service was excellent but the food was disappointing. The olive tapanade with the bread was good. We just ordered an entree. I got the scallops which were good and my husband ordered the special T-bone steak which was tasty but at medium-rare... More 

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Omaha, NE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit Sanibel in December or January each year and I know we don't cover all the restaurants. But, for our money, Mad Hatter is the best restaurant with consistently the best food on the Islands. We had another outstanding meal watching the sun go down this week. It's small, so make a reservation or go early.

Thank BoomerTours
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We all ate something different, and everyone loved it, from oysters, and tuna to tripletail lobster and lamb rack. all cooked to perfection, with an attentive waiter. It is pricey but arent most good restaurants these days. We will be back

Thank Declan H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$45
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
Open Hours
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
16:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2015
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0033

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Windermere, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?