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The Sandbar

2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
+1 239-472-0305
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crab cakes” (143 reviews)
“grouper” (197 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 4 days ago via mobile

Ate here for the first time our last day of our trip. By far one of the best meals we had. Me and my husband both got the ribeye and my son got chicken tenders. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection and literally melted...More

Thank mandipoo09
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice dining in appealing atmosphere. We had a really nice seafood experience there. The qualitiy was fine and the service mindful. Although we were the last to leave, we could take our time.

Thank Martin M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being visitors to the island we asked locals the best place for steak....to a person they all recommended here. Certainly not pretentious nor stuffy as some steak joints can be....we found the menu well balanced, service swift (albeit not overly friendly), the prices reasonable and...More

Thank mikej478
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent seafood place . Menu is simple not intimidating but it’s sooo good. We usually visit this place twice when in Ssnobel . I think they’ve bee.n there 5 years now. We usually order mussels as appetizers which are great and the spring rolls. The...More

Thank al20142015
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sandbar – Awesome place!! Why have we not been before?? Great margaritas! Had oysters Rockefeller for app – great. Had wedge and Caesar salads - very good! Two of us had the seafoo trio. Bronzed grouper was excellent and so were scallops. Crab cake...More

Thank Gerri H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We watched every tourist that came in being told that it was a 30 minute wait, while all locals were warmly greeted and sat in the dining room immediately. Aside from that, the food was very good. The bread was excellent, and we shared the...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all had great food. Terrific appetizers, great drinks, fantastic dinner. Not one complaint. Great food, good friends. Fast service. Will come back again

Thank kikibangbang34
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our favorite restaurant by far on Sanibel!!! We went several places looking for fresh seafood and fish, and were let down many times, but not here! Everything was cooked perfectly, service was great! The only down side was they didn’t have that large...More

Thank Alicia M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our recent trip we ate here on our last night. The atmosphere is nice but it’s the food that speaks volumes. I had the seafood trio which consisted a crab cake, scallops, and grouper. It was absolutely delicious and filling. The seafood is fresh...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For our last night in Sanibel before flying back to Ohio, we chose The Sandbar for dinner and am SO glad that we did. Staff were immediately welcoming and seated us promptly. We ordered drinks and a shrimp appetizer (they even made a 'fancy' lemonade...More

Thank Natalie0795
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Cathy D
8 July 2018|
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Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
8 June 2018|
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Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Believe it or not, TripAdvisor allows you to contest these BOGUS reviews, but often they don't take them down. Hopefully they will come down, but I'm not sure at this point. We will keep doing what we do!
Roger W
31 March 2018|
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Response from craigalank | Reviewed this property |
It would be ok for +8 or so but it doesn't cater to them
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
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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. Check out the reviews or come in and find out for yourself!
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