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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” (139 reviews)
“grouper” (186 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

My husband and I ate at the Sandbar tonight. He had the grouper which was slightly over cooked. I had the seafood trio. The scallops were wonderful but the grouper was over cooked and the crab cake was, well, unrecognizable to my taste. My husband...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to take son and partner for meal,two years on from last visit and still as good! I had the ribeye which was delicious and the pork chop was as good as my wife remembered. Very friendly waiting on service and reasonably priced. Will return...More

Thank Gordon N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been to Sanibel a few time but finally came upon this restaurant just because we stayed nearby. Wow.......great atmosphere, very friendly and a must book place I guess for most nights. Nice menu choice and good service. Will be back!!

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 1 week ago

good meals with good service. fresh seafood, excellent meats, yummy cocktails. Make reservations or be turned away.

1  Thank linpc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just stopped at the sandbar to have a bite I was by myself so I sat at the bar There were four other people there The bartender took his time coming over No greeting no smile no nothing Handed me a menu reluctantly. I...More

Thank mimimck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend eating at the Sandbar while you are on Sanibel. We just moved here and we were blown away by the TripAdvisor reviews so we were excited to try it out. It was very good but not crazy good. The fish and...More

1  Thank Marybeth58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In our mind the best restaurant on Sanibel,certainly the best we visited enough to make us go back on our last night booking to ensure a table. The service was prompt and knowledgeable without being in your face and the food was excellent . The...More

Thank John080
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is really good: place, atmosphere, parking, and great ,really great , food. We were not lucky with our waiter. He was rude, bad manner attitude, make us wait without a reason, etc. Is a pity to see how a very good effort in...More

Thank Soledad d
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only downside to our dinner at The Sandbar was the ambient noise level (despite the acoustic tiles installed). Otherwise, excellent food and service to match.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local proprietor as a good place for seafood and steaks. We made an early evening reservation and landed at the bar for happy hour! They had a fabulous menu for both appetizers and drinks for happy hour,...More

Thank peggyg408
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Roger W
1 April 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
Sharon R
6 December 2017|
Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Happy Hour is 4-5:30 PM in the lounge. On Wednesday's it is 4-9 PM.
15 August 2017|
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Response from BrianSilv | Property representative |
Sorry, but no
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 15 - USD 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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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