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The Sandbar

2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
+1 239-472-0305
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“grouper” (175 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 yesterday

We loved the food so much that we went back twice! While the restaurant itself is nothing special as far as a view, the service was wonderful! Our waitress, Jaclyn was awesome and had a great time teasing and bantering with my husband. I had...More

Thank yesitsmeagain
Reviewed 2 days ago

We lots of good reviews about this restaurant, and we had high hopes that we would be thrilled. We weren't. The service was good, and our two fish entrees were excellent. However, the accompaniments were terrible. I had rice that had nothing interesting about it...More

Thank Interimwalrus
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Happy Hour menu here is great value but I can't say the same for the main restaurant. I had a very small piece of fish which was not worth the price. My companion had the filet which was declared very good. The server was...More

Thank Sheila S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have always come here mainly for the views but the service is no where near as good as it used to be. This place is always busy the food is good but no one seems to want to be there which is a shame....More

Thank Jeanna1857
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wife and I are here one night during our recent stay to Sanibel. Didn't have reservations and was told that restaurant was booked, but was nicely offered that we could sit at the bar or high top tables which wasn't a big deal to us....More

Thank Bobby P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fresh fish entrees were delicious. Limited menu Steaks seemed to be popular dish here. This place looked more casual on trip advisor and although there is "no dress code" on the island we felt out of place in our shorts and t shirts. Menu was...More

Thank chitsey
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everything was great, from the moment we walked in, Brian the "Fish Monger" greeted us upon arrival. Joe was our waiter and gave us excellent service. The fish was fantastic, my husband had grouper and I had the mahi, both were outstanding! I would highly...More

Thank gin1987
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited on Friday and learned that all day Fridays are happy hours with the most amazing appetizers and drinks around. We tried the Oysters Rockefeller which were excellent as well as the boom boom shrimp. We enjoyed it so much that we went back...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago

An excellent restaurant located on West Gulf Drive. They accept reservations and I strongly recommend them. They have the best iceburg wedge salad on the island. Cool and fresh lettuce with lots of blue cheese crumbles. Fish is always good and their pastas are very...More

Thank mrormrsjakester
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had the black grouper and new york strip steak. Both were great and the vegetables were cooked perfectly. We will be going back this Friday before we leave the island.

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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
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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.