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Lighthouse Cafe

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362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436
+1 239-472-0303
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Midlothian, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was probably my kids' favorite restaurant from our week stay on Sanibel Island. There were many breakfast options but if you are a vegetarian, the selection is limited. The cafe is full of pictures from lighthouses around the country and has a huge gift shop to entertain yourself while waiting for your food. We rode bikes here since bike... More 

Thank jqwall
Rossford, Ohio
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were able to eat breakfast during lunch. They offer freshly squeezed juices, we had the orange and the grapefruit and they were so refreshing! Service was quick. Definitely a must stop if you enjoy yummy breakfast options.

Thank 163susant
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Lighthouse Cafe had be recommended to us as a Must Eat at restaurant. Of all the places I ate while in Ft Myers, Sanibel Island this was my least favorite. First thing I didn't like was how crowded the seating area was. That was just a matter of bad timing for it because a table for two opened up... More 

Thank Gary C
Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty standard breakfast place that offers everything under the sun. Kids had pancakes they liked and I had an omelette. All very solid. Service was fast and very friendly. Be prepared to wait a bit as it is very busy.

Thank T W
Alexandria, Virginia
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a great local little find. Exactly what you're looking for in the morning. Just a little hole in the wall cafe with good coffee and breakfast fare, and plenty of personality to boot!

Thank MelBellSkiGirl
Knoxville, Tennessee
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here for breakfast. In my opinion the food was ok, not the best I ordered eggs Benedict and the hollandaise sauce was a little watery and tangy for my taste. The potatoes had onions, which I did not know about so I did not like that There was no air conditioning, my husband was very hot. When he... More 

Thank Tnvol01
Lagrange, Georgia, Usa
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by after seeing the reviews. I had the Malted Hotcakes with a poached egg. The Hotcakes were very tasty and filling. My wife had a Belgian Waffles that looked great. Highly recommended for a breakfast.

Thank David F
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast on our bike ride to the lighthouse. 45 minute wait 😳... but worth the wait! I had the goat cheese/spinach omelette... others had eggs Benedict and seafood eggs Benedict... food was great. Restaurant was hopping. Had a lively (often loud) vibe... but energetic. Lots of photos of lighthouses around the USA. Would stop in again!

Thank CircusMom3
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560 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Calamari I've had in some time: Seasoned lightly, and tender! Lighthouse Cafe was open for dinner when we were visiting Sanibel Island during spring break. Busy place! Also had the raspberry creme brulee: what a great combination of my favorite tastes. Hope to make it back some time to try their breakfasts.

Thank OklahomaMomOf3
Bluffton, Indiana
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

They advertise that they have the "Worlds Best Breakfast" and they are right. I have always found that you can judge a restaurant by looking at the parking lot and finding out how long the wait time is. We arrived at 9:30 am on a Tuesday and the parking lot was almost full and the wait time was 1 hour.... More 

Thank Jon S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 30
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-0303
We boldly state that we have the "world's best breakfast" and also serve lunch and dinner. Dinner is served seasonally from December 15th till April 30th but breakfast and lunch are served all year long, 7 days a week from 7am till 3pm. Dinner is served from 5pm till 9pm.

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