3 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island at sunset
Enjoy the beaches of Sanibel, and the local food served waterside

With so many great beaches on Sanibel, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible enjoying them. Meal times are no exception, so it’s fortunate that there are lots of great places to grab a bite to eat near the water. Here are some local favorites that serve up good eats with a view.

Thistle Lodge

With gorgeous views, a romantic atmosphere and a storied past, it might be possible to forget that Thistle Lodge serves food. That is – if the cuisine weren’t so incredible. Featuring a menu of European, Asian and (of course) Floridian dishes, it’s no surprise that people flock here for more than just a great location on the beach. In fact, they’ve been coming here for decades: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were known to eat at this beautiful lunch-and-dinner spot.

Thistle Lodge at Sanibel
Thistle Lodge at Sanibel

Sea Breeze Café

Whether you’re staying at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa or just looking for somewhere to eat, Sea Breeze Cafe is perfect for grabbing a fresh bite to eat and taking in the endless vistas on the southern coast of Sanibel. Just feet from the waters where their specials come from, you’re in for a  good breakfast, lunch or dinner.   

Taco entree at Seabreeze Cafe
Seabreeze Cafe

Traditions on the Beach

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Traditions on the Beach serves up cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and Italian styles of cooking using the best local ingredients. Even ignoring the great beachfront location and excellent food, you can enjoy it for the live music and dancing happening every night.


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Mediterranean entree at Traditions on the Beach
Enjoy cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and Italian styles of cooking

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