A Taste of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel beachfront restaurants

A Taste of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach

A day – or evening – on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel needs three things: sun, fun and great food. Sure, you can bring your own picnic, but we’ve got local haunts that put packed sandwiches to shame. Scroll down to read some tasty recommendations from a few of our favorite Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel beachfront restaurants.

Traditions on the Beach (Sanibel)

At this award winning restaurant inside the Island Inn, try the Key Lime Margarita or Signature Angry Lobster to start off the evening, or end it on a high note. Timed with a perfect sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s a tradition you’ll never forget.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille (Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva)

With live music and waterfront seating, it’s no wonder Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is a local favorite. Watch the largest shrimp boat fleet in the U.S. empty their nets as you eat local shrimp, grouper and more prepared with a Caribbean flavor – like the Campeche Fish Tacos.

Bootlegger’s Waterfront Grill (Fort Myers Beach)

A mouthful of juicy barbeque by the beach? We know the perfect spot: Bootlegger’s serves Southern specialties like tender ribs and smoky brisket (with a side of mac and cheese? Yes, please). And don’t forget to wash it down with a Pickled Possum.

Fresh Catch Bistro (Fort Myers Beach)

The name says it all. Fresh seafood, served just the way you want … right along the water. Catch a view of the luminous sunset while enjoying a delicious meal like Island Mahi-Mahi or Day Boat Scallops.

The Cottage (Fort Myers Beach)

A local favorite for over 40 years, you’ll find a full menu while stretching out on The Cottage’s beachfront bar and deck – including nine types of shrimp appetizers and their world-renowned “Beach Bread.”

The Heavenly Biscuit (Fort Myers Beach)

For a breakfast that’s a bit more divine, the biscuits served at this legendary cozy cottage are gospel (although many believe it could also be called “The Heavenly Cinnamon Roll”). 

Of course, this is just a bite-sized sampling of the beachfront dining on Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. Restaurants offering great food and great views dot the coastline.  If you’re hungry for more, plan your trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

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