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Traditions on the Beach

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3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5625
+1 239-472-4559
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17:00 - 21:30
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Macedon, New York
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186 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We dined here with family (4) on 12/23/16 for our daughters birthday as she loves one of their dishes. I'm a pretty down to earth and not fancy diner so Traditions is a little higher on the "fancy" side for me. We were here in 2013 and they had a chicken parm dish which was large in portion and delicious.... More 

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Thank Bruce B
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and your wait staff met your expectations. Our menu does change periodically and we're sorry your old favorite is no longer available. Our servers are knowledgeable about our dishes and we urge you to ask, next time you order, how many shrimp will be on the plate so your serving is what you need... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Traditions follows its name. A piano player and female singer with soft vibes and a moving beat. Couples getting up to dance. A nice atmosphere looking on the sandy beach and water beyond. The dinner and presentation followed the mood. So glad we were able to enjoy.

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Thank Francine J
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Your review spotlights everything we hope to accomplish. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. More 

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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Mediterranean food on Sanibel, the owner is Italian. They have live music and a dance floor in front of the band. Location directly on the beach. Can one ask for more?

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1 Thank Ben G
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your evening at Tradtions! More 

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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had reservations for NYE. His aunt & uncle in nearby Naples invited us to dinner so I called with over 24hrs notice to cancel and was told we'd be charged $150! Mind you we have been customers for over 3 years and visit multiple times per week when we stay at Island Inn every December/January. I... More 

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1 Thank Briahna C
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

The reservation clerk at the Inn is not affiliated with Traditions, so if that was the person you were talking to, the message was never shared with Andrea. Andrea always returns his calls and messages and he does not recall hearing of your situation. Having said that, our New Year's Eve protocol is: two weeks prior we contacted every booking... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel encourages you to use their restaurant Traditions on the Beach. The food was of fair quality and with dinner all they offer is about 20 varieties of canned or bottled beer instead of something local on tap. Service is horrible; most of the staff spent their time watching the football game instead of serving customers. If you use... More 

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1 Thank Michael B
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Our coupon states: Exclusive to Island Inn guest only. Spend $50 or more for Dinner & you will receive 15% off your entire bill. Please note 18% gratuity will be added to your bill BEFORE the 15% discount is applied. It sounds like your experience is what the coupon indicated it would be. We specialize in creative cocktails & a... More 

Westborough, United States
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118 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and sat in the bar area and ordered appetizers and cocktails and had a sensational experience. This place is a hidden gem. We were not guests of the hotel and were recommended by a local to check it out. We are so glad we did. Chris...the bartender and waiter looked after us and this guy knows his stuff.... More 

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Thank Arthur G
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Traditions on the Beach, while located within the Island Inn, is open to the public. Please come again soon! More 

michigan
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had Christmas reservations and we were seated promptly. Busy evening but waiters did a nice job. I had the grilled mignon of beef and it was awesome! I want it again! So good. Husband had the Grilled Black Grouper and son had the Gulf Seafood Spaghetti which were on the Christmas menu. They both enjoyed their meals as well. Dessert... More 

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Thank taracho
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for the complements on the dinner and our staff. I will bring your concerns about the desserts to the chef's attention. We hope you'll return and dine with us again in the future. More 

Annecy, France
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hotel Island inn is fine The restaurant is disgusting : shrimps are not tasty, sauces are indigestible, meats are too cooked and dry. Service is correct BUT you Will have a surprise at the payment : as an hotel's guest, we have a 15. % reduction on the Check but a 18% gratuities is added automaticly. We won't come back... More 

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Thank olivier p
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We're glad you were pleased with our service. The terms of the discount are clearly stated on the voucher, so we do not understand your comment about being dishonest. We're sorry our food preparation was not to your liking. I'm sure you will be happier dining somewhere other than with us in the future. More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here out of conveniance, it's on the premisses of our hotel. After several 'American' dinners (big, fries, fried) this was a pleasant surprise. (Almost) French cooking and great choice of wines. Suggestion: ask for toppings on the side, not on the mignon (we forgot). Better: if chef reads this, never put in on, but besides or have waiter... More 

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Thank JCH0000
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

We'll send your complements and your suggestion to the chef! More 

Windsor, CO
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here largely as a result of staying at Island Inn. Both the food quality and service were very good compared to other restaurants we encountered during our trips to Sanibel. The prices are comparable to mid-range restaurants we visit near our home in CO. We were surprised by the restaurant's low ranking on Trip Advisor. We have tried... More 

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Thank rockymtpics
TOTBPublicRelations, Public Relations Manager at Traditions on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We please most of the people who dine with us and it's always nice when they take the time to write a positive review. Many people do not know we are here because we are located inside the main Island Inn building: we are open to the public. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$32
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Soups, Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 21:30
Saturday
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5625
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-4559
Description
Located inside the Historic Island Inn on West Gulf Drive, Traditions restaurant, bar & lounge offers "Contemporary Cuisine - Sanibel Style." Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, we invite you to join us for spectacular sunsets with nightly live entertainment and dancing.

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