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The Sandbar

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2761 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5913
+1 239-472-0305
17:00 - 21:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a blessing to have my golf buddy mention The Sandbar to us before leaving Minnesota. I know my wife and I will be back to enjoy the vibe and great food simply prepared. They just get it right. Don't forget to learn about the brands of seafood they serve on their website. They shop and partner with the bast... More 

Thank Joe K
Bates City Missouri
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188 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was here in November with my hubby for happy hour. It took us too long to stop by the first time. But we will be back every time we visit Sanibel. Yummy too notch appetizers for a very fair price on Hh. Burger, calamari, shrimp, oysters Rockefeller. The list goes on. Won't disappoint

Thank Kathy B
Horsham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Starting with 'boom boom shrimps' which were plenty enough for two to share we thoroughly enjoyed the food here. The steak was juicy and tender. Mid-range price and worth booking ahead if going at a popular time.

Thank Sarah W
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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181 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some of the best fresh fish on the island. We were visiting some friends on Sanibel who suggested The Sandbar and am I glad they did. The food and service were some of the best I've had. The place is not cheap, but worth every penny. I can certainly recommend the grouper if available. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned.... More 

Thank a1963corvette
Tremont, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed dinner here. The food was fabulous but we were looking for a beach view restaurant and just didn't know where to eat. I have no complaints about The Sandbar though. Just don't expect a view.

Thank Dana S
Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a nice convenient place for anyone staying on the West Gulf drive area on Sanibel--great food, fast service! Highly recommend!

Thank Teresa453
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed delicious appetizers and entrees at this popular Sanibel eatery. The fresh bruschetta was toasted perfectly for the fresh tomatoes and herbs. The fresh shucked oysters were mildly salty and slid down way too easy! Fresh mahi and grouper with Jamaican Jerk seasoning and grilled green beans and carrots finished off a solidly good dinner with life long friends!

Thank Tanya Q
Baltimore, Maryland
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278 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant came highly recommended by locals. We arrived without reservations and were seated at a table in the bar area. At first a bit skeptical. Our service was excellent, meals were well prepared and overall had a solid meal. Trip Advisor photos make the place seem a bit larger, strongly recommend making reservations.

Thank JC-Meg
Upstate NY
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided on the Sandbar for our family Easter dinner and we were not disappointed. We were a family of 6 and each of us got a different meal. All were just fabulous whether seafood or other. We will definitely return to The Sandbar on our next visit and recommend it without reservation.

Thank MB500SEC
Asheville, North Carolina
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75 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The evening didn't start out well when my husband was choosing a wine and asked for a "taster" of one of the wines and our server said " we don't do tasters". He reluctantly brought us one and said the owner wasn't happy about it. We have never encountered this on any restaurant on Sanibel. I was ready to walk... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$47
Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
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.

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