Where to Eat on Sanibel Island


Food & Drink


Sanibel Island/Capitva Island


Sanibel Island has some excellent restaurant choices from casual to fine dining. Our recent finds include:

Sea Breeze Cafe: This is a good restaurant at the Sundial Resort. The terrace is the perfect spot overlooking the resort’s pool and beach. I thought the service was excellent. They have a new Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant as well. 1451 Middle Gulf Drive.

Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream is a fun spot for ice cream. Next door is Geppetto’s Beach Foodies, selling coffee and gourmet croissants plus breads and salads. 362 Periwinkle Way.

Lighthouse Cafe: This is a fun spot for breakfast, near the Lighthouse, at 362 Periwinkle Way. They have a menu featuring egg dishes, pancakes, omelettes and frittatas. The decor, decorated with old lighthouse pictures, is charming.

Il Cielo, at 1244 Periwinkle Way, features local farms and locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables. This fine dining restaurant is more formal than most in town, but the food is very good. I enjoyed dinner with local friends and loved my flounder on top of a lobster and shrimp risotto.  x

Over Easy Cafe in Sanibel, at 630 Tarpon Bay Rd., is a casual colorful spot for breakfast and lunch. Friends also love The Island Cow for casual dining, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2163 Periwinkle Way. Other friends recommend Gramma Dot’s Seaside Saloon located at the Sanibel Marina They are open for lunch and dinner on the water. I can’t wait to try it on my next trip.