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Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts

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1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-7242
11:00 - 21:00
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Carmel, Indiana
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We arrived at 6, using free valet parking. Had a reservation and were seated immediately and drinks order came quickly. Barkeep did a good job on my cocktail. Our server, Dennis, was great: attentive and courteous, never rushing us. Food was very good: tuna nicely done, scallops too, I had baby back ribs, nicely barbequed, good flavor. Topped off with... More 

Thank DeeeT
Ashford, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a meal with family and it was excellent. Great service and atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend. The fish was fabulous.

Thank babyboomer1066
Freeport, New York
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had Traders recommended to us for dinner on Sanibel Island. We were looking for fresh fish and good atmosphere. Traders fit the bill. We had a delicious appetizer of gulf shrimp, crab meat, avocado, chopped tomatoes and lettuce. It was fresh and beautifully presented. We also ordered the grouper dinner that was prepared with a macadamia nut crust, rice... More 

Thank marianne522
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a family dinner at Traders and all of us loved the food, right down to the scrumptious bread. One of the best shrimp and grits I have ever had. Very helpful experienced staff, prompt service and reasonable price for nice meals on island. My only negative is it is a big place so if what cozy your not... More 

Thank John N
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was good. Seabass was the best meal. Music was good. The atmosphere is ok. They need to dim the lights. It's so unnecessarily bright and could use some dividers or something to break up the mess hall look.

Thank Peter_J_V_1010
Management response:

We're so glad you enjoyed the seabass and our music, Peter, and we do appreciate your feedback on our atmosphere. We hope to have you by again soon for another meal. Thanks, -The Traders Team More 

Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for a late lunch. We couldn't have picked a better place. The shrimp chowder was excellent. Entrees included the fish taco, fish of the day slightly blackened and the shrimp & scallop pasta in a red sauce (2). All entrees were very tasty. Service was excellent. I was looking for a local beer and the waitress was... More 

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Management response:

We're so glad that y'all enjoyed everything from our shrimp chowder to our excellent service and to just taking it easy in those Adirondack chairs. We really hope that means we'll get to welcome you all back for another meal. Cheers, -The Traders Team More 

Oakville, Canada
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318 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to traders with several friends for dinner. The wait staff was a bit forgetful and was definitely trying to rush us through our dinner. My wife had the fish tacos which were dry and could not even finish eating them. I had the garlic/cheese appetizer which was hardly even warm and the dinner was luke warm as well.... More 

2 Thank Travellers-Ont
Management response:

We're really sorry if you felt at all rushed during your meal, and it's disappointing to know that was the case, especially since we're known for our friendly service. As for the food, again, it's disappointing if any dishes came out lukewarm. This really isn't up to our standards, so we appreciate you bringing it to our attention. We hope... More 

Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our experience when we dined there for dinner. The food was very good, nice atmosphere, and excellent service. My husband had a seafood special over linguine, And the potato leek soup. I order the Chilean sea bass and it was not a problem switching the Rissoto for the garlic mash. The bread was so good, served with olive... More 

Thank lucyanne V
Management response:

We're thrilled that you were so happy with your server and that she made the experience so pleasant. What's more, it's great to know you enjoyed the Chilean sea bass, and we were more than happy to replace the risotto with the garlic mash. We can't wait to have you by again! Until then, -The Traders Team More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Traders on a recommendation of a friend. He is a winter resident on the island and it is his favorite restaurant. So we had high expectations and we were not disappointed. We were worried when our server informed us that they were out of Grouper. Since a couple of us were going to have grouper, we had... More 

Thank Joe L
Management response:

Despite being out of grouper that day, Joe, we're thrilled that everyone enjoyed their meals. What's more, it's a treat to know that we're now highly recommended by you, too -- thanks! Until next time, -The Traders Team More 

Lake Forest, Illinois
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place gets lots of good word-of-mouth so I went in with high expectations. The wait for a table or spot at the bar was long but I enjoyed the adjoining shop to kill time. The food was fine and tasty but not really memorable. It appears that a fair amount of both locals and tourists come here. No complaints... More 

2 Thank RedBuddah
Management response:

While we're happy to hear that we came highly recommended, we're of course disappointed that your meal wasn't memorable. We always want our guests to be excited about the dish they try here, so we really hope you'll consider coming by again. We're sure we can find you a dish you'll love! Thanks, -The Traders Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-7242
At Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts, we want to make you feel right at home! Our location has been regarded as one of Sanibel's best kept secrets! Indulge yourself with one of our fantastic meals, or browse around for a great gift for a loved one. We are proud to offer a variety of food, gifts and entertainment to the Sanibel area. We provide live entertainment every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Some of our best dishes include succulent seafood and steaks! After your meal, relax with some great cocktails, fine wine, or a delicious dessert! We'll be ready to greet you with a smiling face! Visit Traders Gulf Coast Grill and Gifts today!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?