We had our favorite Thanksgiving week - in 2015 on Sanibel.
You picked a perfect week to go to Sanibel!
Not crowded and excellent weather!
We ate at the Sundial because they had a special Thanksgiving buffet.
In addition to turkey they had many other things - including our favorite - King Crab Legs - all you can eat!
You can get a menu, buffet price, and buffet reservation by calling the Sundial at 239-472-4151.
The restaurant is now open to the public, thus you do not have to be a guest at the Sundial to eat at their restaurant (we stayed at Sanibel Surfside).
I contacted the Visitor's Center just last week with this question and they forwarded the list below. Enjoy!
Name Open / Closed
Bailey's General Store Open 7am-12noon
Beach Piez CLOSED
Bennett's Fresh Roast CLOSED
Bleu Rendez-vous French Bistro Open 4pm-8pm reservations
Blue Coyote Supper Club Open 11am - 2pm
Blue Giraffe CLOSED
Bubble Room Restaurant Open 11:30a-3:00p; 4:30pm-8pm (Reservations)
Cantina Captiva CLOSED
Captiva House Open 11:30a-7pm; Buffet (Reservations)
Cheeburger Cheeburger CLOSED
Cip's Place CLOSED
Dairy Queen 11am-5pm
Doc Ford's Captiva Rum Bar & Grille 11am-10pm
Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille CLOSED
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille Open 5pm-10pm
Geppetto's Beach Foodies CLOSED
Gramma Dot's Open 11:15am-8pm
Green Flash Restaurant CLOSED
Huxter's Market & Deli Open 6:30am-9pm
Il Cielo CLOSED
Island Cow Open 7am-8pm
Island Pizza Company CLOSED
Jacaranda Restaurant Open 4pm-9pm; no entertainment
Jerry's Foods of Sanibel Store 6am-6pm; Restaurant 6am-2:30pm
Joey's Custard CLOSED
Keylime Bistro Open 8am - 10pm
Lazy Flamingo II (Sanibel) CLOSED
Lighthouse Cafe (Sanibel) 7am-2pm
Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant Open Buffet (4) seatings - reservations
Mucky Duck Restaurant CLOSED
Over Easy Café CLOSED
Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream Open 5pm-9:30pm
RC Otters Open 8am-10pm
Rosie's Café & Grill CLOSED
Sanibel Café CLOSED
Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory CLOSED
Sanibel Fish House CLOSED
Sanibel Sweet Shoppe CLOSED
Schnapper's Hots, Inc. Open 11am-4pm
Sea Breeze Café Open B/L/D 7am-10pm - Buffet - reservations
Shima Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Open 5pm-9pm; reservations ONLINE ONLY
Skip One Seafood CLOSED
South Seas Island Resort-open to public Captiva Ballroom; Buffet; 2pm-7pm Reservations
Summerlin Jake's Seafood & Steaks Open Buffet 11:30am-7:30pm*Reservations*
Sunset Grill CLOSED
Sunshine Seafood Café Open 11:30am-9pm
Sweet Melissa's CLOSED
The Clam Shack CLOSED
The Sandbar CLOSED
Thistle Lodge Restaurant Open 11am-6pm buffet - reservations
Timbers Restaurant / Sanibel Grill Timbers Open 1p-8p; Sanibel Grill Open 12n-11p
Traditions on the Beach Open 4pm-9pm *Reservations*
Thank you . That was just what I was looking for :-)
Wonderful list ,,,,just wished you had listed phone numbers....
I had breakfast at the Normandie cafe at West Wind Inn yesterday on West Gulf Drive next to the Island Inn, and noticed they will be offering Thanksgiving meals: Turkey with all the trimmings ($24) and Slow Roasted Prime Rib with sides ($28). Their food is quite good, fresh and served in a simple pretty blue and white setting. You can take a beach walk after dinner. I was just reading their TA reviews and notice some don't like the service. Well, the service was great for us. (I think the owner/manager just has a naturally dour expression but if you smile, he smiles!)Edited: 19 November 2017, 13:12