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Breakfast: You don't have a view of Sanibel Lighthouse from the island's famous Lighthouse Caf�, instead photos of lighthouses from around the globe cover every inch of the walls in this cozy space. Open for more than six decades, it's the friendly service as well as the quality of its food that keeps people coming back, and waiting in line sometimes for hours. The blueberry pancakes and French toast have won national recognition, but the eggs Benedicts and omelets are also big hits. The meats, including the salmon, are all smoked in house. Lighthouse's signature seasoned potatoes are served as a side with most dishes but even so, order the potato chive hotcake with apple sauce and sour cream; delectable. Breakfast is served all day.

Family Friendly Restaurants on Sanibel: The Lighthouse Café has been in business since the 60's, serving generations of families with fresh, feel good dishes. Photos of lighthouse from all over the world cover every inch of wall in this cozy den of a diner. It's not unusual to see regulars have drinks arriving at their table as soon as they are seated, as the staff is known for treating customers like family. Breakfast is served all day, with the blueberry pancakes and French toast receiving national accolades. A proper lunch menu also includes the island's best grouper sandwich and other bistro-like dishes. Dinner is a seasonal, from the middle of December to the end of April and it is delicious. If you've got young ones, take advantage of the call ahead seating, it can literally save you hours.

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Local Expert Gina Birch Says:

Breakfast: "Call ahead seating is the key to keeping your wait short"

Family Friendly Restaurants on Sanibel: "Call ahead for seating to avoid long lines"

Best for Breakfast Because: For decades, this has been a Sanibel Island favorite for offering the right combination of friendly service and made from scratch breakfast specials.

Best for Family Friendly Restaurants on Sanibel Because: One of the longest standing, most endearing restaurants on Sanibel, serving breakfast all day long.

Main Menu

Burgers & Sandwiches
Ribs, Steak & Pasta
Fresh Fish And Seafood
Light Bites
Side Orders

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