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This beachside dining spot has been an island favorite for the perfect combination of food and ambiance, for some three decades. With only about a dozen tables, each one has a spectacular view of the... Read More
This beachside dining spot has been an island favorite for the perfect combination of food and ambiance, for some three decades. With only about a dozen tables, each one has a spectacular view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The vibe is cozy, with dim lighting and the staff pays exquisite attention to detail. The menu changes frequently with lots of fish offerings, but also meaty dishes for landlubbers. The bouillabaisse consistently gets rave reviews. Start with a glass of bubbly or another selection from the boutique style wine list that constantly evolves. Sunset seatings fill up fast so, by all means, make a reservation. This is a true, waterside diamond, where shirts and shoes are definitely required.
- Beach Restaurants: "The owners often close the Month of September so check their website or social media pages for dates."
- Best Restaurants: "The owners often close the Month of September so double check post covid closures for the fall."
- Waterfront Dining: "The owners often close the Month of September."
- Romantic Dining: "The owners often close the Month of September and on Monday's during the off season"
- Seafood Restaurants on Sanibel: "The owners typically close in September so check the website and social media for updates."
- Fine Dining: "The owners close most of September."
- Best for Beach Restaurants Because: This beachfront restaurant requires shirts and shoes in exchange for superb service, atmosphere and most importantly, cuisine.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Every seat in this cozy den has a view of the beach and sunset seating are coveted. The food, wine and service are renowned.
- Best for Waterfront Dining Because: The best beachside restaurant in the area with a menu that changes daily, a superb wine selection and excellent service.
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: This romantic, beachfront den has some of the best food in the area with breathtaking views of the sunset.
- Best for Seafood Restaurants on Sanibel Because: One of the few restaurants right on the beach, this upscale dining spot has impeccable views, an eclectic wine list and an enviable menu.
- Best for Fine Dining Because: While most beachside restaurants are casual, diners come to the Mad Hatter for its coastal elegance and outstanding food.