7 Must Stops for Fresh Seafood on Sanibel Island

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Fresh seafood is synonymous with sunsets on Sanibel Island. The abundance of seafood offerings in spectacular waterfront settings is one of the most popular activities for those visiting the island. We have the Florida fresh seafood offerings that are a must for your next visit to paradise.

The Sandbar

A relaxed waterfront atmosphere with fresh seafood is all you can ask for on Sanibel Island and The Sandbar Steak & Seafood has that and more. Patrons love the fresh Grouper, especially the Macadamia Grouper on the menu.

Other popular choices include the Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes and the Seafood Trio, which comes with Grouper, scallops and a sautéed crab cake with vegetables.

Sea Breeze Café Fresh Seafood Offerings

The Sea Breeze Café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a variety of fresh seafood menu offerings. For starters, try the Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, crab cakes or Gulf oysters as appetizers. The fresh seafood dinner entrees abound. Take your pick of the following options:

  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Snapper
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Swordfish

Sanibel Fish House

The colorful and funky Fish House Restaurant has plenty of laid back fresh seafood options. Try the Peel and Eat Shrimp appetizer and the Fish House tacos for lunch. A Pan Seared Tuna Melt is also a great lunch menu choice. The Alaskan Snow Crab and Surf & Turf options will make your mouth water too.

fresh grilled shrimp

Grilled shrimp is a popular menu item offering on Sanibel Island.

Lighthouse Restaurant

The Lighthouse Restaurant offers wonderful sunset views as well as a delicious fresh seafood menu. Try the Crispy Calimari or Grilled Octopus for some different seafood appetizers.

Signature entrée offerings patrons love include the Atlantic Salmon, Stuffed Flounder and Atlantic Salmon.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Captiva Island is one of the most popular fresh seafood restaurants in the area. Try the Buffalo Shrimp appetizer, which is a crispy breaded shrimp with a spicy chicken buffalo-type flavor twist. Doc Ford’s Famous Fish Fingers are also a popular appetizer offering. For lunch or dinner, try Ford’s Famous Clam Chowder soup, Yucatan Shrimp Tacos or the Doc Ford’s Original Lime Panko Crusted Fish Sandwich.

If you’re a raw oyster fan, Doc Ford’s also offers great raw bar menu.

Rosie’s Café & Grill

Rosie’s Café & Grill touts that “the best three meals of the day come from Rosie’s Cafe.” Longtime lovers of Sanibel Island would agree. Start off with a Coconut Shrimp appetizer, followed by a Seafood Salad sandwich that always impresses first-timers. Crab Crusted Grouper and Shrimp Picatta make great casual dining dinner entrees.

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After you enjoy some fresh seafood, make sure you rent a boat and schedule watersport activities at Port Sanibel Marina.

Mad Hatter Restaurant

Spectacular waterfront views and new American cuisine seafood offerings can be found at Sanibel Island’s The Mad Hatter. Open for dinner only, The Mad Hatter takes seafood to new taste bud and plate presentation levels with offerings like Black Truffle Sea Scallops, Phyllo Shrimp, Big Eye Tuna and the Blue Crab Cake. View their fresh seafood menu here.

Plan Your Sanibel Island Watersports Activities

Is your mouth watering now for all the fresh seafood Sanibel Island has to offer? Before eating, remember to schedule some time to rent a boat or schedule a fishing charter to catch some fresh seafood of your own. Port Sanibel Marina offers dry storage and wet slip options for your own boats too. Give us a call at (239) 437-1660 to plan your boating trip today.