A new addition to the island in 2013, The Sandbar has too informal a name for such an upscale, modern spot. The walls of this surf 'n' turf standout are adorned with funky local art, and, for the HGTV fans, crown molding. Emerging from the open kitchen are some of the freshest seafood dishes in town, including a savory seafood stew and blackened Scottish salmon. For those with a bit of a sweet tooth (it's too sweet for me), the coconut shrimp in white chocolate and raspberry sauce sounds a bit off, but for those who dig saccharine, it's a hit. Macadamia-crusted black grouper is a signature, too. The Sandbar is not the salty dog raw bar spot it sounds like, so it's not cheap, but it is a good value. Despite the off-the-beaten-path location, it's a hot spot for locals—especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the place is usually packed.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
Sanibel and Captiva Islands› Restaurant
2761 West Gulf Dr.
Our Rating Neighborhood Sanibel Island Hours Daily noon–3pm, 5–9pm Phone 239/472-0305 Prices Main courses $17–$39 Cuisine Type SEAFOOD Web site The Sandbar
Map2761 West Gulf Dr. Sanibel and Captiva Islands
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