World-Class Dining... Out Of this World Shopping!
You must set aside time and budget to fully appreciate the interesting shops & restaurants that add flavor and excitement to Sanibel and Captiva Islands!
Below are some of our favorites with descriptions and links that will open in a separate window so you can explore their web sites and see what we mean!
When you stay at Gulf Breeze Cottages, stop by the front desk – we have expert advice and plenty of friendly information to make your shopping and dining experiences memorable.
Sanibel Island Dining and Cuisine
Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar and Grill
Doc Ford’s is a sports bar with gourmet food and a superb chef. It’s also a place for book signings, entertainment, fishing guides and anyone else who seeks out the unusual. The spirit of this fine sports bar was inspired by the marine biologist who is local author Randy Wayne White’s main character in over a dozen best-selling books. Doc Ford is the baseball-loving, tropical adventurer who has spent a lot of time in far flung places, and he has learned much about tropical food and fine rums along the way
Gramma Dot’s offers a marvelous lunch and dinner menu serving our customers seven days a week from
“Sanibel’s only Seaside Saloon” where you can leisurely dine dockside at the Sanibel Marina. Menu features
full line of “ONLY FRESH” seafood, salads, sandwiches and more.
The Lazy Flamingo concept includes a trade dress consisting of trade name, logo, menu and goodwill associated with the Lazy Flamingo, a serving style consisting of full service, and a limited menu consisting of high quality, uniquely seasoned entrees such as; steamed shrimp, fried shrimp, conch fritters, and buffalo wings. Other great menu items are the ice cold oysters and clams on the half shell (freshly shucked per order), smoked fish, conch salad, conch chowder, clams/mussels marinara, fried grouper sandwich or finger basket, mesquite grilled grouper sandwich or platter, mesquite grilled chicken breast sandwich, spicy fries, Big Burger, mesquite grilled ribs, steak sandwich, Caesar salad with or without mesquite grilled chicken breast or grilled grouper.
The Sanibel Grill is the home of the largest personal collection of authentic sports memorabilia in Southwest Florida. Autographed photos of owner Matt Asen with sports and TV celebrities adorn the walls, including pictures with regular customers such as Chris Berman, Ted Koppel, Willard Scott, Brooks Robinson and Bobby Hull. In addition to the decorations, the Grill has 16 big screen TV’s with Direct TV satellite and is the islanders favorite place to watch college and pro football. The Grill is also home to the Sanibel Packer Backers and Browns Backers and is the Big Ten football meeting spot on the island. The Grill shares a kitchen with The Timbers, so you’re assured of getting the same fresh seafood, along with burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Crunchy Grouper and Crunchy Shrimp are signature dishes. The Baby back ribs have been voted islands best in recent poll! All items are available for takeout.
Sweet Melissa’s Cafe
Executive Chef Melissa Talmage offers a divinely creative menu sure to fit any foodies dream. Serving lunch and dinner, Chef Melissa challenges your tastebuds to explore an array of different textures and tastes. Their dinner menu is broken into sections and the entrees are offered in half portions to give you the ability to try a few different dishes in one visit. We offer an extensive wine list of by the glass, by the bottle or pairings to add to your dining experience.
Opened in 1978, The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market has established itself as Sanibel Island’s Seafood Specialist. Having moved from its original location in 1991, The Timbers Center at 703 Tarpon Bay Road (across from the US Post Office) is now the home to all of the concepts that have made The Timbers so popular.
The Timbers Restaurant is the award winning dinner-house that anchors the center. The Sanibel Grill is Sanibel’s only true Sports Bar serving lunch seasonally and dinner nightly until 11pm. The Retail Fish Market is where the islanders buy their fish, steaks and seafood. The Big Bamboo Oyster Bar is open seasonally offering oysters & clams by the piece, along with cooked shrimp, smoked fish and stone crabs.
Traders Store & Cafe
Dine a world away without ever leaving Sanibel! Welcome to Traders – an innovative approach to home and food in a dynamic marketplace setting. Traders boasts over 8,000 square feet of pure shopping adventure where you’ll find home furnishings, accessories and gift items from the far reaches of the world. Nestled among the “marketplace” is Traders Cafe serving a rotating, eclectic menu of fabulous New American cuisine featuring fresh seafood and nightly specials.
Blue Coyote is an innovative, quality-driven dining, cocktail and catering establishment on Sanibel Island. We are dedicated to serving the finest contemporary comfort foods, steak and seafood. In addition to great food, we have an extensive wine list and 18 beers on draft. Come visit us and see our newly renovated dining room and exciting menu.
Sanibel Island Shopping…Sometimes Treasure Isn’t Buried In The Sand!
The shopping on Sanibel and Captiva holds as much potential as the shelling. Several boutiques and galleries offer hand-made, one-of-a-kind art objects as well as artful clothing and furniture. Don’t worry about packing enough “island-style” clothes and shoes – you’ll be tempted to add to your tropical wardrobe once you arrive. Specialty foods, great reading, beach and pool goodies and more…discover it all in the shops of Sanibel and Captiva.
Tower Gallery Cooperative
For more than 20 years, TGC has offered fine arts & high quality crafts: oils, acrylics, watercolors, prints, photographs, jewelry, wood furniture, welded metal sculpture, raku-fired ceramics, pine-needle baskets, stained-glass, cards & other gift items.