Sanibel Island Restaurants with outdoor seating

In a recent stay at our condo, we explored the availability of outdoor seating at Sanibel Island restaurants.  Crowds are thinnest early and late.  Here are the locations that we found and visited:

Doc Ford’s on Captiva and Sanibel

Large outdoor seating area with overhead fans at the Captiva location and wrap around outdoor balcony with fans on Sanibel.


Porches on each side of entrance.  Right side has portable fans



Seating with overhead fans surround the restaurant.

Tipsy Turtle

Amply outdoor seating, but no fans.  On warm days you can here the music from within the restaurant.

Sweet Mellissa’s

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe | Celebrating 12 Years On Sanibel Island

Seating both in the front of the restaurant on pavers and in a screened-in area left of the entrance.

Grandma Dot’s

Menus – Sanibel Marina

Located at Sanibel Marina with some views of boats and yachts.