Sanibel Island’s New Restaurants 2018

Like a gulf breeze, many of our favorite island establishments, restaurants included, come and go. With most sticking the test of time and earning status as a “legendary” island restaurant, there are always a few new restaurants that pop up on the island during the off-season, ready and waiting for the seasonal crowds to descend on the all-new eateries. A few of the newest Sanibel Island restaurants have been outlined below. If you decide to visit—let us know what you thought about your experience!

The Jac

One of Sanibel Island’s most iconic restaurants, The Jacaranda is all-new and under new ownership. The tropical carpeting and trellises are gone and replaced with rustic coastal flair—and  all new menu that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. From burgers to tacos and a to- die-for grouper basket The Jac is sure to hit the spot. With the help of new chef Chef Phillipe Schroeder, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, those who loved the old Jacaranda are sure to enjoy the all-new experience for those who want to embark on a culinary journey. For more information, visit or call 239-472-1771.

Paper Fig Kitchen

Owned and operated by Jeramie and Debra Campana, Paper Fig Kitchen is Sanibel Island’s newest quick-order eatery. Sourcing ingredients from local farms, the duo work together to create hand-crafted recipes including a fully-stocked cold case of ready to eat food and oven-ready hors d’oeuvres. There is also a made-to-order board with sandwiches, salads, soups and more. For more information, visit or call 239-887-0050.

The Paper Fig Kitchen is at 2003 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.


Beloved island restaurant, Traders, has opened a second location further down on Periwinkle Road, dubbed T2. Adopting a fresh and preppy vibe, the two restaurants share Chef Mike Patnode whose Traders offerings bleed over into T2. Nibble on oysters, gazpacho, and more offered on a one-page menu—a curated selection from the larger Traders establishment. Cocktails are to not be missed during a visit to T2. Try a blood-orange margarita or a gin and tonic with elderflower liquor and key lime juice—yum! For the Traders experience you know and love, but with a modern twist, stop by T2 located at 2340 Periwinkle Way. For more information, visit or call 239-558-8919.

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