Gramma Dot’s

Our family  trip to Sanibel Island brought us to some great local restaurants. Even before we landed, I knew I would be all about the seafood and the rum, and for each dinner we had out, I sought out the two.

After our morning on the Sanibel Thriller, lunch at The Bubble Room, and hours and hours on the beach in the hot sun, we were hungry. The little ones were also very tired, so my mom offered to stay at the condo with them while my sister, brother-in-law, husband and I got dinner out. We decided to make the short drive back to the marina where the Thriller is docked to check out a little seafood place, Gramma Dot’s Seaside Saloon.

Gramma Dot's, Sanibel

Gramma Dot’s is a down-home kind of place, not at all fancy, just comfortable with good food and amazing views. I know the below is blurry, but I kind of think it looks cool like that.

Gramma Dot's, SanibelGramma Dot's, Sanibel

We decided to share a pitcher of a local-ish beer, Key West Sunset Ale.

Gramma Dot's, Sanibel

We also shared a delightful sampler of crab meatballs, fried oysters, and coconut shrimp. There’s something about fried seafood after a day at the beach. . .

fried seafood platter

The menu was pretty extensive and offered lots of seafood options. My husband went with the curried lobster salad, a cool and refreshing mix of sweet, tender lobster, celery, onion, curry, and mayo. It was incredible.


curried lobster salad

Grouper is a pretty popular option at Sanibel restaurants, and I definitely wanted to have some. I ordered the blackened grouper Caesar salad. It was great to have some crunchy salad, and the grouper was fantastic. The spices gave it a tiny kick, and the salad and dressing cooled it off. The fish itself was meaty, flaky, perfectly cooked. I am a grouper fan!

blackened grouper

We really enjoyed our meals as well as the friendly, relaxed vibe at Gramma Dot’s. It’s definitely not a bad thing when you can see dolphins out the window while you eat!

Sanibel Island

Work this week is sloooooowwwwww, and having a mid-week holiday has thrown me off. Did you do anything fun on the 4th?

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Tags: beer, Florida, Food, Restaurants, Sanibel Island, seafood, Travel

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    what a cute spot!! (adding it to my list, of course!)


  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    The island looks charming! And that sunset, gorgeous.


  3. Megan’s avatar

    Definitely agree about fried seafood after a day on the beach!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    We went to a barbecue in Inman Square but I have to agree, this week is DRAGGING!


  5. Amanda’s avatar

    It sounds like the perfect getaway! Thanks for sharing. And a view of dolphins from the restaurant – you can’t beat that!!


  6. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    I LOVE places that like! Casual, comfortable and with great local food. The crab meatballs sound interesting, and you’re right, grouper is everywhere on Florida menus!


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