If you are feeling adventurous, then head to The Mad Hatter on Sanibel. The restaurant is intimate (only 12 tables) and has a breathtaking view of the ... More
If you are feeling adventurous, then head to The Mad Hatter on Sanibel. The restaurant is intimate (only 12 tables) and has a breathtaking view of the gulf. For an especially romantic evening, make reservations for sunset (reservations are a must). This spot is only open for lunch during the tourist season, but dinner fare has been described as creative gourmet. All the offerings, while exotic, are also delicious. Come hungry so you can have appetizers and dessert. Only beer and wine is offered. Dress is casual and the dining area is non-smoking.
I have been traveling to Sanibel & Captiva for over 20 years now and have sampled most of the restaurants multiple times. I have tried the Mad Hatter two times now and will never return. My most recent visit was an unmitigated disaster. The two of us were crammed into a corner too small for one. The people behind us who were seated prior to us had expanded themselves into our seating area making it almost impossible to move. No help from the restaurant or the folks using our space. The next problem was the service. For the cost of the food and the supposed fine dining reputation, I expected attentive service. That was not what happened and the long waits in between occasional table visits for our order and food service simply added fuel to the fire. The final insult came in the form of very mediocre food. I had the twin lobster tails and my wife ordered scallops. The scallops were average but the lobster was dry and flavorless. In the end, we cut our losses and got out as quickly as possible. I was frustrated enough by the experience that I attempted to reach someone at the restaurant the next day to at least discuss my disappointment but could only leave a message asking someone to call me back. You have probably surmised that my call was not returned. My advice to anyone considering this establishment is avoid the disappointment and steer clear as there are many other better choices in both Sanibel and Captiva.
Excellent food, great atmosphere. Highly recommended. The Mad Hatter is one of the few restaurants on Sanibel that actually have a gulf view while dining. That's a great start, but the food is very tasty, well presented, and the staff is excellent. Well worth it for a special evening.
MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN VISITING THE SANIBEL/CAPTIVA AREA SINCE 1990 AND THE MAD HATTER IS OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE DINNER. THE ATLANTIC SALMON, GULF SHRIMP AND RACK OF LAMB ARE THE BEST. WE USUALLY END UP THERE EVERY NIGHT FOR DINNER. WE ARE RETURNING IN OCTOBER AND LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE.
The owner Daniel comes to your table and askes you how you liked your food . The returant seats 40 and the winelist is incredable. Having been in the Cruise ship industry all my life (34 years ), I'm more than impressed. The owner and his staff have it dialed in.
My husband and I have been coming here for 4 years now. We make reservations during sunset and have seen dolphins in the water on the ocean. Food is AMAZING and the service as well. The Chef who is the owner is a wonderful person, staff as well. Don't miss out on the food and view!!
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