The Lower Gulf Coast Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lower Gulf Coast - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Sweet Melissa's Cafe

    $$$ | American

    You've seen them before, those people who take photos of their food: you'll become one of them when you eat here. Choose from full portions...Read More

  • 2. Traders Store & Café

    $$$ | American

    In the midst of a warehouse-size store, this bistro, accented with stunning Florida photography from Alan Maltz, is a favorite of locals. The...Read More

  • 3. Bert's Bar & Grill

    $ | American

    Looking to hang out with the locals of Pine Island? Here you'll find cheap eats, live entertainment, a pool table, and a water view to boot...Read More

  • 4. Bistro 41

    $$$ | American

    Amid brightly painted, textured walls and a display kitchen, shoppers and businesspeople meet here for some of the town's most dependable and...Read More

  • 5. Bubble Room

    $$$ | American

    This lively, kitschy visitors' favorite is fun for families and nostalgic types with fat wallets. Servers wear scout uniforms and funny headgear...Read More

  • 6. Crazy Flamingo

    $ | American

    Burgers, conch fritters, and chicken wings draw mostly locals to this neighborhood bar. Order at the counter, and take a seat indoors or outdoors...Read More

  • 7. Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

    $$ | American

    For dependably well-prepared food with a water view, Doc Ford's is the top choice in Fort Myers Beach. A spin-off of a Sanibel Island original...Read More

  • 8. Doc's Beach House

    $ | American

    Right next door to the public access point for Barefoot Beach, Doc's has fed hungry beachgoers for decades. Come barefoot and grab a quick libation...Read More

  • 9. Lazy Flamingo

    $ | American

    At two Sanibel locations, plus two more in neighboring Fort Myers and Pine Island Sound, this is a friendly neighborhood hangout enjoyed by...Read More

  • 10. Old 41 Restaurant

    $ | American

    A mostly local clientele populates the cheery dining room with its Philadelphia allegiances, offering a great Philly cheesesteak. For breakfast...Read More

  • 11. Old Naples Pub

    $$ | American

    Local blue- and white-collar workers gather with shoppers for affordable sandwiches and seafood in the vaulted, vine-twisted courtyard of this...Read More

  • 12. Over Easy Café

    $$ | American

    Locals head to this chicken-theme eatery mainly for breakfast and lunch, although it also serves dinner in season. Kick-start the day with the...Read More

  • 13. Philly Junction

    $ | American

    From the bread (Amoroso rolls) to the corned beef, almost everything here comes from Philadelphia. Not only are the Philly cheesesteaks delicious...Read More

  • 14. Rumrunners

    $ | American

    Cape Coral's best casual cuisine is surprisingly affordable, considering the luxury condo development that rises around it and the size of the...Read More

  • 15. Sunset Grille

    $$ | American

    Head to this popular spot for casual dining with a view of the beach and a menu of munchies, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and steak. The lively...Read More

  • 16. The Loose Caboose

    $$$ | American

    Revered by many—including Katharine Hepburn in her time—for its homemade ice cream, this is also a good spot for solid, affordable fare. Housed...Read More

  • 17. The Veranda

    $$$$ | American

    Restaurants come and go quickly as downtown reinvents itself, but this one has endured since 1978. A favorite of business and government bigwigs...Read More

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