The Lower Gulf Coast Restaurants

In this part of Florida, fresh seafood reigns supreme. Succulent native stone-crab claws, a particularly tasty treat, in season from mid-October through mid-May, are usually served hot with drawn butter or chilled with tangy mustard sauce. Supplies are typically steady, since claws regenerate in time for the next season. Other s
In this part of Florida, fresh seafood reigns supreme. Succulent native stone-crab claws, a particularly tasty treat, in season from mid-October through mid-May, are usually served hot with drawn butter or chilled with tangy mustard sauce. Supplies are typically steady,
In this part of Florida, fresh seafood reigns supreme. Succulent native stone-crab claws, a particularly tasty treat, in

In this part of Florida, fresh seafood reigns supreme. Succulent native stone-crab claws, a particularly tasty treat, in season from mid-October through mid-May, are usually served hot with drawn butter or chilled with tangy mustard sauce. Supplies are typically steady, since claws regenerate in time for the next season. Other seafood specialties include fried grouper sandwiches and Sanibel pink shrimp. In Naples's highly hailed restaurants and sidewalk cafés, mingle with locals, winter visitors, and other travelers, and catch up on the latest culinary trends.

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  • 1. Osteria Tulia

    $$$ | Italian

    An ancestral air pervades at this intimate yet lively restaurant on 5th Avenue, where the Sicilian-born chef (and part owner) drives an authentic...Read More

  • 2. Sea Salt

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    The city's hottest upscale restaurant draws a crowd of connoisseurs to a modern, coral stone dining room that spills out onto the sidewalk....Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. The Local

    $$ | Contemporary

    You'll find an epicurean take on healthy eating at this farm-and-sea-to-table bistro that, as the name declares, looks almost exclusively to...Read More

  • 5. Thistle Lodge Restaurant

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Now this is romance: the lodge was built as a wedding gift from a husband to his wife and is now a gift to those lucky enough to dine here....Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. USS Nemo

    $$$ | Seafood

    Don't be fooled by the tacky glowing sign from the highway: most Neapolitans swear this is the place for seafood in town, which is why you...Read More

  • 8. Baleen

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The mood cast in this well-appointed dining room and the romantic Gulf-view patio that spills onto the sand feels like the perfect Florida restaurant...Read More

  • 9. Barbatella

    $$ | Italian

    This trattoria with an edge is still just as popular as it was when it opened in 2012. The restaurant has three dining spaces to suit any whim...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Fernández The Bull

    $$ | Cuban

    Intrepid palates venture several miles inland to get a taste of the "Best Cuban Food in Naples," as voted by readers of Gulfshore Life magazine...Read More

  • 17. Green Flash

    $$$ | Seafood

    Good food and sweeping views of quiet waters and a mangrove island keep boaters and others coming back to this casual indoor-outdoor restaurant...Read More

  • 18. Il Pomodoro Cucina Italiana

    $$ | Italian

    We may say tomato or tomahtoe, but in Italy, they say pomodoro. But there's much more than the use of fresh tomatoes to recommend this...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Matanzas Inn

    $$ | Seafood

    Watch boats coming and going whether you sit inside or out at this rustic Old Florida–style restaurant right on the docks alongside the Intracoastal...Read More

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