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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

    $$ | Seafood

    For something more contemporary than Fort Myers Beach's traditional shrimp and seafood houses, head to San Carlos Island on the east side of...Read More

  • 10. 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

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