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. Arturo's

    $$$ | Italian

    This place is huge, with expansive Romanesque dining rooms and more seating on the patio. Still, it fills up year-round with a strong well-dressed...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

    $$$ | Middle Eastern

    Long considered one of Naples's best ethnic restaurants, loyal fans of Bha! Bha! have flocked to a tiny north Naples strip mall year in and...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Blue Water Bistro

    $$$ | Seafood

    For the convenience of shoppers at Coconut Point, several excellent restaurants cluster in the midst of the shopping center. This one, although...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Café de Marco

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This cozy little bistro with cheery pastel walls and stained-glass windows has served expertly prepared local fish since 1983. The jumbo prawns...Read More

  • 11. Cibo

    $$$ | Italian

    Its flavor-bursting Italian food and its propensity for fresh, quality ingredients keep Cibo (pronounced chee-bo ) at the head of the class...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Old Marco Lodge Crab House

    $$$ | Seafood

    Built in 1869, this waterfront restaurant is Goodland's oldest landmark. Boaters often cruise in and tie up dockside to sit on the veranda and...Read More

  • 14. Saigon Paris Bistro

    $$$ | Vietnamese

    Irish omelets, Belgian waffles, crepes, steak au poivre, Vietnamese sea bass, Waldorf chicken salad: this eatery's extensive menu clearly travels...Read More

  • 15. Snook Inn

    $$$ | Seafood

    Situated on the water with live entertainment in the tiki bar and a loaded salad bar, it's no wonder this place has been a casual favorite for...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 Mucky Duck

    $$$ | Seafood

    A longtime fixture on Captiva's beach, it parodies British pubs with its name and sense of humor. Since 1975, it has consistently drawn crowds...Read More

  • 18. Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

    $$$ | Seafood

    One of Sanibel's longest-running restaurants successfully satisfies visitors and residents with consistent quality and a full net of nightly...Read More

  • 19. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Here Naples takes a youthful curve. Island music sounds on the umbrella-shaded courtyard at this eatery, the original prototype for a small...Read More

  • 20. Verdi's American Bistro

    $$$ | Eclectic

    There's a Zen feel to this intimate bistro built on creative American-Italian-Asian fusion cuisine. You'll feel like you're dining in a home...Read More

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