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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Sale e Pepe

    $$$$ | Italian

    Marco's best dining view comes also with some of its finest cuisine. The name means "salt and pepper," an indication that this palatial restaurant...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Bay House

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Nestled in a hidden expanse of twisted mangrove trees and flowing canals is one of the area's best restaurants for casual fine dining—and beautifully...Read More

  • 10. 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

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