8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

8 Great Places To Eat in Naples Florida

Naples Florida is well into a culinary renaissance and their food scene has really evolved. Midwestern US fare and Italian once was standard but restaurants are now more upscale and eclectic. Innovative chefs from around the world move to Naples and incorporate fresh seafood and local ingredients. If you have not been to Naples Florida in awhile, give it another try.

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples, Florida

Sea Salt – start with the Caesar Salad sushi (try it!), end with the giant cotton candy and crafted chocolates from Norman Love Confections. In between, the seafood is the star of the show. Chef/owner Fabrizio Aielli brings old world simplicity and elegance, letting the natural flavors of the fresh seafood dominate. All seafood is either local caught that day or flown in fresh from the Mediterranean. No fancy sauces, just salt and olive oil.

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Caesar Salad sushi at Sea Salt in Naples Florida

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

open kitchen at Sea Salt in Naples Florida. Photo by Julie of FuninFairfaxVA.com

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

cotton candy at Sea Salt in Naples Florida. Photo by Julie of FuninFairfaxVA.com

Citrus – sit in their outside dining seating area and watch the beautiful people of Naples walking by on Fifth Avenue. Citrus offers a nice selection of Florida craft beers. Or let them ogle you and envy your delicious food. Look for local fresh seafood dishes, like the macadamia crusted grouper and seafood pasta entrees. Order the key lime tart for dessert.

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

seafood pasta entree at Citrus in Naples Florida

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Florida craft beers at Citrus in Naples Florida

Ocean Prime – located on the ground level of the Inn on Fifth. Ocean Prime houses a magnificent wine collection and serves elegant craft cocktails (watch this fun YouTube video). Lobster bisque is creamy smooth. My super fresh Florida grouper with lobster meat was scrumptious. Their filets are really popular and were ordered by the other two people at my table.

 

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

wine wall at Ocean Prime in Naples Florida

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

entree at Ocean Prime in Naples Florida

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

filet mignon at Ocean Prime in Naples Florida. Photo by Julie of FuninFairfaxVA.com

Pinchers – Naples Florida claims the title of Stone Crab Capital of the World and Pinchers in the historic Tin City district is the place to get them. Feast on fresh seafood while watching the boats come in and go away again. Hey, that is a song!

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

stone crab claws at Pinchers in Naples Florida

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

great view at Pinchers in Naples Florida

Triad Seafood Market & Cafe in Everglades City is a perfect stop before heading out for an adventure with Everglades Area Tours. Grab a stool on the water and order a fresh grouper sandwich and/or shrimp platter.

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

grouper sandwich at Triad in Everglades City Florida

I also reached out to some local experts for some recommendations.

21 Spices is suggested by Cathy Christopher, Director of Sales and Marketing for Inn on Fifth. Cathy told me, “having grown up in the Caribbean and lived in England for years, I have developed a strong yearning for and appreciation of good curry. It just has never been available in Naples and anything nearby has always disappointed. Now that has changed. Chef Asif [Syed] has opened 21 Spices 5 minutes from my house and life just got much tastier. This is the real deal. Authentic setting and flavors including my favorite Madras Curry which I can wash down with and icy cold Kingfisher”.

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

Kashmiri stuffed potatoes with raisins, paneer, and nuts. Photo by 21 Spices.

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is recommended by Scott Eddy.

He said, “How about some alligator tacos? I mean…this is Florida!!!!

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida by McCool Travel

gator tacos at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Photo by Scott Eddy.

and “My breakfast this morning was flawless. Eggs Benedict with lobster and Honey Almond Granola Parfait with fresh berries. The food I’ve had at @JWMarcoIsland has been nothing short of amazing!

8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida. Article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

breakfast at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Photo by Scott Eddy.

Fin Bistro is nominated by Kay Dougherty of Blonde Brunette Travel. She says, “On Marco [Island] the place that’s worth going out of your way for is Fin Bistro. They mostly serve fish and seafood but prepare in much tastier, dining preparations than the average seafood places in SWFL.

McCool Travel BONUS:

My cousin managed a restaurant in North Naples a few years ago and he suggested: Fernandez the Bull (Cuban), Fish House in Bonita Beach, Royal Scoop (ice cream), and Dolly’s in Bonita Springs.

What are your favorite places to eat in Naples Florida?


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7 Responses to “8 Great Places To Eat in Naples Florida”

  1. Evelyn Scimone May 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    We live here. What about T Michaels or Bricktops?

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) May 8, 2017 at 9:05 am #

      Love it. I will try those places soon, I hope. Thank you for the suggestions. So many great places to eat in Naples!

  2. Marilyn Jones May 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    I haven’t been to Naples in decades…I’d love to go back just for the food!!

  3. jschneider23 May 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi Charles,
    I have to admit that it has been 35 years since I’ve been to Naples. At that time is was a dowdy place, so your post comes as an eye-opening surprise. I’m happy to see little old Naples has grown up, big time! I’m drooling over the beautiful seafood dishes and sophisticated places. I think I need to go again!
    Josie

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