Try these fantastic places to eat in Naples Florida, varying from top of the line fine dining to waterside shacks to fresh seafood to amazing curry.
Naples Florida is well into a culinary renaissance and the southwest Florida food scene has really evolved. Midwestern US fare and Italian once was standard but Naples FL 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 a few years, make a return visit and try these and other magnificent restaurants.
8 Great Places to Eat in Naples, Florida
1. Sea Salt
For an optimal #COOLinary dining experience at 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.
US Gulf Coast Travel note: Citrus on Fifth is now closed. Please support your favorite local restaurants so that they can stay open.
Sit in the outside dining seating area of Citrus and watch the beautiful people of Naples walking by on Fifth Avenue. Citrus offers a nice selection of Florida Gulf Coast 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.
For some fun places to drink see Fun Gulf Coast Bars.
3. Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime is located on the ground level of the Inn on Fifth. They house a magnificent wine collection and serve elegant craft cocktails (watch this fun YouTube video). Ocean Prime’s 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.
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!
Tin City District and Pinchers is also the place to be during Stone Crab festival in October.
To find more al fresco dining spots read Florida waterfront restaurants.
5. Triad Seafood
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.
Also see our Best Gulf Coast Restaurants.
I also reached out to some local experts for some recommendations.
The Turtle Club
Lori Sorrentino recommends The Turtle Club.
If there’s one restaurant in Naples that exudes the luxury beach vibe Naples does so well, it just might be The Turtle Club — Naples waterfront dining at its best. Located in North Naples’ Vanderbilt Beach Resort, it’s easy to miss if you’re unfamiliar with the neighborhood.
But let the valet park your car and stroll down the lane to the charming and intimate beachfront setting where dress flip flops are welcome and the coastal cuisine is always fresh and outstanding. Dine inside in the cozy bistro or al fresco with your toes in the sand. Their chilled seafood dishes are especially good, and perfect for the outdoor beach setting.
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”.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
He said, “How about some alligator tacos? I mean…this is Florida!!!!”
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!”
Kay Dougherty of Blonde Brunette Travel nominates Fin Bistro. 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.”
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Some other Naples restaurants I have enjoyed include Dorona (magnificent meatballs), The Continental (scrumptious filet mignon), Brooks Burgers, The Claw Bar (fantastic St. Augustine Stew and fresh seafood), The French (sublime trout amandine),
Try to visit Naples between Thanksgiving and New Years to see all the wonderful Southwest Florida holiday decorations. Also check out the Stone Crab Festival in October and other Florida Gulf Coast food festivals.
Two Naples FL craft breweries are included on our favorite Florida Gulf Coast Craft Breweries.
What are your favorite places to eat in Naples Florida?
Also see the article I wrote for Naples tourism: Seven Sensational Naples Restaurants You Can’t Miss
Day Trips From Naples FL
There are countless Southwest Florida day trips close by when you are ready to explore more quaint US Gulf Coast towns and beautiful Florida Gulf Coast beaches. Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Captiva Island, and Anna Maria Island are easy day trips from Naples.