Despite its relatively small size, Naples, Florida is packed to the gills with a bevy of restaurants offering every kind of cuisine you can imagine. Steak, Thai, pizza, curry, or French- whatever you’re craving, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to indulge thanks to the city’s booming restaurant scene. For those days when nothing will do expect a tasty offering from the sea, you’ll find a score of options to suit. Ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, Naples’ restaurateurs are pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a fish, a dining room, and some serious amount of skill. Take your next meal at one of these top ten seafood restaurants, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
10. Real Seafood Company – Naples
Where: 8960 Fontana Del Sol Way Building Naples, FL 34109
With its diverse menu, stylish, relaxed setting, and superb service, Real Seafood Company is a great opener to our list. Although it’s generally seen as a “special occasions” venue, there are enough affordable options on the menu to suit most budgets. The family-friendly kid’s menu, meanwhile, offers a great selection of treats for little fingers.
Where: Edgewater Beach Naples 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd N. Naples, FL 34102
If you really want to push the boat out, head to Coast, where fresh, local seafood collides with internationally inspired cuisine to stunning effect. Even if the menu wasn’t as good as it is, the gorgeous oceanside location would be worth the trip alone. Service, as you’d expect, is faultless, and despite the elegant vibe and outrageously good food (not to mention the sublime range of handcrafted cocktails), prices are more than reasonable.
8. The Claw Bar
Where: 221 9th Street South Naples, FL 34102
Chic, elegant, and perfect for date night, The Claw Bar is doing a sterling job of re-defining what hotel dining means. The menu is packed with locally sourced, locally grown ingredients, while the combination of Southern-influenced dishes and regionally-inspired cuisine is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. You can’t really go wrong with whatever you choose, but for a true taste sensation, opt for a seafood tower (pick your table wisely and you’ll even be able to see it being prepared in front of you in the open chef’s kitchen).
7. Red Lobster - Naples
Where: 2355 N US 41 Naples, FL 34103
What started out as a small, family-owned restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, has now grown into an empire of 700 restaurants…. but think again before dismissing Red Lobster as just another chain. As well as its exemplary commitment to sustainably sourced seafood, there’s a real emphasis on quality in every aspect of proceedings, from the friendly, attentive service to the charming atmosphere to the consistently excellent food. To top it off, the prices make it one of the most affordable options around.
6. Ocean Prime - Naples
Where: 699 Fifth Ave. South Naples, FL 34102
Award-winning restaurateur Cameron Mitchell is putting his skills on proud display at the excellent Ocean Prime. From the service to the décor to the menu, every detail has been polished and honed to a T. Expect outstanding food, superb wine, and a great experience all-round.
5. The Catch of the Pelican- The Naples Grande Beach Resort
Where: 475 Seagate Drive Naples, FL 34103
Combining relaxed sophistication with a refined menu of regionally-inspired dishes, The Catch of the Pelican- The Naples Grande Beach Resort ticks every box: outstanding, locally sourced food, an inviting atmosphere, a great location, and the kind of service that never fails to please.
4. FISH Restaurant
Where: 4360 Gulf Shore Boulevard North Naples, FL 34103
If location is what you want, location is what you’ll get at the excellent FISH Restaurant. With its stunning outlook over Venetian Bay, its setting is hard to beat… as is its fine selection of locally caught seafood, warmly inviting vibe, and ever-friendly service.
3. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar
Where: 4270 Gulfshore Blvd. N. Naples, FL 34103
Why go to one restaurant when you can go to three? Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar offers guests the chance to dine at one of three, very distinct, settings. On the sidewalk level, you’ll find the Cafe, a great spot for sandwiches, salads and light entrees throughout the day. Venture a little higher, and you’ll land on The Grill, an elegant venue serving up a fine line in sophisticated, cutting edge seafood, meats, and pasta (not to mention a very decent range of cocktails). If you visit between 2-4.30pm, the Upper Deck Bar is the perfect place to grab a light lunch. Wherever you land, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Naples
Where: 698 4th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102
If you’re in the mood for crab, you won’t want to miss Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House. Serving up some of the freshest crustaceans you’ll find anywhere else in the city (not to mention some of the most melt in the mouth steaks you’ll taste in the entire state), this is high- end dining at its very best.
1. Sails Restaurant
Where: 301 5th Ave S Naples, FL 34102
Even if you’re not usually a fan of fish, a visit to Sails will be enough to convert you. With its beach-chic décor, European inspired dishes, decadent dessert menu, and contemporary wine list, it screams excellence from start to finish. If you can drag your eyes away from the sight of the house’s chefs preparing the signature seafood towers in the open kitchen, you’ll find a menu packed with mouthwatering dishes like Salmon Tartare, Peppered Tuna Rossini served with Seared Foie Gras, Black Truffle Reduction, and Charcoal-Roasted Onions, Acquerello Risotto, and Wood-Grilled Octopus served with Calamari & Bean Salad, Pepper Condiment, Fried Anchovy, and Citrus-Ink Emulsion. Before you leave, don’t miss sampling at least one of the handcrafted cocktails- the Monte Negroni is, by all accounts, to die for.
Written by Dana Hanson
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