When it comes to dining in Naples, there’s no shortage of world-class restaurants and bars to indulge your every culinary whim. To help you narrow your list, our EAT & DRINK section highlights the area’s best spots for date nights, celebrations, small bites, after-dinner drinks and more.
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Take a culinary journey through India at 21 Spices by Chef Asif, where contemporary Indian cuisine is all they do. Choose from a carefully curated menu of appetizers, entrees, salads and desserts, prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients, classical Indian history and a modern presentation. Born and raised near Hyderabad, India, Chef Asif R. Syed honed his progressive style of fusion cooking while traveling and working with celebrity chefs throughout Europe. He is a two-time winner of the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival and a competitor on the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games with Guy Fieri.
21 SPICES BY CHEF ASIF
For 26 years, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar has held a top spot as one of Naples’ most beloved waterfront restaurants. Choose from three unique settings: the open-air, waterfront setting at the Upper Deck Bar and outdoor lounge (the live music on weekend nights is an added bonus), the elegant Upstairs Grill for lunch or dinner, or the casual atmosphere at the Downstairs Café. Any spot you pick, you win; there’s not a seat here that doesn’t offer a view of picturesque Venetian Bay.
BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR
The Bowl’s mission is simple: Serve healthy, delicious bowls that people can feel good about eating. Choose from acaí and pitaya bowls, smoothies, kombucha and cold brew coffee on tap, all made with organic and local ingredients. (Our fav: the Islamorada, made with pitaya, strawberries, banana, pineapple juice and coconut milk. Better than ice cream.) Keep an eye out for their second location in downtown Naples, opening fall 2017.
Serious food and a hip setting characterize Café & Bar Lurcat, which boasts a prime setting right at the heart of Naples’ famed Fifth Avenue South. Grab cocktails and a la carte bites in the lounge, or experience its sophisticated American comfort food in the dining room or on the patio (perfect for people watching!). An insider’s tip: Our favorite destination at the end of a night out is Lurcat for fresh, warm cinnamon sugar donuts.
The French is a slice of the Belle Epoque in the heart of Naples, paying homage to turn-of-the-century Parisian brasseries. Enjoy quintessential country and coastal French dishes amidst a casual yet bustling, vibrant atmosphere with a romantic streetside setting at the newest restaurant from Vincenzo Betulia, award-winning chef and leader in the Southwest Florida culinary evolution.
This mother-daughter-owned coffee shop serves up more than just organic, locally roasted coffee, tea, cold-pressed juices, kombucha and all-natural food. It’s also an art gallery and boutique, which showcases fair-trade goods created by artists in places like Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, where the shop’s Kunjani Project is directly involved in spreading awareness about the areas’ humanitarian crises and offering hands-on, practical improvements to infrastructure, housing and family services. (Fun fact: “Kunjani” means “how’s it going?” in South African languages Zulu and Xhosa!)
KUNJANI CRAFT COFFEE & GALLERY
Ridgway Bar & Grill is an icon in the historic Third Street South district. From its open-air garden, European-style courtyard and covered terrace to its cozy indoor dining room and private Wine Room, Ridgway forms the perfect backdrop for celebrations, weekend brunches, and daily lunch and dinner. If wine’s your thing, you’ll love their Master Wine List, which features more than 600 selections, including boutique and limited-production wines found only a few places in the U.S.
RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL
For a classic American steakhouse experience, Shula’s Steak House is our go-to. An extensive award-winning wine list, craft cocktails, fresh seafood and custom center cuts of Premium Black Angus Beef steaks aged to perfection—all served on crisp, white tablecloths—make it a warm and elegant fine dining setting for special occasions, date nights, celebrations or private dinners from 10 to 100 guests. They also offer full-service catering at your home or office.
MAKE A RESERVATION AT SHULA’S
Veteran Naples chef David Nelson and architect Matthew Kragh have teamed up to create Timeless, a fresh, modern, open-kitchen eatery that functions as a lunch, dinner and weekend brunch spot, with a wine, beer and pizza lounge, and takeout and delivery service, all at once. The locally sourced, seasonal menu offers a contemporary twist on classic comfort foods with an emphasis on artisan pizzas (prepared in its coal-fired oven), farm-fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and gastro pub-driven small plates. Make reservations online or by calling (239) 331-4325.
Wine and pastries are two of our favorite things in life, and they come together quite nicely at the award-winning Tony’s Off Third. Pastry creations and baked goods are prepared daily from scratch in its authentic, on-site baker’s kitchen, with to-go breakfast and lunch options available starting at 7 a.m. (perfect for stopping on your way to the beach!) Its curated wine selection has been touted as one of the best in the country, thanks to the expertise of wine director Sukie Honeycutt, whose specialty lies in small-production California wines—some of which can only be found at Tony’s.
TONY’S OFF THIRD