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.
SEE MORE: EAT & DRINK | HAPPY HOUR HOTSPOTS | BEST BRUNCHES | SUMMER DINING DEALS
This hidden gem is located directly on Naples’ Cocohatchee River and offers spectacular waterfront dining and unparalleled views of the Cocohatchee wildlife preserve. Experience gracious hospitality in an intimate setting exuding Old Florida charm. Outdoor seating is available on the riverfront deck and around the fire pit on the front patio. The cuisine ranges from all types of seafood to Southern-influenced dishes and neighborhood bistro-style fare. Many of The Bay House’s signature dishes include locally grown and locally sourced ingredients.
THE BAY HOUSE
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 Bevy is the kind of place that you notice for its chic, al fresco setting but come back again for its inventive menu and fresh craft cocktails (bevys, if you will). Grab a spot at the bar and socialize over small plates and well-priced beer, wine and cocktails during happy hour, or come for dinner and dig in to their delicious menu—everything from chargrilled octopus to lamb ragout with pappardelle and wild mushrooms, or grilled cauliflower steak. Brunch more your thing? They do it every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 organic nitro matcha 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.)
The best way to sip your favorite coffee? Overlooking the Tuscan-style marina at Naples Bay Resort. The newly opened Café on the Bay is Naples’ only Lavazza coffee shop, featuring specialty Lavazza coffee, espresso drinks, signature lattes and teas. (Lavazza was established in Turin, Italy, in 1895 and has been owned by the same family for four generations—so you know it’s authentic.) And with a menu of classic breakfast items and fresh pastries, sandwiches and smoothies, it’s also the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch.
CAFÉ ON THE BAY
Located in the Bellasera Resort, The Claw Bar features the same fresh seafood you’ve come to love at their original location within The Bay House in North Naples, but with a swanky downtown address. Experience chic hotel dining with daily happy hour, lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch. Dine in their elegant indoor dining room or al fresco on the patio.
THE CLAW BAR
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
TIMELESS IS CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER AND WILL REOPEN IN OCTOBER.
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
Want to experience toes-in-the-sand dining and excellent coastal cuisine? (Of course you do.) The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach is one of only a few beachfront restaurants in Naples. Start with their famous Oysters “Turtlefeller” before digging in to one of their perfectly prepared fresh seafood dishes or excellent steaks. Finish with the Chocolate Nemesis dessert—a house favorite for a reason—and a spectacular sunset over the Gulf.
THE TURTLE CLUB