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Brunch: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see a dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature. The breakfast tacos are a big favorite but it's the Lobster Eggs Benedict that has diners drooling. Add a Bloody Mary with pickled asparagus and blue cheese stuffed olives and you're good to go. The later you stay, the more chance you'll enjoy a good party as this is also a popular weekend spot for boaters.

Beach Restaurants: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still get a view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see a dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, you'll enjoy the large selection of expertly prepared seafood and more. Try the campechana, a spicy Spanish-style shrimp cocktail. During the day, the beach and dock often fill with boaters and at sunset the usually calm waters become a playground for dolphins. It's one of the few places you can see both sunrise and sunset while dining.

Best Restaurants: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. It's the only spot on the beach giving diners a view of both the sunrise and the sunset, while serving food for both. The chef is full of laughter and you can almost taste that in his food. Try the Lobster Eggs Benedict for breakfast and the Miso Seabass for dinner, it will melt in your mouth. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see the dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature. This small space fills up fast on the weekends so call ahead for seating.

Waterfront Dining: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after considering a restaurant on stilts. It's the only spot on the beach giving diners a view of both the sunrise and the sunset, while serving food for both. Try the Lobster Eggs Benedict for breakfast and the Miso Seabass for dinner, it will melt in your mouth. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see the dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature. Arrive by boat or car to enjoy this cozy space.

Seafood: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see a dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature.Start with the campechana, a Spanish-style shrimp cocktail with a kick. The sea bass served in a citrus miso is delectable, while the salmon in a pesto cream will leave you wanting more. Chef Cruz is as entertaining as his food, be sure to say hello.

Romantic Dining: Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. The space is more casual during the day, but as the sun goes down, the low lights come on and the soft breeze begins to blow, it becomes amazingly romantic. Flippers is the only spot on the beach giving diners a view of both the sunrise and the sunset, while serving food for both. Sitting on the Estero Bay, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see the dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature. This small space fills up fast on the weekends so call ahead for seating.

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Local Expert Gina Birch Says:

Brunch, Beach Restaurants, Seafood, Romantic Dining: "Call ahead seating is a good idea on the weekend."

Best Restaurants, Waterfront Dining: "Call ahead seating will save you a lot of time in line on the weekends"

Best for Brunch Because: A hidden gem on Fort Myers Beach where the waterside dining is both fresh and alfresco.

Best for Beach Restaurants Because: On the back bay of Fort Myers Beach, this delightful outdoor dining spot serves gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recommended as Best Restaurants, Romantic Dining Because: Flippers is the best hidden gem on Fort Myers Beach with an award winning chef and views of both the sunrise and sunset

Best for Waterfront Dining Because: Flippers is the best hidden gem on Fort Myers Beach with an award winning chef and views of both the sunrise and sunset.

Best for Seafood Because: Seafood at this alfresco, waterfront restaurant on Fort Myers Beach is served with lots of fresh flavors and innovation.

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