Best Fort Myers, FL Restaurants

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    10. Flippers on the Bay

    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...

    Photo courtesy of Lovers Key Resort
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    9. Veranda

    Occupying two old homes dating back to 1902 (they were joined by Peter Pulitzer for his long-time fishing buddy, Fingers O'Bannon, in the early 1970s), for years the Veranda has provided a charming atmosphere as well...

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    8. Twisted Vine

    Twisted Vine Bistro sits right across from the newly renovated riverfront in downtown Fort Myers. Known for many years as a wine bar, the selection and quality of the fermented juice still rivals any in the Downtown...

    Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
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    7. CIBO

    Don't let the simple name ("food" in Italian) and unassuming location of Cibo fool you. Serving up some of the most exquisite Italian food in Fort Myers, the restaurant's chic interior will make you quickly forget...

    Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
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    6. Mad Fresh Bisto

    A warning on the menu at Mad Fresh Bistro both delights and scares patrons, don't ask for 'ketsup', or salt. Trust the chef on this admonition, he is and an avid runner who likes to create the perfect combination of...

    Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
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    4. Fancy's Southern Cafe

    Sometimes in Florida, it can be easy to forget you're still in the South. A trip to Fancy's Southern Cafe will most certainly remind you. "Southern Sophistication" is the name of the game, a theme that includes both...

    Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
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    3. CRU Restaurant

    Cru is a place to see and be seen in Fort Myers with a hip indoor bar, a casual outside bar and a classy dining room, all serving freshly sources and prepared food. The chefs are constantly updating the menu with...

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    2. Angelina's Ristorante

    Angelina's screams elegance from the moment you pull up to the building. In 2013 the Italian restaurant hired Sarah Gruenberg as the consulting executive chef. Gruenberg was runner-up in Bravo's "Top Chef: Texas"...

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    1. Sweet Melissa's Cafe

    This unique Sanibel restaurant is where foodies go while on the island. Award winning Chef Melissa Talmadge sources local ingredients year-round, for a seasonal menu that leans toward small plates. Her creations are...

    Photo courtesy of Sweet Melissa's

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About Fort Myers, FL Restaurants

With a thriving restaurant scene, the Fort Myers area aims to please with a surprising array of offerings in a range of cuisines. Downtown Fort Myers and the surrounding islands and beaches serve up some of the most delectable European dishes in Southwest Florida. Cibo delights the palate with its Italian offerings, while Blue Windows Bistro brings elegant French to the table and the Austrian-German Restaurant serves up schnitzel that's to die for.

Those looking for a more American style meal won't be disappointed by the authentic New England-style seafood at The Clam Bake, or the ultimate in Southern comfort food served up by the likes of Veranda and Fancy's Southern Cafe.

For the more adventurous eaters, Fort Myers hosts a range of ethnic cuisines. Whether the spices of Asian cuisine tickle your tongue or you prefer the exotic flavors of South America, there is a restaurant for you. You can easily find Chinese, Japanese or Mexican cuisine, as well as the slightly less common Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Peruvian, Caribbean offerings.


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