The Fort Myers area has beautiful beaches and phenomenal sunsets creating a most desirable backdrop for dining. Just because it can get sandy and sweaty on the islands doesn’t mean diners can’t get a little, shall we say, “fancy” when it comes time to go out.
Some of the most popular establishments serving great grub like the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, welcomes flip flips and tank tops, offers live acoustic music and the best seafood steamers you’ll find on Fort Myers Beach. While the S.O.B., as locals call it, isn't right on the water, it's just a block inland in the heart of shopping and entertainment section of the beach.
But if you want a place with a higher-end vibe, Bayfront Bistro has you covered with dim lighting, waterfront views and an impeccable wine list. The historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel is another one of those places, romantic and charming to boot.
While not all of these are not directly on the beach sand, its access is almost always within walking distance, and well worth the find.