10 Best Fort Myers Restaurants: Seafood, European and Southern Rule the Scene



The foodie movement is alive and well in Fort Myers, and the number of high-quality restaurants in the area is a testament to that fact. While there are plenty of tried and true, long-standing favorites here, there are always new and unique spots popping up to tickle your taste buds. 

For a bit of romance and a great sunset, it's worth the winding drive through Sanibel Island to the Mad Hatter. This small, beachside restaurant has a superb menu with service and view to write home about. 

Expect Southern hospitality and charm at the well established Veranda in downtown Fort Myers. This is a long standing, special occasion, lets linger over a cocktail kind of place. 

Osteria Celli is one of the newer establishments, found in a strip mall, serving great Italian fare and unique wines to match.

From the elegance of restaurants in historic buildings, to hidden treasures tucked away in nondescript strip malls, these 10Best restaurants have the right combination of atmosphere, service, food and overall quality that keeps diners coming back.


10
Downtown


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 as consistently good...  Read More


Osteria Celli
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch


Don't expect chicken parm at this Italian restaurant; Chef Marco Corricelli doesn't serve the more common, American Italian dishes. His food is inspired from many different regions in Italy, his pasta handmade daily and cooked just right. You...  Read More


8
Sanibel Island
Sweet Melissa's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Sweet Melissa's


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 innovative and consistently...  Read More


CRU Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Gina BIrch


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 creative seasonal dishes while...  Read More




Regulars refer to the restaurant as 'Gloria's', after chef/owner Gloria Jordan. She is passionate about food, wine, music and life in general; this passion is evident in her establishment. She is seen more often on the floor these days, than in...  Read More


5
Bonita Springs


Found in a fairly nondescript stand-alone building, this is the type of place foodies adore. The inside is comfortable and friendly and the food is extraordinary. The chef is from Hawaii, his wife is European, and when they fuse the food from...  Read More


Angelina's Ristorante
Photo courtesy of Angelina's Ristorante


Angelina's screams elegance from the moment you pull up to the building. Be sure to try the award winning ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and mascarpone cheese, topped with a citrus tomato butter and truffled almonds. The herb marinated...  Read More


Flippers on the Bay
Photo courtesy of Lovers Key Resort


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...  Read More


Misto Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch


Misto is one of those white linen table cloth, tucked in a strip mall kinda places that foodies long to find. Misto means diverse in Italian and while Chef and owner, Jeorge Lanese, is well known for his Italian expertise, he has branched out at...  Read More


1
Sanibel Island
Mad Hatter
Photo courtesy of The Mad Hatter


This beach side dining spot has been an island favorite for the perfect combination of food and ambiance, for three decades. With only about a dozen tables, each one has a spectacular view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The vibe is...  Read More


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Meet Gina Birch

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