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

Gina Birch

By , Local Expert, Fort Myers
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The foodie movement is a growing one in Fort Myers, and the number of high-quality restaurants in the area is increasing to match. While there are plenty of tried and true, long-standing favorites around Fort Myers and the Gulf Islands, there are also a number of new and unique spots popping up to tingle your taste buds.

Florida often lacks in Southern fare, despite being in the south geographically, it is a gap that the funky, Fancy's Southern Cafe is more than happy to fill. Fancy's recently added a shabby-chic wine bar.

It might not have the Southern cuisine but you'll find some Southern charm at the well established Read more »

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    Sweet Melissa's Cafe

    Some of the best, most innovative and consistently prepared food you'll find on Sanibel Island including...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Most of the parking is in the rear of the restaurant. "

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    Angelina's Ristorante

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $31
    • Neighborhood: Estero

    An award winning restaurant where dining is a special event, now lead by celebrity chef Sarah Gruenberg

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy piano music in the bar before dinner."

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    Misto Bar & Grill

    The chef takes great pride in the quality of ingredients and making his patrons happy with more than just his signature Italian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order a bottle of wine, or two, as the mark-up is considerably low."

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    Fancy's Southern Cafe

    • Cuisine: American, Southern
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: South Fort Myers

    Southern comfort food goes upscale in this shabby yet oh so chic restaurant and wine bar. that locals love.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy monthly vino tastings in the new wine bar."

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    La Trattoria Cafe Napoli

    Regulars come here not only for the European cuisine with a twist, but also to socialize with the spirited Cuban owner.

    Local Expert Tip: "There is often live music on the weekends"

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    Mad Fresh Bisto

    It's a foodie place; small, no frills, expertly prepared food and carefully selected wines.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a small room in the back for private parties."

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $24
    • Neighborhood: South Fort Myers

    Cibo is high end but cozy with a friendly staff serving mouthwatering meals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Longtime bartender, Pepe', makes a mean martini."

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    Twisted Vine

    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    One of the most innovative, trendy places to eat in the downtown Fort Myers area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Weather permitting, dine in the romantic courtyard"

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    Romantically set in a beautiful, historic downtown Fort Myers house, this restaurant makes for a special evening out.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bar is full of legal eagles after work."

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    Flippers on the Bay

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Lovers Key

    Flippers is the best hidden gem on Fort Myers Beach with an award winning chef and views of both the sunrise and sunset

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead seating will save you a lot of time in line on the weekends"


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