Have Romance as an Entree – not a Side Dish – in Fort Myers

A fantastic way to begin a night of romance is with a great meal. Not just mouthwatering food, but also an enticing atmosphere that ignites all of the senses. Perhaps romance to you includes historical settings or dimly lit spaces. Maybe it's linen table cloths and impeccable service; mellow music or water views. The Fort Myers dining scene offers all of this and more.

If vintage charm is your cup of tea, then the Veranda likely has the right dose of romance for you. One of the most established and best known restaurants in downtown Fort Myers, this historic old home also has an inviting courtyard for dining under the stars. The Veranda has a long history of great service; a special occasion kind of place.

Waterside dining is always romantic, especially at sunset and definitely at the Mad Hatter. This beachside gem on the border of Sanibel and Captiva islands is cozy, quant while offering some of the best service in the area. Although the menu changes often the quality never wavers.

Whether your on a first date, celebrating a big anniversary or somewhere in between, check out these 10Best for the most romantic dining options in the Fort Myers area. 

Cristof's is one of the few dining options on the palm tree lined, historic McGregor Blvd. The restaurant is housed in an old-Florida style building, complete with wraparound porch, which used to be a string of old Cracker shacks. Not only are...  Read More

Bonita Springs

Twinkling tree lights, tiki torches and a lovely wine cellar greet your arrival to Tarpon Bay, the fine dining restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. Even though it's fine dining, the atmosphere is casual with Old Key West...  Read More

Sanibel Island
Il Tesoro Bistro
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch

Il Tesoro is tucked off of the main strip of Snaffle. Housed in a small, elevated space with a clean white boardwalk and surrounded by tropical foliage it has the perfect island appeal even though it is not on the water. But don't expect...  Read More

South Fort Myers

From the moment you step into the Roadhouse Cafe, you'll forget you're in a small strip mall in Fort Myers. You might instead think you've been transported to a big city jazz and dinner club, offering something special every night of the week....  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. The space is more casual...  Read More

In the middle of Estero Island, every seat at Bayfront Bistro has great views of the mangroves in what locals call the "back bay". Get there at dusk for the best chance of seeing dolphins at play. Dine inside or on the the breezy, outdoor...  Read More

Angelina's Ristorante
Photo courtesy of Angelina's Ristorante

Angelina's screams elegance from the moment you pull up to the building. It has plenty of parking but you're on a date, use the valet. If you are dressed beach casual, you may find yourself excluded from eating in the dinning room since there is...  Read More


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), the Veranda provides a charming atmosphere as well as innovative cuisine. Specializing in...  Read More

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 romance, 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 cozy,...  Read More


Meet Gina Birch

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

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