Fresh and Fabulous: Southwest Florida Seafood Pleases the Palate

Gina Birch

By , Local Expert, Fort Myers
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Fort Myers has had much success in cultivating great restaurants and has created a substantial market for Seafood. You will find everything from fried fish served in a basket, to grilled crustaceans drizzled with gourmet sauces, served on fine dinnerware. Whether you are dressed in high heels or flip flops, there are plenty of locally owned restaurants committed to serving only the freshest catches. 

For the sun burned beach, goers with sand still in their shoes, the S.O.B. or Smokin' Oyster Bar, is no fuss and all fun. Visitors love picking up S.O.B. memorabilia after a few drinks. For the freshly showered, out for a special...  Read more »

  • 1

    Prawnbroker Restaurant and Fish Market

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: South Fort Myers

    A long time local favorite, the kitchen is consistent and so is the service

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy Hour starts at 4:00 "

  • 2

    Red's Fresh Seafood House

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Bokeelia

    Red's has a menu chalked full of fresh food made fun

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive before 5:30 for lots of delicious early bird specials"

  • 3

    Skip One

    The owner has an inside track on getting "Pink Gold" or Florida shrimp; he operates the state's largest fleet of shrimp boats

    Local Expert Tip: "Stock up on seafood, fine wine and gourmet cheeses at the market next door. "

  • 4

    Fish Tale Grill By Merrick Seafood

    • Neighborhood: Cape Coral

    Some of the most fresh and affordable seafood in the Fort Myers area

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy live music on the weekends"

  • 5

    Lobster Lady Seafood Market and Bistro

    Lobster tanks, live music and fresh seafood are some of the many highlights of this obscure restaurant and market.

    Local Expert Tip: "The staff will pull the biggest lobsters out of the tank so you can pose for photos"

  • 6

    Smokin Oyster Brewery, SOB

    Casual and laid back this quintessential beach bar serves piping hot steamer baskets and some of the most garlic laden crab legs you'll find.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are some free parking spots on the east side of the building"

  • 7

    The Oyster Shell

    Serving seafood in a diner-like atmosphere for decades; a diamond in the rough.

    Local Expert Tip: "Craving soft shell crabs? Call ahead as they often run out"

  • 8

    Gulfshore Grill

    Great place to eat fresh seafood with a waterfront view, in the heart of Fort Myers Beach

    Local Expert Tip: "The same menu is served outside at the more casual Cottage Bar"

  • 9

    The Clam Bake Restaurant

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: South Fort Myers

    Seafood is flown in fresh from New England, served in an atmosphere that will make you forget you're really in Florida

    Local Expert Tip: "For the full authentic experience, order the fried Ipswitch clams -- whole bellies and all."

  • 10

    Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    Doc Fords seafood fare has a Caribbean flair with made from scratch sauces

    Local Expert Tip: "You may run into author Randy Wayne White at the bar"



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