From Romantic to Rowdy, Waterfront Dining Options That Satisfy

Gina Birch

By , Local Expert, Fort Myers
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When you're looking for ambience as much as food, satisfying restaurants can be hard to come by. After all, you want the whole package. Fortunately, Fort Myers and it's surrounding islands deliver in spades. The area promises a superb selection of restaurants to satisfy your desire for Waterfront Dining. These places take care of the details, make you feel welcomed, ply you with wonderful dishes and do it with a fantastic natural backdrop. For unspoiled mangroves and playful dolphins, Bayfront Bistro is sure to please as much as Gulfshore Grill will tease, with it's views of sunbathers on Fort Myers Beach.

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  • 1

    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"

  • 2

    Lighthouse Restaurant

    One of the last stops before heading over the causeway to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The food is as impressive as the view.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get a mimosa on the patio and enjoy a great Sunday Brunch"

  • 3

    Bayfront Bistro

    Quiet and romantic with a beautiful view of the Estero Bay and its wildlife. Indoor and outdoor seating with an outstanding wine list

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the calendar for the next full moon, reserve a table on the terrace and watch it rise over the bay, beautiful."

  • 4

    Gulfshore Grill

    Great place to not only see the water but also all of the action in the heart of Fort Myers

    Local Expert Tip: "Live music every night of the week "

  • 5

    Mucky Duck

    This former beach house is one of the most popular watering holes on Captiva Island to catch the sunset.

    Local Expert Tip: "Best spot on Captiva for a sunset toast"

  • 6

    3 Fishermen

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: North Fort Myers

    One of the few spots to get a view the water AND the skyline of downtown Fort Myers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Want to get discovered? Friday is open mic night"

  • 7

    Joe's Crab Shack

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    The restaurant hangs over the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, giving the appearance that you are floating

    Local Expert Tip: "Let your server know if someone in your party is celebrating a birthday. Good fun will follow."

  • 8

    Rum Runners

    A relaxing place to watch boats of all sizes navigate from the narrow locks to the wide open Caloosahatchee River.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their sister restaurant in the same complex but with a view of the Marina, The Joint"

  • 9

    Nervous Nellies

    Great spot to watch sailboats, shrimp boats, gambling boats, powerboats and more, navigate their way into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Privateer Lynx spends its winters at the docks here. The Lynx, a 122-foot long, 94-foot-tall schooner, a working museum honoring the ships that supported the American Navy's fleet in the War of 1812. It's impressive"

  • 10

    Fresh Catch Bistro

    One of the best spots to get a clear view of the sunset while dining on Fort Myers Beach

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for dessert"



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