For a town its size, Naples is virtually over-stuffed with restaurants. Good restaurants. Excellent restaurants. And for the area – known for its Midwestern retiree populations – darn good restaurants. It has a dining-out kind of populace that supports restaurants from the most casual seafood house to the finest Ritz-Carlton dining room year-round.
Although they may not keep pace with Miami and other Florida foodie scenes, the restaurants of Naples impress with fine technique and cutting-edge daring. Downtown restaurants in particular are breaking the seafood and steak mold with global touches and skilled daring. Osteria Tulia takes Italian dining - something of which Naples boasts plenty - to a new level by returning to farmhouse roots in a thoroughly modern way, while The Continental redefines "steakhouse." On Marco Island, the new Ario at JW Marriott too steps up its steak and seafood game with global flare and a touch of magic.
Those who prefer something more traditional will find plenty to feast upon. The classic fish house is alive and well in the Naples and Everglades area. The Dock at Crayton Cove fits the genre but with modern, Caribbean twists.
Besides Italian, you will find everything from French to Persian cuisine in the Naples area. For the latter, Bha! Bha! will tickle your tastebuds with exotic flavors.