Naples' Cream of the Crop: 10 Best Restaurants under the Sun

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.


Little Bar
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You could sum up the fishing town of Goodland in one word: idiosyncratic. Likewise, the Little Bar, one of three watering hole restaurants that tourists love as much as the (idiosyncratic) locals. Because besides the usual frog legs and...  Read More

The Continental
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The Continental serves all-American cuisine. Its niche is two-fold: name-ranch steaks and craft cocktails. But yet it is multi-faceted, offering also such original concepts as its daily changing fresh fish and dessert pie menus. The steak takes...  Read More

The Grill
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Naples

Nothing beats a dinner out at the Ritz, where service, setting and culinary excellence combine to foment an experience that transcends mere eating by miles. The Grill excels in fine steaks, but also knows its way around seafood. Dry-aged cuts...  Read More

BHA! BHA! Persian Bistro
Photo courtesy of Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

Bha!Bha! has served its popular brand of "Persian bistro" cuisine in Naples since 1997. The name means "Yum! Yum!" in Iran, Chef Michael Mir's homeland. He fuses his native background with his experience in fine American kitchens to present...  Read More

Angelina's Ristorante
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The kitchen's excellence stems from exquisite attention to detail " from a house-cured cherry in the Manhattan cocktail in the convivial bar to fanfare touches such as baby kale tucked in among the Caesar salad's romaine lettuce, citrus tomato...  Read More

Wylds Cafe
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The menu changes with the seasons at Wylds, but the tenderloin saga remains a constant. Wading in a pool of demi-glace, the grilled filet mignon gets piled with shards of pommes frites and the glue of melted saga blue cheese. A take on steak...  Read More

Sea Salt-Naples
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Chef Fabrizio Aielli comes from a stellar background that covers Italy, the Caribbean and two of his own highly hailed Washington, DC, restaurants. At Sea Salt, he conceived dining centered around the sea. To carry the concept, he stocks...  Read More

Verdi's American Bistro
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Subtitled "an American Bistro," Verdi's has been Marco Island's culinary boast for well over a decade. Don't be fooled by its simple strip mall setting. The kitchen offsets the simplicity with marvelously crafted seafood and meat dishes...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

On its climb to reach JW Marriott status by early 2017, the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has created something rare and precious. It starts with fine beef aged 35 days in an on-premise aging room, but do not dismiss Ario as just another...  Read More

Osteria Tulia
Photo courtesy of Osteria Tulia

The first dilemma: Sit al fresco and people watch along busy Fifth Avenue South or enter the embrace of "farmhouse chic" indoors, where repurposed barn wood creates warmth and character? Then the food ordering decision! Like the décor, the...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle