Best Value Restaurants in Naples: The Best Bites for Your Dollar

Naples, Florida, has a reputation for fine dining, a reputation that recently put it at #17 on Conde Nast Traveler magazine's 2014 Top U.S. Cities for Foodies list. The town and its surrounding communities are not all about sticker-gasp pricing and fancy dining rooms, however. Away from downtown's vaunted shop and dine scene, you can find plenty of restaurants that won't put you in the red.

This lists finds local restaurants that give you the best bites for your dollar. It takes you to commercial fishing capital Everglades City to eat right on the dock at City Seafood. In Bonita Springs, it points the way to inexpensive dining with a view of the Gulf of Mexico at Doc's Beach House. Right in Naples proper, it directs you to gourmet eats at affordable prices at Sam-Bucco Bistro and samples inexpensive Peruvian cuisine – all the hot trend these days – at Inca's Kitchen.

Other listings take you off the beaten path, where less glamorous addresses mean lower price points for the bargain-seeking consumer. You need not sacrifice quality for affordability in the Naples area. Follow this list away from the downtown, resort and shopping center hot spots. In the bargain, you will discover new parts of the Naples region. 

Spanky's Speakeasy
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

As its name suggests, this is an old-school kind of place that still does a salad bar and throws back to the classic comedy series "Spanky and Our Gang." It has been a Naples fixture since the '80s. Happily, the prices are a bit of a...  Read More

Rodes Fresh & Fancy
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Rodes began as a rickety roadside stand and has grown into a fish, produce and gourmet market and restaurant complex now in business for more than 25 years. Purists go for the steamed clams and shrimp, mussels, stone crab and other raw bar...  Read More

Tacos & Tequila Cantina
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

It's not just all about tacos – but Tacos & Tequila Cantina's menu does list nearly 20 different flavors from traditional carnita to Buffalo , po' boy shrimp and veg out tacos. Sauces and ingredients all taste fresh in this indoor-outdoor...  Read More

Old 41 Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Open for breakfast and lunch only (until 3 p.m.), it tastes like eating at home - especially if you are from Philly. Then you will likely order the Philly Breakfast with Taylor pork roll or scrapple or the Philly cheese steak served on genuine,...  Read More

Sam-Bucco Bistro

Heavy on the Italian, the menu flexes beyond traditional with Turkish, French and other Mediterranean influences. The inviting atmosphere of earth tones, linens, low lights and heavy drapes feels as warm as the Mediterranean sun....  Read More

Doc's Beach House
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Now this is what a beach restaurant should look, feel like and charge like. You will find a number of resort restaurants that overlook the beach, but to get the real thing, travel north to Bonita Beach where you can walk right off the beach and...  Read More

Everglades Area
City Seafood
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

A dozen or so picnic tables on the dock outside the fresh seafood market afford guests the best catches and views. Some of the tables at deck's edge have seating only on one side for the optimal overlook of the river and its working...  Read More

Little Bar
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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

Food & Thought
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

It's thoughtful that a restaurant would strive to serve the best possible food for our good health. But it's even better that Food & Thought's dishes reflect the kind of creative thinking that raises them above typical health food juice-bar...  Read More

Inca's Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

And the award for the best new "greet-and-eat" bread basket alternative: Inca's Kitchen's fried corn with a trio of dipping sauces. This Peruvian favorite starts off diners with this fun taster of yellow pepper sauce, red pepper sauce and...  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

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