Naples' Most Scenic and Savory Lunchtime Restaurants



Naples is a lunching kind of town. Especially in season - Christmas through Easter - it is a recognized "ladies who lunch" destination. This is unusual for an area where sunny, warm days find everyone at the beach, and restaurants often sit empty at lunchtime.

Perhaps it's because so many of Naples' restaurants offer outdoor seating so that patrons can enjoy the scene - whether it is streetside along bustling Third Street South or Fifth Avenue South in downtown Old Naples or on the waterfront.

This list will give you options in a variety of venues. For downtown sustenance during serious shopping sprees, you can find The Continental on Third Street South and Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South. For waterfront views, hit the beach at The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach or watch Intercoastal Waterway traffic at Snook Inn on Marco Island. 

You will find  more than beach food and American cuisine for lunch. Naples restaurants break out of the ho-hum soup and sandwich mold with ethnic restaurants and healthy cuisine. This list includes a couple of Italian-swayed restaurants - for which Naples, true to its name, is known - plus one with French influence, another with a British accent and still others where everything is healthy and homemade.


Jane's Garden Café
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The setting feels like provincial France, but the menu tips its hat to British and American fare with healthy notes for breakfast and lunch. Everything is freshly prepared at Jane's - from the quiche du jour and roasted beets salad with goat...  Read More


Snook Inn
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Chickee bars are a signature form of the Naples area party scene, and at Snook Inn the open-air thatched roof structure also draws a lunch crowd looking for eye candy with their meal. The chickee at Snook Inn overlooks the Intracoastal...  Read More


Coconut Jack's
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A leisurely al fresco meal beneath an authentic Seminole-weaved, vaulted chickee roof at a place named Coconut Jack's: Does it get any more Florida than that? In fact it does, with fruity drinks, servers' shirts that scream "tropical" and a...  Read More


Food & Thought
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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


Petit Soleil
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Literally "little sun," it's the little sister to nearby Bistro Soleil, a dinner-only French restaurant. Petit Soleil serves "petit dejeuner" and "dejeuner" - breakfast and lunch. True to its name, it has a sunny, open-air courtyard in addition...  Read More


True Food Kitchen
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As fresh as its pea-green banquettes, True Food Kitchen opened in March 2017 fueled by the expertise and name-recognition of Dr. Andrew Weil, whose anti-inflammatory diet has made him a respected author. The spacious, open dining room presents a...  Read More


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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 Dock at Crayton Cove
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The Dock at Crayton Cove has been around since the mid-70s - a slump of a seafood shack marina-side cooled by sea breezes. It is the epitome of Old Naples pre-gentrification. Not much has changed through the decades. There's still fried...  Read More


The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach
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Cleverly disguised as a casual beach club at a small resort, the Turtle Club exceeds all expectations to dwell in that vaunted culinary territory known as a local secret. To start with, there's the location, which deserves to be described in...  Read More


Osteria Tulia
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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! The lunch menu may be...  Read More


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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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