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 not find only 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 organic and homemade.

Old Naples
Jane's 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 feta...  Read More

Snook Inn
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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

Oyster House Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

The essence of the Everglades, it serves the requisite fried froglegs, alligator tail, stone crab claws and other seafood in addition to its namesake dish. Try the sautéed gator nuggets appetizer with chips and homemade pico de gallo, fried...  Read More

Coconut Jack's
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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

The Dock at Crayton Cove
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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

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...  Read More

The Continental
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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 Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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
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! The lunch menu may be...  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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