Marco Island: Seafood & Superlative Dining South of Naples

At the southern threshold to Naples, Marco Island quite frankly amazes visitors with its myriad restaurants that cover all price ranges, styles of cuisine and levels of sophistication. The choices are overwhelming, but this 10Best list guides you to the don’t miss restaurants in a variety of styles.

For instance, you can keep it casual and affordable with views of the water at longtime favorites Snook Inn and Little Bar or newer, more modern Mango’s Dockside Bistro. Snook Inn resides in Olde Marco overlooking the Marco River. The funky fishing village of Goodland is home to quirky Little Bar, while Mango’s is tucked within the handsome Esplanade waterfront entertainment and shopping development.

For special occasion dining, on the other hand, your options range from fine Italian at Sale e Pepe in the Marco Ocean Beach Resort to eclectic new American style at Verdi’s Bistro in a strip mall along the island’s resort area. Newest to the resort scene, Maia wows at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, destined to be rebranded as a JW Marriott resort by 2017.

Most of the restaurants concentrate on the fresh seafood from local waters no matter what their style. Enjoy everything from the ubiquitous fried grouper sandwich to grilled swordfish or salmon at Verdi’s.

Mango's Dockside Bistro
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Overlooking the marina along the Esplanade shopping and entertainment center complex on Marco Island, Mango's provides a pleasant al fresco and indoor venue for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and early dinner. Cheerful and oh so islandy, its menus...  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 Waterway...  Read More

Cafe de Marco
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A steadfast kitchen and snug, historic cottage and courtyard setting comprise the recipe that has kept this an enduring Marco Island tradition. The café's two-room and patio dining areas occupy one of Marco's oldest homes with a bright, cheery...  Read More

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The dining room at Arturo's may be huge and dramatically classic in style, but it is almost always full. Call many days in advance, even out of season, and expect to feel a bit crowded in. The menu is equally large, covering most of the Italian...  Read More

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 seafood...  Read More

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Maia, the new main restaurant at the Marco Island Marriott, opened September 2015 in the space formerly occupied by Tropiks. The light, open restaurant is in keeping with the resort's Balinese inspiration - blonde woods, white rock walls, faux...  Read More

Fin Bistro
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One of Marco Island's newest and hottest spots for dinner, Fin Bistro lives up to its name by carrying and preparing fresh, fresh fin fish in a nice variety, along with local shellfish. In most cases, the fish comes simply prepared but lovingly...  Read More

Bistro Soleil
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Through the decades, the historic Olde Marco Inn's dining room has evolved into a gracious Victorian setting with a cranberry glass chandelier and Audubon prints. Bistro Soleil, with its delightful Continental interpretations, sheds new light on...  Read More

Whether it's your fantasy to dine under the Tuscan sun or the Florida moon, Sale e Pepe brings it to reality in a replicated, palace-proportioned, Italian villa setting with an outdoor terrace. Perched on the second floor, it affords a gulf...  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


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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