Head to North Naples for a More Affordable and Youthful Dining Landscape

North Naples has become the new downtown when it comes to food, nightlife and the town’s young professional crowd. When the Mercato shopping and entertainment center opened on Tamiami Trail and Vanderbilt Beach Road a few years back, the tide turned. It led a movement toward good eats and youthful energy.

The North Naples area for the purpose of this list starts in the north at the Collier and Lee counties line and extends south to Pine Ridge Road.

This list visits two one-of-a-kind Mercato dining favorites specializing in cuisine from different corners of the world. AZN Azian Cuizine sweeps the Asian continent, while Masa Restaurant serves up the best of fine south of the border food and tequila.

Other culinary gems inhabit North Naples’ upscale resorts, such as BALEEN at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

The 10 best restaurants included on this list cover a wide range of price points, settings and style of cuisine. Sample everything from hearty home cooked fare and fish market seafood to Peruvian, Mediterranean and Southwestern cuisine.

Perhaps the best part of venturing to North Naples for breakfast, lunch or dinner is you are likely to find more affordable meals than when dining in the downtown Old Naples district. 

Trail Cafe & Grill
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As cheerful as a grandmother's dining room, Trail Cafe welcomes diners from the neighborhood and beyond who relish its brand of good old made from scratch cooking for breakfast and lunch. the extensive menus cover everything from pancakes,...  Read More

Randy's Fishmarket Restaurant
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Randy's is all about the fish, which the market shows off in gleaming glass cases next to the steel racks of wine. So, it's also about the wine. The wine list offers a carefully selected array, all available by the glass and extremely...  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

AZN Azian Cuizine
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In keeping with the spirit of fine food at Mercato center, AZN redefines our childhood notions of chow mein and fried rice to bring gourmet, pan-Asian fare in an impressive high-ceilinged dining room that spills out on the sidewalk around its...  Read More

The Grill
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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

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

Photo courtesy of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples

BALEEN gives a Floribbean twist to its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The setting couldn't scream Southwest Florida more succinctly with its Gulf of Mexico and white sand views. You can even dine with your toes planted in the sand should you...  Read More

Inca's Kitchen
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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

Agave Bar & Grill
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This handsomely decorated dining room definitely dwells at the high end of Naples' range of Mexican restaurants with fare that embraces fresh Southwestern American cuisine. Its signature guacamole bar custom blends your avocado dip to your...  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