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.