Naples' Best Restaurants for Wowing and Wooing

With a name like Naples, this destination practically guarantees romance, especially in the dining department. The region is heavy on Italian restaurants, and satisfies that craving for Old World ambiance and from scratch cuisine with extra special spots such as Angelina's Ristorante and Osteria Tulia. They evoke Italy's finest with artfully tailored specialties and atmospheres custom made for romance. At Angelina's you feel as though you are dining in a fine, classic restaurant, whereas at Osteria Tulia you will sense more of a rustic farm house air.

Other restaurants take their romantic cues from France, one of the most passionate places in the world, especially when it comes to food. But of course the setting tracks strongly when it comes to creating a date night atmosphere to remember and cherish. And one of Naples' most endearing settings is the beach, where sunset happens nightly. BALEEN boasts one of the region's most striking settings, so close to the beach you can sit with your toes in the sand and bask in the glow of a bonfire and Naples' brand of toasty climes.

This list scours the multitude of restaurants that fill the Naples, Bonita Spring and Marco Island area with so many choices, so little time. Based on careful research and consideration, it offers up  the 10 best restaurants in the region for impressing a first date, fanning the flames of passion, celebrating love or even popping the question.

Old Naples
Chez Boet
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Chez Boet, formerly Bamboo Cafe, labels its cuisine "French home cooking," but also delves into the north African cuisine that one finds in Paris. Hummus accompanies the crusty bread; tagine - slow roasted stew with couscous - is a specialty....  Read More

Old Naples
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

This class-act Third Street South restaurant occupies the historic Naples Mercantile Building and a pleasant Rome-reminiscent courtyard to its west. Inside, you will find an inviting dining area, spacious bar area and large, open kitchen...  Read More

M Waterfront Grille
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

This restaurant is simply, yet elegantly, decorated; the interior designers opted to emphasize the picturesque views of Naples Bay in lieu of obtrusive and fussy furnishings. In the cuisine department, the kitchen keeps it simple and elegant as...  Read More

Bay House Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Overlooking serene Cocohatchee Bay, the Bay House - as it is most commonly known – is regarded as one of the city's most spectacular seafood restaurants. This charming eatery serves fresh, Southern-inspired and bistro-style seafood dishes, as...  Read More

The Grill
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Naples

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

Angelina's Ristorante
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

The kitchen's excellence stems from exquisite attention to detail – from a house-cured cherry in the Manhattan cocktail in the convivial bar to fanfare touches such as baby kale tucked in among the Caesar salad's romaine lettuce, citrus tomato...  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

Bistro Soleil
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

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

Old Naples
Bleu Provence
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

This charming trip to provincial France stirs in some of the sophistication of Paris and an encyclopedic wine list to make it one of a kind. Owners Jacques & Lysielle Cariot, who formerly lived in Provence, do not pinpoint one signature dish...  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


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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