Chelle Koster Walton

By , Local Expert, Naples
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For a town its size, Naples' culinary reputation is quite impressive. Given its close proximity to the sea and the fisheries around the Florida Everglades, one would naturally expect seafood to dominate local menus, and it definitely does. You would be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that does not serve the local grouper, shrimp, snapper and other delicacies.

The closer you get to the Everglades, the more likely you will find alligator tail and frog legs on the menu. Everglades City is the home port for stone crab and other fishermen, so it's a small wonder it hosts an annual Seafood Festival every February that draws...  Read more »

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    Mereday's Fine Dining

    • Average Main Course Price: $55
    • Neighborhood: Old Naples

    A water view and the most intensively crafted seafood dishes are a major part of this experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try foie gras in whatever form chef has prepared for dinner - it's his specialty. "

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    Sea Salt-Naples

    Whether it came from the gulf or the Mediterranean Sea, the seafood is top fresh and prepared in the most creative guises.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a grand splurge, reserve the Chef's Table in the kitchen for a group of friends. Chef Aielli will cater specifically to your palates. "

  • 3

    Bay House Restaurant

    With its newest addition of a crab-obsessed bar, Bay House ups the "bar" on its devotion to seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a casual setting, make your reservations for the riverside patio or the Claw Bar Tierney's Tavern. "

  • 4

    The Dock at Crayton Cove

    Situated at the Naples city dock, it couldn't be saltier. Seafood is prepared with a Caribbean flair.

    Local Expert Tip: "A rum punch is the perfect complement to The Dock's tropical temperament, and the Rhum Boogie will make you do just that. Boogie on!"

  • 5

    The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach

    • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $31
    • Neighborhood: Pelican Bay

    It serves seafood masterpieces within eye-shot of the Gulf.

    Local Expert Tip: "The "famous oysters 'Turtlefeller'" truly are famous and delicious."

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    Rodes Fresh & Fancy

    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Bonita Springs

    What started as a roadside fish stand has grown into a go-to spot for fresh and affordable seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal with something from the raw bar and end with some of the best key lime pie around. "

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    Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House - Naples

    Seafood governs here; crab and other seafood come from all corners of the world - one of the best selections in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the stone crab - Truluck's owns its own nearby fishery. It's that fresh!"

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    USS Nemo

    • Average Main Course Price: $27
    • Neighborhood: Naples

    Its tagline is "Underwater Cuisine & Adventures," and its devoted fan base will attest.

    Local Expert Tip: "For dessert, hit Norman Love's Confections next door for decadent truffles and desserts."

  • 9

    Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe

    • Neighborhood: Everglades Area

    It serves true Cracker-style seafood in a swamp shack setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "You're in the Everglades: You have to try gator tail!"

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    Randy's Fishmarket Restaurant

    A fish market inside a restaurant is always a good indication that seafood is important and fresh.

    Local Expert Tip: "Do not miss the key lime pie. Better yet, take a whole pie home with you - they're famous. "



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