Best Naples Restaurants for Fresh-from-the-Sea Catches

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 thousands of avid seafood lover to the tiny, colorful town.

Some restaurants concentrate specifically on local catches and seafood imported from New Zealand to Italy. They range from the finest dining rooms to the most colorful, saltiest fish houses; from masterful new preparations to simple Old Florida style.

In the nouvelle cuisine category dwells new-to-the-scene Mereday's Fine Dining and the Italian-swayed Sea Salt-Naples. For fish-house style, consider the Dock at Crayton Cove or Randy's Fishmarket Restaurant. Freshness is the hallmark for all of the restaurants included in this list. Style of preparation and ambiance also figure prominently. 

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

Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe
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It looks like a Hollywood set for a swamp shack, but it's the real thing. Joanie's has been around forever serving Cracker-style Everglades fare to locals who love it and tourists who want to post it on Facebook. Go for it: Order the Swamp...  Read More

USS Nemo
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Who would believe that a restaurant can pull off submarine decor and do it tastefully? But that's not all that's tasteful about this small, strip-mall restaurant that has a faithful following. USS Nemo's seafood tastes fresh, and there's a...  Read More

Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House - Naples
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Part of a small, Texas-based chain of restaurants, it is anything but cookie-cutter. The dining room seems oversized at first, but its popularity fills the warm, welcoming space at the back of Inn on Fifth most nights. They come for their fix...  Read More

Rodes Fresh & Fancy
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Rodes began as a rickety roadside stand and has grown into a fish, produce and gourmet market and restaurant complex now in business for more than 25 years. Purists go for the steamed clams and shrimp, mussels, stone crab and other raw bar...  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

The Dock at Crayton Cove
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The Dock at Crayton Cove has been around since the mid-70s - a slump of a seafood shack marina-side cooled by sea breezes. It is the epitome of Old Naples pre-gentrification. Not much has changed through the decades. There's still fried...  Read More

Bay House Restaurant
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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

Sea Salt-Naples
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Chef Fabrizio Aielli comes from a stellar background that covers Italy, the Caribbean and two of his own highly hailed Washington, DC, restaurants. At Sea Salt, he conceived dining centered around the sea. To carry the concept, he stocks...  Read More

Mereday's Fine Dining
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One of Naples' newest foodie havens, it resides in the Naples Bay Resort waterside. Sleekly designed for fashionista style, its designer dishes fit the look. Here the menu concept departs from the traditional Southwest Florida format come...  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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