Dining waterside is the quintessential Naples restaurant experience. You need not look far to find your next meal overlooking the beach and Gulf of Mexico or Naples Bay, the Gordon River or inlets and waterways from Bonita Springs to Marco Island and Everglades City.
Many of the waterfront restaurants exude an atmosphere of uber casual, such as local favorites Doc’s Beach House on Bonita Beach, the Dock at Crayton Cove in old Naples and Snook Inn on Marco Island. Others cater to a fine dining crowd with exquisite dining rooms and masterful cuisine.
This list compiles the best of both, and all options in between. It weeds out the so so places – of which ilk plenty exist – to lead you to the gems, where you can relish quality fare whether it be burgers, pizza, grouper sandwiches and beer; or foie gras torchon, miso glazed seared sea bass and craft libations.
Although waterside location is the main criterion for this list, thoughtfully executed seafood and other fare, plus an ambiance that aptly complements the location, figure importantly into the formula. Sit with your toes in the sand or take a seat amid glass windowed elegance with views as tasty as the food.