Beach Dining Morning, Noon and/or Night in Fort Myers

The Fort Myers area has beautiful beaches and phenomenal sunsets creating a most desirable backdrop for dining. Just because it can get sandy and sweaty on the islands doesn’t mean diners can’t get a little, shall we say, “fancy” when it comes time to go out.

Some of the most popular establishments serving great grub like the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, welcome flip flips and tank tops, offers live acoustic music and the best seafood steamers you’ll find on Fort Myers Beach. While the S.O.B., as locals call it, isn't right on the water, it's just a block inland in the heart of shopping and entertainment section of the beach.

But if you want a place with a higher-end vibe, Bayfront Bistro has you covered with dim lighting, waterfront views and an impeccable wine list. 

While not all of these are not directly on the beach sand, its access is almost always within walking distance, and well worth the find. Remember that the beach is seasonal and the hours of many restaurants can vary depending on the time of the year. It's always wise to check their websites or place a quick phone call for confirmation and/or reservations.

Dixie Fish Company
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A rustic, al fresco dining spot on Estero Bay, Dixie Fish offers superb views of the fishing charters and gambling boats headed out to, or returning from adventure. The shrimp tacos are a staple, but consider the low land seafood boil, raw...  Read More

Bonita Springs


A Bonita Springs legend if ever there was one, Doc's has been an immensely popular place to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner for longer than most locals can recall. The location, certainly helps. After all, when a place sits on water and is...  Read More

Smokin Oyster Brewery, SOB
Photo courtesy of Smokin Oyster Bar


Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach, the Smokin' Oyster Brewery or S.O.B. has been shucking oysters since 1997. The beach cottage has live entertainment on the recently expanded front porch; the inside is...  Read More



The Gulfshore is one restaurant with three great vibes. The recently remodeled indoor portion, Shuckers, offers the comfort of air conditioning and views of the Gulf of Mexico from every seat. The outside deck, known as The Cottage, serves the...  Read More

Heavenly Biscuit
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Set in an unpretentious, colorful beach cottage with low ceilings and uneven floors, this darling café dishes up mouthwatering fare that is both affordable and delectable. "Charming" may be the operative word, applicable to every aspect of the...  Read More



If you're looking for a waterfrong dining experience that truly has it all, put Bayfront Bistro on your list. Facing the so-called back bay of Fort Myers Beach, this award winning local spot has dock space for boaters and plenty of parking for...  Read More

South Beach Grille


Once a grocery store, this space in Santini Marina Plaza (at the south end of Fort Myers Beach) now houses the South Beach Grille, a restaurant that recalls the stylish, neighborhood eateries you'd find on the side streets along Lincoln Avenue...  Read More



A favorite spot on Fort Myers Beach to watch the sunset and have a meal, residents and longtime visitors will remember this space as the former Anthony's on the Gulf. Diners have a wide open view of the beach and beautiful Gulf waters. The...  Read More

Flippers on the Bay
Photo courtesy of Lovers Key Resort


Part of Lovers Key Resort, Flippers On The Bay is a hidden gem between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. The dining is alfresco and more upscale than one might imagine after taking a gander at restaurant on stilts. Sitting on the Estero Bay,...  Read More

Sanibel Island
Mad Hatter
Photo courtesy of The Mad Hatter


This beach side dining spot has been an island favorite for the perfect combination of food and ambiance, for three decades. With only about a dozen tables, each one has a spectacular view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The vibe is cozy,...  Read More


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