Best Places to Dine in the Springtime in Fort Myers

Spring is a busy time of year in the Fort Myers area. You have spring training, spring break and a rush of northern visitors who are overdue for a break from the cold. Locals joke there isn't much of a spring season as it often seems Mother Nature goes directly from winter to summer.

But there is a sweet spot where everyone is clamoring to drink and dine outdoors. The greens are a little greener and the flowers are spectacular. The air is not as humid and the sky is a brilliant shade of blue. This is the time where the outdoor sections of restaurants are often on a wait list.

While a majority of restaurants have some type of covered or outdoor areas to enjoy, 10Best has chosen those that tend to be more scenic, have more of that spring feel to them, and menus to match in many cases. Take for instance Keylime Bistro on Captiva Island, an oasis year round but the bougainvillea is extra vibrant in spring.

Stillwater Grill has a shaded deck surrounding a giant banyon tree where there is almost always a gentle breeze. Then there is the Veranda a downtown Fort Myers. It's an iconic, special occasion spot but the garden is beautiful, especially at night. 

Enjoy spring dining at these 10Best.

Among The Flowers Sanibel
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A well kept secret in the Sanibel food scene, Among The Flowers serves simple food with a spirited flare. Sometimes in the spring you're looking to lighten the load of heavy winter fare, even detox a bit. This spot is known for its fresh and...  Read More

Stillwater Grille
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Stillwater Grille is a large neighborhood establishment with multiple personalities under the same roof and a tapas menu that runs the gamut from jalape�o poppers to tuna tartar. But when Spring rolls around, it's outdoor deck is a highly...  Read More

Fort Myers Villas


Bistro 41 features a sophisticated setting with fine American cuisine in a popular shopping center for fun people watching. The outdoor dining is always packed during the spring season. Views of mall fountains and flowers are only one of the...  Read More

South Fort Myers


This sexy sushi bar sports sleek furniture, mod design and walls that recall the deep blue sea. But it's the outdoor area that beckons sushi lovers for spring. Tropical flowers and green shrubbery surround the patio's white tables and blue...  Read More



Situated almost at the end of Captiva Island, the Keylime Bistro has one of the best springtime vibes of any spot on the island. No one is in a hurry to get to work or anywhere else here; feel free to linger over a glass of wine from their award...  Read More

McGregor Cafe
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What draws people most to this spot is the location. The McGregor Caf� is housed in an old home in the middle of an established neighborhood, full of old oak trees and other tropical vegetation. It sits right off of the locally famous...  Read More



Set in an old home along Fort Myers most famously picturesque street (McGregor Blvd), patrons love dining alfresco on the spacious wrap around porch, or under the shade of umbrellas on the front lawn. It feels like you're attending a garden...  Read More



Flanked by two uniquely decorated indoor dining wings, the beautiful garden at La Corte has tropical foliage and fountains for a peaceful vibe, wether it is for lunch or dinner. The area also lends itself to live music for an added ambiance. The...  Read More

Flippers on the Bay
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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



This downtown Fort Myers dining icon occupies two old homes dating back to 1902. For decades the Veranda has provided an atmosphere of southern sophistication, consistently good cuisine and impeccable service. Nestled outside between the two...  Read More


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