Seafood, European and Southern: Fort Myers Best Restaurants

The foodie movement is alive and well in Fort Myers, and the number of high-quality restaurants in the area is a testament to that fact. While there are plenty of tried and true, long-standing favorites here, there are always new and unique spots popping up to tickle your taste buds. 

For a bit of romance and a great sunset, it's worth the winding drive through Sanibel Island to the Mad Hatter. This small, beachside restaurant has a superb menu with service and view to write home about. 

Expect Southern hospitality and charm at the well established Veranda in downtown Fort Myers. This is a long standing, special occasion, lets linger over a cocktail kind of place. 

Keep in mind that hours often change during summer with many locally owned spots closing on Monday's for a much needed break after 'season.'

From the elegance of restaurants in historic buildings, to hidden treasures tucked away in nondescript strip malls, these 10Best restaurants have the right combination of atmosphere, service, food and overall quality that keeps diners coming back.



Regulars refer to the restaurant as 'Gloria's', after chef/owner Gloria Jordan. She is passionate about food, wine, music and life in general; this passion is evident in her establishment. She is seen more often on the floor these days, than in...  Read More

Sanibel Island
Sweet Melissa's Cafe
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This unique Sanibel restaurant is where foodies go while on the island. Award winning Chef Melissa Talmadge sources local ingredients year-round, for a seasonal menu that leans toward small plates. Her creations are innovative and consistently...  Read More

Osteria Celli
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Don't expect chicken parm at this Italian restaurant; Chef Marco Corricelli doesn't serve the more common, or Americanized Italian dishes. His food is inspired from many different regions in Italy, his pasta handmade daily and cooked just right....  Read More



Occupying two old homes dating back to 1902 (they were joined by Peter Pulitzer for his long-time fishing buddy, Fingers O'Bannon, in the early 1970s), for years the Veranda has provided a charming atmosphere as well as consistently good...  Read More

Bonita Springs


You would never guess the treasure found inside of this restaurant situated in a strip mall with no frontage, on the bustling Bonita Beach Road. Serving modern American cuisine with a French twist you'll also find a selection of gluten free and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Blanc


A small restaurant with a big city feel, BLANC has a cool atmosphere, great service and superb food. Known for it's Robata Grill, the high heat is perfect for searing meat, cooking vegetables and keeping dishes gluten free. The French proprietor...  Read More

South Fort Myers


A farm to table establishment by popular chef Harold Balink, this intimate space only has room for about 30 diners at a time, many of whom are fans of Balink and know each other. Sometimes it feels like your a guest at a special dinner party....  Read More

Angelina's Ristorante
Photo courtesy of Angelina's Ristorante


Angelina's screams elegance from the moment you pull up to the building. Be sure to try the award winning ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and mascarpone cheese, topped with a citrus tomato butter and truffled almonds. The herb marinated...  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. It's the only spot on the...  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...  Read More


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