Wine and Dine While Saving Lots of Dimes

One of the best ways to experience a city is through its food, but dining out everyday while on holiday can certainly drain the bank. To fill your tank with some of the best food at the best prices, there are lots of options in the Fort Myers area. You can even find great bargains in some of the most upscale Fort Myers area restaurants, if you know where to look and when to go. 

The word value means different things to different people. Here, it's not just about price, but what exactly are you getting for that price? For example, anyone who loves sushi also knows those little bites can take a big bite out of your wallet. That's why the endless lunch specials at Blu Sushi are so appealing.   

On the opposite end of the scale, there is the Farmer's Market Restaurant, located in an industrial park. The comfort food specials are $11.95 and include three sides. It takes a big appetite to clean these plates.

Do keep in mind that Fort Myers is a seasonal area. It is possible that the hours and specifications of some of these amazing values will fluctuate depending on the time of the year, with many more being offered in the summer months. It never hurts to check websites and call ahead for current specials. 

Heavenly Biscuit
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This darling beach cafe dishes up affordable and delectable treats for both breakfast and lunch. Try the Heavenly Biscuit special or create your own by starting with a 95-cent biscuit; add eggs for 55-cents or thick salmon steak for $2.50. A...  Read More

Rene's Restaurant and Catering
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For years, Rene's sat in a precarious spot on the well traveled McGregor Boulevard but has since moved to a small strip mall further south. Although the drive-up window is gone, you can still get curbside service. Serving cafe style food,...  Read More

North Fort Myers


In an obscure location "over the bridge" as locals say (meaning, over the Caloosahatchee River), the Brown Bag sandwich shop in North Fort Myers delivers and serves big portions, full of fresh ingredients. Nothing is over eight dollars,...  Read More

South Fort Myers


This sleek sushi bar flaunts an alluring modern design complete with walls meant to emulate the deep blue of the sea. Complementing the visually stunning interior are the beautiful people you find here, so it might seem unlikely to find this in...  Read More



This small taqueria is just outside of downtown Fort Myers on the busy US41. Even with its bright green color, it is still easy to speed past. The parking lot can be brutal getting in to but it is worth the effort for the authentic Mexican fare...  Read More

Oasis Restaurant
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, the Oasis Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers offers big portions at affordable prices. In fact nothing on the menu is over ten dollars, with the exception of a few dinner items. Breakfast is...  Read More

North Fort Myers


Just over the Caloosahatchee Bridge, across from downtown Fort Myers, you'll find the Go-Go Diner in a strip mall next to a Bingo Hall. The chef and owner is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has made local headlines with his...  Read More



If you like big portions of meat and BBQ makes you swoon, you need to visit Bubba's. The daily specials are truly special with features like the $9.99 all you can eat Fish Fry with soup or salad, Jalapeno cornbread and a side. Bubba's also has...  Read More



The Farmers Market is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Lee County, located off the beaten path in an industrial area that you might drive right by. The no frills, homey eatery serves the same big portions and same great quality of...  Read More



There is no shortage of restaurants in Fort Myers but there are very few serving traditional Chinese fare. Ginger Bistro not only sets the bar high for this area, but makes it affordable to try a variety of dishes, especially with the wide...  Read More


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