Family-Friendly Restaurants in Fort Myers: Feed Your Family with Food and Fun

Traveling as a family can present many challenges, a big one being where to eat. Not all local establishments can accommodate large parties and not all places are appropriate for children who are being, um, children.

You may be a family that has a short window when it comes to eating. Just because you have to eat fast, doesn't mean you have to be stuck with traditional fast food. Then there is the affordability factor, so much to consider. It's a good thing that the Fort Myers area has lots of restaurants that cater to families and understand the challenges of feeding fussy kids.

Take for instance Fine Folks, a fun Italian spot where certified pizza acrobats while teach your kids how to toss dough.

There are also dining establishment that reward kids good behavior. For example at the Shrimp Shack, if you present in a straight "A" report card, your superstar student dines for free. Bennett's Fresh Roast has a summer reading program, offering a free donut to kids who read a book while waiting for their food. Talk about motivation!

You'll find all kinds of fun incentives to help you feed the kids at these 10Best family friendly Fort Myers restaurants, while keeping quality for Mom and Dad.



Jason's Deli is a locally owned franchise that puts a big effort into service, serving both the customer and many youth related charities in the community. This deli serves so much more than slice meats and cheeses. Here you'll find...  Read More

Page Field


Locals know Iguana Mia by its bright green buildings and its token mascots, Juan and his iguana. It's just as colorful and loud inside, as it is out. You are bound to have fun in this colorful establishment that serves up daily specials as well...  Read More

Burger 21
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There's something about the hand washing station at the front door that gives you an indication this place cares about quality and cleanliness. And amazingly, kids find it cool to wash up before AND after they eat. There are no TV's inside to...  Read More

Fine Folks Pizza
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This inviting, family owned restaurant--just minutes west of the stadium�has an enormous selection of gourmet pizza pies with creative combinations such as broccoli rabe, sausage and chili flakes, sweet corn Bechamel, Philly steak, and...  Read More



The Shrimp Shack serves much more than shrimp. Besides oysters, crabs, fish, calamari and clams, you can also find pork, chicken and steak. This locally owned restaurant gets rave reviews on its New England style seafood, including the chowder....  Read More

Sanibel Island


With a slogan of "Udderly Great Food" how can you go wrong? When you drive up to the Cow it feels and looks like you are arriving at a friend's house for coffee and there is a nice front lawn full of grass for the kids to run off some steam...  Read More



The Lazy Flamingo has been a popular place for locals on Captiva and Sanibel Islands for more than two decades. Now, the mostly seafood restaurant has expanded to Pine Island and Fort Myers proper. Regardless of which location you visit, you'll...  Read More

Bennett's Fresh Roast
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Bennett's Fresh Roast has a bit of a cult following, off the beaten path in downtown Fort Myers. Owned by a longtime, local radio personality C. David Bennett, there is a constant parade of dignitaries, local celebrities, retirees, college...  Read More



Whether you're a kid at heart or have one, the Bubble Room is a must. A 1940s Hollywood motif offers one of the area's most unique dining experiences. The menu carries out the theme with such options as prime rib Weissmuller, Eddie Fisherman's...  Read More

Reuben's Smokehouse
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Reuben's Smokehouse is ranked one of the best BBQ joints in the U.S. and the family's catering experience makes them experts at getting you great food to go. The fast food is anything but fast quality. Rueben's menu is full of home cookin'...  Read More


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