Linger Over Lunch and Libations in Fort Myers

Lunch is one of those dining options with many personalities and possibilities. The midday meal is perfect for business meetings and first dates, as diners are typically on a schedule of getting back to work or fulfilling other timely commitments. 

But there’s nothing like a long lunch on a day off or when you’re on vacation, when you can enjoy the subtleties of the noontime nosh. Bistro 41 is one of the most popular places in the area for the “power lunch.” You’ll see deals being made and business discussed over expertly prepared soups, salads and other specials.

For the health conscious crowd, Ada’s Natural Market is the preferred stop. The juice bar inside of the market can accommodate almost any concoction you crave, and the café prepares a range of vegan and organic specialties with fantastic flavor.

And if you happen to be on one of the area's barrier islands, Keylime Bistro is a laid back favorite. Serving gourmet cuisine on Captiva Island, this is a place where schedules seem to take a back seat and diners take a little longer to enjoy each other's company. 

Whether you want to linger over lunch or make it a quick stop, you’ll find the perfect spot here, with 10Best.



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



Situated almost at the end of Captiva Island, the Keylime Bistro serves up some of the best lunches 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 winning list,...  Read More

Grandma Dot's Seaside Saloon
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At a place called Grandma Dot's, you almost expect friendly service and delicious homemade food with that extra little touch of something special; you get it here. Owners call it a Seaside Saloon at the Sanibel Marina; locals call it...  Read More

South Fort Myers


This sexy sushi bar sports sleek furniture, mod design and walls that recall the deep blue sea. Blu's lunch is perhaps one of the deals in town with an endless special for only $16.95. You might think unlimited sushi would be limited to the...  Read More



For more than two decades Merrick's Seafood has provided fresh fish to dozens of Southwest Florida restaurants. In 2013, the family opened a restaurant next to the market in Cape Coral. Now patrons can enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating at...  Read More

Ada's Natural Market
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Ada's is a family-run health food market that has been in the Fort Myers area since the late 70's. It has changed hands a number of times and briefly shut down before coming back bigger and better than ever. The Green Leaf Café at the front of...  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, his donuts gained international attention on the Cooking Channel's Donut Showdown....  Read More

The Other Side Bistro
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The Otherside Bistro (cleverly named as it sits on the 'other side' of a popular pub) is cool and cozy, a great find on a busy stretch of US41 in Bonita Springs. Chef Brian McCarley has a long history of serving great food in the Fort Myers area...  Read More

Fort Myers Villas


Bistro 41 features a sophisticated setting with fine American cuisine in a popular shopping center, providing foot traffic for fun people watching. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this has also become a centrally located, hot spot for...  Read More

Mermaid Garden Cafe
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You might find the location of this alluring café a bit odd--in an executive center--but the search is something that many discerning diners enjoy. You can't help but want to step inside once you walk by the Mermaid with its green and white...  Read More


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