The Prawn Broker has a long-standing reputation for delivering freshly prepared seafood favorites as well as unique specialty items. There's even a small fish market inside. Enjoy a cocktail at the cozy bar then move to a table on the covered patio or a comfortable inside spot. Be sure to start with the house made Smoked Fish Dip. Then consider the Grouper Matanza; a fresh, local fish, egg dipped and sautéed then topped with crabmeat and a lemon beurre blanc. The Prawn Broker's award winning cuisine as well as the owner's and manager's deep commitment to community keep both the tourists and locals coming back season after season.
Under cover, yet all open air, this rustic spot has an expansive, circular bar as well as a dining bar facing the water, offering great views of the fishing charters and sight seeing boats headed out for the day or night. The whole fried fish is a signature. The daily fresh catch is battered, fried whole, and served with a sinful garlic butter sauce. Start with the smoked fish dip, or raw oysters then add the low land seafood boil, shrimp burgers, crab sliders, or the popular B.L.TAE: bacon, fried green tomatoes, fried egg and avocado sandwich. Sides have a Southern flare such as collards and red beans and rice. Dixie attracts great musicians and is a hot spot for live music especially on Sunday afternoons.
A favorite spot on Fort Myers Beach to watch the sunset and have a meal, residents and longtime visitors will remember this space as the former Anthony's on the Gulf. Diners have a wide open view of the beach and beautiful Gulf waters. The comfortable terrace area is ideal for diners who want to watch the sunset as they enjoy their favorite drinks and appetizers. The menu is loaded with seafood specialties in generous portions. For an appetizer, the oysters sashimi are rave worthy. But it's the 'fresh catch' that people come for over and over; pick your fish, your preparation and your sauce for YOUR perfect entree. Besides fish, you'll find lamb, pork belly and steak on the menu.
A fish market and restaurant on US41 in Fort Myers since the 80's, the restaurant serves lots of "pink gold" AKA Florida shrimp. Owner Dennis Henderson also operates one of the largest fleets of shrimp boats in the state, so you know the catch at this restaurant is fresh. Henderson is big on truth in labeling so if you order a grouper sandwich, you can rest assured in knowing it is indeed grouper, pulled fresh from the display case at the entrance of the small restaurant with low ceilings. Be sure to try the fish tacos and ask about the daily specials. The stand alone restaurant isn't much to look at from the road. It doesn't have any fancy decor but it does have Southern hospitality and great seafood.
Blue Pointe specializes in seafood and has discounted prices on their fresh oysters each day for happy hour, order a combo of different species. With chic d�for and comfortable seating, menus come in high-tech tablets. Ideal for large parties are the high-top tables that stretch in a perfect row, down the center of the restaurant. Put them together and fit as many as twenty people. Outdoor dining is found on two sides of the restaurant, and the front patio is surprisingly tranquil in spite of the parking lot it fronts. The side option offers good people watching with an option for smoking. With a raw bar, sushi and fresh catch options, the menu leans heavily on surf, although you can find some turf too.
Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach, the Smokin' Oyster Brewery or S.O.B. has been shucking oysters since 1997. The beach cottage has live entertainment on the recently expanded front porch; the inside is small and cozy. Besides fresh oysters, the S.O.B. is known for it's variety of seafood steamer pots and it's messy, delicious garlic crab claws; they come with a bib. Get a side of potatoes and let them soak in the bottom of the bowl. There is paid parking on the street and a few free spots on the east side of the building. Be sure to ask for a signature S.O.B. drink coozie to keep your beer cold.
Diners pack into the Lobster Lady Seafood Market and Bistro like sardines, pun intended. In an unassuming strip mall, just over the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, The Lobster Lady's popularity has exploded. Multiple tanks full of lobsters line one wall, a case of fresh seafood lines the other. Lobster is king here, try it in a delicious hot dip, a New England style roll, stuffed, or in a steamer pot. On Friday and Saturday nights expect a crowd to gather on the sidewalk, waiting for a seat. Good thing they expanded to add the "Chill Bar" with modern decor, a sushi bar, full liquor bar and a CO2 blaster that provides an instant 'chill' when the space gets packed. Lobster Lady has live entertainment nightly and also serves late.
For more than two decades Merrick's Seafood has provided fresh fish to dozens of Southwest Florida restaurants. The owners finally decided to take advantage of the their fresh catches by serving them, not just selling them. In February 2013 they opened a restaurant right next to the market, calling it the Fish Tale Grill. Enjoy both outdoor and indoor seating while dining on affordable seafood fresh off of the boat. Start off with a dozen raw oysters. The Seafood Cobb salad is loaded with shellfish and the lobster bisque is rich and creamy. If you're a lobster fan try it here in spring rolls and sliders. The menu is extensive and presentation at Fish Tale looks as good as the food tastes.
Open since 1978, the Timbers has pleased locals and tourists alike with its award-winning cuisine and entertaining owners and managers. Known for having the largest oyster selection in Southwest Florida, you can order them in flights, raw baked or just about anyway you wish. Have have the chef grill or blacken the catch of the day to your liking, or choose from the many seafood specialties on the menu. The platters are more than filling and the kitchen can accommodate those in your party who would rather dine on things from the land than the sea, with hand cut steaks. This two-story island style restaurant is casual and fun, with a seafood market for DIY cooking.
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, you still have a clear view of the Gulf of Mexico and it's one of the best spots to see a dolphin show, presented by Mother Nature.Start with the campechana, a Spanish-style shrimp cocktail with a kick. The sea bass served in a citrus miso is delectable, while the salmon in a pesto cream will leave you wanting more. Chef Cruz is as entertaining as his food, be sure to say hello.