Fresh and Fabulous: Southwest Florida Seafood Pleases the Palate

Fort Myers has had much success in cultivating great restaurants where seafood has a strong presence. You'll find everything from fried fish served in a basket, to grilled crustaceans drizzled with gourmet sauces served on fine dinnerware. Whether you are dressed in high heels or flip flops, there are plenty of locally owned restaurants committed to serving only the freshest catches. 

For the sun burned beach, goers with sand still in their shoes, the S.O.B. or Smokin' Oyster Brewery, is no fuss and all fun. Visitors love picking up S.O.B. memorabilia after a few drinks. For the freshly showered, out for a special occasion crowd you can’t beat the long established Prawn Broker for consistently good quality and service.

Two things you must try while dining in the Fort Myers area are locally caught shrimp and grouper. You'll find it on the menu of almost every restaurant, in some form or fashion. Two seasonal items to look for are stone crab and Florida spiny lobsters.

Although the area is surrounded by water, you'll find some of the best local seafood haunts nowhere near it, tucked in obscure strip malls. Don’t be afraid of what you’ll find inside. 10Best has your back and some extra tartar sauce to boot.

The Clam Bake Restaurant
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New Englanders will feel right at home at the Clam Bake, but you don't have to be from the northeast to appreciate the fresh seafood and fun atmosphere the restaurant offers. Once you've tasted the crowd-pleasing lobster roll, you'll think...  Read More

Prawnbroker Restaurant and Fish Market
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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...  Read More



The Gulfshore Grill is one restaurant with two great vibes. The indoor portion provides quiet, the comfort of air conditioning and views of the Gulf of Mexico from every seat. The outside deck, also called The Cottage, serves the same menu,...  Read More



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...  Read More

South Fort Myers


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...  Read More

Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill - Ft. Myers
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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...  Read More

Smokin Oyster Brewery, SOB
Photo courtesy of Smokin Oyster Bar


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...  Read More

Lobster Lady Seafood Market and Bistro
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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...  Read More



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...  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. Sitting on the Estero Bay,...  Read More


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