From Romantic to Rowdy, Waterfront Dining Options in Fort Myers Satisfy

When you're in the mood for ambience as much as food, satisfying restaurants can be hard to come by. After all, you want the whole package. Fortunately, Fort Myers and it's surrounding islands deliver in spades.

The area promises a superb selection of restaurants to satisfy your desire for Waterfront Dining. These places take care of the details, make you feel welcomed, ply you with wonderful dishes and do it with a fantastic natural backdrop. For unspoiled mangroves and playful dolphins, Bayfront Bistro is sure to please as much as Gulfshore Grill will tease, with it's views of sunbathers on Fort Myers Beach.

The Fort Myers area beaches may seem obvious spots for finding a waterfront dining, however, there are bays, rivers and canals here too. Rum Runners and Gather are two restaurants found at different marina's on inland waterways in Cape Coral. Not only do they have ample dock space for you to arrive by boat, but also parking garages to keep your car cool while you dine. In fact, most of these spots have dock space, although it can get crowded on the weekends.

While there are lots of bars with waterfront views, 10Best will guide you to the best places to enjoy good food to go along with your cold beverage.

North Fort Myers


You'll find Three Fishermen on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, in North Fort Myers. Not only does it offer waterfront scenery but also the best view of the skyline of Fort Myers. You can watch the sun go down and the party lights of...  Read More

Lighthouse Restaurant
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The Lighthouse is an impressive white structure with beautiful landscaping and a relaxing waterfront view. Tucked just off of the main road to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, it's at the entrance of the even more exclusive Connie Mack Island. The...  Read More



In the middle of Estero Island, Bayfront Bistro has great views of the mangroves in what locals call the "back bay". Get there at dusk for the best chance of seeing dolphins at play. Or dine on the the breezy, outdoor terrace for romantic views...  Read More

Dixie Fish Company
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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 gambling boats headed out for the day or night. This bar offers a lot more...  Read More



Recently rebranded as Shuckers at The Gulfshore, this is a local landmark, one restaurant with three great vibes. The indoor bar and dining room have undergone an impressive facelift. It's laid back and comfortable with superb views of the Gulf...  Read More

Tarpon Lodge
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The Tarpon Lodge could be considered a hidden gem as it takes some effort to get to, on the northwestern side of Pine Island. Some say it appears frozen in time, reminiscent of "old Florida," before the big developments and fancy high rises. The...  Read More

Cape Coral


Gather has a cool vide no matter what time of day or night you choose to dine here; breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. With modern lighting and tasteful graffiti the lounge area takes center stage with couches and throw pillows. The low tables...  Read More

Cape Coral


Rum Runners is just over the Caloosahatchee River, in Cape Coral. Diners can dock their boats and dine on the outside deck, the screened in terrace or inside where the air condition is comfortable. The restaurant sits on a scenic canal with...  Read More

Sanibel Island
Mad Hatter
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This beach side dining spot has been an island favorite for the perfect combination of food and ambiance, for three decades. With only about a dozen tables, each one has a spectacular view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The vibe is...  Read More

Flippers on the Bay
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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 considering a restaurant on stilts. It's the only spot on the beach...  Read More


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