Naples' Cream of the Crop: 10 Best Restaurants under the Sun

For a town its size, Naples is virtually over-stuffed with restaurants. Good restaurants. Excellent restaurants. And for the area – known for its Midwestern retiree populations – darn good restaurants. It has a dining-out kind of populace that supports restaurants from the most casual seafood house to the finest Ritz-Carlton dining room year-round.

Although they may not keep pace with Miami and other Florida foodie scenes, the restaurants of Naples impress with fine technique and cutting-edge daring. Downtown restaurants in particular are breaking the seafood and steak mold with global touches and skilled daring. Osteria Tulia takes Italian dining - something of which Naples boasts plenty - to a new level by returning to farmhouse roots in a thoroughly modern way, while Sails Restaurant travels to coastal Europe. On Marco Island, the new Ario at JW Marriott too steps up its steak and seafood game with global flare and a touch of magic. 

Besides Italian, you will find everything from French to Persian cuisine in the Naples area. For the latter, Bha! Bha! will tickle your taste buds with exotic flavors.


The Continental
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The Continental serves all-American cuisine. Its niche is two-fold: name-ranch steaks and craft cocktails. But yet it is multi-faceted, offering also such original concepts as its daily changing fresh fish and dessert pie menus. The steak takes...  Read More

The Grill
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Nothing beats a dinner out at the Ritz, where service, setting and culinary excellence combine to foment an experience that transcends mere eating by miles. The Grill excels in fine steaks, but also knows its way around seafood and vegetarian...  Read More

BHA! BHA! Persian Bistro
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Bha!Bha! has served its popular brand of "Persian bistro" cuisine in Naples since 1997. The name means "Yum! Yum!" in Iran, Chef Michael Mir's homeland. He fuses his native background with his experience in fine American kitchens to present...  Read More

Angelina's Ristorante
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The kitchen's excellence stems from exquisite attention to detail - from a house-cured cherry in the Manhattan cocktail in the convivial bar to fanfare touches such as porcini and mascarpone tones in the rice balls, citrus tomato butter with...  Read More

Wylds Cafe
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The menu changes with the seasons at Wylds, but the tenderloin saga remains a constant. Wading in a pool of demi-glace, the grilled filet mignon gets piled with shards of pommes frites and the glue of melted saga blue cheese. A take on steak...  Read More

Verdi's American Bistro
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Subtitled "an American Bistro," Verdi's has been Marco Island's culinary boast for well over a decade. Don't be fooled by its simple strip mall setting. The kitchen offsets the simplicity with marvelously crafted seafood and meat dishes...  Read More

Sea Salt-Naples
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Chef Fabrizio Aielli comes from a stellar background that covers Italy, the Caribbean and two of his own highly hailed Washington, DC, restaurants. At Sea Salt, he conceived dining centered around the sea. To carry the concept, he stocks...  Read More

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On its climb to reach JW Marriott status by early 2017, the former Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort created something rare and precious. It starts with fine beef aged 35 days in an on-premise aging room, but do not dismiss Ario as just another...  Read More

Osteria Tulia
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The first dilemma: Sit al fresco and people watch along busy Fifth Avenue South or enter the embrace of "farmhouse chic" indoors, where repurposed barn wood creates warmth and character? Then the food ordering decision! Like the décor, the...  Read More

Sails Restaurant
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"Excellence" describes the new Sails Restaurant from start to finish. From start: Owners meticulously sourced decor items such as a Greek marble bar in the shape of a sail, dish ware, and the finest seafood and steaks to create a modern European...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle