Bonita Springs Dining: Head North for Good Eats

Bonita Springs lies to the north of Naples proper, and whereas one city virtually blends into the other, its dining scene has become part of the overall robust Naples restaurant picture. Once known for its tomato farming and commercial fishing, Bonita Springs is still all about food. In the past decade or so, its restaurant roll call has grown ever so more sophisticated. Many of its best restaurants line Bonita Beach Road, a thoroughfare that connects Interstate 75 and Highway 41 to the beach.

This list culls from a growing number of eateries the finest of Bonita Springs and neighboring Estero at its northern threshold. It brings you fine dining experiences such as Roy’s Bonita Springs, Angelina’s Ristorante and Wylds Café. It also offers some casual options such as waterfront Coconut Jack’s and Old 41 Restaurant, the latter known for its authentic Philly cuisine.

While you are visiting or living in the Naples area, the quality and quantity of restaurants make traveling the short distance to Bonita Springs worth the trip. Besides what is listed here, you will find a smattering of authentic Mexican taquerias, a casual beach shack eatery and an old Florida style seafood restaurant.

Old 41 Restaurant
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Open for breakfast and lunch only (until 3 p.m.), it tastes like eating at home - especially if you are from Philly. Then you will likely order the Philly Breakfast with Taylor pork roll or scrapple or the Philly cheese steak served on genuine,...  Read More

Coconut Jack's
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A leisurely al fresco meal beneath an authentic Seminole-weaved vaulted chickee roof at a place named Coconut Jack's: Does it get any more Florida than that? In fact it does, with fruity drinks, servers' shirts that scream "tropical" and a...  Read More

Figs Grille
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Mediterranean cuisine finds a new depth of expression at Fig's Grille. Chef/owner Sam Tadros carries his success at North Naples' Sam-Bucco's Bistro a few countries further at Fig's, adding heavier Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan and Spanish...  Read More

DeRomo's Gourmet Market & Restaurant
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New in 2015, DeRomo's is taking over the Promenade shopping center with a foodie-fantasy market, a spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant and a pasta factory. Equally ambitious, the menu covers everything from classic Italian and New York-style...  Read More

TAG The American Gastropub
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Opened in fall 2015, TAG plays its game well. Attention focuses on small plates, appetizers and sandwiches, plus a couple of crazy "Tagline" dishes: #Kamikaze Hot Dog, tempura fried with cream cheese; and #Sushiritto-- an ahi tuna sushi-burrito...  Read More

Tarpon Bay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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From a threesome sampler of ceviche to a flight of ice cream finale, a meal at Tarpon Bay is all about dabbling in the fine art of gastronomy. Built in the style of the old fish houses and cottages that once populated this jut of land, it...  Read More

A Table Apart
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The small, modern, sparsely decorated space along Bonita Beach Road matches the size of the menu. But good things come in a small package here - intrigue and deft flavor pairings attract a devoted following that regularly fills A Table Apart....  Read More

Roy's Bonita Springs
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Roy's does not limit its kitchen to Asia and the South Seas. Its Euro-Asian style flashes continental and nouvelle in the most delightful places. The restaurant exudes an energy and friendliness, an air and excellence that effectively achieve...  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

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 baby kale tucked in among the Caesar salad's romaine lettuce, citrus tomato...  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