From home-cooking diners to beautiful resort buffets and breakfast on the beach, Naples restaurants make the morning meal a true occasion. Many of them continue to serve eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffle and various original creations into the afternoon hours, in fact.

One place in Marco Island shows its allegiance to indulgent first meal dining with its name - Breakfast Plus, where influences from New Orleans to Poland weigh in. Those who prefer the gourmet touch to their breakfast or brunch will find it at the other end of the scale at BALEEN, part of La Playa Beach & Golf Resort, where you can dine overlooking Vanderbilt Beach. 

This list has sifted out the ho-hum places to eat breakfast in an area where morning dine-outs are robust, thanks to a large retirement population. What makes it to the list are those restaurants showing a commitment to breakfast, rather than serving it as an afterthought to resort or other guests. These restaurants show creativity in designing their menus and use fine ingredients and unusual technique in executing their specialties. 

So don't look for the usual egg and bacon platters or chain pancake houses on this 10 best list. Be delighted instead by eye opening meals that will make your day. 

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Country cheery in style, Blueberry's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an accent on breakfast. The extensive menu covers all the breakfast bases - bakery goods, pancakes and waffles, crepes, egg combos, omelets, French toast, healthy...  Read More

Trackside Donuts & Cafe
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Occupying a former life Dairy Queen A-frame building near the dog track in Bonita Springs, this casual, popular breakfast spot serves glazed and filled donuts in various flavors, as its name suggests. However it also gets applauds for its other...  Read More

The Coffee Shoppe at Cove Inn
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The Cove Inn Coffee Shoppe reverts to an era of breakfast counters, sassy servers, S.O.S. (described as Sailor on Shore here, but others will recognize the acronym's more familiar meaning), and pancakes that fill the plate. A solid fixture...  Read More

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Patric's has a split personality. On one hand, the charming little retro cafe loads up diners on comfort food such as muffins, pot roast skillet and bacon benedict for breakfast; and deep fried hot dogs and bacon and pbj sandwiches for lunch....  Read More

Breakfast Plus
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Marco Island has a wealth of places devoted to breakfast; this one has the widest, most original and globally inspired selection of them all. Its two dining areas and counter are nothing fancy, occupying a corner of Marco Town Center. House...  Read More

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The only town with two Ritz-Carltons, Naples benefits from the brand's fine, precise influence on its restaurant scene. At the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Lemonia has a slightly more relaxed feel than The Grill at the cross-town beach resort. But...  Read More

Joe's Diner
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Eat at Joe's! the sign outside commands, predictably. The popular North Naples diner is cliché in many ways – from its counter seating to its comfort food. Checkered tablecloths under glass top the usually packed tables. Photos of Frank...  Read More

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

Jane's Garden Café
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The setting feels like provincial France, but the menu tips its hat to British and American fare with healthy notes for breakfast and lunch. Everything is freshly prepared at Jane's - from the quiche du jour and roasted beets salad with feta...  Read More

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BALEEN gives a global twist to its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The setting couldn't scream Southwest Florida more succinctly with its Gulf of Mexico and white sand views. You can even dine with your toes planted in the sand should you...  Read More


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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