Naples is a lunching kind of town. Especially in season - Christmas through Easter - it is a recognized "ladies who lunch" destination. This is unusual for an area where sunny, warm days find everyone at the beach, and restaurants often sit empty at lunchtime.
Perhaps it's because so many of Naples' restaurants offer outdoor seating so that patrons can enjoy the scene - whether it is streetside along bustling Third Street South or Fifth Avenue South in downtown Old Naples or on the waterfront.
This list will give you options in a variety of venues. For downtown sustenance during serious shopping sprees, you can find The Continental on Third Street South and Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South. For waterfront views, hit the beach at The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach or watch Intercoastal Waterway traffic at Snook Inn on Marco Island.
You will find more than beach food and American cuisine for lunch. Naples restaurants break out of the ho-hum soup and sandwich mold with ethnic restaurants and healthy cuisine. This list includes a couple of Italian-swayed restaurants - for which Naples, true to its name, is known - plus one with French influence, another with a British accent and still others where everything is healthy and homemade.