Best Lunch in Naples

Naples' Most Scenic and Savory Lunchtime Restaurants

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 most 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 street-side 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 shop the food trucks at Celebration Park

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 Italian-swayed restaurants - for which Naples, true to its name, is known - plus one with a British accent and still others where everything is healthy and homemade.


Jane's Garden Cafe
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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 cheese to its popular lobster roll, corn and chipotle chicken BLT, seafood tacos in five flavors (plus vegetarian and chicken), seafood crepes, vegetarian melt and warm pecan pie. Ask about gluten-free bread and other options. The staff happily accommodates special dietary needs, but service can be a little slow, especially in the winter-spring season.

Recommended for Lunch because: Its all-day lunch and breakfast menus and setting make for a midday getaway to the Continent.

Chelle's expert tip: Grab a seat in the lush courtyard and ask about the day's muffin offerings no matter what time of day.

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East Naples
Three60 Market
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On the water and occupying a cheerfully painted old Florida-style house, this place could not be more inviting. Showcases and tables hold sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta, bakery goods and hot dishes made from scratch fresh daily. The goodness starts at breakfast with a selection of egg dishes, oatmeal, pastries and an unusual breakfast salad with hard boiled eggs, spinach and veggies. At lunch, diners browse the different stations for fresh made pastas such as wild boar or broccoli rabe and sausage ravioli, grilled vegetable pannini with fresh mozzarella, tomato pie, blueberry and goat cheese pie and limoncello mascarpone cake. It offers a remarkable wine list along with beers and coffee drinks.

Recommended for Lunch because: A new concept it lunching, it gives diners a choice between ordering off the menu or selecting from food stations.

Chelle's expert tip: Three60 Market is known for its meatballs - made from beef the staff grounds by hand.

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True Food Kitchen
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As fresh as its pea-green banquettes, True Food Kitchen opened in March 2017, fueled by the expertise and name-recognition of Dr. Andrew Weil, whose anti-inflammatory diet has made him a respected author. The spacious, open dining room presents a seamless experience of watching chefs and juice bartenders work magic with the freshest, healthiest ingredients possible. With more than 25 restaurants nationwide, True Food's menu localizes somewhat to its venue. Every location's menu indicates vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan selections, plus organic wines and fresh-made cocktails. Don't-miss items: Medicine Man iced tea with blueberry, pomegranate and sea buckthorn; Charred Cauliflower with harissa tahini and dates; Inside Out Quinoa burger with hummus and tzatziki; Dashi Ramen bowl with sweet potato glass noodles; and coconut and chia flan. Even the lasagna - made with gluten-free noodles, house-made chicken sausage and fresh carrot brunoise - tastes healthy.

Recommended for Lunch because: Handy for shoppers, it impresses with delicious, healthy and fresh choices for lunch.

Chelle's expert tip: Weekend brunch incorporates many of the regular menu favorites plus yummy egg dishes and gluten-free muffins.

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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 it's daily changing fresh fish and dessert pie menus. The steak takes center stage, however. It occupies one page of the dinner food menu, divided among the restaurant's four beef providers. Each touts its own connoisseur-level characteristics. Yet The Continental is clearly no ordinary steakhouse. Owners break the mold with their menus, but also with the restaurant's design. The dining room, which shows the telltale opulence of a typical steakhouse, opens onto the courtyard, where a convivial bar, bougainvillea-framed setting, cabanas and live dinner entertainment make this something wholly other.

Recommended for Lunch because: Its courtyard seating, congenial bar and incredible burger make this a lunchtime favorite.

Chelle's expert tip: If key lime blackberry pie is on the day's pie menu, don't pass it up.

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The Dock at Crayton Cove
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The Dock at Crayton Cove has been around since the mid-70s - a slump of a seafood shack marina-side cooled by sea breezes. It is the epitome of Old Naples pre-gentrification. Not much has changed over the decades. There's still fried seafood specials, raw oysters and a lively bar scene. The menu has progressed through the years to inject exotic Caribbean flavor into the menu. Think banana macadamia nut snapper, key lime grouper with citrus butter sauce, Havana baby back ribs with guava BBQ sauce and jerk grilled chicken sandwich. Wash it all down with something cold, fruity and rummy.

Recommended for Lunch because: With its view of a yacht harbor, it sets the perfect scene for a salty lunch in a quintessential Naples location.

Chelle's expert tip: Start your meal with rock shrimp nachos - a fishy twist on same-old.

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Celebration Park Naples
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Opened in December 2018, the brainstorm of the owner of Three60 Market across the creek, Celebration Park celebrates the food truck boom that has been sounding across the nation these past few years. About 10 food trucks and stands park permanently (or at least seasonally) leading up to a stationary covered bar at Celebration. Some tables, high-tops, bar stools, and high chairs at a bar overlooking the creek providing seating. Choose from curry, barbecue, seafood, Greek dishes, gourmet burgers, hot dogs and mini-beignets at the different trucks. At Dilly's Seafood, the spiny lobster roll is probably the most expensive thing you will find at $19.

Recommended for Lunch because: Celebration Park has become a hotspot for lunchers looking for a lot of options and a lively scene.

Chelle's expert tip: Plan on a late lunch if you want to grab a table; they're in short supply from noon to 1 p.m.

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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! The lunch menu may be small, but it is also packed with wow. Chef Betulia makes everything himself - from the crispy fried pig ears and house-made ricotta to the fennel sausage tossed with mascarpone cream and Torchio pasta. Pizza ranges from classic tomato with basil and mozzarella to the Mary Had a Little Lamb - lamb sausage, ricotta, spring onions and chiles.

Recommended for Lunch because: In a town full of Italian restaurants, this one is the most creative and best for lunch.

Chelle's expert tip: For a refreshing warm-weather cocktail, try the Fiori - passionfruit-infused vodka with passionfruit nectar, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, muddled raspberries and effervescent limonata.

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The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach
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Cleverly disguised as a casual beach club at a small resort, the Turtle Club exceeds all expectations to dwell in that vaunted culinary territory known as a local secret. To start with, there's the location, which deserves to be described in triplicate: location, location, location. Not because it's all about the location, but because there are gorgeous gulf views from every table of the small, intimate dining room; and the sunny patio is right on the beach. You won't feel deprived ordering one of the entree salads such as honey and almond roasted salmon. Go tropical with coconut-fried shrimp or continental with grilled beef tenderloin on brioche with boursin. The key lime chiffon pie lightens up a Florida tradition.

Recommended for Lunch because: It's as close as you can get to the beach for lunch in Naples.

Chelle's expert tip: The "famous oysters 'Turtlefeller'" truly are locally famous and delicious with the added dimension of apple-smoked bacon.

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Lake Park Diner
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It may look like a diner, with its outdoor seating and window-ordering and burgers and shakes on the menu. But it breaks the mold with an organic chicken rotisserie, a garden feel, craft cocktails such as tequila with muddled orange and prickly pear, and clever milkshakes like the red velvet vanilla topped with a donut. And those burgers? Ground from grass-fed beef. This is the "Diner with a Conscience," loved by fans who fill the patio and a newer indoor, air-conditioned space. The menu urges you to "Get Healthy," then describes a buttermilk fried chicken panini topped with pimento cheese and those decadent "super shakes."

Recommended for Lunch because: Business folk and families alike fill the patio and indoor dining room for lunch as healthy or decadent as they desire.

Chelle's expert tip: There's something for all food preferences: Look for icons on the menu indicating vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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Bar Tulia Mercato
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With already Osteria Tulia, Bar Tulia and The French Brasserie downtown Naples, Chef Vincenzo Batulia made the daring move to North Naples and Mercato shopping center with a spinoff of his popular Italian pub. The menu steals a bit here from downtown Tulia and the French, but then makes its own stand with dishes like fried deviled eggs, house-made ricotta and spinach ravioli and Spanish octopus bruschetta. The pizzas, if possible, got even better, thanks to the new Tulia's imported wood-fired oven. It boasts a spirit similarly vivacious to its downtown forebear, but with a different slightly industrial feel. Like Betulia's other three Naples restaurants, the Mercato edition carries on the ritual of composed craft cocktails that often twist the classics. Take the Tangerine Painkiller or Jamaican-style Manhattan with rye whiskey, for instance.

Recommended for Lunch because: New, hot and delicious, this Fifth Avenue South spinoff has locals raving come lunch.

Chelle's expert tip: Umbria black truffles elevate the Little Baby Cheesus pizza to the heavens.

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