At the southern threshold to Naples, Marco Island quite frankly amazes visitors with its myriad restaurants that cover all price ranges, styles of cuisine and levels of sophistication. The choices are overwhelming, but this 10Best list guides you to the don’t miss restaurants in a variety of styles.
For instance, you can keep it casual and affordable with views of the water at longtime favorites Snook Inn and Little Bar or newer, more modern Mango’s Dockside Bistro. Snook Inn resides in Olde Marco overlooking the Marco River. The funky fishing village of Goodland is home to quirky Little Bar, while Mango’s is tucked within the handsome Esplanade waterfront entertainment and shopping development.
For special occasion dining, on the other hand, your options range from fine Italian at Sale e Pepe in the Marco Ocean Beach Resort to eclectic new American style at Verdi’s Bistro in a strip mall along the island’s resort area. Newest to the resort scene, Maia wows at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, destined to be rebranded as a JW Marriott resort by 2017.
Most of the restaurants concentrate on the fresh seafood from local waters no matter what their style. Enjoy everything from the ubiquitous fried grouper sandwich to grilled swordfish or salmon at Verdi’s.