Head to North Naples for a More Affordable and Youthful Dining Landscape

North Naples has become the new downtown when it comes to food, nightlife and the town’s young professional crowd. When the Mercato shopping and entertainment center opened on Tamiami Trail and Vanderbilt Beach Road a few years back, the tide turned. It led a movement toward good eats and youthful energy.

The North Naples area for the purpose of this list starts in the north at the Collier and Lee counties line and extends south to Pine Ridge Road.

Other culinary gems inhabit North Naples’ upscale resorts, such as BALEEN at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

The 10 best restaurants included on this list cover a wide range of price points, settings and style of cuisine. Sample everything from hearty home cooked fare and fish market seafood to Peruvian, healthy and Southwestern cuisine.

Perhaps the best part of venturing to North Naples for breakfast, lunch or dinner is you are likely to find more affordable meals than when dining in the downtown Old Naples district. 

Joe's Diner
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Eat at Joe's! the sign outside commands, predictably. The popular North Naples diner is cliche; 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

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...  Read More

Sunburst Café
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Tucked into a shopping plaza at the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Airport Pulling Road, this small cafe overflows into sidewalk tables with fans of its fresh and flavorful coffee, bakery goods, breakfast omelets, sandwiches, and crepes....  Read More

The Local
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Whether you choose deeply comforting food or a low-calorie or vegan dish, The Local promises the freshest, most local, homemade products available. So it's not only healthy for diners, but for Mother Earth as well. Owner-chef Jeff Mitchell...  Read More

Bay House Restaurant
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Overlooking serene Cocohatchee Bay, the Bay House is regarded as one of the city's most spectacular seafood restaurants. This charming eatery serves fresh, Southern-inspired and bistro-style seafood dishes, as well as steak and chicken options -...  Read More

The Grill
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Naples


Nothing beats a dinner out at the Ritz, where service, setting and culinary excellence combine to foment an experience that transcends mere eating by miles. The Grill excels in fine steaks, but also knows its way around seafood. Dry-aged cuts...  Read More

Inca's Kitchen
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And the award for the best new "greet-and-eat" bread basket alternative: Inca's Kitchen's fried corn with a trio of dipping sauces. This Peruvian favorite starts off diners with this fun taster of yellow pepper sauce, red pepper sauce and...  Read More

Agave Bar & Grill
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This handsomely decorated dining room definitely dwells at the high end of Naples' range of Mexican restaurants with fare that embraces fresh Southwestern American cuisine. Its signature guacamole bar custom blends your avocado dip to your...  Read More

Photo courtesy of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples


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

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...  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