Naples' Best Restaurants for Wowing and Wooing

With a name like Naples, this destination practically guarantees romance, especially in the dining department. The region is heavy on Italian restaurants, and satisfies that craving for Old World ambiance and from scratch cuisine with extra special spots such as Campiello and Osteria Tulia. They evoke Italy's finest with artfully tailored specialties and atmospheres custom made for romance. At Campiello, you feel as though you are dining in a Roman courtyard, whereas at Osteria Tulia you will sense more of a rustic farm house air.

Other restaurants, such as The French Brasserie Rustique and Bleu Provence take their romantic cues from France, one of the most passionate places in the world, especially when it comes to food. But of course the setting tracks strongly when it comes to creating a date night atmosphere to remember and cherish. And one of Naples' most endearing settings is the beach, where sunset happens nightly. BALEEN boasts one of the region's most striking settings, so close to the beach you can sit with your toes in the sand and bask in the glow of a bonfire and Naples' brand of toasty climes.

This list scours the multitude of restaurants that fill the Naples, Bonita Spring and Marco Island area with so many choices, so little time. Based on careful research and consideration, it offers up  the 10 best restaurants in the region for impressing a first date, fanning the flames of passion, celebrating love or even popping the question.

Old Naples
Chez Boet
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Chez Boet labels its cuisine "French home cooking," but also delves into the north African cuisine that one finds in Paris. Hummus accompanies the crusty bread; tagine - slow roasted stew with couscous - is a specialty. The lamb variety is...  Read More

The Grill
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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

Bay House Restaurant
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Overlooking serene Cocohatchee Bay, the Bay House - as it is most commonly known- 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...  Read More

Sails Restaurant
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"Excellence" describes the new Sails Restaurant from start to finish. From start: Owners meticulously sourced decor items such as a Greek marble bar in the shape of a sail, dish ware, and the finest seafood and steaks to create a modern European...  Read More

The French Brasserie Rustique
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From soupe a l'oignon to the nuts in the apple tarte tatin, everything feels and tastes deliciously francais at this addition to the Fifth Avenue South litany of inimitable dining experiences. Chef Vincenzo Betulia, mastermind of two eateries up...  Read More

Bistro Soleil
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Through the decades, the historic Olde Marco Inn's dining room has evolved into a gracious Victorian setting with a cranberry glass chandelier and Audubon prints. Bistro Soleil, with its delightful Continental interpretations, sheds new light on...  Read More

Old Naples
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This class-act Third Street South restaurant occupies the historic Naples Mercantile Building and a pleasant Rome-reminiscent courtyard to its west. There's another courtyard out back for the best inventory of al fresco dining in Naples....  Read More

Osteria Tulia
Photo courtesy of Osteria Tulia


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...  Read More

Old Naples
Bleu Provence
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This charming trip to provincial France stirs in some of the sophistication of Paris and an encyclopedic wine list to make it one of a kind. Owners Jacques and Lysielle Cariot, who formerly lived in Provence, do not pinpoint one signature dish...  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


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