Best Naples Restaurants for Fresh from the Sea Catches

For a town its size, Naples' culinary reputation is quite impressive. Given its close proximity to the sea and the fisheries around the Florida Everglades, one would naturally expect seafood to dominate local menus, and it definitely does. You would be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that does not serve the local grouper, shrimp, snapper and other delicacies.

The closer you get to the Everglades, the more likely you will find alligator tail and frog legs on the menu. Everglades City is the home port for stone crab and other fishermen, so it's a small wonder it hosts an annual Seafood Festival every February that draws thousands of avid seafood lover to the tiny, colorful town.

Some restaurants concentrate specifically on local catches and seafood imported from New Zealand to Italy. They range from the finest dining rooms to the most colorful, saltiest fish houses; from masterful new preparations to simple Old Florida style.

In the nouvelle cuisine category dwells Floribbean fusion-focused BALEEN and the Euro-swayed Sails Restaurant. For fish-house style, consider the Dock at Crayton Cove or City Seafood. Freshness is the hallmark for all of the restaurants included in this list. Style of preparation and ambiance also figure prominently. 

Swan River Seafood
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If it has ever swam in the sea, Swan River Seafood carries it - fresh - for lunch and dinner. The team is proud of its crab cakes, and rightly so. Pattied with pure crab, it's lightly bound and served with a nice, homemade tartar sauce. Try it...  Read More

Everglades Area
City Seafood
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A dozen or so picnic tables on the dock outside the fresh seafood market afford guests the best catches and views. Some of the tables at deck's edge have seating only on one side for the optimal overlook of the river and its working...  Read More

Fin Bistro
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One of Marco Island's newest and hottest spots for dinner, Fin Bistro lives up to its name by carrying and preparing fresh, fresh fin fish in a nice variety, along with local shellfish. In most cases, the fish comes simply prepared but lovingly...  Read More

USS Nemo
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Who would believe that a restaurant can pull off submarine decor and do it tastefully? But that's not all that's tasteful about this small, strip-mall restaurant that has a faithful following. USS Nemo's seafood tastes fresh, and there's a...  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

Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House - Naples
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Part of a small, Texas-based chain of restaurants, it is anything but cookie-cutter. The dining room seems oversized at first, but its popularity fills the warm, welcoming space at the back of Inn on Fifth most nights. They come for their fix...  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

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

Sea Salt-Naples
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Chef Fabrizio Aielli comes from a stellar background that covers Italy, the Caribbean and two of his own highly hailed Washington, DC, restaurants. At Sea Salt, he conceived dining centered around the sea. To carry the concept, he stocks...  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


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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