Best Places to Nosh on Tapas in Naples, Florida

Tapas, like most culinary dishes when introduced into the American culture, have become a diluted interpretation of their old World Spanish origins. The word has come to mean any small plate presentation of food that allows diners to share and sample many different dishes at one sitting. Fortunately a few places in the Naples area – such as IM Tapas Spanish Resto Bar and the new Lamoraga - keep the Spanish tradition intact with wonderfully executed, labor intensive samplings of Spanish cheese, charcuterie, olives, seafood and meat dishes. In fact, true tapas cuisine seems to be on the upswing these days locally, as witnessed by the popularity of the new Lamoraga and more common inclusion on non-Spanish menus. This list includes Naples' inventory of authentic Spanish tapas restaurants, but also some of the other non-Spanish restaurants around town that include a good selection of plates you can share among several diners. The latter category includes restaurants and cafes with American, Peruvian, French and even Persian cuisine. Refer to this list when you are looking for a place to socialize over drinks and noshes with friends and family. Each restaurant listing was selected for its extensive and varied menu of plates for sharing and mixing and matching. 

Wine Loft of Naples
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The gorgeous parlor setting at the Wine Loft Bar & Restaurant feels at once elegant and homey. Of course fine wines are the tipple of choice, but it carries a full stock of beers and liquor. The restaurant serves meals until the bar closes,...  Read More

BHA! BHA! Persian Bistro
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The name means "Yum! Yum!" in Iran, Chef Michael Mir's homeland. He fuses his native background with his experience in fine American kitchens to present an intriguing menu that maintains the authenticity and boldness of Middle Eastern cuisine...  Read More

Tarpon Bay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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From a threesome sampler of ceviche to a flight of ice cream finale, a meal at Tarpon Bay is all about dabbling in the fine art of gastronomy. Built in the style of the old fish houses and cottages that once populated this jut of land, it...  Read More

Pelican Bay
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Dining in the Ritz's lobby feels glamorous no matter what. The quality of the tapas style "shared experiences" at Bites elevates it to the finest degree of dining. Each small plate reflects brilliant imagination and time- and labor-intensive...  Read More

La Bazenne on Fifth
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The accent is authentically French at this new sidewalk cafe in Old Naples. Lunch menu items range from quiche du jour to mushroom crepe and steak frites. Dinner entrees come in two sizes - tapas and full size meal: warm asparagus with coddled...  Read More

Bella Maria Cafe
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With its festive patio tables and umbrellas and cozy interior dining room, Bella Maria Café feels like a tiny escape from the streets of Naples to the tapas cafes of Spain. Its menu, however, travels beyond those borders to offer quiche, an...  Read More

HobNob Kitchen & Bar
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A few generations ago, this restaurant location was known as Zoe's, named after local restaurant owner legend Michael Hernandez's daughter. Hernandez is back on the Naples scene with HobNob - a clever name for a perfect place to do just that in...  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

IM Tapas Spanish Resto Bar
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From its Spanish wine and beer selections to the arroz con leche dessert made with rice grown in the mountains of the Spanish province Murcia, this off-the-beaten-path restaurant is the real thing - a place to dine, unhurried, on the finer...  Read More

Lamoraga Restaurant
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Based on an Andalusian concept that roughly translates as "barbecue on the beach," Lamoraga opened in April 2014 mid-town as a vision of clean, modern design and cuisine. Its Spanish origins insure that its tapas are the true, authentic thing....  Read More


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