Digest the Best Dining Water Views in Naples, Florida

Dining waterside is the quintessential Naples restaurant experience. You need not look far to find your next meal overlooking the beach and Gulf of Mexico or Naples Bay, the Gordon River or inlets and waterways from Bonita Springs to Marco Island and Everglades City. 

Many of the waterfront restaurants exude an atmosphere of uber casual, such as local favorites Doc’s Beach House on Bonita Beach, the Dock at Crayton Cove in old Naples and Snook Inn on Marco Island. Others, such as Bay House Restaurant, cater to a fine dining crowd with exquisite dining rooms and masterful cuisine.

This list compiles the best of both, and all options in between. It weeds out the so so places – of which ilk plenty exist – to lead you to the gems, where you can relish quality fare whether it be burgers, pizza, grouper sandwiches and beer; or foie gras torchon, miso glazed seared sea bass and craft libations.

Although waterside location is the main criterion for this list, thoughtfully executed seafood and other fare, plus an ambiance that aptly complements the location, figure importantly into the formula. Sit with your toes in the sand or take a seat amid glass windowed elegance with views as tasty as the food.

Everglades Area
City Seafood
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


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 are one-sided at deck's edge for the optimal overlook of the river and its working waterfront. There's also...  Read More

Doc's Beach House
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Now this is what a beach restaurant should look like, feel like and charge like. You will find a number of resort restaurants that overlook the beach, but to get the real thing, travel north to Bonita Beach where you can walk right off the beach...  Read More

Snook Inn
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Chickee bars are a signature form of the Naples area party scene, and at Snook Inn the open-air thatched roof structure also draws a lunch crowd looking for eye candy with their meal. The chickee at Snook Inn overlooks the Intracoastal...  Read More

Mango's Dockside Bistro
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Overlooking the marina along the Esplanade shopping and entertainment center complex on Marco Island, Mango's provides a pleasant al fresco and indoor venue for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Cheerful and oh so islandy, its menus give...  Read More

The Dock at Crayton Cove
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


The Dock at Crayton Cove has been around since the mid-70s - a slump of a seafood shack marina-side cooled by sea breezes. It is the epitome of Old Naples pre-gentrification. Not much has changed through the decades. There's still fried...  Read More

Coconut Jack's
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


A leisurely al fresco meal beneath an authentic Seminole-weaved vaulted chickee roof at a place named Coconut Jack's: Does it get any more Florida than that? In fact it does, with fruity drinks, servers' shirts that scream "tropical" and a...  Read More

Old Naples
Latitude 26


Naples' newest waterfront restaurant in the town's newest hotel at the Hyatt House downtown, it toes the line between casual and classy. Inside, its vaulted ceiling gives it a sense of grandeur as sculptures depict fish and suggest waves. Its...  Read More

The Riverwalk at Tin City
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Located at downtown Naples' funky "Tin City" shopping center, Riverwalk gives diners a casual waterfront dining experience along the Gordon River. The restaurant sits atop a dock on the water, designed with a nautical theme in mind. Guests can...  Read More

M Waterfront Grille
Photo courtesy of peter sereno


One of Naples' classiest waterfront restaurants, M Waterfront is part of the Village on Venetian Bah complex on Naples Bay. Simply, yet elegantly, decorated, it emphasizes the picturesque views in lieu of obtrusive interior furnishings....  Read More

Bay House Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


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


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