I might post the occasional restaurant review on my blog, but I thought I’d use this space to share with you some of my favorite food places that I’ve discovered in and around Naples Florida.
Dining in Naples has gotten more fun over the years as more eateries have come to town. In fact, there’s so many restaurants in Naples now that I really think my husband and I could eat at a new one every day of the year and probably still not visit them all!
My Absolute Favorites
Located in the Coastland Center Mall, Naples (& there’s one at Gulf Coast Town Center, too)
A round pizza cut into squares and oh so yummy!
On Fifth Avenue in Naples
I haven’t had the food yet, but the bellinis are incredible (and the bartender is easy to look at)!
Blue Monkey Bar & Grille
7550 Mission Hills Drive, Naples (in the Sweet Bay plaza at the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and 951)
I’m not sure I would have found this place if it weren’t for friends raving about the food, and boy are they right! Blue Monkey has a sports bar feel, but the menu is so much more than wings and burgers. Try the chicken carbonara — it’s to die for! I hate to admit this, but I actually dream about this dish.
At Waterside Shops in Naples
Lunch or dinner, I’ve never been disappointed. Try the deviled eggs and sugar bacon appetizer!
Brio Tuscan Grille
At Waterside Shops in Naples
Always fabulous and the specials are amazing.
12200 Tamiami Trail North, Naples
Delicious sushi … need I say more?
Chop’s City Grill
On Fifth Avenue in Naples (& there’s one in Bonita Springs, too)
If you want to impress your out-of-town visitors, this is the place. This quickly became my parents favorite spot!
9080 Collier Blvd., Naples
Sitting out there all by its lonesome on Collier Blvd. a couple of miles south of Davis Blvd. this restaurant is non-descript from the outside but has incredible fried chicken, chicken fried steak … basically anything fried. Gotta love those vittles, too! If you don’t know what that is, then you have to stop in!
The Cheesecake Factory
At the Coastland Center Mall in Naples
The plates overflow with food and what’s even better is this place closes late (more like early morning hours) so it’s great when you’re having a midnight snack craving.
Several locations in Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
Delicious breakfast, sandwiches and salads served every day till just 2 p.m.
5400 Taylor Road, Naples
Tucked away in the industrial park off Pine Ridge Road, is this hidden treasure of a restaurant. Only open for breakfast and lunch, it is so worth making this a regular stop. Everything is delicious plus they make their own strawberry jam and peanut butter spread which are yummy on the pancakes and waffles. Very inexpensive!
390 Tamiami Trail North, Naples
All I’ve had is the Greek salad and gyros, but I’m sure everything is just as tasty. Plus the guys behind the counter aren’t hard to look at either!
Grouper & Chips
338 9th Street North, Naples
Tucked away in a non-descript plaza along U.S. 41, this place does grouper right!
3625 Gateway Lane, Naples
I know … I’m not a big fan of girls serving in skimpy outfits, but I’m willing to overlook that fact just to enjoy those amazing chicken wings. Awesome!
8010 Trail Boulevard, Naples
Incredible steak … oh, and really good salads, too.
878 Fifth Avenue South, downtown Naples
Delicious menu offering everything from veal to fish & an incredible summer deal that year-round residents shouldn’t miss.
3745 North Tamiami Trail, Naples
Great atmosphere and excellent seafood. A real surprise for a place located in a strip mall!
Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar
1585 Pine Ridge Road in the Mission Square Plaza in Naples
I have to admit, I wasn’t so sure about Italian and sushi coming together in one place, but man this sushi is to die for!
Real Seafood Co.
8960 Fontana Del Sol Way, Naples
Great seafood, fabulous warm rolls that I eat way too much of, and they treat you to a free birthday meal if you come in the day of your birthday (and we always make a point of doing so).
A lot of locations through Naples and Southwest Florida
I just can’t get enough of their pork barbecue which I love to smother in their sweet sauce!
403 Bayfront Place, Naples
All I can say is the prime rib is amazing! They carve it tableside.
The Real McCaw
3275 Bayshore Drive, Naples
It’s easy to pass this restaurant by as you drive up and down Bayshore Drive because it really doesn’t look like much from the outside, but trust me this place is worth the stop every time. Delicious food, a tropical atmopshere, and a real McCaw!
The Turtle Club
At the Vanderbilt Beach Resort on Gulfshore Drive in Naples
A little bit pricy perhaps but you just can’t beat the beachfront dining.
Tony’s Off Third
1300 Third Street South, Naples
Not exactly a restaurant but more of a pastry shop with a huge selection of wines. It’s become tradition for us to stop in after attending Easter sunrise service at the Naples Pier.