Southwest Gulf Coast restaurants

Top Choice Iranian in Naples

Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

This experimental, high-end establishment takes its name from the Farsi phrase for 'yum, yum,' and that turns out to be a serious understatement. Wash down the pistachio lamb meatballs with a saffron lemongrass mart…
Top Choice Seafood in Venice

Crow's Nest Marina Restaurant

With Venice Inlet and marina views from an elegant 2nd-floor dining room within a restored Victorian, this is a longtime surf ‘n’ turf favorite. Popular dishes include the filet mignon and the Key Largo grouper, and…
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota Keys

Beach Bistro

Sean Murphy's Beach Bistro is Anna Maria's best date night. Perfectly executed Floridian dishes showcase the best locally and nationally sourced farm products, including fresh line-caught seafood, Hudson Valley foie…
Top Choice Southern US in Sarasota

Owen's Fish Camp

The wait rarely dips below an hour at this hip, Old Florida swamp shack downtown. The menu consists of upscale Southern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including whatever's fresh, and solid regular dishes like …
Top Choice American in Fort Myers

Twisted Vine Bistro

Two words: truffle fries. OK, a few more words. This cozy American restaurant and boutique wine bar specializes in surf ‘n’ turf, offering certified Angus beef and mouthwatering seafood, along with fantastic salads,…
Top Choice Seafood in Naples

USS Nemo

In a nondescript strip mall in north Naples, this wildly popular seafood establishment is festooned in porthole art and known for insanely delicious miso-glazed sea bass and mouthwatering truffle lobster risotto. Th…
Top Choice American in Sanibel Island

Mad Hatter Restaurant

Vacationing Manhattan urbanites flock to what is widely regarded as Sanibel's best locavore restaurant. Contemporary seafood is the focus, with tempting appetizers such as oysters and a seafood martini, while mains …
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota


Focusing on the popular farm-to-table and hook-to-fork movements, chef Steve Phelps whips up innovative American creations such as Parmesan beignets with honey, pears and thyme, and an ever-popular wild mushroom bis…
Top Choice Seafood in Fort Myers Beach

Dixie Fish Company

Next to Doc Ford's and under the same ownership, this fish house recently opened in a 1937 wooden structure that originally contained a fish market. The catch comes straight off the local crab and shrimping boats, w…
Top Choice Breakfast in Pine Island

Perfect Cup

A genuine local gathering place, Perfect Cup offers just that: a bottomless mug of flavorful house-roasted coffee ($2) to go with its top-quality diner-style fare – creative omelets, French toast and pancakes.