Cape Coral in the state of Florida hasn’t always had such a culinary scene as it does now. Perhaps having a couple gems of restaurant, the town was mostly full of fast-food spots and dive bars. Things have certainly changed over the years. Food-driven and passionate chefs have been drawn to the lower rents of Cape Coral, and the now thriving cocktail scene is one of the best anywhere within Southwest Florida. Restaurants range from mom-and-pop dining spots to chef-driven dive bars, to waterfront and upscale establishments, offering something for everyone.
© Point 57
Point 57 is the dream restaurant of co-owner and chef Matt Arnold, basically building it from the ground up. Opened in the early part of 2017, the restaurant boasts soft booths, sleek fixtures, and a seasonally inspired, Southern-infused menu that includes dishes like crispy pork shanks served over blue-cheese grits, sauteed spinach with a tomato gravy, and hoecakes with black-eyed peas. While the presentation of dishes at Point 57 are typically simple, the flavors are deep. Chef Matt Arnold personally oversees every dish that leaves his expansive kitchen. The bar is particularly known for its tequila drinks with maple and cardamom.
3522 Del Prado Blvd. S, Cape Coral, FL, Phone: 239-471-7785
2.Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro
© Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro
The Marker 92 Waterfront Bar and Bistro can be found at the luxury resort of Marina Village in Cape Coral, Florida, with opportunities for guests to choose to sit either outside on the patio or inside with beautiful waterfront views of the Gulf, the Caloosahatchee River, or the marina. Food is served all day, including brunch on Sundays, within a relaxed, yet upscale setting. Options on the menu at the Marker 92 Waterfront Bar and Bistro vary from pasta and salads to simply-prepared juicy steaks and fresh seafood, as well as signature flatbreads, handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive selection of wine.
5961 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-541-5600
CIBO is considered to be one of the best restaurant in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area. The restaurant combines an array of culinary delights with personal flair and style, creating unique dining experiences ever time someone visits. The staff at CIBO aim to make each and every visit memorable and satisfying for all restaurant guests. The menu is made up of contemporary Italian fare designed to comfort diners, such as roasted chicken breast, chicken sausage, house-made ravioli, veal scaloppini, several seafood dishes, and much more. CIBO is open seven days a week for dinner beginning at 4:00pm.
12901 Mcgregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919, Phone: 239-454-3700
4.Ciao Wood Fired Pizza & Trattoria
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Ciao Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria is situated in the downtown area of Cape Coral, Florida and is well known for serving excellent Mediterranean and Northern Italian inspired culinary creations. The inviting atmosphere, modern facilities, and contemporary dining area provide a great dining experience, combined with a unique combination of seasonal specialties and classic dishes that are sure to please almost anyone. The Ciao Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria is especially known throughout the area for its excellent fine wine selection. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5:00pm until 8:30pm seven days a week.
823 Southeast 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-471-0033
Azure provides an “escape from the mundane,” offering guests a chance to experience French-European imaginative culinary dishes with a touch of Southern flair. The restaurant provides an intimate setting for dining, featuring a chef’s table, open-style kitchen, and a different take on some of the popular classic dishes of Europe. The simple, yet savory dishes served at Azure are made to bring out each individual element’s natural flavor. Only the best regional, fresh, and seasonal ingredients available are used in the French-inspired dishes, prepared by Chef Joe Pittman, who has worked under Top Chef Richard Blais and Chef Charles Mereday.
15301 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, Phone: 239-288-4296
6.Cork Soakers Deck & Wine Bar
© Cork Soakers Deck & Wine Bar
The Cork Soakers Deck and Wine Bar features a variety of creative American cuisine, a wine bar with a laid-back atmosphere, live music, and seating both indoors and outdoors. The menu at Cork Soakers can be described perhaps as “unusual” for a restaurant of its kind, including the likes of the signature Hangover Sandwich, which consists of fried bologna, arugula, bacon, roasted poblano aioli, and a fried egg, as well as more expected dishes, such as Steak Frites and Coconut Shrimp. Cork Soakers is open 11:30am until 11:00pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10:00am until 4:00pm on Sundays.
837 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-542-6622
7.Fathoms Restaurant & Bar
© Fathoms Restaurant & Bar
The Fathoms Restaurant and Bar is a waterfront restaurant in Cape Coral that is known for its consistency and its charcuterie board. Focusing on American cuisine, Fathom’s offers a casual bar and restaurant setting with a menu that offers a bit of something for just about everyone, including Sterling Silver New York Strip Steak, Bourbon Street Mac & Cheese, cedar-plank Atlantic Salmon, and hand-crafted pizzas. The open patio overlooking the Cape Harbour Marina provides a great spot for enjoying live entertainment and a drink. Happy hours specials are offered on weekdays, as well as special deals on food during specific days.
5785 Cape Harbour Dr, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-542-0123
8.Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood
© Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood
The Fish Tale Grill began as simply an outlet of its Merrick Seafood parent company, but has now become one of Cape Coral’s freshest dining spots. The restaurant is a dream for seafood lovers, from lobster spring rolls and shrimp-stuffed hogfish to icy oysters and house-cured gravlax. The menu at Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood also includes two different types of chowder and few non-seafood options. As for drinks, guests can enjoy cocktails, house-made sangria, and for Sunday brunch, the classic Bloody Mary. Fish Tale Grill is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
1229 Southeast 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-257-3167
9.Gusto Cucina Italiana
© Gusto Cucina Italiana
Gusto Cucina Italiana first opened its doors to the Cape Coral, Florida community in 2016, providing a sleek, yet still comfortable atmosphere in its dining room, along with a sharply honed service. While the food may seem simple, the flavor is certainly there. Menu items include classic appetizers, such as mozzarella fritta and calamari, alongside eggplant parmesan and Salmon Gusto, served with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, housemade bread crumbs, and a lemon butter sauce. Gusto Cucina Italiana is open for dinner from 4:00pm until 9:00pm Tuesday to Saturday. Reservations are accepted for group of sixs or more and special holidays.
229 Del Prado Blvd North #15, Cape Coral, Fl 33909, Phone: 239-458-5900
10.Lobster Lady Seafood Market
The Lobster Lady Seafood Market offers everything from lobster and steaks to delicious breakfasts, all within a contemporary and slick atmosphere. The lobster here seems to be more affordable since the market imports a large number of lobsters. The market is considered to be the premier “seafood market and bistro” in the Cape Coral area. Visitors may want to keep in mind that there is often a wait during the area’s busy season during peak hours, and it’s recommended to call around forty-five minutes to an hour before arrival to get a place in line and reduce wait time.
1715 Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-471-0136
11.Misto Bar & Grill
© Misto Bar & Grill
The Misto Bar and Grill was opened in Cape Coral by Jeorge Lanese, who chose the name based on “misto” meaning “diversity,” a word that describes what guests will find at the restaurant. According to Lanese, visitors will find Pacific Rim, Louisiana-style, Southwestern, French, or Italian entrees on any particular night at the Misto Bar and Grill. Everything served at the restaurant is prepared from scratch, using only the freshest vegetables, produce, seafood, and meat possible. Even the pastries and bread are made from scratch. The Misto Bar and Grill is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday.
231 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33990, Phone: 239-673-9799
12.My Sweet Art
© My Sweet Art
My Sweet Art in the coastal town of Cape Coral in Florida is a French dining spot owned and operated by Eric Perez and Yveline Mauclerc, who moved to the area solely for opening their restaurant. Located in the Pine Island Shopping Center, My Sweet Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00am until 4:00pm for lunch and from 5:00pm until 9:00pm for dinner. The menu at My Sweet Art includes a variety of French dishes, such as French Onion Soup, quiches and tartines, salads, Croque Monsieur, Beef Bourguignon, and an array of homemade pastries.
290 Nicholas Pkwy NW, Cape Coral, FL 33991, Phone: 239-458-7646
Chef Todd Johnson and Jeff Gately opened Rumrunners in 2003, giving serious foodies a reason to visit Cape Coral, Florida. More than sixteen years later, the restaurant still maintains its mangrove-trimmed and peaceful views of the Glover Bight, along with Chef Todd Johnson’s amazing take on the modern cuisine of America. In addition to the shining chef dinners and specials, the everyday menu at Rumrunners features an assortment of proven classics with a slant towards the fresh seafood of the Gulf of Mexico, nothing really revolutionary, just really good. Rumrunners serves some of the area’s best steaks and freshest seafood.
5848 Cape Harbour Dr, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-542-0200
Slate’s is a great place to go in the town of Cape Coral, Florida for anyone who loves Cajun cuisine, where guests will find excellent service, atmosphere, and food. The menu offers a New Orleans dining experience, with dishes like Etouffee, Gumbo, Bananas-Foster French Toast, oysters, and several fine culinary dishes with a bit of a Cajun twist. Jazz music is often playing in the background during the experience as well, especially during the Sunday jazz brunch. Diners can choose to sit either inside or outside, weather permitting, and the bar offers a variety of cocktails, wine, and beer.
4820 Candia St, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-540-6800
15.Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen
© Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen
The Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen is a family-owned and operated Italian kitchen that serves a wide array of authentic Neapolitan wood-fired dishes. Everything is made fresh each day, including a variety of house-made pastas. All of these dishes are offered alongside an extensive list of wine and a rotating selection of craft beer. The Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen is open for lunch from 11:00am until 4:00pm Tuesday to Sunday, as well as for dinner from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays and from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
1227 Miramar St, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-257-1825
16.The New England Moorings
© The New England Moorings
The New England Moorings has been a dining establishment in the town of Cape Coral for more than thirty years, known for being a local place for fun, cocktails, and seafood. Al Whelan, the owner of The New England Moorings, pays homage to his roots in Massachusetts at the waterfront restaurant, which can be seen in his menu that includes choices like new england clam chowder, a variety of fresh seafood, and homemade crab cakes, all served within a bubblegum-pink dining spot that features a spacious outdoor patio for dining. The popular seafood restaurant features a laid-back atmosphere with cornhole.
1326 SE 16th Pl, Cape Coral, FL 33990, Phone: 239-851-9141
© The Veranda
The Veranda can be found nestled within the heart of the historic downtown of Fort Myers, Florida, just outside of Cape Coral. The tranquil restaurant takes visitors away from the city’s hustle and bustle and transports them to the past with Antebellum charm. Open every day of the week except for Sundays, The Veranda features seating both indoors in the dining room and outdoors in the courtyard. The menu is focused on Southern regional cuisine with an extensive selection of wine. Live entertainment can be heard from the piano bar during the evening on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
2122 Second St, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-332-2065
18.Ariani Ristorante Italiano
© Ariani Ristorante Italiano
The Ariani Ristorante Italiano is situated in the heart of Southwest Florida in Cape Coral and has been named as one of Florida’s Top 500 Restaurants for more than three years in a row. The restaurant specializes in Northern Italian cuisine paired with an excellent fine wine selection that attracts dining enthusiasts, local, and tourists alike. Ariani Ristorante Italiano has received awards from many publications, including a Four Star Ranking for its atmosphere, service, and food, as well as a Golden Fork Award. The restaurant is open from 5:00pm until 10:00pm Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays.
1529 SE 15th Terr., Cape Coral, FL 33990, Phone: 239-772-8000
© Ceno Grille
The Ceno Grille serves homemade Greek and Italian cuisine, available for dine-in, catering, and carry-out in the Cape Coral, Florida community. The founder of the restaurant, George Lukas, is of Cypriot descent and wanted to open a dining establishment in which he could truly showcase his talents and knowledge of cooking in the Greek style that he learned from his mother, the Maryland-style seafood from his childhood, and the Italian dishes he perfected at his first restaurant. Ceno Grille, opened with Chef Sean Boller’s help, is closed on Sundays and open from 11:00am until 9:00pm Monday to Saturday.
1715 Cape Coral Pkwy West, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-549-2366
19 Best Romantic Restaurants in Cape Coral
- Point 57, Photo: Point 57
- Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, Photo: Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro
- CIBO, Photo: CIBO
- Ciao Wood Fired Pizza & Trattoria, Photo: pavel siamionov/stock.adobe.com
- Azure, Photo: Azure
- Cork Soakers Deck & Wine Bar, Photo: Cork Soakers Deck & Wine Bar
- Fathoms Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Fathoms Restaurant & Bar
- Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood, Photo: Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood
- Gusto Cucina Italiana, Photo: Gusto Cucina Italiana
- Lobster Lady Seafood Market, Photo: JJAVA/stock.adobe.com
- Misto Bar & Grill, Photo: Misto Bar & Grill
- My Sweet Art, Photo: My Sweet Art
- Rumrunners, Photo: Rumrunners
- Slate's, Photo: Slate's
- Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen, Photo: Taverna Wood Fire Kitchen
- The New England Moorings, Photo: The New England Moorings
- The Veranda, Photo: The Veranda
- Ariani Ristorante Italiano, Photo: Ariani Ristorante Italiano
- Ceno Grille, Photo: Ceno Grille
- Cover Photo: murmakova/stock.adobe.com