If you've decided to go on a romantic trip after reading 26 Best Things to Do in Naples, FL, stop for lunch or dinner at these excellent restaurants while you are there. Whether you like New American, Italian, French or European cuisine, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best Naples restaurants.
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1. Baleen Restaurant
© Baleen Restaurant
The stylish beachside Baleen Restaurant at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort serves phenomenal New American cuisine with a focus on seafood and offers an upscale dining experience. Savor expertly prepared dishes such as the Guava BBW Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Crunchy Grouper Tacos, or Molasses Key Lime Glazed Halibut.
You can also stop in for the Sunday Champagne Brunch and try the Breakfast Mac ‘N Cheese. They boast an award-winning wine list and an extensive cocktail program. Private beachside dinners are available for a quiet, romantic evening. Baleen Restaurant is located at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort near the Naples Park neighborhood.
9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, 239-598-5707
2. Caffe dell'Amore
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Caffé dell’ Amore offers some of the best Italian trattoria fare in the city – all made with locally sourced organic produce and sustainable ingredients. Treat yourself to lovingly prepared dishes such as the Eggplant Rustici, Beef Short Rib Ravioli, Wild Boar alla Cacciatora, or Lobster & Ziti al Forno.
Enjoy the beautiful, hand-painted walls as you sip on a selection from their extensive wine list. Caffé dell’ Amore is currently owned by Dominic Richiano and Brian Kozack, who took over the restaurant in 2013. You will find this friendly, cozy trattoria nestled in the heart of Charleston Square.
1400 Gulf Shore Boulevard, Naples, 239-261-1389
3. Naples Restaurants: Bleu Provence
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Bleu Provence is a charming family-owned restaurant that specializes in extraordinary French cuisine and wine. Start your meal with a bowl of Porcini Mushroom & Chestnut Soup, before moving on to savory dishes like Moules-Frites, Colorado Lamb Filet, or Organic Irish Salmon. Enjoy something from their impressive wine collection, which offers thousands of vintages.
French natives and owners Chef Lysielle and her husband, Jacques (wine extraordinaire) opened Bleu Provence in 1999, and today, their sons Clement and Kevin help them run the restaurant. It is located at Crayton Cove, not far from Charter Club Resort.
1234 8th Street South, Naples, 239-261-8239
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4. Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar
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If you are looking for a relaxing spot and some fantastic fresh seafood and island cuisine, you will want to check out Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar. Treat yourself to incredible eats such as the Macadamia Nut Crusted Snapper, Caribbean Rubbed Mahi Mahi, Brisket Tacos, or a juicy Ahi Poke Burger. Executive Chef Jay Potterfield is the mastermind behind the tasty menu.
Ice-cold beers, tasty wines, and refreshing cocktails are available, providing the perfect refreshment. Tommy Bahama’s is the best place to pop in for a bite to eat when touring Old Naples. It’s located on Third Street South close to Naples Pier.
1220 Third Street South, Naples, 239-643-6889
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5. Naples Restaurants: USS Nemo
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USS Nemo is an award-winning restaurant that offers scrumptious undersea cuisine. You can’t go wrong with tasty dishes like Grilled Florida Keys Hogfish, Swordfish Cioppino, Ginger-Steamed Salmon, or Nemo’s Fish Tacos (with your choice of fish). To quench your thirst, they offer an extensive wine list, beer, and a refreshing cocktail program.
Montreal native and restaurateur, Executive Chef Nicolas Mercier, opened USS Nemo in 2012 with the help of his wife and business partner Nathalie Savoie. Enjoy a delightful meal at this Florida-themed eatery nestled between the Park Shore and Moorings communities, not far from the Hole in the Wall Golf Club.
3475 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, 239-261-6366
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6.Restaurants in Naples, FL: Osteria Tulia
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Osteria Tulia serves some of the finest, chef-driven Rustic Italian cuisine in Naples in a setting that resembles an old world Italian farmhouse. Savor passionately prepared dishes such as the Francobelli Pasta, Heritage Pork Osso Bucco, or Wild Striped Branzino. Or try the wood-fired Notorious P.I.G. pizza.
A fabulous wine program as well as beer and craft cocktails are all available to quench your thirst. Sicily-born, Milwaukee-raised Chef Vincenzo Betulia, a partner in the restaurant, opened Osteria Tulia in 2013. Your taste buds will thank you when you visit this delicious eatery, located just a few blocks from the oceanfront and Cambier Park.
466 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, 239-213-2073
7.Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs
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Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs boasts some of the most delicious classic American favorites in Naples. Sink your teeth into their legendary Donut Burger or try the Korean Burger with duck bacon and Korean barbecue sauce. They even have Hand-Dipped Corndogs. Splurge on a Strawberry Goat Cheese Milkshake or a malt. Beer and wine are also available.
Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs was once the landmark Lindburgers Restaurant, but Executive Chef Todd Brooks took over the restaurant several years ago and runs the joint with his wife and family. Get your grub on at their popular eatery located just west of Naples Municipal Airport.
330 9th Street South, Naples, 239-262-1127
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8.EJ's Bayfront Cafe
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EJ's Bayfront Cafe is known for serving some of the best American breakfast and brunch in Naples. Dive into tasty dishes such as the Bacon Benedict, Crab & Shrimp Omelet, or Banana Stuffed French Toast Platter. Breakfast is served all day. Not in the mood for breakfast? Try a Curry Chicken Wrap.
Chef Eric J. Becker opened EJ’s Bayfront Café in 2012, bringing his passion and enthusiasm for creating delicious food and feeding friendly people. Enjoy an early bite to eat, a friendly brunch, or a business lunch at this charming eatery situated on the banks of the Gordon River.
469 Bayfront Place, Naples, 239-353-4444
9.Alberto's on Fifth
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Alberto's on Fifth specializes in elevated takes on fine Northern Italian cuisine in a chic setting. You can’t go wrong with incredible eats, like Fettucine Al Nero Di Sepia Con Calamari, Risotto all Zafferano e Peperoni rossi con Gamberi & Calamari, or Filetto di Manzo I Funghi Porcini e Salsa al Gorgonzola Dolce.
Their impressive wine list is sure to have something to pair perfectly with your meal and quench your thirst. Torino native Chef Alberto Varetto opened his beloved Alberto’s on Fifth in 2012. This fabulous eatery is situated in the heart of downtown Naples close to Cambier Park.
868 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, 239-430-1060
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10.Naples Restaurants: FUSE
No matter what you’re craving, FUSE’s international menu is sure to have something phenomenal to choose from. Start your meal with the Quail & Waffles appetizer, before moving on to delectable dishes like Pan-Seared Diver Scallops with Mojo Pork Belly, Thai-Braised Short Ribs, or Wild Boar Chop.
An impressive, globally-sourced wine list is also available, as are beers and craft cocktails. Chef Greg Scarlatos and his wife and business partner, Monica Czechowska, opened FUSE in 2013. Enjoy an extraordinary meal at this chic eatery located in Naples’s Sun Terrace Community.
2500 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, 239-455-4585
11.The Turtle Club Restaurant
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The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach is an upscale Naples restaurant that serves flavorful steaks and seafood. Delight in amazing, expertly prepared dishes such as the Famous Oysters “Turtlefeller,” Pan-Seared Low Country Shrimp & Sausage, or the Australian Rack of Lamb. Or stop in for lunch and try the Hot Pastrami on a Pretzel Roll.
A handsome and extensive wine list is also available. The Turtle Club was founded in 1999 by Peter Tierney and Michael Moore. Enjoy a delicious waterfront dining experience at this sophisticated restaurant, located at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort.
9225 Gulf Shore Drive North, Naples, 239-592-6557
12.Restaurants in Naples, FL: Watermark Grille
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Watermark Grille is a splendid steakhouse that also features many fantastic Italian comfort foods. Savor boldly flavored, passionately prepared dishes like the Chicken Oscar, London Broil, Fresh Grouper Sorrento, or Shrimp Portofino. An excellent wine list is available to quench your thirst, as are beer and refreshing craft cocktails.
Watermark Grille was founded in the late nineties by four brothers: the Malo brothers of Chicago. They sought to carry on their father’s tradition and passion for creating food with love. Enjoy the casual and relaxed atmosphere at this friendly restaurant located in North Naples next to Riverchase Plaza.
11280 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, 239-596-1400
13.Naples Restaurants: Campiello Ristorante & Bar
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The landmark Campiello Ristorante & Bar serves incredible, inventive, rustic contemporary Italian cuisine and offers a scenic outdoor courtyard and balcony views of the famous Third Street South. Enjoy fantastic eats like the Spaghettini with Clams & House-made Pancetta, “Porchetta” Spit-Roasted Pork, or Eggplant Parmesan, or try one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas.
Don’t miss their extensive, globally-sourced wine list. Open since 2011, Campiello Ristorante & Bar is owned by the D’Amico Family restaurant group, who owns several other popular local eateries. Campiello is housed inside the Historic Naples Mercantile Building on third Street South in Old Naples.
1177 Third Street South, Naples, 239-435-1166
14.Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar
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Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar is a popular, casually upscale restaurant that serves both authentic Italian cuisine and expertly prepared sushi. Treat yourself to the New York Strip Gorgonzola or Pasta Bayou. More in the mood for sushi? Try the Volcano Roll or the Tanzana Roll. A gluten-free menu is available, as is a tempting wine list and a full bar.
Stop in for Jazz Sundays or Friday Night “LaRumba”. Brothers Seth and Matt Benevento-Berman founded Noodles in 1991. Enjoy a romantic date night, friendly dinner, or a delicious lunch at Noodles, located in the Pine Ridge Community.
1585 Pine Ridge Road, #5, Naples, 239-592-0050
© Alpine Restaurant
Alpine Restaurant serves the best German, Slovak, Czech, Polish, and Hungarian cuisine in Naples with absolutely everything made from scratch. Indulge in a culinary journey with lovingly prepared dishes such as the Slovak Goulash Soup, Spaetzle with Sauerkraut & Bacon, Jäger Schnitzel, or Knedlo-Vepro-Zelo (a scrumptious dumpling dish).
They also have a nice selection of beer (including real Czech beer) and wine, as well as European-style espresso drinks. Slovakian-born Chef Eva Stranavsky and her restaurateur husband Alex Stranavsky opened Alpine in 2012. Enjoy some home-cooked European food made with love at this charming eatery, located at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt.
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite #158, Naples, 239-325-9499
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15 Best Restaurants in Naples, Florida
- Baleen Restaurant, Photo: Baleen Restaurant
- Caffe dell'Amore, Photo: Caffe dell'Amore
- Naples Restaurants: Bleu Provence, Photo: Bleu Provence
- Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar
- Naples Restaurants: USS Nemo, Photo: USS Nemo
- Restaurants in Naples, FL: Osteria Tulia, Photo: Osteria Tulia
- Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs, Photo: Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs
- EJ's Bayfront Cafe, Photo: EJ's Bayfront Cafe
- Alberto's on Fifth, Photo: Alberto's on Fifth
- Naples Restaurants: FUSE, Photo: FUSE
- The Turtle Club Restaurant, Photo: The Turtle Club
- Restaurants in Naples, FL: Watermark Grille, Photo: Watermark Grille
- Naples Restaurants: Campiello Ristorante & Bar, Photo: Campiello Ristorante
- Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar, Photo: Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar
- Alpine Restaurant, Photo: Alpine Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Baleen Restaurant
Resort Spotlight: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
LaPlaya is a luxury beachside resort located in Naples, Florida. Boasting an excellent spa, romantic restaurant, and an 18-hole golf course, LaPlaya offers relaxing getaways in the lap of luxury.
The 15-floor complex spans three buildings, and is ideal for high-class holidaymakers who want to combine beachcombing with other activities. Beach Cabanas can be rented for those who want to maximize their time by the water, while active guests can be recommended a variety of local water-sports and entertainment by the friendly hotel staff.
All of LaPlaya’s 189 rooms include: personal balconies with outdoor furniture, flat screen LCD TVs with an on-demand film service, coffee makers with coffee and tea, hair dryers, full length and make up mirrors, irons and ironing boards, safes, elegant marble baths with rain showerheads, high-speed Wi-Fi connections, complimentary bathrobes and mini-bar refrigerators.
The beds are also one of LaPlaya’s signature draws, as every room contains four-poster king-sized beds with goose-down pillows, pillow-top mattresses, and Frette linen sheets. Cribs and roll away beds are also available upon request for families vacationing with children, and each room holds a sleeper sofa alongside the main bed, meaning each room can hold up to four occupants.
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Décor tends towards contemporary chic and utilizes crisp neutrals alongside nautical green hues to create color schemes that perfectly compliment the waterside views. Some rooms deliberately boast different influences, such as the old-world charm of the teak-furnished Pool View room or the eclectic organic vibe of the Beachfront One Bedroom Suite.
The room’s rate will determine what view your room has, with standard rooms offering views of bustling Vanderblit Bay in the Bay Building (Bay View) or the peaceful Gulf of Mexico (Resort View). With around 600 square feet of floor space and spacious private balconies, even the most economical rooms show off the beauty of the surrounding water.
More expensive rooms include the Pool View type, which overlook landscaping as well as the pools. They are available to be furnished with two queen beds to maximize efficiency, and also offer connecting rooms to allow large families or gatherings easy access to each other.
The Beachfront guest rooms on floors three to eight, and the Beachfront Premium guest rooms on floors nine to fifteen, also offer better views for a higher cost. Both of these room types showcase the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico and its pristine white sand beaches from its windows, but Premium guest rooms come better equipped. They boast a superior whirlpool bathtub in the en-suite bathroom, original artwork, and custom fabrics.
Some beachfront rooms occupy the bottom floor of the buildings. Known as Beach House Lanai guest rooms, the main selling point of these rooms is the extensive private terrace mere steps from the water.
Resort, Bay, Pool and Beachfront guest rooms also offer accessible versions for guests with accessibility needs. These are complete with lowered furniture, switches and support bars in the bathrooms, and the multiple lifts in every building make it easy for wheelchair users to get around.
The special suites at LaPlaya are another step up again. The Beachfront One Bedroom Suite is 850 square feet of lavish furnishings, with the décor inspired by the surrounding Florida landscapes. The special PranaSleep mattresses are designed to provide the best night’s sleep that guests have ever had after a long day of indulging in spa treatments, tanning, or golfing.
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BALEEN Restaurant is LaPlaya’s primary eatery, providing service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant sits on the edge of the beach itself, fringed by palm trees and cocktail tables in the sand. The restaurant offers traditional fare with a Gulf Coast twist for breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and salads for lunch and intriguing, explosive flavor combinations in its evening entrees.
Besides the standard BALEEN menus, there are also choices for Sunday Champagne Brunch, prix fixe options, and an extensive bar offering classic cocktails and martinis. Another highlight is their cigar selection, offering everything from mild miniature singles to opulent, full-bodied products.
For the more adventurous eaters, Baleen also offers an exclusive fire pit service to guests. The fire pits are set up on the beach during low season (December 1 to April 30) and are available to rent in order to allow intimate, romantic meals next to the Gulf waters.
Another option for eating is LaPlaya’s convenient room service (which brings food and drink up to your room) and the innovative Beach Butler service (which brings food and drink to guests on the beach). Gratuities are not required, but much appreciated.
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Baleen Restaurant provides cocktails and alcoholic drinks alongside its food service, while Tiki Bar is open for lunch and snacks on the beach. Open for food till 5 p.m. and for beverages until sunset, all of its fare can be delivered to guests via the Beach Butler service. Available drinks are fairly varied and include beer, wines and fruity smoothies, though the focus is on signature and classic cocktails.
The in-house SpaTerre is a selling point for many guests looking to visit LaPlaya, with its classic 1920s-era wall decoration contrasting with its Asian-inspired furniture and treatments. The boutique spa resort has a stunning variety of day treatments or overnight vacations packages.
Salon services available include nail care, make up artistry, face and depilation, and specific bridal make-up consultations for wedding parties.
SpaTerre’s four specialty Global Rituals are influenced by different practices from around the world. The Javanese Royal Treatment focuses on massage, exfoliation and fragrant soaking tubs, while the Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual features Balinese foot massage and a detoxifying body mask made of volcanic clay. The Thai Herbal Therapy aims to relieve muscle tension and mental stress through aromatherapy and Thai massage, and the Royal Honey Massage is a luxurious full-body treatment for revitalization and harmonization.
Massages on offer have a huge variety to ensure guests can have a choice in how to best meet their needs. Sacred stone massages, pregnancy massages, Swedish massages, and deep tissue massage are among the treatments on offer, or hotel guests can also opt to receive a relaxing massage in-room or at a Poolside Cabana. All massages also come with optional enhancements such as scrubs, soaks or hair treatment, so guests can customize their massage aims.
SpaTerre’s other services include a section called Bodily Indulgences, which aim to meet other health and beauty niches. These aim to exfoliate, detox the body, or help relieve the Florida sunburn depending on which service you opt for.
LaPlaya also features an on-site fitness center to work cardio and strength. The high-tech amenities include all the latest work out machines, a full aerobics and yoga studio, and Cybex weight machines alongside a variety of classes to ensure guests can stay healthy.
LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort has a stunning 18-hole, par 72 golf course which is available for guests to use (for a fee). The course, which was designed by Robert Cupp, is very nearby and covers an expansive 6,907 yards, surrounded by verdant greenery and pristinely manicured lawns.
It was designed by internationally famous golf course architect Bob Cupp, and features 14 water-side holes to showcase the lakes and water features of the course. It’s the perfect place for keen players to tee off, and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy offers small, private classes to amateurs looking to improve their technique.
LaPlaya offers event planning for corporate meetings, as well as a variety of venues and special packages for these events. Meeting locations include the Vanderblit Ballroom for large gatherings, the Gulf Lawn for outdoor, casual meetings and even rental of the North Pool for those who combine business with pleasure.
Weddings can be held in the garden, on the beach or beside the pool, and there are many charming areas such as the colonnaded Lantern Lane offering views of Vanderblit Bay, and the Ballroom Terrace offering covered, open air space for wedding receptions.
LaPlaya is located on one of the beaches which endangered turtle sea turtles use for nesting. Every year, the beaches are taken over from May 1 to October 31 as guests share the sands with these majestic creatures. During this time, guests must be sure to close their drapes by 9 p.m. each night and be careful by the sea, and fire pit services are suspended so as not to disturb them.
The hotel is partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, so guests can learn more about the endangered species. Since the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Monitoring Project started over 25 years ago, more than 200,000 sea turtles have hatched on the beaches around Naples. Summer guests may see these rare creatures, making LaPlaya an exciting spot for nature lovers, too.
9891 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108,
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