Where to Eat in Fort Myers and Sanibel
Collected by Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
You can go as casual or classy as you like at the area’s best restaurants, which range from waterfront fish joints to white-linen-and-candlelight affairs, complete with sunset views.
714 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
For a Florida seafood experience that dates all the way back to 1937, you can't beat a stop at this original fish market in Fort Myers. The Dixie Fish Co. was once the delivery site for all manner of scallops, clams, snapper and oysters. Today,...
7205 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
A Fort Myers Beach standby, this friendly watering hole and restaurant is where crowds gather to watch the game or chow down on classic grouper sandwiches. The menu covers many bases, with items like lobster rolls, pizza, and Cuban sandwiches in...
15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
After roaming around the nature preserve on Captiva Island, stop at this quirky restaurant. The outside is riot of colors and the inside is just as wild, with a mass of vintage toys, movie memorabilia and Christmas decorations lining the walls....
200, Pineland, FL 33945, USA
According to local legend, this little hideaway off Pine Island inspired Jimmy Buffet to write his famous “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” To get to the 100-acre Cabbage Key, take a private boat or water taxi from Pineland Marina. Then,...
231 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33990, USA
Run by a local family, Misto is an authentic Italian eatery in Cape Coral. Its menu includes a delicious selection of fresh fish and seafood from Atlantic, Pacific, and local waters, as well as meat and pasta prepared in a variety of ways. A...
1715 Cape Coral Pkwy W #2&3, Cape Coral, FL 33914, USA
Located in Cape Coral, Lobster Lady Seafood offers selections from the Gulf to the cool Atlantic. Expect fresh grouper, mahi, salmon, ahi tuna, flounder, and lobster, as well as newer items like stone crab and Black Angus beef, all of which you...
11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
The quintessential Florida sunset moment plays out night after night at this waterfront pub and restaurant in Captiva. Open since the 1970s, the British-style spot draws tourists and locals alike with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and more...
2224 Bay St, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
The most stylish spot in Fort Myers' River District, Firestone occupies a historic, four-story building right on the water. In the restaurant, guests enjoy steak and seafood specialties paired with fresh, local produce. Also onsite is the...
3040 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
One of the most elegant dining options on Fort Myers Beach, this waterfront raw bar and restaurant is a favorite for dinner overlooking the beach. For some serious indulgence, order the seafood tower for two, which comes loaded with oysters,...
6467 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Cozy, romantic, and right on the beach, this Sanibel restaurant is perfect for a special-occasion dinner. Book a table for the hour leading up to sunset, then linger over New American cuisine like lobster tempura, blue crab cakes, and roasted...
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