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Tim Cranch

Ellie Penaranda


Beachfront, bay front, riverfront or waterfront, we have restaurants with beautiful and relaxing water views to set the stage for a great lunch or dinner. Here’s a list of our favorites in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, and Marco Island. From toes-in-the-sand to coastal casual to luxurious, here you go from north to south. Click the links for menus, photos, contact information, and more. Enjoy, soak up the Florida lifestyle, and bon appétit!

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille at Fort Myers Beach (Arrive by land or sea right below the east side of the Matanxas Pass bridge with easy docking, plenty of water depth and a deckhand on duty to help with your lines; lively atmosphere, lots of full bar space, live music; try the Yucatan Shrimp)

708 Fishermans Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
(239) 765-9660

Flippers on the Bay (All outdoor dining but covered and sheltered; especially good for Sunday brunch; located at Big Carlos Pass…….Channel Marker 4 by boat and you will need to anchor right in front of the restaurant…….wide water views of the bay; call ahead for quicker seating)

8767 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
(239) 765-1025

Doc’s Beach House (Beachfront with a toes-in-the-sand vibe; burgers, pizza, beer; some tables in the sand or carryout to your spot on the beach)

27908 Hickory Blvd.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
(239) 992-6444

Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille (Bayfront casual with indoor and outdoor tables; some dock space available by boat; free valet parking for cars)

5370 Bonita Beach Road, SW
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
(239) 676-7777

The Bayhouse (Our most favorite – great food and excellent service; open for dinner only; raw bar; wine list; live music in the tavern; indoor and outdoor dining; casual side and a more formal dining room on the other side)

799 Walkerbilt Road
Naples, Florida 34110
(239) 591-3837

Baleen at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Beachfront at La Playa hotel on Vanderbilt Beach with Gulf of Mexico views; call for reservations; valet parking)

9891 Gulf Shore Drive
Naples, Florida 34108
(239) 598-5707

Turtle Club (Beachfront dining on Vanderbilt Beach; recommended; lunch is first come, first served; call for dinner reservations; will re-open in late 2023 or early 2024)

9225 Gulf Shore Drive North
Naples, Florida 34108
(239) 592-6557

Buzz’s Lighthouse (Totally casual just across the street from the entrance to Vanderbilt Beach; water views of Vanderbilt Lagoon from the deck; only space for a couple of boats; parking in their lot, on the street or in the Vanderbilt Beach Road parking garage; recommend the grouper reuben sandwich)

9180 Gulf Shore Drive
Naples, Florida 34108
(239) 734-9180

Gumbo Limbo at Ritz Carlton Beach Hotel (Casual beachfront with Gulf of Mexico views; great for sunset)

280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, Florida 34108
(239) 598-3300

Mira Mare Ristorante (Overlooking the water at Village on Venetian Bay; large deck for outdoor seating)

4236 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, Florida 34103
(239) 430-6273

Pincher’s at Tin City (Located within Tin City with outdoor deck seating on Naples Bay; watch the boats coming and going; casual; ask for a waterside table along the railing)

1200 Fifth Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102

The Boathouse on Naples Bay (Wide water views; great access by boat; several different seating areas)

990 Broad Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
(239) 643-2235

Snook Inn (an institution on Marco Island; water views with lots of boating activity; plenty of docking space by boat; lunch, dinner and live music 7 days a week)

1215 Bald Eagle Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34135
(239) 394-3313

The Island Gypsy (A touch of Old Florida; casual; dock space available if arriving by boat; outdoor seating)

292 Capri Blvd.
Naples, Florida 34113
(239) 394-1111

We hope you get adventuresome, broaden your horizons, and enjoy our waterfront restaurant recommendations!

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Tim Cranch



Ellie Penaranda