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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Southwest Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Southwest Florida? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Harold's - Fort Myers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (287)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Villas
About the restaurant
Harold's is synonymous with Ft. Myers. Chef Harold Balink has been feeding folks in the area for 30 years. This latest venture is farm to table with eclectic American cuisine. Complete made from scratch kitchen with influences from around the globe and a full display pastry station. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday it is the place too dine, celebrate, explore, imbibe or just have fun. Full service, full liquor, extensive global wine list with exceptional service staff. You are treated like family. Best New Restaurant, Golden Spoon, James Beard recognition, Top Tripadvisor are some of many accolades.
Top review
BrendaBBvip
Dined 4 days ago
If you are a foodie person that loves to enjoy well-thought-out and creatively/carefully prepared dishes, then this is your place! An elegant dining experience with well trained wait staff. The menu changes regularly to reflect seasonable availability of a variety of offerings. Don’t let the exterior appearance of the strip-mall setting deter you. Valet parking is available. Definitely make a reservation-even in the summertime.
A photo of The Perfect Caper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3355)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Punta Gorda
About the restaurant
The Perfect Caper is Southwest Florida's premier dining destination. Located in Punta Gorda, halfway between Sarasota and Naples, on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Caper is a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant, with something for EVERYONE! The Caper offers a truly unique dining experience as well as superior service and atmosphere & craft cocktails....Globally inspired cuisine, locally sourced!

We feel the Caper is an extension of your home and that you and your family will feel welcomed at our table. Enjoy life...Eat Good Food!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was great! Hope to get there again. Great White Russian
A photo of Next Door restaurant
4.8
4.8 (125)
$31 to $50
Italian
Cape Coral
About the restaurant
Welcome to Next Door.

Fresh pasta restaurant in Cape Coral, that combines authentic traditional recipes with a modern twist.

Using only the best ingredients and importing the most popular products, our chefs prepare fresh dishes direct to your table daily.

Papardelle, ravioli, gnocchi, and other typical pasta dishes are all made in our open kitchen.

Wines from the old world regions are available as well as delicious craft cocktails.

Besides dining in, Next Door has a market where foodies can pick up their favorite ingredients, and handmade pastas to cook in the comfort of their homes.
Top review
roseash
Dined 4 days ago
This is our favorite restaurant in Cape Coral. We did the chefs tasting menu for $85/person with no alcohol. It s 110 with wine pairings. It included 4 courses plus an amuse bouche. We had one vegan member in our party, who was lovingly accommodated. Our starter was a tomato carpaccio with watermelon and some pickled onion, and I can't remember what else, but it was fresh and delicious, and the tomato was perfect! Next was a pasta dish with a pistachio cream and a beautiful seared scallop, then a melt in your mouth hash brown topped with a wagyu beef fillet, with a cauliflower steak for the vegan. We finished with a strawberry basil smoothie with coconut cream which was delicious. Because we had been eyeing their Home made chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache, they added a slice for the 3 non vegans. The pacing and portions were perfect. We left feeling very satisfied, but not stuffed, and enjoyed a great meal and experience we would remember for days. The tasting menu is catered to the customer, not the same every time. The staff was attentive, and the chef came out with every course to explain it. Next door is also wonderful, even if you don't do the tasting menu. The servers are always attentive and thoughtful...you will feel like they are taking care of only you. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!
A photo of El Basque restaurant
4.9
4.9 (243)
$31 to $50
Regional Spanish (Basque)
Bonita Springs
About the restaurant
From the Latiknow Hospitality Group who first opened Bodega Ole ( No longer affiliated ) We now bring you the cuisine from the Basque Region of Spain and France... El Basque!
Located Steps away from the Prado Cinebistro in the Prado Mall.
Address is 25245 Chamber of Commerce Drive. Bonita Springs Fl 34135
An intimate setting with local art adorning the walls, makes El Basque the perfect date and intimate setting for your next special event and celebration.

We offer Catering | Private Cheffing

Top review
kpinvip
Dined 5 days ago
We have dined at El Basque many times and it is one of our favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida. The welcome is warm, the service outstanding, the food excellent, and the ambiance cozy and convivial. Really we cannot recommend it highly enough. If you haven't been, you should visit at your earliest opportunity.
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4.8
4.8 (504)
$30 and under
French
Naples
About the restaurant
Visit Cafe Normandie, ideally-located on 41, affordable authentic French cuisine prepared by his real French Chef Owner Anthony served in a cosy and casual atmosphere. This small Bistro offers an array of lunch delights such as quiche Lorraine, salade Niçoise, Croque-Monsieur, soupe á l’oignon, croissants sandwiches, savory & sweet crepes and freshly-baked baguette sandwiches. Delicious dinner selections include Escargots de Bourgogne, foie gras, Paté, Beef Bourguignon, Rotisserie Chicken, Branzino, Rack of Lamb, Red Snapper and Canard a l'orange. Also offers a nice selection of French and domestic wines // domestic and imported beers for your dining enjoyment. Highest-quality ingredients, a casually elegant atmosphere plus a friendly wait staff are sure to make Cafe Normandie your new French favorite. Togo orders available by phone as well as catering orders or special events.
Celebrating 3 Years of Ownership & Enjoyment Since Dec. 2020
Top review
Mikevip
Dined 6 days ago
First visit and informed they are closing for July and some of August. We’ll be back for sure!!!
A photo of bha! bha! Persian Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4826)
$31 to $50
Persian
Naples
About the restaurant
Welcome to bha! bha! persian bistro is a fine dining Persian Bistro on Fifth Avenue South, Naples FL.
Michael Mir's award winning classic and innovative restaurant. Wholesome fresh and healthy dishes made daily by a great culinary team is brought to you nightly. Aromas of delicate fragrant spices, sweetness in the air of simmering fruits, scent of sizzling kabobs and the perfume of fresh mint and basil will seduce you. Bold flavors from fresh meats, poultry and fish embrace the palate and soothe it with delicate strokes of the perfect union of flavors. This experience will take you to a place where warm desert moonlight glows upon the sands, creates a mystical illusion in faraway dunes and magically gives life to every jewel in its path. Silk fabrics entice the touch. World music is heard in the background. A fantastic wine list, so kindly refrain from brining your own wine. This will be a calm dining experience, so also kindly refrain from bringing toddlers or strollers.
Top review
Katevip
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Our dining experience was fabulous from start to finish! Bha Bha’s Persian Bistro is the best restaurant in all of Naples hands down!!
A photo of Trail Cafe & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (59)
$30 and under
American
Naples Park
About the restaurant

Welcome to Trail Cafe & Grill! We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
GailG
Dined 6 days ago
Trail Cafe does not disappoint!! Breakfast, lunch or dinner are always enjoyable. If you go for dinner, ask for Patrick to be your waiter, he id outstanding. It’s one of those places the locals can have to themselves until the crowds return!
A photo of Cote D'Azur restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2270)
$31 to $50
French
Naples
About the restaurant

Cote D'Azur is a Zagat, and Trip Advisor Awarded French Restaurant

COTE D'AZUR WAS ONE OF FIVE NAPLES-AREA RESTAURANTS FAVORED BY "CONDE NEST TRAVELER" ON THE PUBLICATION'S LIST OF AMERICA'S BEST FOOD CITIES
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Fantastic meal with great service. The Loup de Mer was Mediterranean style with a delicious sauce. The star, however, was the Lobster served out of the shell.
A photo of TARTINE & TARTELETTE restaurant
4.9
4.9 (434)
$31 to $50
French
Naples
About the restaurant
In a warm and refined environment, Galyna and Sergiy welcome you for dinner to discover the flavors of French cuisine.
All of their entrees are homemade from fresh ingredients by Chef Sergiy, who after obtaining his professional cooking degree, worked in various gourmet restaurants and prepared meals.
Galyna and Sergiy arrived Florida after operating and development a restaurant in Ukraine for 10 years.
The cookery is the pleasure of others it is why they are committed and want to satisfy their clientele by offering a friendly welcome and innovative food that is always made from scratch with high quality ingredients.
Top review
RobertRvip
Dined on May 24, 2024
We had two new courses-duck and snapper. Both were excellent
A photo of Chez Boet restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2386)
$31 to $50
French
Naples
About the restaurant
Following Hurricane, we will reopen on Friday, October 7th 2022. Please call us (239) 643-6177 for more details.
A chic Parisian-style bistro, Chez Boët serves authentic, market-inspired French classics such as Kobe boeuf bourguignon, bouillabaisse, orange duck, locally-sourced seafood, and cheese Fondue. Our menu is now 90% gluten-free and features Kobe beef, organic spices, and healthy French sea salt. The country-French cuisine is inspired by classic recipes of fresh seasonal ingredients handed down through generations of French home cooks. Mixologist Philippe recommends French aperitifs, his classic cocktails, digestifs or scotchs from the full bar. Warm service and designer decor create a welcoming ambiance perfect for an intimate dinner or for entertaining friends. An outdoor covered terrace has views of the waterfront village of Crayton Cove. Since 2003, Parisian imports Lisa and Philippe Boët have been organizing private parties for groups and celebrations.
Top review
LouisaMvip
Dined 3 days ago
Hands down the best restaurant in Naples, FL. Authentic French cooking, husband and wife team Lisa & Philippe make this a gastronomic destination. Food is so delicious, cocktails outstanding.
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