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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Southwest Florida

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 (304)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Heather was a great server and took awesome care of us! Food was on point as always!
A photo of TARTINE & TARTELETTE restaurant
5.0
5 (435)
$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.

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tonyvip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Quaint small restaurant. Server was also owner young Ukrainian lady. Bread was fantastic. My wife's salmon was delicious she felt it was wild. My duck was great not fatty. Both came with mashed potatoes mushrooms and broccoli. So happy we found it.
A photo of El Basque restaurant
4.9
4.9 (248)
$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
ChristineCvip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
This is a wonderful gem of a restaurant. Our food was delicious, wine was extremely good, and our service was excellent. Love coming to this intimate setting and will definitely be back.
A photo of FOREVER FIORE TEA LOUNGE restaurant
4.8
4.8 (53)
$50 and over
European
Naples
About the restaurant
FOREVER FIORE
“SPILL YOUR TEA AND DRINK IT TOO”

FLOWERS. BREAKFAST. LUNCH. AFTERNOON TEA. SOIRÉES ADORE

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LauraCvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
It’s a very quaint tea room. Decorated with lots of flowers and roses and beautiful cups, and saucers, tea pots and accessories. Staff are polite and helpful. Food is great and enough for everyone. Love this place. 
A photo of The Perfect Caper restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3383)
$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 2 days ago
I must say everything we ordered was delicious and spectacular, but hands-down, the best French baguette, I have had in Florida in a very very long time. Merci!
A photo of Restaurant Bonjour restaurant
4.8
4.8 (847)
$30 and under
French
Naples
About the restaurant
Restaurant Bonjour, formerly "Mimi's Cooking", was bought by Bernard Massuger in May of 2013. Bernard has known Marie Michelle, owner of Mimi's, for over 40 years. He has kept the same beloved menu for his loyal customers.

From Normandy France, he has owned several top rated restaurants in New York City and worked in some of the most exclusive restaurants in the US. He takes great pride in ensuring his guests have a true French experience and enjoy the love of French food.

Listen to Bernard speak passionately, in true French fashion, about the calf's liver with a guest who is deciding between it and the veal chop. Watch as he parades his pride and joy, Tarte Tatin, to eager guests.

Dining in Restaurant Bonjour is much like enjoying a meal in a small café in Paris.

We offer a variety of wine, Bordeaux, Pauillac, St. Emilion, to name a few.

Top review
Punjivip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
A wonderful French Bistro in Naples FL. I was a bit worried when we pulled in as there were no other customers. I got a bit more worried when we were greeted and told we were the only customers for the evening. During conversation it came up that the off season (July in SW FL) had been brutal for them for some reason. It most definitely was not because of the food or the service. Due to the low volume of customers they didn't have their full menu. They did however have one of my all time favorite dishes, a coq au vin that had been braising for hours. It was excellent. extremely flavorful, and perfect fall off the bone chicken. My wife was able to get her preferred dish a wonderful Dover Sole. Unfortunately their dessert choices were extremely limited, much to my disappointment as I was really looking forward to a crème brûlée. Overall I highly recommend the restaurant and will definitely be back. If you have some thing specific you want on their menu during the off season, it might be worth giving them a call in advance so they can make sure they have it on hand. The great news is during the off season you will not have a problem getting a reservation (I'm told it can be more difficult in season), however you might have limited choices from their menu.
A photo of C Level Wine Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3029)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Bonita Springs
About the restaurant
Welcome to C Level Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. We have the wonderful selection of Martini's, Cocktails and an incredible wine menu.

The most incredible Summer Prix Fixe Menu in the area.

3 Course Special Menu starting at $29.99.
* Monday to Thursday all Evening.
* Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 6:00.

The menu has a fantastic selection and can be viewed by clicking on See Full Menu and choosing Prix Fixe menu

We also have Happy Hour Every day 4:30PM to 6:00PM
* Special Happy Hour Menu and $3 off on every Cocktail or Wine by the glass.

Experience some of the best in International dinner dishes with a French influence, American contemporary appetizers, fresh salads using locally produced products, home made soups.

Here at C Level, we are often told that we rival trendy venues found in Miami and other Metropolitan areas. We strive to bring something different, casual— yet filled with sophistication and style. Quite simply the best food, service, and ambiance in town.

Top review
CourtneyZeigler
Dined 5 days ago
We had a wonderful experience! The food is amazing and we love the blue light ambiance.
A photo of Cafe Normandie restaurant
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
BertVvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Excellent as always. Tucker away in a non descriptive strip shopping center The owners serve as host and chef Authentic food and excellent wine selection. The country pate, escargot, duck, bourguignon, any thing you order is fresh, made to order We never miss eating here when we visit Naples. They close for a month in mid June thru July to go back to France (Lyon) I believe. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed
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A photo of Chez Boet restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2390)
$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
Ruth
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
A lovely gem. The Owners are hands on and very nice, stopped by the table a few times. Food was cooked to perfection. We will be back.
A photo of bha! bha! Persian Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4853)
$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
Sashavip
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous dining experience as always! Ambience, food, handcrafted cocktails was outstanding! Our service was exceptional!
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