HB’s on The Gulf – Naples Award-winning Beachfront Restaurant

By: Gillian Birch

NOTICE: The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will be permanently closed May 23, 2021.

Located within the AAA four-diamond rated Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, HB’s on The Gulf is the only beachfront restaurant in Naples. Recent renovations gave the restaurant an open-plan design to provide diners with stunning views of the blue Gulf waters and white sandy beach.

Located in North Naples on Gulf Shore Blvd, the restaurant is particularly well-situated for toasting stunning Florida sunsets with a cocktail or a choice glass of wine, either on the outdoor patio or from tables within the air-conditioned restaurant.

HB's on the Gulf beachfront restaurant in Naples, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Photo courtesy The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

History of HB’s at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel has been a landmark of Southwest Florida since 1946 and has been owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations. The 125-acre resort includes hotel rooms, spa, tennis courts, golf course, beachfront pool complex, ballroom and meeting space right on the oceanfront. HB’s on the Gulf restaurant complements all these amenities, providing exquisite dining for guests, golfers, and Naples, Florida residents and visitors to enjoy.

However, this top-notch restaurant on the water is more than just a superb location. It has an award-winning menu to match. Chef specialties include regional seafood fresh from the Gulf as well as succulent steaks, American cuisine, and seasonal favorites. These and other dishes have earned the restaurant many awards including the prestigious “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine for many years. Speaking of wine, HB’s has a wine list that can take a while to digest with over 150 choice wines, often sourced from boutique small-production wineries all over the world.

HB's on the Gulf Naples, FL restaurants on the beach. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Photo courtesy The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The chef, Justin Hornyak, makes a strong statement with his choice of ingredients. It is a zero trans fat restaurant focusing on natural, local and organic ingredients – you will taste the difference. The kitchen also insists on using sustainable line-caught fish and meats sourced from farms with the highest standards of humane treatment.

Dining Experiences

The menu at HB’s changes according to the season, giving regular diners a fresh choice of dishes to enjoy. The mouth-watering lunch menu has many small plate options from the dinner menu with delectable choices such as PEI curry mussels or spiced mango and blue crab salad alongside Kobe burgers, lobster rolls, and more. Small plates are a great way to get all the flavor and still have room for dessert!

Tiramisu with espresso cream and blueberry cobbler with streusel crust are hard to resist, but it’s impossible to beat the all-time Florida favorite, Key lime pie, which is also on HB’s delectable dessert menu.

HB's on the Gulf The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Naples, Florida oceanfront restaurant. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Photo courtesy The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

HB’s on The Gulf is a top choice for a special meal or for showing visitors the best of Naples, Florida living. The dinner menu includes small plates, salads and soups as appetizers, or why not enjoy a shared board of charcuterie meats including wild boar sausage, soppressata, and prosciutto or perhaps a tasty platter of country paté with rustic bread and pickles.

Main courses to look forward to savoring include Maine lobster boil with clams, shrimps, corn, and lobster broth, pork shank with glace de viande, Florida pompano with corn and pancetta hash or bone-in rib eye for the ultimate steak flavor.

What can possibly beat dining out on such fine fare, enjoying wonderful Gulf views just yards from your table at HB’s on The Gulf in Naples, Florida!

Written by: Gillian Birch | Author Website

Gillian Birch is a freelance travel writer and, whenever possible between trips, she enjoys life in Florida. As the wife of a Master Mariner, she has traveled extensively and lived in some exotic locations all over the world, including the Far East and the Republic of Panama. Describing herself as having "endless itchy feet and an insatiable wanderlust", she continues to explore Florida and further afield, writing about her experiences with wonderful clarity and attention to detail. With a diploma in Journalism from the BCJ, she has published several travel books and ebooks, all available on Amazon under her name. Formerly the Florida Editor for BellaOnline from 2011-13, Gillian is an active member of the International Travel Writers' Alliance and the Gulf Coast Writers' Association, and an enthusiastic guest blogger for MustDo.com Visitor Guides. Learn more about her writing as YourTravelGirl at: www.gillianbirch.com and follow her blog around the world at https://gillianbirch.wordpress.com/