• Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery, Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
  • MustDo.com | Grilled chicken sandwich from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Captiva Island, Florida, USA.
  • MustDo.com | Fort Myers, Sanibel and Capitva Island outdoor dining and family friendly restaurants.
  • MustDo.com | Sweet pink Gulf shrimp Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey.
  • MustDo.com | The Island Cow casual breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant on Sanibel Island, Florida. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald.
  • MustDo.com | Seared scallops The Captiva House fine dining waterfront restaurant at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island, Florida. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey

Dining

When it comes to dining in the Fort Myers area you can be sure of two things, you will get the freshest seafood possible and scenic outdoor seating year-round, and from fine dining to affordable family-friendly restaurants, the Fort Myers region is all about good taste.

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Fort Myers Restaurants

Fabulous fresh seafood is the main staple at local Fort Myers area restaurants. The fantastic seafood in the Fort Myers area starts with some of the best shrimp in the United States. Gulf Pink Shrimp is unsurpassed in flavor and versatility. Pinks are tender and sweet. Watch the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Boat Fleet deliver their fresh daily catch and enjoy the day’s haul in many restaurants around the San Carlos Bridge. Other local seafood favorites such as grouper, snapper, and mahi, are prepared in a style that will have you savoring a return trip to Southwest Florida’s restaurants.

Southwest Florida’s shores skirt the Gulf of Mexico, and its dining tables reap the benefits. But the region’s food and dining offerings are not all about seafood. A long-standing history with cattle ranching and a burst of color each season from Florida’s abundant citrus crops and colorful agricultural fare mean the Fort Myers-Sanibel region is a food-lovers paradise. Floribbean cuisine is a part of the Floridian culture, heavily influenced by global immigrants, especially the Caribbean. Featuring fresh ingredients, complex medleys of spices and generous uses of fresh fruit, especially citrus and tropical, these exotic flavors create a taste specific to Florida.

Key Lime Pie

You can’t leave Florida without having a slice of key lime pie. Made traditionally from key limes (naturalized in the Florida Keys), the pie has a tart kick and is a staple on most Florida restaurants menus, plus it’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You’ll find restaurants across the region featuring mouth-watering meals showcasing the diversity in cuisine. Spectacular meals are easy to find whether you choose white-linen fine dining or a casual bistro setting.

See more things to do in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island and check out Sarasota and Naples.

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Must Do Dining

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Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

Upscale Beachfront Dining on Sanibel Diners will enjoy the mouthwatering menu created by Executive Chef John Wolff while overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at this beachfront fine dining restaurant located at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida. Thistle Lodge is consistently rated Sanibel Island's "Most Romantic Restaurant" and is one of the top places to dine for locals-in-the-know. The award-winning menu includes a blend of Floridian,... Read More
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Dixie Fish Co.

Casual Fort Myers Beach Waterfront Dining Dixie Fish Co. is an "Old Florida" style covered open-air waterfront restaurant overlooking Matanzas Pass with fantastic views of the Bay and the Fort Myers Beach shrimp fleet. Get a free boater's key chain - save and print the coupon below! Fresh fish and local seafood come in many forms on the mouthwatering menu at Dixie Fish Co. You can enjoy watching a steady stream... Read More
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South Beach Grille

Casual Fort Myers Beach Fine Dining South Beach Grille in Fort Myers Beach offers exceptional food and high-quality service. The restaurants warm Art Deco décor combined with top-notch, fresh chef-prepared entrees, fully stocked bar, an extensive wine list, and attentive service guarantees an impressive casual fine-dining experience. South Beach Grille menu specializes in cuisine that is traditional with a creative flair. Early dining specials... Read More
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Nervous Nellie’s

Voted "Best Waterfront Restaurant", "Best Place for Lunch" and "Best Casual Dining" This popular family-fun restaurant features a sizable menu that offers items such as home baked artisan breads, fresh cut meats, and a large selection of fresh seafood. There is, without a doubt, something for everyone. Dine indoors or outside on the large waterfront patio. Read Nervous Nellie's featured blog article -... Read More
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Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream

Sanibel's Favorite Ice Cream Shop All of Pinocchio’s handcrafted, award-winning ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, and frozen yogurts are prepared on site daily in small batches from the freshest and finest ingredients. Get a free ice cream topping - PRINT coupon! Some of their unique ice cream flavors include Dirty Sand Dollar, Sanibel Krunch, Purple Cow, Berrywinkle on Periwinkle, and Gator Stew. The world famous Sanibel Krunch ice... Read More
Enjoy award-winning Caribbean-inspired cuisine in a casual open-air Fort Myers Beach waterfront setting at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill. #Florida #vacation #restaurants #bars

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Enjoy award-winning Caribbean-inspired cuisine in a casual open-air Fort Myers Beach waterfront setting. Parrot Key Caribbean Grill's lunch and dinner menus feature a variety of seafood entrees, steaks, ribs, frozen cocktails, and more. Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Parrot Key Caribbean Grill is located at Salty Sam's Marina. Visitors can arrive car or by boat (latitude N 26.457 Longitude W... Read More
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The Island Cow

Casual Sanibel Island Dining The family-owned Island Cow restaurant with its charming cow-themed décor, friendly staff and great service makes it the perfect casual dining choice for Sanibel Island visitors and locals alike. Awards include Sanibel Island's "Best Family Dining" and "Best Lunch" by Best of the Islands and “Top 5 Breakfast in Florida!” by Southern Living magazine. Save on your visit - save and PRINT coupon below! For... Read More
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille restaurant on Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach is a local favorite that combines fantastic award-winning food with a fun atmosphere inspired by best-selling author Randy Wayne White’s character, Marion “Doc” Ford, an adventurer, biologist and ex-government agent. MustDo.com.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Caribbean Inspired Island Dining Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille restaurant is a local favorite that combines fantastic award-winning food with a fun atmosphere inspired by best-selling author Randy Wayne White’s character, Marion “Doc” Ford, an adventurer, biologist and ex-government agent. Diners will experience tropical flavors from the Caribbean Rim in the family-friendly restaurant. Delicious Raw bar, fresh seafood, sandwiches, and salads. Learn... Read More
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