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Restaurants & Unique Places to Dine

Whether you’re looking for waterfront dining, a romantic dinner for two or fun food for the whole family, Southwest Florida restaurants offer something for everyone. The following select restaurants are recommended for your dining pleasure.

Restaurants in Englewood

Compadres (9141) 475 4010

798 W. Dearnborn St
Mexican food with live entertainment, outdoor seating available.

Flounders Restaurant & Tiki Bar (941) 460 8280

1975 Beach Rd
Enjoy the beach fire pits with life entertainment.

Gulf View Grill (941) 475 3500

2095 North Beach Rd
Enjoy a really good menu while enjoying a view of the Gulf of Mexico.  This a more upmarket restaurant and fantastic if you can get a table by the window to view the sunset

Mama’s (941) 475 5656

2091 South McCall Rd
Cozy mainstay for handspun NYC-style pizza & old-fashioned Italian fare in a family-friendly space.

Mango’s Bistro (941) 681 3500

2095 N. Beach Rd
Mango Bistro offers a variety of freshly made specialty foods in a fun atmosphere that includes a colorful decor, artful gifts and world music. We love to create foods that are as inventive as they are authentic.

Nicola’s (941) 474 6195

4343 S McCall Rd
Authentic Italian food.  Offers dine-in, take-out, lunch and dinner.

Placida Grill (941) 828 1437

6800 Placida Rd.
Featuring local seafood, grilled steaks, great salads, and a nice selection of wines and craft beers.

Prime Time Steak & Spirits (941) 697 7799

5855 Placida Rd.
Mix of American and Mexican food with enormous margaritas for the adventurous.

Vino Loco Gourmet (941) 473 8466

420 Dearnborn St.
Vino Loco Gourmet offers a Wine Bar, Tapas Restaurant and Retail Wine & Cheese Shop. Over 300 wine varieties are stocked from around the world.

Restaurants in Englewood (Waterfront)

Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro (941) 474 9500

1350 Beach Rd.
The Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro is also child and pet friendly. Live entertainment is offered on a regular basis. Sitting outside, listening to live music, sipping a glass of wine, surveying the beauty of Lemon Bay while being attended to by servers who are efficient, pleasant and very knowledgeable is an experience you need to savor. The entire complex is refreshing and beautiful. It is truly Englewood’s jewel by the sea.

Blue Lagoon (941) 475 1030

2000 Oyster Creek Drive
Waterfront dining on the beautiful cape Haze peninsula.

Farlow’s at The Water (941) 474 5343

2080 McCall Rd
Indoor and outdoor seating.  Cocktails before or after diner by the garden, music on select evenings

Lock & Key Restaurant and Pub (941) 474 1517

2045 N Beach Rd
A popular eatery where you get good service and healthy portions of consistently good local food. Fresh seafood, etc….  A good place to end up after watching the sun setting on the beach across the street.

Stump Pass Grill & Tiki Bar (941) 697 0859

260 Maryland Ave
Great food, great spot for boaters!

Zeke’s Bayside Bar & Grill (941) 475 3712

779 W Wentworth St
Indoor & outdoor seating, entertainment Friday and Saturday nights January through July.

Restaurants in Port Charlotte

Asuka (941) 255 1119

1900 Tamiami Trail
Japanese steakhouse & sushi

Carrabba’s (941) 743 5299

1811  N Tamiami Trail
Italian grill.  Claim to use only highest quality products.

JD’s Bistro (941) 255 0994

1951 Tamiami Trail
Soft seating, fire place, rich wooden furniture, ivory linens and warm lighting set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening.  JD’s Bistro & Grille offers a variety of freshly made specialty foods in a cozy atmosphere that includes a beautiful decor, along with great Jazz artist.

Kumo (941) 426 5866

17945 Tamiami Trail, North Port
Japanese kitchen.

Prime Steakhouse (941) 627 8325

19655 Cochran Blvd.
Great steakhouse…”The Best” in town. Enjoy a cocktail before dining…great food and service!!

Red Lobster (941) 625 7745

1331 Tamiami Trail
A fast food chain with the emphasis on seafood.  With all these chains, the menu range is wide, but the seafood is their specialty.

Visani Restaurant & Comedy Club (941) 764 3463

2400 Kings Hwy
Florida’s premier nightspot for a great night out. Visani is proud to offer a variety of music and entertainment from all over the United States

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill (941) 764 3463

2746 Tamiami Trail
Chain serving oak- & ash-grilled steaks, BBQ, pasta & more in a casual space with an Old West vibe.

Restaurants in Punta Gorda

Amimoto Japanese Restaurant (941) 505 1515

2705 Tamiami Trail
One of the best sushi in town.

Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante (941) 621 4091

209 W Olympia Ave
Offers authentic Italian food and fine dining for all. Highly recommended!!!

Dockside Grill at Four Points by Sheraton (941) 637 6770

33 Tamiami Trail
Dine on classic American cuisine indoors or outdoors. The open air atmosphere gives off a casual feel that will make you comfortable.

Dean’s South of the Border (941)575 6100

130 Tamiami Trail
American & Tex-Mex cantina serving 3 meals a day in a bright, casual setting with outdoor seats. Experience dining and partying with live music.

Italia at River City Grill (941) 639 7655

127 West Marian Ave
Upscale Italian restaurant with a great wine bar!!

Jack’s on Marion (941) 637 9300

201 W Marion Ave
Upscale-casual eatery specializing in seafood & other Florida fare, with a lively bar & live music.

Opus (941) 575 2352

201 W Marion Ave
Sophisticated eatery serving American cuisine including seafood & steak, plus cocktails.

River City Grill (941) 639 9080

131 West Marion Ave
Charlotte Reader’s Choice Award winner of Best All-Around Restaurant for seven consecutive years. Seafood to steak offered amid a welcoming ambiance featuring booths, a brick wall & patio dining.

Santhinos Family Restaurant   (941) 833 0380

615 Cross St
Peruvian cuisine plus European specialties served in a formal setting with live jazz on weekends.

The Perfect Caper (941)505 9009

121 East Marion Ave.
An upscale restaurant with five-star dining every night.  For that special night out. Seafood, steaks, unique appetizers and impeccable service.  Lovely wine list. Enjoy!!

Torch Bistro (941) 575 3505

2113 Tamiami Trail
American bistro fare & sushi offered alongside colorful cocktails in a sleek, modern setting.

Trabue (941) 639 0900

From the moment you enter the doors, your eyes are bathed in rich hues of color, and a unique modern atmosphere. Great fine dining.

Turtle Club (941) 637 9477

139 West Marion Ave.
Fine dining, great atmosphere, staff is welcoming and hospitable…..and a great wine bar. Closed during the summer months.

Restaurants in Punta Gorda (Waterfront)

Captain’s Table (941) 637 1177

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade
Offers fine Dining on the second level overlooking Charlotte Harbor.  Seafood, steaks and unique specialties leading the list of entrees.

Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill (941) 639 9695

300 West Retta Esplanade
Waterfront restaurant overlooking Charlotte Harbor. Charley’s offers a full menu and bar outside on the scenic Hunker Down Deck, where you see the best sunset views in Charlotte Harbor. Live music and cocktails….

Laishley Crab House (941) 205 5566

150 East Retta Esplanade
Offers waterfront dining and the freshest seafood available. Very famous and a east on Blue Crab!!

Restaurants in Rotonda

The Cove Bistro (941) 828-1492

8300 Wiltshire Drive
German & Italian cuisine

The Smokehaus Pub & Grill (941) 698 0021

41 Chailett Rd
Closed during the summer

Restaurants in Boca Grande

Dolphin Cove Café  (941) 964 0109

421 Park Ave
Famous for its ice-cream…yummy

Loose Caboose (941) 964 0440

4433 4th Street West
Serves light lunches inside and outside. American eatery in a former train depot with local fish, homemade ice cream & a pet-friendly patio. Have excellent home-made ice-cream.

Pink Elephant (941) 964 0100

491 Bayou Ave
Offering excellent food, you will need to book.  An almost Austrian style restaurant of where you can eat outside on the balcony as well as inside.

PJ’s Seagrille  (941) 964 0806

321 Park Ave
This is a truly good restaurant with pleasant atmosphere and helpful, knowledgeable staff.  You are likely to meet more locals than tourist here.

The Gasparilla Main dining Room (941) 964 4530

500 Palm Ave
Offer the most tantalizing fresh and natural ingredients available, all prepared by The Inn’s culinary team. All of this is presented impeccably by a cordial and knowledgeable staff that is dedicated to make each and every dining experience memorable.
Excellent chef and unique food selection. Old world setting and attentive service. But be prepared to spend a lot.

The Temptations (941) 964 2610

350 Par Ave.
Another place frequented by locals.  More expensive than most, but worth every penny.  Excellent wine list and gourmet menu!!

The Grapevine Gourmet (941) 964 0614

321 Park Ave.
The Grapevine offers daily chef- made lunches, baked goods, hors d’oeuvres and dinners to take home, to the beach or to the next party. The Grapevine provides the island community with sophisticated gourmet foods as well as an eclectic array of home goods and gifts.

Restaurants in Boca Grande (Waterfront)

South Beach (941) 964 0765

777 Gulf Boulevard (at the South exit)
Casual seafood lunch and dining on the beach overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

The Innlet (941) 964 4600

1251 12th Street
Serves breakfast and lunch daily from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Chef Mark Caron prepares fresh dishes from the extensive menus, as well as daily specials, all delivered to your table quickly and courteously.

Eagle Grille & Miller’s Dockside (941) 964 8000
220 Harbor Drive
Relaxed, waterfront eatery serving seafood, steak & cocktails amid maritime-themed decor.

Restaurants in Placida, Cape Haze

Zydeco’s Grille (941) 828 1472

8501 Placida Rd
Excellent Cajun cuisine, and they will spice it up on request!!

Villa Capri (941) 697 1313

8501 Placida Rd
Nice Italian food

Restaurants in Placida, Cape Haze (Waterfront)

Leverock’s Restaurant (941) 698 6900

7092 Placida Rd.
This seafood restaurant with a marina & a full bar has traditional dishes like stuffed grouper.

Rum Bay (941) 697 0566

Tropical-style eatery, part of Palm Island Resort, offers seafood, steaks, global bites & cocktails.
Park your car in the Leverock’s parking lot and catch the water taxi over to our Island restaurant! This 20 minute, $6, ride through the inter-coastal, to the Island will bring you right to the Rum Bay docks and it’s just a short walk on the boardwalk through the mangroves to our front door.

The Fishery (941) 697 2451

13000 Fishery Rd.
Kitschy waterside eatery serving seafood plates in a casual, nautical-themed setup with a full bar.

Waterside Grill (941) 697 0724

15001 Gasparilla Rd.
Seafood and also a quick stop to get breakfast on the way to Boca Grande for the day.


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