Naples + The Gulf Coast
Restaurants in Naples + The Gulf Coast
This intimate Mediterranean-inspired dining room (Tuscan-orange walls and paintings of the Italian countryside) resembles a trattoria in Italy. On the menu? Traditional dishes such as risotto with mushrooms and black truffles.
The expat Greek hub Tarpon Springs, was once populated with sponge divers: their legacy is the fresh Mediterranean food at spots like this one.
Sprawling from the street out onto the beach, this century-old spot serves surprisingly upscale food like sesame-crusted tuna.
This waterfront spot is an endearing Xerox of Florida’s Redneck Riviera: country music, wooden tables with paper towels, and affordable crab-lobster rolls.
Come in for hearty American diner breakfasts.
This pub on Captiva Island spills out onto the beach. There’s a modest menu of light fare, but our advice is to eat ahead. Instead, order a cold brew, settle into a wood beach chair, and watch the sun set while looking out at the Gulf of Mexico.
The restaurant is housed in a rebuilt historic cottage gutted by fire five years ago; the menu’s heavy on fish, of course—try the Gulf Coast sampler, groaning with scallops, grouper, shrimp, and crab cake.
The jazz brunch is rollicking good fun.
Order the toothsome gumbo at this branch of the New Orleans–themed Floridian chainlet on the central square.
The arcadian town of Masaryktown was built in the 1920's and is home to this wonderful Cuban-inspired restaurant.
The juicy Cuban sandwiches, made with butter-slathered pressed bread, are unbeatable; owners Huvi and Malinda Pardo dole out meals all day, with free live music most evenings.
Full of circus memorabilia, the 60-year-old shop serves delicious doorstopping sandwiches.