Fresh Fare in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
Local ingredients make for delectable dining on Florida's Paradise Coast.
Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades is quite the foodie destination – and for good reason. Paradise Coast chefs have year-round access to locally grown ingredients freshly harvested from nearby farms and fisheries – and much more.
Off the Hook: Gulf-Caught Seafood
Miles of coastline give restaurants here abundant fresh-off-the-boat seafood – and talented chefs who excel at preparing it. Some will even cook your catch.
The Local features award-winning chef Jeff Mitchell’s signature dishes made with locally sourced ingredients enjoyed in a cozy wine-bar ambiance. Among what you may find on the menu: the gorgeous Sauteed Snapper “Piccata” dressed with olive oil, shallots, garlic, capers and lemon.
Italian-born chef Fabrizio Aielli showcases the area’s bounty at Sea Salt, where innovative cocktails meet imaginative Venetian-inspired entrees like whole branzino with smashed fingerlings, asparagus and beurre blanc.
Nestled in a small fishing village, City Seafood serves up fresh stone crab and more caught from their own boats, which you’ll savor while watching pelicans, seagulls, manatees, tarpon and alligators right off the dock.
Harvested Here: Fresh Produce Daily
Southwest Florida has the perfect climate for growing all kinds of crops, ensuring your farm-to-table dining options are not only fresh, but healthy.
At 21 Spices, chef Asif R. Syed takes guests on an epicurean adventure with his spin on contemporary Indian cuisine exploding with flavors through a selection of biryanis, curries, salads, Tandoor-roasted meats, seafoods and more prepared in an open kitchen. Indulge in specialties like vegetable dumplings simmered in a rich saffron reduction with coriander or local okra stewed with tomatoes, onions and – you guessed it – 21 spices.
Food & Thought is an organic café, juice bar and grocery filled with top-quality produce, juices, coffee, baked goods and more, while local farmer's markets in spots like like Third Street South, The Shoppes at Vanderbilt and St. Paul’s provide a place to shop for nature’s goodness year-round.
Carefully Crafted: Breweries & Coffee Roasters
All of this flavorful food deserves equally epic drinks to pair with it, from locally roasted coffee to delicious craft beer.
Raise a pint at Riptide Brewing, a craft taproom featuring a rotating selection of beers with live music, food trucks and games. Bone Hook Brewing recently tripled its taproom to a 10,000-square-feet brewpub pouring more than 20 beers, which you can pair with thoughtfully curated dishes while enjoying ocean breezes. If you're near Ave Maria, check out Oil Well Craft Beer. And Naples Beach Brewery specializes in small-batch beers ranging from traditional ales and ambers to creations brewed with passionfruit, coconut, pineapple, key lime and coffee.
Speaking of java, whether it’s for a wake-up cup to start your day or an after-dinner sipper to end it, you’ll want to grab a mug of organic fair-trade Black Tulip Coffee served at several local cafes and restaurants.
Fresh Air: A Key Ingredient
And let’s not forget one very important aspect of dining out on the Paradise Coast. And that is, quite literally, dining … out. Restaurants like The Turtle Club, CJ’s on the Bay, Sails Restaurant and more take advantage of the area’s pleasant year-round climate with plenty of open-air seating for al fresco dining at its best. See more restaurants with outdoor seating.