Bon Appetit! The Best of Naples Dining

Naples is well known for its wide variety of dining options. But new residents can find the vast number of options overwhelming! Where to begin?

You may want to start with some of my personal favorites and go from there. Here is a short list to get you started!

For pizza: Cosmos Italian Cafe and Pizzeria. Located on Tamiami Trail just north of 5th Avenue S., Cosmos has been voted Southwest Florida’s Choice and Best of Gulf Shore. Besides pizza, Cosmos offers calzones, salads, and a full lunch and dinner menu.

For classic American food and steaks: Chops City Grill on 5th Avenue South. Chops offers a great menu, high quality food and service, and prime location. Eat early, then take in a show at the Sugden Theater, or just enjoy a stroll down 5th.

For seafood: Don’t miss Swan River Seafood! Located in Parkshore Centre, an unobtrusive strip mall along Tamiami Trail, Swan River offers a fresh seafood market, raw bar, and restaurant. Enjoy fresh fish and many New England favorites, with a broad assortment of appetizers and sides.

For Mexican: Try Masa at the Mercato. Masa is the newest in the D’Amico family of local restaurants, offering indoor or outdoor seating amid the ambience of the Mercato. Masa offers contemporary Mexican cuisine made from authentic ingredients.

For beachfront dining: The Turtle Club at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort offers indoor dining, patio dining, or beachfront “sand under the toes” tables. A great place to enjoy the sunset, the Turtle Club is located just north of Vanderbilt Beach.

For a romantic evening: Bleu Provence on 12th St. S. Enjoy fine French cuisine in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Bleu Provence offers an outstanding wine selection and servers are well-versed in all menu offerings.

For a weekday lunch: Stop in at Tommy Bahama on 3rd St. S. Recharge during your shopping excursion or meet friends for delicious food in an island-themed paradise. Parking is easy in the lot just behind the restaurant.

For happy hour: Try the Aloha Hour at Roy’s at Bayfront, weekdays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Roy’s brings a “touch of class” to the traditional happy hour gathering, with featured appetizers and drinks available for $6.

For a sports bar: Tavern on the Bay Sports Bar and Grill, located at Bayfront. Enjoy happy hour drinks and special menu offerings weekdays between 3-7 p.m. Stay to catch a game, have dinner, or stroll past the Bayfront marina.

For local “flavor”: You can’t beat Tony C’s Italian Specialty Market in Neapolitan Way. Enjoy terrific sandwiches made from Italian meats and cheeses, as well as delicious pastries. Don’t forget to browse the imported Italian grocery items or take home something from the deli counter!

For burgers: Brooks Burgers, located downtown just north of Fifth Avenue. Build your own burger or order one of Brooks’ specialties...but don’t forget the onion rings!

For the best ice cream and frozen custard: Abbott’s is a fixture on 5th Avenue South. \

This list is only the beginning - you’re sure to discover your own favorites as you become better acquainted with all that Naples has to offer.

Bon appetit!