Upscale Waterfront Restaurants in Naples

  • Matt Brown
  • 07/27/21

Upscale Waterfront Restaurants in Naples

Beautiful Naples Florida is home to a wide variety of fine dining restaurants with breathtaking ocean views. The city is known for its decadent seafood cuisine, with options as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for somewhere beautiful to enjoy a meal along the Naples coastline, read on to learn about the finest waterfront restaurants located within the city limits.

 

1. Gumbo Limbo

This gorgeous waterfront spot is located at Naples’ glamorous Ritz-Carlton hotel, providing patrons with an incredible seafood menu served in a relaxed atmosphere. Open each day from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM, Gumbo Limbo is the perfect place to take in fabulous waterfront views while enjoying warm breezes off the Gulf. You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy a meal at Gumbo Limbo—the restaurant is open to both resort guests and non-guests.

Gumbo Limbo’s menu changes with the seasons, providing updated dishes all throughout the year—alongside an inventive selection of cocktails. Diners love the restaurant’s decadent and sophisticated yet approachable seafood options, especially the excitement that comes with an ever-changing menu.

 

2. Baleen

Located at the scenic La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, Baleen is known for its modern and elegant seafood cuisine. The restaurant offers indoor-outdoor dining, all with sweeping views of the Gulf. On-beach seating is also an option, perfect for kicking back and relaxing after a long day. With the incredible beach dining opportunity, you’ll be able to have your toes in the sand while enjoying some world-class seafood. Couples can choose from either the Silver or Gold beach dining options for a romantic date like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Dine on a Lobster Benedict during weekend brunch, or share Lobster Tail Risotto or King Crab Legs for a romantic date night. The dinner menu is renowned for its fantastic Charred Corn Truffle Risotto Cake, and the Chef’s Signature Blackened Gulf Grouper with King Crab is also a must-try.

Credit: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

3. T-Michaels

This iconic steak and lobster house is located at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay, a high-end waterfront complex that offers plenty of fabulous options for shopping and dining. The beautiful main dining room at T-Michaels is lined with tall, wide windows that offer mesmerizing waterfront views, and patrons may also choose to sit in the elegant atrium to enjoy looking out over the pristine, sparkling water.

T-Michaels’ menu is known for its wide array of seafood, as well as its decadent vegan dishes and USDA prime steak. For those who are looking for something other than seafood, dig into a spectacular Bone-In Filet Mignon or the exquisitely marbled Japanese Wagyu made with Miyazaki beef. Any of the entrees can be customized by adding fresh lump crabmeat, asparagus, and a delicious bearnaise sauce. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you’ll love indulging in T-Michaels’ iconic Signature Steak and Lobster, featuring a seven-ounce lobster tail and six-ounce filet mignon. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy at T-Michaels.

 

4. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Not far from T-Michaels, you’ll find the Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, also located at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay. A Naples favorite since 1990, this fabulous seafood eatery includes two full bars, a first-floor cafe, a second-floor Grill, an open-air patio where patrons can take in the gorgeous sea air, and a private Vintner’s Room at Sukie’s Wine Shop. With something for every occasion, it’s clear that Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar is so much more than a restaurant!

 

5. The Bay House

Located along the picturesque banks of North Naples’ Cocohatchee River, the Bay House restaurant features an elegant dining room and spacious waterfront deck, perfect for enjoying the sunset. While you enjoy your meal, you’ll be able to enjoy one-of-a-kind views of the Cocohatchee Wildlife Preserve as well as the beautiful river.

From seafood favorites to Southern homestyle cooking, the Bay House puts an elevated spin on every dish they serve. Regular diners love the Claw Bar, the restaurant’s version of a raw seafood bar located inside the Bay House’s Tavern. This casual dining space is great for hangouts with friends. The Bay House also features a private room called the Side Porch that can be booked for special events and parties.

 

6. The Turtle Club

This culinary oasis and fine dining destination can be found at the glamorous and upscale Vanderbilt Beach Resort. All seafood used in the Turtle Club’s delicious dishes is locally sourced, guaranteeing that all meals will be as fresh as possible! The menu is full of immaculate and inventive meals, ensuring that there will be something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re stopping by the Turtle Club for lunch, dinner, or after-dinner dessert.

7. M Waterfront Grille

Another favorite at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay is the M Waterfront Grille, a favorite of both Naples locals and tourists. Known as “Maxwell’s on the Bay” for 20 years, the esteemed New England-style seafood and steakhouse was completely renovated in 2008. The revitalization brought M Waterfront Grille’s five unique dining settings to the area, including a wide-open floor plan with breathtaking views of the Venetian Bay. Outdoor dining is available at the Verandah, Terrace, and Bayside for brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

Stop in during the weekend for a delicious brunch at the Grille, or bring the whole family for a sunset dinner on the Terrace. The restaurant’s menu focuses on fresh seafood, steaks, organic fare, and delicious handmade pasta. Each order is accompanied by warm French baguette bread, a decadent olive tapenade, and lightly salted cow’s milk butter for your enjoyment.

 

8. The Dock at Crayton Cove

In operation since 1976, this Naples favorite located in the heart of downtown has been delighting diners with fantastic meals and refreshing drinks for decades. Come by boat or by foot to enjoy the relaxing waterfront dining at the Dock, where only the freshest fish and shellfish are served. The Dock at Crayton Cove prides itself on infusing its dishes with tropical flavors to reflect the area’s rich culture, curating regular specials that are based on fine seasonal ingredients.

 

9. The Boathouse on Naples Bay

Awarded “Best Waterfront Restaurant” in the Best of Naples 2021 awards, the Boathouse on Naples Bay is a stunning Naples fixture that provides each diner with an absolutely breathtaking and unobscured view of the sparkling waters. The menu at the Boathouse offers freshly caught fish, premium meats, home-style cooking, and of course, handcrafted cocktails, beers, and wines. Lauded by OpenTable as a “Diner’s Choice” restaurant, Southwest Florida Choice as a Champion for four years straight, and the recipient of the highest ratings on TripAdvisor, this seafood eatery has grown to become an enduring local favorite.

 

10. Kick back and relax at these casual eateries

If you’re looking for something a little less upscale, the Naples area has got you covered. The Bayfront neighborhood is home to two fun and casual eateries, including Taverna on the Bay, a cozy restaurant serving up a variety of Mediterranean and seafood cuisine with a well-stocked wine bar. You can also enjoy the spectacular water views from K Rico Mexican Grill, a beachy and trendy Mexican restaurant serving up favorites like Enchiladas, Chef Scott’s Twisted Tacos, and a variety of festive margaritas.

Over in the Bayshore Arts District, you’ll have a blast exploring the waterfront Celebration Park Food Trucks. Diners can choose from a bevy of international cuisine, sipping on a glass of wine or drinking a craft beer. There’s also 360 Market, a combination market, cafe, and wine shop that’s beloved by locals and tourists alike. The cafe serves a delicious brunch with favorites like Eggs Benedict, Croissant French Toast, and a variety of breakfast sandwiches—you can even bring your dog to the outdoor deck to indulge in the Four-Legged Furry Friends Platter, a delicious plate of scrambled eggs and bacon!

The Naples Bay Resort and Marina area is home to the Bonefish Grill, a casual seafood favorite that’s fun for the whole family with tasty, fresh-caught fish dishes and a hearty kids’ menu. Another popular seafood restaurant with some incredible outdoor seating is Tin City’s Riverwalk, an open-air restaurant located right on the water. Lauded as the best seafood restaurant in Collier County, Riverwalk is known for its high-quality raw bar, which includes Clams on the Half Shell, Oysters Rockefeller, and Peel & Eat Shrimp. The restaurant even boasts a famous fish market, where patrons can purchase a variety of freshly-caught fish like sea bass, snapper, or salmon, available grilled, blackened, or fried.

Contact Matt Brown Real Estate for assistance navigating the Naples luxury real estate market and finding the home of your dreams. Matt Brown can be reached at (239) 580.8864 or matt.brown@raveis.com.

 

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