Are you going on a day or weekend cruise in your boat and want to know where the restaurants are where you can simply pull into a boat slip and enjoy a relaxing lunch on the water or a romantic dinner by the sea?
Hamilton HarborClub members are welcome for lunch and dinner or just an afternoon snack from the bar menu. Reserve a table in the dining room, dine al fresco on the deck, or drop by to relax and watch the sun set over Gordon Pass. In season, members can also enjoy Sunday brunch and evening barbeques by the bay. If you'd prefer to picnic on the water, the Hamilton Harbor kitchen provides exceptional on-board catering. Just call ahead and we'll prepare anything from box lunches to gourmet dinners, all made to order.
The Dock At Crayton Cove For dining by the water that is more refined and less casual, Neapolitans have flocked to the Dock at Crayton Cove for the last 30 years. The views of the water are spectacular and the menu is a combination of American classics, Caribbean dishes and a few Latin inspired creations. Prices run between $20 and $30 for seafood and meat entrees, while $34.95 will buy you the Dock’s famous “seafood tower,” a raw bar extravaganza that includes six oysters, 12 Prince Edward Island mussels, a half pound of Alaskan snow crab, six Gulf shrimp and six middleneck clams. Get on the boat early enough on a Sunday and you can take it to the Dock for brunch, where from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can have fun with the make-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. Visit The Dock at Crayton Cove website
The Fish House From the outside, it does not look like much. It is a rather small, rather old shack that looks more like a fishermans house than a restaurant. Colorful umbrellas, hand-painted details on the walls and maritime décor will greet you as you disembark at their dock, located in Bonita Spring’s backwaters, not even a mile from the beach. This quaint, Florida-style eatery has won over locals and tourists alike with its simple seafood offerings, relaxed atmosphere and much coveted water side dining. The menu is unpretentious and offers everything you would expect from a seaside restaurant. Particularly good are the grouper tacos ($10.99) and the pan-seared tuna melt ($10.99). Happy hour all day on weekends also makes it a very popular hangout. 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. - Bonita Springs - 239.495.5770
The Snook Inn The chickee bar alone is reason enough to love the Snook Inn. Close to the docks and close to the live music, this is the place where you want to sit to enjoy a daiquiri and a bite to eat. While “all you can eat” nightly specials might interest some, the best thing the chickee hut has to offer is not on the menu. Stop by during one of their famous hog roasts and you will enjoy a great Florida tradition just a few feet away from the water. Visit The Snook Inn website
The Blue Heron Just minutes from Marco Island down a windy mangrove covered road you will come across a small community called the Isles of Capri where you will find the only waterfront dining restaurant in the area. Situated on Johnson Bay, guests can enjoy a peaceful aperitif while watching the dolphins and manatees play in the bay, and some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the area. Visit The Blue Heron website
Restaurants at The Esplanade The Esplanade Shoppes, Residences and Marina, located on Smokehouse Bay, is a coastal Italian-style village consisting of upscale retailers, small specialty stores, fine dining and luxury waterfront residences on Marco Island, Florida. The attention given to the architectural detail is evident with every critical glance. From the expansive waterfront loggias and two levels of convenient covered parking to the lush floral landscaping and fountains, the retail experience at The Esplanade is exceptional. Visit The Restaurants at The Esplanade website
Parrot Key Caribean Grill Looking for a new place to go by water, get a great Caribbean meal and sip an ice cold cocktail? Do not set your GPS to Key West, head to the Parrot Key Caribbean Grill. Parrot Key has answered the call of local boaters by opening its doors at Salty Sams Marina. The casual open-air restaurant features a spectacular view of Matanzas Harbor, and offers the best in tropical drinks, tempting appetizers and delicious entrées. Visit The Parrot Key Caribean Grill website
Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant Snug Harbor Waterfront restaurant, located on the docks along the beautiful Matanzas Pass in Ft Myers beach, has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike for over 35 years. Searing the freshest seafood, mouth watering slow-roasted prime rib, steaks, chicken, pork, salads, sandwiches and a wide variety of appetizers and home made desserts. Don’t forget our chowder and fresh baked bread. Snug Harbor even has a separate kid’s menu with crayons and vegetarian offerings to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Visit the Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant website
Bonita Bills Waterfront Cafe The name of the restaurant is a little misleading, as Bonita Bill’s is located in Fort Myers Beach, opposite the Matanzas Inn on the other side of the pass. Docking your boat during weekends in season might be a little tricky, but in the summer it might be easier to find a spot and stop in for lunch on the water. A Bonita local who has been eating grouper sandwiches everywhere for all his life once told me that Bonita Bills was simply the best. Although my grouper sandwich expertise might not be comparable to his, I have to admit that the blackened fillet of fish was indeed delicious. Expect to run into many live-aboard boaters who call the sailboats moored in the pass their home and find Bonita Bill’s casual atmosphere most congenial to their laid back lifestyle. 702 Fishermans Wharf - Ft Myers Beach - 239.463.6119
Coconuts Waterfront Bar & Grill Night on the town or casual get togethers...meet some friends and enjoy one of our tantalizing Caribbean, Cuban or seafood dishes in our tastefully casual dining room, pull up a seat on the patio or kick back with a daily drink special in our lounge any of which are great ways to unwind after a hard day at work or play. For your enjoyment we offer live dinner music on Friday and Saturday nights which makes for a one of a kind dining experience. Be sure to try our award winning paella, beautiful yet tasty! Visit the Coconuts Waterfront Bar & Grill website
Lighthouse Restaurant The Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant overlooks the entrance to exclusive Connie Mack Island. Inside, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you will find a full liquor bar, comfortable lounge and the areas best live entertainment. Our outside seating features a dockside view where exotic wildlife live in peaceful harmony with million dollar yachts. The expansive 160’ outdoor porch is especially popular for spectacular sunsets. For your comfort, outdoor dining is under cover, screened and heated on that rare chilly evening. Visit the Lighthouse Restaurant website
Gramma DotsGramma Dots offers a marvelous lunch and dinner menu serving our customers seven days a week from Sanibels only Seaside Saloon where you can leisurely dine dockside at the Sanibel Marina. Menu features full line of ONLY FRESH seafood, salads, sandwiches and more. Appropriate dress required. Check in with Dockmaster for lunch slip, monitor VHF 16 or come and spend a night or two.
The Green Flash Situated on the waters of Roosevelt Channel, our restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, the tranquil waters of Pine Island Sound, and the pristine beauty of Buck Key. The Green Flash is easily navigable by boat and is located southwest of Marker 38 on the Intracoastal Waterway. So come and enjoy our picturesque view, watch the otters cavort, and fantasize about the elusive green flash while our distinguished chefs prepare your culinary delight! Visit The Green Flash website
Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa It is all about the views. Whether you are seated inside around the polished wooden bar or outside with a warm Gulf Coast breeze caressing your face, the water views at Charleys are simply spectacular. That is all the better to enjoy Charleys signature martinis and local favorite cocktails, plus delicious tapas, brick oven-baked flatbreads and late night menu selections. Visit the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa website
The Waterfront Restaurant & Marina Located at the southern tip of Pine Island is a local favorite and sought out by savvy travelers who have heard of its delicious food and casual atmosphere. The Waterfront is the hot spot on the southern end of Pine Island. JD, Tanner and Cooper, invite you to a night of great food and some of SW Floridas best Sunsets.Call 239-472-9200
Cape Harbour Dining Rumrunners, The Joint, LongBoards & Run Agrounds. Whatever your mood, whatever your taste, we have you covered at Cape Harbour. Four distinctly different atmospheres offer something for everyone. Fresh fish and fabulous steaks at Rumrunners; stone fired pizzetas made from scratch at The Joint; gourmet coffee, pastries and gelato made fresh in-house daily at Run Agrounds; and perfect cocktails at Longboards Cabana Bar. If you’re coming by boat, turn North off Marker 92 from the Caloosahatchee River and head towards the lock. Visit the Cape Harbour Dining website
Cabbage Key Welcome to our island. One hundred acres of tropical vegetation surround our historic restaurant, inn and cottages. A panoramic view of Pine Island Sound is provided from our front porch atop a thirty-eight foot Indian shell mound. There are no cars here, not even a paved road. You will find winding nature trails, picturesque views and relaxation. Visit the Cabbage Key website
Fishery Restaurant The Fishery Restaurant is a unique blend of Old Florida and New Florida. The Heritage behind this beautiful waterside dining spot is as rich as the tapestry of mangroves and wildlife outside the windows. Located on beautiful and scenic Gasparilla sound. Visit the Fishery Restaurant website
Fishville A visit to Fishermens Village is a gourmets ecstasy! Fun time oyster bars, exotic eating establishments, and elegant restaurants tempt you with delectable offerings. Several establishments adjoin an outdoor food court where you can dine by the water while watching fishing boats unload while pelicans watch you. Visit the Fishville website
Eagle Grille Welcome to Eagle Grille Restaurant, where you can find dining overlooking Boca Grande Marina. Our Chef offers a mix of the traditional, and the unexpected, showcasing fresh high quality ingredients for his dishes from around the world. The Grilles main dining room and screened porches affords views of the marina, bayou and Charlotte Harbor beyond. After an extensive renovation of “Millers Marina” the dining rooms have been trimmed with Teak and Mahogany and exquisitely appointed with nautical antiques, patriotic eagle carvings, ship models and paintings. “The Bellamy Room “, our second dining room can be set for parties of up to 40, or for meetings and receptions. Visit the Eagle Grille website
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill The Dry Dock features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on the Florida West Coast and awesome char-grilled burgers, the Dry Dock is popular with locals, professional athletes, celebrities, and visitors to Longboat. And what is not to love? From the dockside patio, the view of Sarasota Bay is obstructed only by shady coconut palm fronds, Adirondack chairs and pelicans hanging out on pilings. You will enjoy the same panoramic view and food indoors, but you will get the added entertainment of watching the dumbwaiter bring food up and down. The Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina. Visit the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill website
Crows Nest Restaurant Welcome to the Crows Nest Marina & Restaurant, The Venice Waterfront Landmark since 1976. Just inside the Venice Inlet on the Intercoastal Waterway you will find the Crows Nest Restaurant, Marina & Tavern. The first floor holds the casual, dark-wood paneled Tavern. For a meal or a late night snack, this is the place. Friday and Saturday nights we offer a variety of live music. On the second floor is the romantic, upscale dining room with a panoramic view of the Intercoastal Waterway. In the upstairs dining room we offer the highest-quality seafood and steaks, served in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable. Visit the Crows Nest Restaurant website