Top Ten Restaurants in the Paradise Coast
Florida’s Paradise Coast is a warm-weather culinary wonderland. With so many restaurants serving incredible views, luxurious dining rooms, innovative cuisine, and intimate ambiance, choosing the top 10 restaurants in the Paradise Coast is far from easy.
The Paradise Coast has far more honeymoon-perfect restaurants that we just couldn’t fit! These have an extra dash of that special something that takes your dining experience from excellent to unforgettable.
Found a local gem on your own romantic getaway? Tell us all about it in the comments! Here are our picks, in no particular order:
10. The Turtle Club.
Dine right on the sand at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort’s Turtle Club restaurant. Blending attentive hospitality with a casual vibe, world-class wines and magnificent sunset views, this is a must-do dinner on the beach. Focused on making meals and memories both, The Turtle Club is perfect for couples looking for a laid back meal that still has a dash of panache.
9. The Bay House.
The mangrove-lined Cocohatchee River is the backdrop for a perfect romantic night out at the Bay House restaurant. Sit outside and watch out for wildlife and boaters floating quietly by, or enjoy sweeping views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the main dining room. Dine in the Tavern section of the restaurant and tap your feet to a live band. No matter which section you choose, the food is top-notch and the atmosphere makes feels like an upscale club.
8. Gumbo Limbo.
Located at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Naples, Gumbo Limbo’s specialties (besides the food) are breathtaking sunsets and the impeccable service Ritz Carlton is known for. At lunch the beach views are beautiful, but with cocktails at sunset, they’re positively gorgeous. Lush tropics on one side, the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the other, and a perfect meal in between make Gumbo Limbo a dinner date that’s part casual, part elegant, and all paradise.
7. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar.
Clink glasses over panoramic views of The Venetian Bay from the warm, pastel-colored dining room or the raised upper deck. Come for the views, stay for the cocktails! The Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar has a more elegant feeling in the upstairs section, but everything soaked in a pleasant “coastal cottage” vibe.
6. Avenue 5 Restaurant.
Located at The Inn on Fifth, Avenue 5 is a sleek, energetic restaurant and bar with a feel that’s trendy and modern, yet casual and unpretentious. Signature cocktails, 250 wines and two private dining rooms that are perfect for intimate gatherings are the icing on the cake. Dress up and court each other all over again with a stylish night out at Avenue 5.
5. Mereday’s Fine Dining.
This photo of Mereday’s Fine Dining is courtesy of TripAdvisor
With oceanfront views and a menu that changes daily, every meal is a new experience at Mereday’s Fine Dining. With a dedicated in-house sommelier (wine steward) and pastry chef, “fine dining” isn’t just an empty claim at Mereday’s. With lots of natural light in the dining room and, of course, even more on the open-air terrace, Mereday’s gives you the best of all worlds: a sweet visual feast as well as an artfully delicious meal.
4. Sea Salt.
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Sea Salt is high-end, gourmet dining in Naples. For an extra special experience, dine at the Chef’s Table and watch your meal come to life, from ingredients to a full-fledged work of culinary art. Eat at the bar and be at the center of it all, or combine a meal at Sea Salt with Naples’ fresh ocean air with a quieter meal on the terrace outside.
3. Sale e Pepe.
A Marco Island mainstay, Sale e Pepe is one of the signature upscale restaurants at the renowned Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Soak up the classy ambiance and select from an extensive menu of Italian dishes. With awards from the likes of Zagat, Wine Spectator Magazine and others, Sale e Pepe is where the authentic flavors of Italy meet the charismatic charm of Marco Island.
2. Bleu Province Restaurant.
In the late 1990s, husband and wife Jacques and Lysielle Cariot left Provence, France, to retire in the Paradise Coast. Thankfully they took a bit of France along with them, opening Bleu Provence Restaurant in Naples! Feel the love in every course, with Jacques himself appearing to recommend the perfect wine for your meal from an impressive list of 1,700 selections. Dine in the airy and bright dining room or outdoors, on a warm terrace lined with bright plants and sparkling with candlelight.
l. Baleen Restaurant.
Baleen Restaurant at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is fine dining with a distinctive royal feel. The dining room is luxurious and refined, but couples seeking the ultimate in romance can reserve a private table on the beach outside. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch and Cigar Menu are perfect additions to the already-refined vibe. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Baleen is perfect for hungry couples at any time of day.