Must-Try Dining Experiences in the Fort Myers Area

Learn how to eat and drink like a local at these popular establishments.



The Fort Myers area has become known for its sustainability efforts, and farm-to-table dining helps support local farmers and the local economy as a whole. Buckingham Farms shines for its dining experience. This farm spans more than 80 acres, where product is grown, harvested, and served up fresh. Classic breakfast and lunch options are served from Tuesday-Saturday each week, while dinner take-out is available on Fridays by special order. This ensures the absolute freshest ingredients through the special menu. Dinners do sell out, so be sure to pre-order your meal the week of your trip!

Hook and Cook Experiences

Love fresh seafood? It doesn’t get any fresher than this – after a fishing trip, head to one of these restaurants, hand over your catch to the kitchen, and they’ll prepare it for you to eat! At The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill, you can step right off your boat and pull up a chair to feast on your catch of the day. Whether you like your fish broiled, grilled, baked, or seared to perfection, Nauti Mermaid does it like no other. (Fish must be pre-cleaned). The “Old Florida” charm of Tarpon Lodge will transport you back to the 1920s as you enjoy live music, cocktails, and your freshly-cooked appetizer or entrée. (Fish must be pre-cleaned and filleted). Lazy Flamingo is a relaxed island-style atmosphere, ticked inside a bright pink building adorned with a pink flamingo. The kitchen will grill, blacken, or fry your freshly-caught fish and serve it up with French fries and a Caesar salad. (Fish must be pre-cleaned).

Waterfront Dining

Savor delicious cuisine in a waterfront setting. Enjoy live music, delicious bites, and waterfront views at Dixie Fish Co., overlooking the Matanzas’s pass. At Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille, you can watch the dolphins play and enjoy the beauty of nature in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Ale Trail

Ready for a fun night out with your partner or your crew? Hit the best breweries and taprooms in the area as you follow the SWFL Ale Trail. Not to miss: One of the first local breweries on the craft beer scene was Fort Myers Brewing Co. Another local favorite is Millennial Brewing Company, where pets are just as welcome as people.

Ice Cream

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Fort Myers area without sampling locally-inspired ice cream flavors, like Key Lime Pie at Love Boat Homemade Ice Cream and Conch Crunch at The Shack of Sanibel.


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