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Mar 2, 2007 07:09 PM

On the Water - Naples

Can anyone recommend a resto on the water in Naples. Price not an issue but atmosphere and good service are.


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  1. The Boathouse next to the Cove Inn is very good, offers a few fairly innovative seafood dishes in addition to the usual. I've had their crab-stuffed shrimp, really excellent. To be honest, I've not been there in the last 6 months, though. Here's their information with sample menu:


    1. I second that recommendation, plus...
      The Dock, at the City Docks, 12th Avenue S. (263-9940). Informal, very popular.
      HBs on the Gulf (435-4347), Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulfshore Blvd
      Venetian Village, Park Shore Dr, 1 mile west of US 41, has several overlooking the water.
      Turtle Club, right on the beach at Gulfshore Blvd, just north of Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
      Gumbo Limbo, on the Ritz-Carlton boardwalk, just south of Vanderbilt Beach Rd.

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      1. re: TomOHaver

        Hey, Tom!!! My son worked at the Boathouse a few years ago AND at the Ritz ...I personally never made it to Gumbo Limbo at the Ritz but he liked working there, too...he is still friends with Scott, the owner of the Boathouse, which is family-owned. Do you know if the Dock is family owned too?

        1. re: Val

          Yes, the Dock is family owned. You can Google it to get the details. Gumbo Limbo is a nice place to watch the sunset and grab a drink or bite. Of course, it's crowded in season and you naturally pay a premium for drinks and food because of the location and Ritz-Carlton name. We still like to go there now and then; sometimes we share a table with another couple - it's a nice way to meet people. It's too bad that Naples does not have more waterfront restaurants, considering all the beachs we have here.

          1. re: TomOHaver

            Thanks....yeah, when the chickee hut/bar up on Vanderbilt Drive closed last year to make way for *%@! condos, one of my co-workers about died of grief....she loved going there! It was more for working folks and not what you would consider waterfront dining, but so many people loved just sitting there with drink & nosh, watching sunset. Naples is really becoming an asphalt & concrete jungle.

        2. re: TomOHaver

          Visited the turtle club at sunset in April 2007. I was very impressed, especially for the drink prices which were about 5 dollars cheaper than the ritz which was a quick walk down the beach. About 8-9 dollars for a mixed drink and 5 for a beer. The location is perfect for sunset. We didnt eat there, but the menu seemed pretty decent, seafood and meat. We are vegetarian so this didn't really work for us. But, I think for drinks, this is a great place in Naples.

        3. Thanks everyone, booked the Boat House. Looks great.

          1. Many thanks to all for the recommendation. We did go to the Boat House.

            Unfortunately, and please do not take this personally, it was absolutely horrible. Although the view was exceptional the food was about as bad as any we have ever eaten. It reminded the Jfoods of a bad Rusty Scupper. Everything is either swimming in butter or overly fried. The salads were made sometime in the morning and were soggy. We basically pushed the food around not to be rude and were out of there in 35 minutes. Fortunately we found Kilwins on 6th and drowned our tears in some good ice cream.

            Sorry for this type of feedback.

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            1. re: jfood

              Oh, dear...am so sorry about your bad experience...well, like I said, it has been a little over 6 months since we last were there. What a shame.

              1. re: jfood

                All feedback is welcome, even the negative, but this needs to get back to the Boathouse, so they can do something about it.