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Feb 20, 2009 10:31 AM

Best restaurants in Naples- NYer coming for vacation

Hey all me and a few buddies are going down to my cousins house in Naples and would love to know where there are some great eats in Naples. Any and all recommendations are welcome. I would say since we are in our 20s nothing too too expensive. Open to all kinds of cuisine as well except anything TOO ethnic. However, we will splurge a few nights on a great dinner here and there. Definitely a steakhouse one night.

Are there any restaurants in Naples that are a MUST try and can't miss? I really appreciate this....

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  1. I enjoy my visits to Ft. Myers and Naples, but you should know that Naples is a tourist destination with a lot of money and a lot of older residents who winter there. As a result, it tends to be pricey. There are a lot of fancy and expensive shopping and dining options along the ocean and along both Fifth and Third Streets, but almost all will be expensive. There are some more casual bars and restaurants catering to a younger crowd, but these usually aren't fine dining. There are chains galore, especially along 41, the Tamiami Trail. A few suggestions:

    For steak: Try Chops -- there is one location in Naples and another in Bonita Springs, about 1/3 of the way up towards Ft. Myers. Perhaps the best steakhouse. They have some early-bird specials that save some money and include some sides.

    For seafood: Try Bonefish Grill -- yes, it is a chain, but I wish we had them where I live. Excellent fresh fish (and steaks) simply grilled at good prices -- most fish entrees in the mid to high teens. Very popular -- you'll need reservations or expect a very long wait.

    Hit McCormick & Schmick for happy hour. Go early. Big burgers for $2, and other great specials as well.

    For lunch, go to Grouper & Chips -- fried grouper at very reasonable prices, very casual.

    There is a Roy's in Naples and another in Bonita Springs -- they offer a three-course dinner with choices for each course for $35, a very good deal. No steak, but the shortribs are included and excellent and will fill you up. Choose a starter and finish with the molten chocolate mousse souffle cake.

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    1. re: nosh

      We have Bonefish Grill and McCormick and Shmick here. I am really looking more for like quintessential Naples- some can;t miss spots.

      1. re: nosh

        My husband and I took a little get away trip to Naples for my husband's birthday this weekend. We stayed at the Naples Hilton (fantastic!) and went to Roy's for dinner. The concierge at the Hilton, Hope Haworth, recommended we go there and made reservations for us. I know it's a chain. But. The. Food. Was. Fabulous. The restaurant is known for serving "Hawaiian fusion" foods and seafood.

        We shared the "Roy's Canoe Appetizer for Two" which had a little scrumptuous bit of everything. Then my husband had the snapper (it was a special) and I had Roy's Classic Trio which included a small serving of three classics: salmon with a ponzu sauce (delicious, sweet and light), Hawaiian style butterfish with a lemon-butter sauce; and the blackened ahi with a slightly spicy mustard butter sauce. I loved them all, although I couldn't finish them all!

        For desert we had their FLOURLESS chocolate souffle. I'm a desert lover and I could have had a second one of these. Just delicious. The service was fantastic. We had constant water/wine refills and at the end of the meal, we asked the waitress a question about another desert and she actually brought us a sample! We loved it and we can't wait to return!

        1. re: GA578

          There are chains: Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Cheesecake Fattery, etc and then their are small chef driven chains like Roy's. I'll take a well managed group like Roy's anyday. They have economies of scale that allow them to buy better ingredients, or have their own fleet of fishing boats like Truluck's. I care about food, presentation and service, I do not care if they have one place or 10. 1000 places, well, that is another animal.

      2. We just ate yesterday at Antonio's on 41 in Naples. The food was great. The white clam sauce is to die for.

        1. We've been to Naples the last 2 winters. Consistently the best meal we've had is at USS Nemo, on N. Tamiami Trail. Delicious and very interesting seafood. Additionally, they evidently now have someone in the kitchen who is into Indian cooking, and have installed a tandoor; the varions naan's available to start are, not only delicious, but an interesting variation from the starters you'll find at most seafood places.

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          1. re: masha

            I concur on USS Nemo - it's a neat place, and it's also open for lunch with the same food at lower prices.

            Another good deal on happy hour food is Brio, at Waterside Shops, US 41 just north of Pine Ridge. A menu of $3 "Tuscan Sampler" dishes includes hamburger, shrimp cocktail, calamari, bruschetta, carpaccio. etc. 3pm - 6pm weekdays, at the bar area only. Come early early; it's hard to get a table after 5pm.

          2. i would suggest you search the boards - because there are a lot of recs out there that aren't being posted to your enquiry. i visit from time to time and have looked so i know they're out there - just can't remember right now!

            1. Grouper and chips is a must, serving the best fried grouper. I also concur with Nosh about eating at Chops, which is local. USS Nemo has terrific seafood, also a local restaurant. Campiello has terrific Italian and great outdoor seating. Tommy Bahamas also has an outdoor cafe and a pork sandwich to die for. Good place for lunch.

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              1. re: RevrendAndy

                check out the Dock at Crayton Cove...great waterfront ambiance and seafood