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Naples, Florida- Looking for great seafood!

ms. mika Apr 15, 2009 10:41 AM

I am surprising my husband with a long weekend trip to Naples next weekend and have been doing some research trying to find the best seafood spots. It sounds like Trulucks is a definite, although I've been there before in Texas. Other spots? Is USS Nemo our next best bet? My only hesitation is the menu looks like the fish dishes have quite a bit going on, and my husband may prefer something more simply prepared and not overwhelmed. But it's still a contender based on reviews I have seen. We have a Roy's down the street from where we live, so would like something local. I also saw Sea Salt? I plan to do a lunch at Grouper & Chips. I am also open if there is a great sushi spot? Suggestions?? My first priority would be a place with great fresh seafood, but would be nice it had a good atmosphere too (another concern about USS Nemo). Can't wait to hear from you!

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    RevrendAndy RE: ms. mika Apr 16, 2009 10:46 AM

    Baleen, in La Playa Hotel, has a gorgeous setting on the beach. It's quite expensive but we had a great meal. Other hounds have given mixed reviews. You can check out the menu on their website.

    Another restaurant with a beautiful setting is Bay House, in North Naples. Again, We've had nothing but good food while other reviews may not have been as positive. If you search for the link to Bay House you'll see the reviews.


    Great choice of Grouper & Chips. I like Trulucks. Sea Salt is a nice setting but is pretty new and still feeling their way. Across the street is Campiello, which is Italian but serves some excellent seafood. I recommend it. http://www.campiello.damico.com/cuisi...

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      nosh RE: ms. mika Apr 16, 2009 10:56 AM

      You seem to have definitely done your research -- Truluck's and Nemo are the seafood heavyweights, and Grouper & Chips a great lunch spot. And now RevrendAndy has chimed in with a couple more possibilities -- he clued me into Wyld's Cafe, my favorite dinner the last couple of trips, located in a stripmall in Bonita and while my mom loved her fish, not a seafood specialist.

      Look, it is probably not what you are looking for and it is a chain, run by the same Roy's folks who also operate Outback. But Bonefish Grill is really great at what they do -- fresh seafood simply grilled and served with friendly service in a fun environment at amazingly reasonable prices. The crowds speak for themselves -- make a reservation or wait over an hour in season or at prime time. I have had really fresh salmon excellently grilled (charred but still medium-rare in the middle) twice, their bang-bang spicy fried shrimp has a kick, and their corn chowder with crab is rich and tasty, not yuckily thickened. Prices are midteens for most entrees with sides. Gosh, I wish we had them where I live.

      1. MartiniGenie RE: ms. mika Apr 16, 2009 11:34 AM

        Try Real Seafood Company on Vanderbuilt Beach Rd.
        They have both plain and busy seafood.

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          ms. mika RE: MartiniGenie Apr 17, 2009 11:09 AM

          Great! Thanks for all the recommendations! Any opinions on USS Nemo itself? Is it a must try? or will some of these other choices offer just as fresh seafood with a better atmosphere?

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            grouper RE: ms. mika Apr 18, 2009 04:25 AM

            Can't give you a specific on USS Nemo as far as would they tone down the ingredients, but the food was very tasty and you wouldn't be disappointed. One thing that may or may not make a difference to you is that they can only serve beer and wine as they don't have a liquor license, so no cocktails. Same goes for Wyld's which has also been recommended.

        2. LilMsFoodie RE: ms. mika Apr 18, 2009 06:37 AM

          I don't think that any place can beat La Playa for romance. I have had several dinners there and only one was a little off. Outdoor terrace facing the beach and sunset is lovely. The bar is lively and fun and the monkey motif is whimsical. I've had Florida lobster, excellent florida snapper, and a black grouper as well. I appreciate the 1/2 portions they offer as well. More restaurants would do well to offer this.

          I love Trulucks and to walk Fifth Avenue after dinner is fun and often magical, but or romance, you can not beat Baleen.

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            lexpatti RE: ms. mika Apr 18, 2009 07:19 AM

            Did I miss it, No one mentioned Randy's Seafood - excellent fresh fish but nothing fancy or fine dining ambiance just plain ole awesome fish/seafood:

            When I'm in Naples, it's Randy's and Wylds Cafe in Bonita for my dining (although as mentioned Wylds is not a seafood destination but seafood is on the menu). It's my fav:

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              szoldan RE: ms. mika Apr 18, 2009 11:00 AM

              It's as much Caribbean as fish, but I love Yabas on 5th ave south.

              They have some good fish dishes there.

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                ms. mika RE: szoldan Apr 20, 2009 07:43 AM

                What's the atmosphere like at Wylds? I think I am down to deciding between Baleen and Wylds, and we'll do Trulucks for dinner the other night.

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                  ms. mika RE: ms. mika Apr 20, 2009 07:45 AM

                  Maybe I should also throw out there that we are staying at the Ritz Carlton - so I would prefer not to drive too far- so I'm not sure the proximity of the places.

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                    ms. mika RE: ms. mika Apr 20, 2009 08:05 AM

                    Ok- I just checked. Looks like Baleen is very close to our hotel, so that would definitely win out on location. If I am going to do Baleen and Trulucks, now just deciding which should be for the birthday dinner (Sunday) vs which one for dinner on Saturday night. Sounds like Trulucks may have more consistently good food, but great beach atmosphere at Baleens. Let me know if you have an opinion, but appreciate everyone's input- it's been very helpful!

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                      RevrendAndy RE: ms. mika Apr 20, 2009 11:03 AM

                      I would do the birthday dinner at Baleen on Sunday. It's a special location and more romantic. Strolling 5th Ave. before or after dinner on Saturday night will be more fun.

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                        ms. mika RE: RevrendAndy Apr 20, 2009 11:12 AM

                        Thanks for your feedback. I just called (before getting your reply) and Baleen said they can't guarantee outdoor seating, which seems to be a lot of the appeal (the beautiful view). Would Bay House be your next choice? Also, what is your favorite mid price seafood spot ?

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                          LilMsFoodie RE: ms. mika Apr 21, 2009 09:31 AM

                          I don't know of any restaurant that will guarantee outdoor seating, but anytime after high season, you're chances are increased. The restaurant itself has banquettes facing the gulf and is lined with french doors so your view is good inside as well, and there is air conditioning, something that can be of great value.

                          Bay house is lovely, I had a terrible meal there but Reverend thinks it is ok.

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                  RevrendAndy RE: ms. mika Apr 21, 2009 09:51 AM

                  I like Bay House but Lill is correct that the view inside Baleen is still very nice. I would mention the special occassion you are celebrating and request a table by the window.

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                    ms. mika RE: RevrendAndy Apr 21, 2009 11:29 AM

                    Great. thanks to you both and everyone else for their input. I am really looking forward to our trip and can't wait to get down there!

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                      ms. mika RE: ms. mika Apr 30, 2009 10:33 AM

                      Just wanted to let everyone know we just returned from our trip to Naples and everything was great. We had lunch at Grouper & Chips- initially going to the location which is closed, but then making it to the other location. We really enjoyed our lunch there as well as our dinners at Baleen and at Trulucks. It was great enjoying so much fresh seafood. We even liked Gumbo Limbo for lunch at our hotel, overlooking the beach. Thanks again to everyone for their input!

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                    1stmakearoux RE: ms. mika Apr 30, 2009 01:24 PM

                    As a long time resident of the Naples area (35 years), I can't believe no one has mentioned Kelly's Fish House! It's the oldest restaurant in Naples (since the 1950s), and although not super fancy, it's the real deal! They have their own fleet of boats, and everything is prepared fresh. Their surf 'n' turf puts all the fancy steakhouses to shame! They're located right on the Gordon River. Incredible Olde Florida atmosphere and real Florida seafood. My favorite spot in Naples.

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