5 Delicious Dinner Spots in Downtown Fort Myers’ River District

Couple dining on patio at restaurant

After kayaking past the mangroves of Tarpon Bay, shelling on Sanibel’s sun-soaked shores or venturing through historic Native American sites, chances are you’ll work up quite the appetite. No matter how you spent the day, you’ll find plenty of Fort Myers’ River District restaurants to satisfy any sort of craving.


Make your way downtown to grab a bite to eat (and a beer to drink) at one of these appetizing eateries.

1. Downtown House of Pizza

Locals swear by this popular pizza joint. From custom pies to Stromboli’s and wings, the menu will leave your mouth watering – but you’ll need to leave room for dessert. At least there’s always the option of taking a late-night trip back for cannoli, carrot cake or chocolate peanut butter brownies, because some nights, this spot stays open until 3 a.m.


2. City Tavern

Another staple is a bar and restaurant that completely changes the meaning of “pub fare.” Here, you’ll find that flatbreads, salads and paninis pair perfectly with generous happy hour specials. So swing by for dinner and drinks, then stick around for live music on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights.


3. The Standard Restaurant

Feeling up for something a little fancier? Steer your travel companions toward The Standard. This stylish space was an immediate hit once it opened in the fall of 2015. With such a diverse menu, it’s no wonder why. There’s an entrée for every palate and a wine to match.


4. First Street Restaurant

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Myers on the corner of First and Hendry Streets. First Street is a mom and pop establishment with outdoor seating. Enjoy one of their famous Bloody Mary's, bottomless Mimosas or Fish 'n Chips. Pets welcome.


5. Bruno’s of Brooklyn Italian Eatery

While we’re international, you can also treat your taste buds to a quick trip to Italy. Bruno’s authentic pastas, fine meats and delectable appetizers are only rivaled by the desserts that follow. Whether they’re homemade or imported all the way from Italy, these sweets really take the cake.


Still trying to figure out where to eat in Fort Myers? Looking for something closer to the coast? We’ve got plenty more places for you to check out!

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