A Dining Palette to Satisfy All

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When you’re on vacation, it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking for a change. In fact, many would agree that going out to eat is one of their favorite parts of the trip. When hunger strikes in Southwest Florida, here are 10 favorite Fort Myers and Sanibel restaurants to tempt your taste buds.


Pinchers in Fort Myers Beach has been at the forefront of the local food movement since 1997. Using local anglers, fishing local waters, they are officially a local favorite. Try a Gulf Grouper Sandwich as you enjoy views of the water where the fish are caught daily.

There’s always a party at the Caribbean-themed Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille. Famous for their sizzling Yucatan Shrimp and ice-cold mojitos, Doc Ford’s throws a party for your taste buds, too. 

Plate of oysters


Everything is made from scratch at Buon Appetito in Fort Myers, including the mozzarella. They also like to stir things up by changing the menu every day. Call ahead for current entrees, or walk in to be pleasantly surprised.

“Sanibel’s Italian Kitchen,” Matzaluna, serves up Italian favorites in a casual, market-like setting, but they are especially known for their wood-fired pizzas. 

Bowl of shrimp


For a taste of authentic Greece, try Nomiki’s Plakka, a gem among Fort Myers restaurants. Start with a classic appetizer of hummus or saganaki before digging into homemade gyros, souvlakia or rack of lamb, all from traditional recipes.

Plaka II is a Greek-themed restaurant famous for their moussaka, a dish with an eggplant base layered with minced lamb cooked with chopped onion, garlic and spices and then topped with a Béchamel sauce before being baked into its delicious final state.

Plate of Greek food


Cantina Captiva offers Mexican and Southwestern cuisine at the historic Captiva Island Inn in the heart of “Olde Captiva.” Enjoy your tacos and enchiladas inside or out, and bring an extra dollar bill so you can leave your mark on their multicolored walls.

The bright, neon-green exterior of Iguana Mia shines like a beacon, guiding you to Mexican delicacies like fajitas, burritos, and yes, tacos. Pair it with a golden margarita and everything is bueno.

Exterior view of Cantina Captiva Restaurant


Stepping inside Cheeburger Cheeburgeron Sanibel Island is like stepping back in time. You’ll find an old-fashioned soda fountain and walls adorned in 1950s Americana. Try the American Classic: a 1/3-pound burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon and mayo.

A casual restaurant with an upscale approach to eco-friendly dining, Jack’s Farm to Fork is happy to tell you all about the local farm or boat from which your dinner was sourced, and they are quickly becoming one of the most respected restaurants in Southwest Florida as a result.

Are you hungry for even more delicious dining options? Leave the cooking at home and start planning your trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel today. 


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