Savor the Scenic Dining: Best Waterfront Restaurants in Naples

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Naples, Florida, with its picturesque coastline and vibrant culinary scene, offers a plethora of dining options that combine delicious cuisine with breathtaking waterfront views.

As owners of luxury Naples Florida rentals, we get lots of questions about the different kinds of waterfront dining that are available locally.  If you're a food enthusiast seeking to indulge in a memorable dining experience by the water, we promise that Naples won't disappoint. Here's a curated list of some of the best waterfront restaurants in Naples, Florida, each offering its unique charm and delectable dishes.

Gumbo Limbo

 Situated at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Gumbo Limbo stands out for its elegant ambiance and fresh seafood offerings. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this restaurant provides an upscale yet relaxed setting perfect for enjoying a leisurely meal. You can easily walk down to the beach from your table and walk through the sand or dip your toes in the Gulf. From sumptuous seafood to expertly crafted cocktails, every aspect of the dining experience at Gumbo Limbo exudes sophistication and taste.

Baleen Naples

Nestled within LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Baleen Naples promises a dining experience like no other. With panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, guests can relish in the mesmerizing sight of the sun setting over the water while savoring gourmet dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Baleen offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Whether you opt for their signature seafood specialties like their Tropical Ceviche or decadent desserts, each bite at Baleen is a culinary delight worth savoring.

Island Gypsy Cafe

For a more laid-back dining experience infused with tropical vibes, Island Gypsy is the place to be. Located on Marco Island on the water and accessible by boat or car, this hidden gem offers a casual atmosphere where guests can enjoy fresh seafood like the Lobster “N”euben,  New England Lobster Roll and Big Kahuna Tuna Nachos. With its colorful decor and live music performances, Island Gypsy captures the essence of Naples' waterfront lifestyle.

The Dock at Crayton Cove

A Naples institution since 1976, The Dock at Crayton Cove continues to charm diners with its rustic charm and waterfront views. Situated on Naples Bay, this iconic restaurant specializes in seafood specialties like their Key Lime Grouper, Miso Glazed Salmon or other selections like their Durock Pork Chop or Steak Frites.  Whether you choose to dine indoors or al fresco on the dockside patio, The Dock offers a quintessential Naples dining experience that's both timeless and inviting.

Buzz's Lighthouse

 Perched near Vanderbilt Beach, Buzz's Lighthouse boasts a prime location and a menu filled with delicious seafood dishes. With its nautical decor and panoramic views of the water, this family-owned restaurant exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance. From their famous chili shrimp to their mahi sandwich, Buzz's Lighthouse is a beloved casual destination for both locals and visitors alike.


Finally, as locals and lovers of the ocean, we are so excited about the return of the Turtle Club this month. This is a toes-in-the-sand local favorite that has been closed since Hurricane Ian. We covered the highly-anticipated return in a blog last week that you can read here.

Dining at one of Naples' waterfront restaurants offers more than just a meal—it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Florida's Gulf Coast while indulging in exquisite cuisine. Whether you're craving upscale fine dining or a laid-back meal with a view, these establishments epitomize the culinary diversity and coastal charm that Naples is renowned for. So, the next time you find yourself in Naples, be sure to embark on a gastronomic journey along the water's edge—you won't be disappointed.

As always, when you book one of our luxury Naples Florida rentals, we will be happy to help you with personalized recommendations and suggestions.