Bayfront Bistro
Bayfront Bistro

Bayfront Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bayfrontbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2394633663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Colvin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: From every seat in the house you will be entertained by the passing scene of dolphins playing and other wildlife including Ibis, Eagles, and Manatee.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Beach Trolley stop is on the road next to the entrance.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking on site. Covered available as well.
A word from Bayfront Bistro
Bayfront Bistro is located on beautiful Estero Bay in a pristine preserve area on Ft Myers Beach. 200 yards from the white sands on the Gulf of Mexico the restaurant shares this beautiful location with Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina.

Bayfront Bistro is a Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Award winner and the wine selection has 400 bottles to choose from, with something to please every palate.

Dine in air conditioned comfort in the spectacular dining room where every table has a perfect view of the Bay or outside on the dining deck.

Our talented chefs have crafted menus that will delight your senses! Start your meal with our Asian Calamari or Bayfront Flatbread, try our famous Bistro Salad, and then continue with 10 oz Filet Mignon, Bayfront Butterfish or Pork Con Mojo. And what meal would be complete without our Chocolate Seduction or Bayfront Bread Pudding?

We look forward to seeing you!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bayfront Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (34)special occasion (25)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (17)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (12)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Outstanding service and great food
    Happy2gobackVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Staff was very friendly and Victor our server was just awesome. He was very attentive. Bayfront Bistro was well worth the prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The ambiance was nice and the service was ok but both our meals were terrible! Try another restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed!:((
    Tcard
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My expensive filet was chewy and had fatty pieces that I couldn't eat. I was very disappointed in the food. But the view is great and our server was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    Mydiamonds88
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A hidden gem that sits neatly on the water with terrific views all around. The Butterfish was superb. Bountiful parking nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6 Kids (Needed a night out)
    Sunsetlover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I needed a romantic night out. We decided to try Bayfront Bistro. The views, food and service were absolutely amazing. We usually go to a different place for our occasional night out, but we found our new favorite restaurant. Thank you for a great dinner and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular restaurant!
    Magnolia
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This outstanding restaurant is not to be missed. The food, the service, the ambiance, the view are all spectacular! Each member of our table of 7 was thoroughly impressed. Even with orders from rare to well-done for the salmon dish, the chef prepared the salmon perfectly to each person's taste. The same can be said for the steak. Dolphins leaping in the air just outside our window view added to the joy of being there. The servers anticipated our every need. The waiter was professional, charming and unobtrusively efficient. We cannot say enough about how fabulous this restaurant is. Definitely go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBK
    jbking
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Server had a very limited knowledge of the menu! Grouper Udon was very bitter, Hot Sword Fish served with ice cold crab salad on top. When we asked the server about the cold crab, she said "oh no it should be hot", she took it back to the kitchen, then brought it back and said no it is supposed to be cold. Coffee drink was also served lukewarm at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great views, great time
    Buzz
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner was excellent. The views are outstanding and the overall experience was wonderful. We have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to frequent it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date
    Doctorsteak
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful time. Great food and wine. Attentive service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Anniversary
    our32nd
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary at the Bayfront,we were welcomed by hostess who wished us a happy anniversary,seated at a great table overlooking marina. Waiter very pleasant, wine menu terrific although we didn't order wine that evening. Clam chowder excellent, salad very fresh and well prepared. My wife ordered Seminole Beef and I had wrapped Filet both dishes were prepared as we ordered risotto and potato's as well as the vegetables were fresh and well prepared.Deserts were very tasty.overall experience was a 9 out of 10
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    laur
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have eaten here numerous times before and always enjoyed the food, but this time we were told that the wine was 1/2 price but when bill came we were charged full price $15 for a glass of chianta is very high. When I asked waiter about bill he said that was only for a bottle of wine and told him thats not what he told us, he pretty much brushed us off. We normally do not complain but I think this time we had a right not to be happy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were visiting the Pink Shell Resort and the spa personnel recommended Bayfront Bistro. It is available via the Lee trolley if you have them stop at the Publix stop between stop 3 & 4 on the route heading southbound. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the ambience is excellent. You can go casual but you will feel that you are in an upscale dining establishment. Prices are moderate. We split a Caesar salad and it was ample portion size for both. I had the cioppino and would recommend. My husband was disappointed in the quality (size) of the mussels. We would go back. Our server was very attentive and nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing time
    Val66
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The view was Amazing and we had great food! The fish was succulent , it was a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, food a bit overpriced
    Food123
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Has a great view but was very disappointed with the food. The bread and olive oil was the best part of the meal so we thought we were in for a real treat. The pork chops were on special and were clearly the wrong thing to order. They were fatty and really thin. Not what you would expect for $30. The shrimp pasta dish we ordered was good and flavorful. Had a good kick but not too spicey. If you go I would stick to seafood dishes and get plenty of bread!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversarydinner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was delicious and the chocolate bourban bread pudding was to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Susan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a great dinner with excellent service. We all had fish which was tasty. They were very accommodating about switching out side dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The blender
    LoveVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Such a wonderful place -- great view, great staff, spotless restrooms, very good food. Only complaint is the blender at the bar. When a table ordered 2 drinks requiring such the blender noise took over the whole dining room at one recent lunch. It was horrific....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty view
    bonitababeVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch. Selection was good...food was good. Service could have been better. Waitress did not tell us about the drink special and charged us full price for bloody mary's. Came home saw an ad for unlimited during brunch for less. Called, and the credited our credit card...shouldn't have happened. Also waitress was covering more than one area. She'd disappear...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better every time
    B52EWO
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have not had a bad meal at Bayfront Bistro. The staff is great and the food is outstanding. On my last visit I had the beef with peppercorn sauce and it was fabulous. It's a long drive for us but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous find
    jmenke
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I were in the area for one night and were delighted to have found such a fantastic place. I read about it on line. My fish was soooo good (baked and stuffed with lobster). My husband had a steak and said it was greet also. We will go again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    On the bay with great water views matched by a terrific menu and food that was truly enjoyable. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience on the bay.
    Eligadd
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We enjoyed sitting outside for a delightful dining experience. It was a quiet evening and we enjoyed the sunset. They have daily specials and I enjoyed the salmon special. Our meals were alright. It wasn't a spectacular dining experience in terms of the food but the environment makes up for it. It also had the marina so you can come via boat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish menu
    Lawrence
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The snapper was steamed perfectly! Polenta was tasty as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We're behind the Publix!
    SunnyTravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    You really have to look for the Bayfront Bistro, but it's worth it! The staff was friendly and our server made great recommendations. We ordered the Lobster tortellini and the Mahi in banana leaves. Very delicious. The outside seating had a wonderful view and the inside atmosphere was welcoming. Nice wine list too! Prices are a little high, but overall we enjoyed our meal and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food was good, but very over-priced. I won't be racing to go back given the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bay front
    Bart
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great good! Staff excellent and friendly. Price is pretty high so take your Visa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 740 reviews are from the Bayfront Bistro reviews archive.
  • Specials
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I was a little disappointed that we were not informed of the special offered of three entries for $28.99. We had friends that would have loved to go but thought it was a little pricey. Nothing was mentioned to us we saw the brochure when leaving.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Considering price, should be better
    raptooVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Dined (dinner) here several times and generally very happy with the food. This most recent visit, not so much. Cioppino was tasteless with small, barely bite size, pieces of fish, a few mussels, and no shrimp. It was $34...expect much better at that price. Atmosphere and view are terrific, service was just fine.
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  • Great marina view
    Love2EatOutVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Lovely lunch location! Great for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend an outdoor table. Great omelette.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bayfront evening
    AMGroup
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This restaurant is deceptive from the outside but once inside and into the 2nd floor restaurant, the venue is lovely. The large dining space sitting directly on the bay is gorgeous and waterview tables are the best. Our appetizers were good, however, the Asian-style calamari was somewhat "soppy" and abit too sweet. Unfortunately two of our 4 mains had problems. The Cioppino was inedible. While smothered in a red sauce, it was tasteless and the fish contents were either old or well frozen for too long also and had no flavor. The Grouper Udon was tastey, however, the udon noodles were not udon! They were wheat pasta noodles that appeared very similar to linguine. Manager adjusted our bill for price of the cioppino.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBBLCC
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had a great evening on the patio. 15 minutes of rain then a nice cool down
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food with a view.....
    traveler
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Lunch & dinner (before dark) is always so enjoyable with the spectacular bay view......try for a window or verandah table....booths are also good but can be noisy at dinner hour with the bar behind you.......
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to dine
    MIL3
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed the service and food. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view
    Brownie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I loved looking at the water and the boats docked.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food with a view
    JimH
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The view from the upper outdoor seating is great! The soup was served lukewarm, The entrees were only average, especially for the price. The seafood pasta I could have better at home, and the grouper tasted like it had soy sauce poured over it. For the money I'd rather go to the Bay House or Pazzo. And our server acted as if he would have rather been anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome early dinner
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Hubby & I showed up for an early dinner at 4:00, so we pretty much had our choice of tables. Beautiful views, excellent service, awesome food. Pricey, but worth it if you plan for it. Lunch might be a better choice budget-wise. We have no complaints whatsoever. Will go there again...Maybe lunch next time, and we'll bring some friends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night out
    Chill
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Visiting from PA, decided to eat at the Bayfront Bistro for a special treat. The view is gorgeous! Not a bad seat for viewing the bay while eating. Matt was our server and he was wonderful. Very knowledgable about the menu and made perfect suggestions. The food was delicious. The clam chowder was excellent and the butterfish was a tasty treat. My boyfriend had the filet, and Matt made sure it was cooked perfect. (He likes it still mooing) It was very tender and some of the better beef I've had. All together it was a wonderful night out and dolphins were even in the bay while we were eating dinner. All the staff seemed great, but I would request Matt again when going back. He was very attentive and made sure things were perfect.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The food was good quality, well-prepared and well presented, which is why we went twice. The bartenders were...odd/quirky with lapses in service - we sat at the bar both times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food better than I remembered. Great views. Very good welcome service - only complaint was a very long wait for entree. It was Easterand they had been busy but by the time we were sitting down there were empty tables. Waiters were aware of problem and apologized but it was still long. Lovely view though. Would go back for lunch, brunch Or sunset dining.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner of Spring Break week
    ChicagoFoodies
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Dinner at Bayfront was perfect from the beginning! The appetizer and salad were spaced out perfectly so that we didnt fill up too much. And our entrees were delicious. Our server was prompt, polite and knew the menu. The busboys were trained right, in that they would stop to let customers pass first, or let ladies pass first. Very gentlemanlike. The food was amazing. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.