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Bayfront Bistro
Bayfront Bistro

Bayfront Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bayfrontbistro.com
  • Email: info@bayfrontbistro.com
  • Phone: (239) 463-3663
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and the menu is fantastic. Our server lacked much personality, but nonetheless we had a great evening."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fish was so so key lime pie very very tart, extremely pricey for an okay dinner probably will not return"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Very nice waterfront location, except it faces east so you can't see the sunset which is gorgeous on the other side of the very narrow island. Food is ok, not spectacular. French fries were very soggy, so we sent them back and next batch were also soggy. Bring bug spray if you are there at dusk. There was a gecko crawling on the ceiling over my table..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Nice but poorly trained waiter in way over his head made for a very frustrating dining experience. Far too many examples to list on this review. Great food but still have a very bad taste in my mouth after this experience. Far too expensive of a restaurant to deal with untrained and overwhelmed wait staff. Feeble and uninspired attempt by management to mitigate problem followed once we gave our candid feedback. Very disappointing as there are not many restaurants of this quality on Estero Island."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The view and ambience can't be beat on a nice day! Everyone at our table enjoyed their meal selection, and the bottomless mimosas were wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Delicious food, excellent views and service...would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Four of us went to dinner at Bayfront Bistro and had a wonderful, relaxing dinner. We like to sit on the screened in porch to enjoy a great view and watch the sunset. The service was very good and our waiter was charming. It is a little pricey, but is well worth the price if you are out for a special evening."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Restaurant very busy so the waiter seemed rushed. Did not refill the water glasses and forgot to bring the second glass of wine that was ordered. Seemed pricey for lack of better service"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The Bayfront Bistro is pricey, but the food is excellent. My cioppino was seasoned just right and large enough to be filling but not a megaportion. The New England Clam Chowder was among the best I've ever had. My wife found her sweet potato soup and her salad were exceptional. Our friend felt the same way about her grouper. Service from our waitress, Gillian, and the trainee, Matt, was outstanding. The view of the Snook Marina and Estero Bay is beautiful."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We ate here twice during our vacation as we had been there in previous years and loved it. The first time was great with great waiter and really good food. The second time wait service was slow and the order was not right so we were somewhat disappointed. We have not given up though and will return next year when we are in Florida as it is a beautiful place that takes reservations"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the first time we dined here although our friends had been here before. It was not difficult to get reservations which was a little surprising during high season. The menu offered a nice selection and all four of us ordered something different and we were all pleased with our choices. I thought some of the prices were a little high ($40 for prime rib) but the presentation of the food was excellent. Cocktails were fine and the service was good. We will return next year"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The setting is nice. Everyone has a view of the bay, which is nice, even though you have to look through a thick shade of plastic. The wine list is impressive. Our server was very good. Two out of three of us were disappointed with our food. I had the special, which was Triple Tail with Lobster Thermidor Sauce over mashed potatoes. The fish tasted good, but everything was barely warm, and the mashed potatoes were dry and tasteless. My husband had another special, Bob's pork chop. The pork chop was dry and tough, even though he asked for medium, and he had the same issue with his mashed potatoes. Our friend had the Teriyaki Salmon, which she was very pleased with. The portions are very large, but very expensive. Rather disappointed."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was our first time at Bayfront Bistro and we were disappointed with the service. The food was great, but tne expense of the meal did not equate to the slow and inconsistent service we received. We would not return to Bayfront Bistro."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "James is the most attentive and fun waiter. Food and wine selection very interesting and would recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We'll be back and sure to let our friends know of this exceptional place. It was relaxing and the food was superb. the noise level was perfect for conversation and we were able to be seated even though we arrive early. Our table was reserved and ready."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The first was flawless in all respects. This visit was very nice, but the main course was disappointing. We both had the early bird special $29 including a glass of wine, salad, entrée, and desert. Bread and olive oil was also provided. The pork roast was a bit dry and chewy, but acceptable. Everything else was very good."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The overall food quality and quantity definitely does not match the price."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had not been to Bay Front Bistro in awhile due to difficulty in getting to Fort Myers Beach (In Season). Of particular note, prices have moved up significantly from our last visit. Presentation was very nice; food was tasty. My conclusion is the restaurant has moved its price points too high relative to other competition ($36 dollars for a filet?) Restaurant was not crowded; perhaps something due to thrifty patrons..."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Not much variety for the breakfast items on the brunch menu, the lunch items were plentiful. Would have liked some fruit options on the breakfast menu. Also, a couple items on the breakfast menu seemed overpriced to me, i.e. steak and eggs for 30.00, also Mimosas were 9.00, for one, however, you could get bottomless for 14.00. Server was pleasant but didn't seem excited to be working. The venue is lovely, but service needs work. Server didn't know the menu items very well."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Highly recommend this place. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner seated outside facing the Bay. Not only was the weather perfect but the dining experience was first class. My husband had a delicious chowder and said the portion was so large it should have been his entire dinner. He ordered a fried calamari salad as a 2nd course and although the calamari was perfectly cooked, he did not care for the sweetness of the chili style sauce it was tossed in. I had a caesar salad followed by mussels and both for excellent. My brother had the butterfish and said it was one of the best he ever ate and my sister-in-law also had the calamari salad and spring rolls and commented that if she had known they were both such large portions, she would have only ordered one. Well worth the trip."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Fabulous food, great drinks and wine! Bartender makes a great old fashion!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Our experience was fantastic--a beautiful restaurant, superb view from our waterfront table, good food and good service--and on a fabulous Florida day. What more could we have asked!!!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Excellent food......the butterfish and Bob's porch chop were exceptional."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is my favorite place on the island & I bring guests here at least 2-3 x's per season. Food is always good, service is efficient & amiable & the view of the bay is the icing on the cake."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Big menu but entrees x4 mediocre. Beef filet spring- sawdust. Sent back dry overdone fish. Too many ingredients, gucked up with 'whatever'. Was quickly replaced even though I passed on ordering due to time. Retro décor, definitely aged set a la 70's-90's. location good looking at boats but with plastic awning to look through not a feature."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "we stop here every year when we vacation at our time share in Ft. Myers Beach. Great fish tacos for lunch, it's a little expensive but better than some other equally expensive locations. Great staff with just the right amount of familiarity, wouldn't miss it."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our last night on the island ~~ hoping for a gourmet meal in a sophisticated setting ~~~ instead we couldn't even have a conversation over all the noise ~~~ acoustics are awful ... Yet,we still expected top notch food ... The scallops were wonderful ... But the Mahi Mahi Entree barely "appetizer" size ~~~ the baby carrots were plopped on the plate TOTALLY bare ~ not a drop of butter or seasoning ... We really should have refused to pay ... Very very disappointing"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our favorite place for a romantic dinner. Service was excellent without being interruptive. Our main courses were presented beautifully. I had the butterfish that was served on a bed of lightly seasoned mash potatoes and my wife had the special which was triple tail. Both dishes were excellent but we agreed the triple tail was the winner. Both were cooked perfectly. Even though the place was full the manager found time to visit our table and inquire about our food. We had the ceviche appetizer which was just boiled shrimp in a fancy glass with minimal spices.. The manager confessed it was not cooked in lime juice as ceviche usually is. The shrimp was good but should not be called ceviche, thus my 4stars for the food."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Excellent local seafood prepared to perfection. Beautiful views of the bay and pleasant interior ambiance."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat, the food is always excellent and innovative. Service couldn't be better and the view is fantastic. We love the Bayfront Bistro."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Outstanding in every way. Comparable to the Charleston Grille in Charleston, SC. It is not inexpensive, but you will not be disappointed. Worth every minute of the drive from the northern tip of Ft Myers Beach."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We came for Valentines Day and is was just great. Very busy and still never felt rushed. Since than we have been for both dinner and brunch. Thanks for being on Fort Myers Beach."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Dominique really knew the menu and could answer any of our questions regarding the ingredients. He did not rush us, did not hover too much and was very friendly. It was a little cool and our guest asked to have the fan turned off above us - and not in a pleasant way. But it did not change Dominique's wonderful attitude one bit. Butterfish was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food and adult beveridges were wonderful! Would return in a heartbeat. Pricey, but well worth it."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The waiter spilled a beer all over the table and me and did not offer my husband another beer. I just thought this was pretty unprofessional and it spilled on my slacks could have offered a glass of wine."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had lunch here the day before and it was great. We cam back for dinner the next day. The 60 dolls surf and turf was not good. Beef was tough and flavorless and the lobster was dried out and tough. Very bad experience"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. A gem on the Beach."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "A very memorable evening at The Bistro! The butterfish entree is a must! The views overlooking the bay were breathtaking and our waiter, Louis, was exceptional. Can't wait to dine again!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We ate here on Valentines' Day, while on vacation. It was a limited menu, but choices were good. Only complaint was the lack of local seafood. I don't go to Florida to eat Maine lobster and Chilean sea bass."
    Dined on 2/14/2014