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Bayfront Bistro
Bayfront Bistro

Bayfront Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful time. Great food and wine. Attentive service. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The view was Amazing and we had great food! The fish was succulent , it was a great dinner!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Food was delicious and the chocolate bourban bread pudding was to die for!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a great dinner with excellent service. We all had fish which was tasty. They were very accommodating about switching out side dishes."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "On the bay with great water views matched by a terrific menu and food that was truly enjoyable. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The snapper was steamed perfectly! Polenta was tasty as well."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was good, but very over-priced. I won't be racing to go back given the price."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great good! Staff excellent and friendly. Price is pretty high so take your Visa. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Lovely lunch location! Great for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend an outdoor table. Great omelette."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had a great evening on the patio. 15 minutes of rain then a nice cool down"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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......."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed the service and food. I would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I loved looking at the water and the boats docked. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a very good meal. My husband particularly loved the oysters. Perfect service!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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