Good view--Good food--We'll return.
The opening note of the experience: an indifferent and singularly unenthusiastic greeting. After identifying our name, there was a check of the computer screen, no verbal or non-verbal acknowledgment; a grabbing of menus and a wordless procession to an area where we were proffered a choice of tables. There was NO smile. There was NO verbal welcome. Our waitress was prompt and efficient but failed to "up-sell" us on "better wine" beyond the "41 Special". Their sister restaurant (Bistro 41) "up-sold" us when we were there last and we were delighted with the outcome and were expecting a similar overture here. Nonetheless, our prior experience @ this same addressed restaurant under prior management was disastrous.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten at the restaurant
We have eaten at the restaurant before and have had good food. This visit was not as satisfying. My wives' fish dinner was overdone and dry, borderline not edible as was our friends.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The butterfish was amazing....we
The butterfish was amazing....we loved everything we had, the service was impeccable and it was a wonderful evening!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience.
Great dining experience. Honored our table request.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous waterfront restaurant with excellent service..
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
AWESOME !!!! GREAT PLACE.....
Took my wife to celebrate her Bday..... Great Meal, awesome view.... Will definitely be back................... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent as usual, we bring many people to this restaurant for the first time and have had very favorable comments. It is a little drive for us but we feel it is a special place.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and view
Delish food with gorgeous view from above the marina. We loved the bistro $41 price fix special. The mussels are a must for an appitizer! Probably agreed they were the best we had ever had.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my wife to the Bistro for her Birthday and was very happy with the meal, service and atmosphere. I suggest if you are in the area to give it a try. The dessert could have been better (tiramisu), frozen in the middle and dry, but the rest of the meal was great.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food very good to excellent;
Food very good to excellent; attentive service; highly recommended.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I Had a Great 50 Birthday!
Thank you. Service and food was wonderful.
The view entertaining. I could't ask for a better place to spend my birthday
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Anniversary Dinner
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary while on vacation in Naples. We chose this restaurant for it water view. The service was great. The staff greeted us warmly upon our arrival and even treated us to coffee and dessert. This was our first time dining here but we will certainly make a return trip.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would give it 5 stars, except my grouper tasted oddly sour :( and was overcooked. I didn't want to complain and make my guests uncomfortable, so it was just ignored. Everything else was on point. Spring rolls, tuna tartar, salads, butterfish, filet mignon, desserts...all great!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic location and service
Both the location and service are fantastic. The food is very well presented and uses some good ingredients; however, the flavours need some work. The setting and service are fine dining, but the food is not at that level. But for the price (especially the $41 deal) you can't really complain! Would definitely recommend, if only for the view!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good deal!
I really like the $41.00 for two dinners including a bottle of wine. We brought another couple with us to enjoy this deal.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
James was a fantastic server from beginning to end. Shrimp cocktail and tuna tartar were good. The seared scallops with cauliflower risotto, were the best scallops I've ever had!!! Cooked perfectly with a great amount of flavor :) Filet Mignon was only so-so. The cut wasn't great because it had some silverskin. The grouper and pasta primavera were both delicious. Bread pudding, tiramisu and creme brulee, were fantastic. The view is wonderful! Very nice Father's Day dinner was had :)
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The night was the best experience. We were not rushed and everyone was attentive. Beautiful night in Fort Myers Beach and the restaurant gives you the view of marina. Don't miss these place if you are in the Ft Myers area!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This week marked our 4th visit in 8 weeks to Bayfront Bistro. Each time, we've brought another couple with us to share in the many delights of this fabulous restaurant. Each time we've dined here has been better than the previous experience....with perfect service, wine pairings, succulent dinner choices and an atmosphere to die for. Oh, but I need to mention the view. On Friday night , the 21st, the dolphin show was distracting!!! Each of us kept pointing....and smiling....from our romantic banquette point of view.
This is just about the best restaurant anyone could choose. An excellent and delicious choice. Trust me!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Frequent diner at Bayfront Bistro
One dish we ordered was below the norm for this restaurant. The wine we ordered was excellent and the service was very good.
I prefer servers who do not interrupt a dinner, and the one we had was a little to frequent a visitor to our table for me, but some people probably prefer the attention.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience at Bayfront Bistro on Sat night. Our table was ready even though we were a bit early for our reservation. The table they reserved for us was a raised half circle banquette that gave us a view of the water. Just a lovely setting.
We both ordered the braised short ribs and they were tender and yummy. A little chocolate cupcake for dessert and it was a wonderful dinner. Since this restaurant is also affiliated with Bistro 41 at the Bell Tower Shoppes in Fort Myers, they are giving you back 50% of what you spend at this restaurant to use at Bistro 41. What a deal. You should definitely check it out. Enjoy.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband's filet was ordered
My husband's filet was ordered medium but came blood rare. He send it back and it came back rare again. My fish specialty was not the high level of creative, savory excellence in the past. Very bland. The Onion soup special had a good flavor, but no additions of croutons and cheese that the server had told us went with the soup. Perhaps they have a new chef?
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bayfront Bistro Is Wonderful!
My daughter and I were visiting Fort Myers for the first time in July 2013 and noticed Bayfront Bistro when grocery shopping at Publix. We made a decision to have dinner there before our vacation was over, which we did. We were not disappointed. It was a lovely evening. The food was wonderful and the staff were very kind and attentive. In addition to dining at Bayfront Bistro we were given a $50 Rebate to dine at Bistro 41 and we made a reservation for the following evening. No disappointment there either. I would recommend Bayfront Bistro and Bistro 41 as a place to dine.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was recommended by the front desk person at our hotel, and he was certainly right! The river scene was peaceful, the interior decor is lovely, and the food was truly delicious. Our waiter, James, went beyond the norm to provide us with an enjoyable evening. Thanks, James, and Bayfront Bistro!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Bay Front
We have been to Bay Front Bistro many times, and we LOVE it.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Excellent Find
I took my boyfriend to the Bayfront Bistro in order to surprise him with a party on one of the Snook Bight boat rentals later in the day-- I made reservations just because it would be convenient.What a pleasant discovery to find the restaurant to be what it was! The decor was stunning but not over-the-top, the staff was friendly (and so helpful in making arrangements to aid in the surprise party effort), and the food was well worth the price. Following our beautiful lunch, we're now making plans to stop by their sister restaurant in the Bell Tower Shops in hopes of an equally lovely experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
New management is different....
New management is different.... Service was great, but the general atmosphere is "low class". The front desk staff dressed very casual & not that what the restuarant was. Our server was very young & did a great job, but again rather casual, not that of the higher class restuarant that it was / is....
I'll go back as always...:)
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Catching up with friends
Several friends & I enjoyed a wonderful luch on Sunday. We were seated at a window, but you have a view from wherever you sit in the restaurant, and it was quiet. My friends & I aren't able to get together often enough because of busy schedules, so this was a great time to catch up on everyones lives. We all started out with a Bloody Mary which was hands down delicious. Each of us ordered something different & were pleased with our choices from hamburger & fries (so yummy), to ceviche, iceburg salad & crab cakes. The creme' brulee was a big hit, as well. Thanks to our server, James, good job:)
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
overall it was good. I did make a reservation and when I got there asked for a table inside by the window. I was told those were "reserved". Ended up sitting outside which was a little warm.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a great experience,
It was a great experience, we enjoyed all aspects of the Bistro. Th food, service, atmosphere were great.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Restaurant
Three of us had different entrees and each was very good. We also had a lovely view of the marina. This was "off season" and still we were presented with well prepared and tasty food. Definitely one of the better restaurants in the Fort Myers area.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, but the service was exceptional.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a lovely evening. The wine was great (1/2 price on Wednesday night).
The food was very good - butterfly fish in particular.
We went on the recommendation of Dan and Tree, owners of the BnB we staid in - Mango Inn.
Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good food, great service and a very good selection of wine.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sure to be a Favorite!
Delicious food, expertly prepared, and a view that is romantic and tranquil make this restaurant on Fort Myers Beach our favorite and worth challenging the traffic during season. During September, it was easy to access plus was offering a special on food and wine that made it a deal not to be missed! Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and made an excellent experience even more outstanding. It was an evening we will soon repeat!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable birthday dinner
I had a big birthday to celebrate and chose the Bayfront Bistro because of its wonderful view of a small marina & the bay. It was breezy outside but they has thrown open the sliders from the indoor dining room to the outside so we got the outdoor experience without the breeze. There was a soft crooner with guitar singing in the corner adding a nice touch. Every table has a bay view.
Sarah gave us excellent service and even gave me a hand signed birthday card showing their attention to detail and care. We started with a glass of champagne and then switched to wine for our meal. They have an extensive wine menu, by the glass or bottle. The food was excellent and I enjoyed their vegetarian plate. We will definitely return. Great service!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiter Dean provided an exceptional experience with meal suggestions that offered both excellent presentation and taste.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
great place, great food and great atmosphere. loved it
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, view, atmosphere
This must be the best restaurant on Estero Island -- so outstanding we chose to go there twice in a four-day visit. Genuinely excellent seafood, and genuinely excellent beef as well, a rare combination. Strong wine list. Gorgeous views of the estuary whether you choose a table outside, or in the very tasteful dining room. Lovely salads. Rachel (first night) and Eddie (second night) provided especially attentive service.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect View, Service, Food,Value!
We return again and again to the Bayfront Bistro to enjoy their phenomenal $41 dinner for two and wine discount. Their short ribs will melt in your mouth ,and the view of the bay at moonrise is unbelievable--especially on Thursday night when the moon was 99% full. Add to that an always friendly and efficient staff and life doesn't get much better.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table with a view
Go early to enjoy the pristine view. So rare to find good food and good view together. Try to go off season as it gets crazy busy.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful experience !
Waiter, James was excellent food terrific atmosphere fabulous !!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never disappointed ...
This was our 4th visit to Bayfront Bistro and it never disappoints. We visit Fort Myers Beach twice a year for a week or two each time and we never miss dining here at least once. I was especially pleased when the Manager stopped by our table and whether she remembered us or not, she said she did :) .
The food is very special, the view spectacular and it's just a cut above the more casual dining experience we tend to enjoy at the beach.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The miso yaki marinated butterfish served over wasabi mashed potatoes & sweet chili stir fry was delicious! And, the outdoor ambience was refreshing and soothing as we looked over the intracoastal waterway.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner. The salad, entree and dessert were exceptional. We chose the early dining option and took advantage of the discount on wine and enjoyed an amazing bottle of red wine. All in all a lovely dinner with attentive but unobtrusive service. Thanks for another memorable meal.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good marks in all respects
We arrived on a very busy Friday night, and the hostess could not find my Open Table reservation. Despite this snafu, the restaurant accommodated us promptly, and we had a find meal. The live music was good--not overbearing--and the service was prompt and pleasant despite what appeared to be every table occupied and a lot of activity. We enjoyed ourselves very much and will definitely be back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food on FMB
Have dined here a couple times. Great food, good service and love the view of Estero Bay. Twin tails were excellent. Clam chowder is one of the best. Have not had an opportunity to dine outside yet. Looks like that would be very nice. Will return whenever we get to FMB which is usually twice a year. Hoping for more...........
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very good find for us. Treated very well & food was very good.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Picked this restaurant from Open Table sight unseen.
A little concerned as we drove down the beach, past the Publix and to non-descript bldg at the end of a parking lot. As you enter the upper level it becomes apparent that this is a special place. Long bar in the front of wide open inside dining area that opens to an expansive outside dining patio overlooking a marina, the bay and a full moon.
We sat at the corner outside table with the best view.
All the seafood dishes were excellent per our diners. One was not thrilled with the beef tips, but that was the only minor complaint. The wine was spectacular. Our group drove the 20 miles from our hotel to visit a second time with equally great results.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Truly tasty Turkey Day
My parents and I went to Bayfront for Thanksgiving lunch since we were taking a mini vacation over Thanksgiving week. The delicious table bread was from a local bakery with a tasty seasoned dipping oil. We each had the turkey dinner for $26 a plate and it was excellent; the turkey breast was tender and a generous portion, complete with scrumptious stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. We were stuffed!
Our server was great, very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a lovely water view. It's open to the outdoors, but since it was chilly that day, clear plastic sheets protected the diners from the cold without obstructing the nice view.
All in all, a lovely spot for a special occasion!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great staff, great food!
Loved the restaurant! Wish I lived in Fort Myers all the time and I was not just visiting...I would go all the time!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was wonderful. Friendly, attentive, but not over bearing. We always like to ask what the restaurant's speciality is or what they are known for. Our server recommended the Butter Fish. It has a bit of Japanese influence and is done in a miso base. It accomplished something that I have never seen before. My wife cleaned her plate. She is more of dessert person and had already scoped out what desert she was planning on having. She liked the butter fish so much that she did not save room for dessert. A first! I had eaten pretty much nothing but fish all week and was ready for a change. The braised short ribs were delicious.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM