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The Perfect Caper
The Perfect Caper

The Perfect Caper Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theperfectcaper.com
  • Phone: (941) 505-9009
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Lunch: Wednesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10pm Sunday-4-8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Eurasian, Contemporary French, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist-2008 & 2009
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Perfect Caper is a full service Caterer offering destination management or just catering services. Our menu and services are quite varied and we are happy to send you a quote!
  • Private Party Facilities: We are always available for private functions. Please inquire with the host for more details
  • Private Party Contact: James Roland (941) 505-9009

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nesbit St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking in the private lot that is adjacent to the building.
A word from The Perfect Caper
The Perfect Caper is Southwest Florida's premier dining destination. Located in Punta Gorda, halfway between Sarasota and Naples, on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Caper is a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant, with something for EVERYONE! The Caper offers a truly unique dining experience as well as superior service and atmosphere. Join us at the Caper for a cocktail, some Jazz and a fabulous night of dining! Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second time with different friends -- both cases for special occasions. The food was excellent and loved the presentation and just enough amount to enjoy."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was drinking water and reading as I waited for my partner to arrive. I spilled quite a bit on the table and seat. The staff quickly moved me to another table and staff members efficiently replaced the tablecloths and much else and dried the seats. I was embarrassed about my clumsiness, but their professional action made me feel better. The food and service were great too."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food is always good but the delivery of our entree was slow."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Another fantastic meal at the Perfect Caper. Of course we had the best Calamari in the world. We also had the Pomegranite Flip Martinis which are very tasty. My son and I had the Filet Maison with the Lobster Mac n Cheese which was cooked perfectly. My Daughter had the crab cake which she enjoyed very much."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was a special luncheon for two dear friends. Both were familiar with your restaurant and pleased it was where we met. Thank you for a delightful memory. dH"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We can always trust The Perfect Caper to serve up a delightful dinner for any occasion. The service is impeccable and the menu selection is varied and accommodating to all tastes. Tonight's carrot cake was to die for!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " When we sat down in conversation I told the server that it was my birthday. In a restaurant of this caliber I sort of expected a small token at dessert time for our occasion but instead we received the standard tiny 1/4 inch cubes of something flavored with peanut butter that everybody also got. When you spend 165.00 on a dinner for two a slice of cake with a candle in it would have been appropriate. Believe me this restaurant can afford it, they're doing very well. Therefore I left the server the standard 15% tip instead of the 20% if the cake were there. If she couldn't provide the cake because of management rules then shame on the owner, they're just being cheap considering what they make on slightly overpriced dinners."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The table service was very slow. Used plates and flatware not removed from table. Got impression server came from a fast food chain. Not at all professional, nor what I expect at the Perfect Caper. Chicken salad was not good. Will not order it any more after years of doing so."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten at The Perfect Caper on several occasions, but it has been a few years. I came in with my girlfriends after talking the place up for a few years (at least). They fully expected to be disappointed after my raves, but instead, our expectations were exceded. The menu was innovative and expertly executed; our server was knowledgable, friendly, efficient and unobtrusive; the ambience cozy but not stuffy. I can't think of a single complaint, which is highly unusual for me. If I did not live so far away (cape Coral), we would visit much more often. Kudos on helping to make my birthday very special indeed!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our daughter sent us a gift cert for the Caper because they know how much will like the place. This has been our favorite spot for lunch, dinner, any special occasion. When ever we have important people here from up North, or out West, we always come here. The menu always offers new delicious items as well as their standards: such as calamari - the best in the area.n At this visit, the "special - open face lobster ravioli and the cheesecake were the best"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "EVERYTHING WAS FINE FOR DINNER. WINE LIST IS VERY GOOD, It is a bit noisy, but not unbearable. It was a very nice menu, and the waiter explained the chef specials very well. I find your regular coffee very strong, but that may be because I'm an American not used to strong coffee. Bread could be offered more often (your bread is good), and how come no small tongs given with the sugar bowl? I am very pleased every time I go to a restaurant and they do not ask me if I want to keep my fork for the rest of the meal. No, I don't want to keep my fork, give me a clean one for each course. Your salads are outstanding."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had not been here in a long while. Ate in the lounge which is more casual with more choices. Food and service were still excellent. I had the Duck and my wife had the Crab Cake."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were disappointed in our entre selections: Duck a deux, and Blue nose bass; The service was poor as our waitress was spending time with other diners who were dissatisfied with their dinner."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great place for fine dining. The food is outstanding. As vegetarians there is always something on the menu that tweeks our palates. Jeanie even makes an effort to change the selections frequently and we are never disappointed. The presentation is "top notch!" The service was excellent with a good explanation of the menu and removing crumbs from the tale etc."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I found this gem a few years ago and wanted to take my aunt here for her birthday. She wanted something different. She was unbelievably impressed with the choices, the tastes and service. I have never seen her smile so big."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had not been to the Perfect Caper in several years. Frankly the last time we had gone for dinner is was only so so. Lunch last Friday was excellent and we will return for lunch or dinner. House Chardonnay and Cabernet were both great and only $5. We had a steak and spinach salad with blue cheese, very good and our friend had the pork belly sandwich...he raved about it. The homemade rosemary bread was excellent. Thanks to Jim the service was also very good. Thank you and we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fantastic Evening ! Everything was perfect ! The Menu has been tweaked and the results were spectacular . We love the Perfect Caper and always enjoy the quality and execution of the food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been at the Perfect Caper several times for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. However, when I tried to make a reservation for a party of six for lunch, my reservation was declined on the website. The site indicated that this reservation time for six would not be available for 3 months. I was very disappointed as were the other members of my party."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner at our favorite restaurant The Perfect a Caper. Once again, we were not disappointed. The food and service are head and shoulders above any other restaurant in the area. The menu is diverse and offers selections which would appeal to many palates. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff makes you feel welcomed. All in all, a very satisfying experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our overall experience was wonderful. We did have trouble finding the restaurant though because it is in the back of a building. A small sign at the driveway would help."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Just an all around great and a very special place."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Perfect Caper is always our number one choice of restaurants in Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. For our family it has always been consistently great. The atmosphere is very upscale and upbeat. The service is impeccable with Gabe and Noelle there. The drinks are very good. We had our old favorite the Pomegranite Flip martini. The Mussels are phenomenal and the Calamari is truly the best I have had anywhere in the world. The duck facon dish is amazing. I am always hesitant to order duck due to previous bad experiences elsewhere but this dish was prepared perfectly and oh so tasty. The soft shell crab appetizer was also quite good. The filet mignon with lobster mac n cheese is another all-time favorite of mine. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went on Mother's Day, and the service was excellent. My rack of lamb was outstanding. My husband had the filet and he said it was the best. The owner/chef came over to see if everything went well. We will return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Waiter was great food yummie we were not rushed and I think we may of been the last ones there. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My husband and I are "small plate" people. Between us we ordered six of them then dessert. The crispy shrimp was a glorious presentation of some of the best shrimp I've ever eaten. The mussels were small and tender. The fish tacos were delightful, crispy with lightly seared fish. It is not often that every plate tastes like a signature plate, but the Perfect Caper made me believe it can be done."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "IT WAS OUR 52ND ANNIVERSARY AND AS USUAL EVERYTHING WAS VERY GOOD - THE FOOD IS ALWAYS UP TO THEIR HIGH STANDARDS AND THE SERVICE IS AS GOOD AS YOU COULD GET - WE DO NOT GET THERE AS OFTEN AS WE WOULD LIKE, BUT PLAN ON GOING MORE IN THE FALL AFTER RETURNING FROM THE GREAT NORTH - WE ARE GOING TO DROP OUT OF OUR YACHT CLUB AS WE DO NOT UTILIZE ALL THEY HAVE TO OFFER AND WILL BE AT THE PERFECT CAPER MORE OFTEN."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food great, service good until the check came and the bar bill was padded with an extra $10 martini. Mistakes happen but after reading other reviews that this occurred more than once, it seems to be a practice. Put a damper on the evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We frequent The Perfect Caper about twice a month for lunch as it is about an hour's drive from where we live. However, well worth the drive for fine dining at it's best. From the time you walk in the door and are seated, right through dessert, the service is impeccable. The food is always attractively presented and tastes wonderful. We have tried many items; both from the two for one lunch menu and from the individually priced items, and all is well worth the try."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "lunch was great for all of u, the food was great and the service from start to finish was wonderful. I will recommend Perfect Caper and all of my friends."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was 4 stars. Four of us picked different entree' and each one was out of this world. The waiter and his assistant were attentive but not intrusive. Our only regret was that we ate so much on our first two courses that we missed out trying what looked like a wonderful selections of desserts. No worry as I'm sure we will visit Perfect Caper again soon."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We didn't really know about the Perfect Caper. Received a gift certificate and began to ask several people if they knew about it. Got very good comments from everyone we asked. And so we made a reservation. Everything was excellent from the minute we opened the door until we left. Ambience is nice, giving an air of comfortable elegance. Food is excellent,presented wonderfully. I chose the butternut squash and apple soup, spinach salad with fresh beets and then mussels. My husband had the mussels appetizer and the crabby scallops. All mouthwatering good! It is upscale in price but definitely worth it"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Great food and good service. fresh ingredients and very tasty compositions ad presentations. Manager always helpful and has excellent knowledge of menu, wines and food in general. Very nice service."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Another wonderful dinner at The Perfect Caper. We had some friends in from out of town and like all our guests we bring them to the Caper. Everything was fabulous and they enjoyed every bite. Thanks to everyone!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I thought the food was great and the service good when he was there. Long wait for the food to be served, no bread until we asked for it and long wait for the check. You did have a large group you were hosting in another room and I got the impression that because of this our service suffered. You must be sure you can take care of large groups AND regular customers especially with the high prices you are charging. I don't mind the higher prices IF the food is of high quality (it was) and the service outstanding (it was not)."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our son was in from Chicago and loves good restaurants. He was not disappointed! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We recently dined at the Perfect Caper with our relatives and truly did have the perfect meal experience. The place is very high end with a really nice ambiance. The service is excellent and the wait staff very well trained. The food is creative and delicious, made with all the best ingredients and prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Always graciously greeted and seated, wait staff is knowledgeable of menu items and specials of the day, food is always appetizingly presented as well as served hot/chilled according to your order. We have never been disappointed when eating at The Perfect Caper and are proud to take our friends and out-of-town visitors there knowing that the dining experience will be "perfect". "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "A tad pricey but truly excellent. Best dinner I've had since moving to SW Florida and I dine out a lot."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The duck salad was great. We will definitely go back again. It is more on the expensive side."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. Filet a la Saigon, duck confit, calamari, scallops all exceptional. Deserts excellent as well, don't miss the gingerbread ice cream sandwich. Wine list needs help but good value."
    Dined on 4/7/2014