The Perfect Caper
The Perfect Caper

The Perfect Caper

  • 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: Contemporary French, Asian, Eurasian
  • 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!
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The Perfect Caper reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (42)romantic (39)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (16)good for groups (13)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We were in Punta Gorda from AZ, VA, PA and NC. The staff helped end an otherwise sad day with a positve , pleasant attitude. Service was as good as it gets. All thought food was excellent, well presented and flavorful. Would recommend to those who are looking for a positve dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Caper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We love this restaurant. The ambiance is really nice and the menu well balanced our friends enjoyed the Shrimp Tempura and a pasta dish. The Scallops with Crab topping were excellent but I the Lamb Chops were superb ! Our waitress was not available & we had to get assistance from another one to get butter. It was a very nice evening & we will go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our "go to" favorite. We have never been disappointed with the imaginative food nor the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    HornblowerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Among the best food we have had, anywhere. Appetizers of mussels and calamari were excellent. The Morocan lamb was delicious. For desert, the rice pudding was the best we have ever had. Our server, Noelle, was delightful. Great food, great service, great evening! Well worth the 1 hour drive up from Naples!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my birthday lunch with my mother
    MarcyMarciMarcie
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    the whole experience was delightful and the environment was perfect for our intimate, yet casual get together. food, service and elegance all there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caper
    mimi
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great evening, great food, great service. Pumpkin Cheese Cake was fabulous. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful evening!
    Anne
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We always make a reservation at the Perfect Caper for special occasions and we are always thrilled with the meal, ambiance and service. We cannot wait to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little bit of NY in Punta Gorda
    bosstothebest
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had heard wonderful things about The Perfect Caper and they were all true! A delightful and delicious restaurant, just off the main road, that is worth the trip! Some might think it higher priced than most other restaurants in the area, but trust me, it is worth the price as well!!! We will be back and we will bring friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in downtown Punta Gorda
    Ladywholunches
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We were celebrating our 25th anniversary while on vacation in Punta Gorda. We were looking for a quiet place, with excellent food, within walking distance of where we were staying. The Perfect Caper did not disappoint. My husband's lamb chops were thick and succulent, and my scallops were perfect. The sides were creatively presented. The chocolate bread pudding was mouth watering and generous as was the crème brulee. The ambiance is fine--no outdoor options. The restaurant was thankfully very quiet. Service was generally good although we had to ask for bread. When we arrived we were wished a happy anniversary (I had put a note in our open table request.) Expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ssshhhh!
    FrFrank
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This place is first class--a wonderful dining experience. Everything was wonderful. However, the manager stands facing the kitchen YELLING into the kitchen workers or wait staff (numbers?). This loud barking disrupted the otherwise serene, calm, pleasant ambiance. Made me wonder if I was in a diner and the short order cook was telling the wait staff the food was up....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Meeting Place
    RikersVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We meet here twice or three times a year with friends because it is halfway for each of us and we are never disappointed. Bartender was great, very personable and made great drinks. Food was excellent. It was a Tuesday night and it was far from crowded. Anyway, we always seem to have a great meal here. Swordfish special was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kingjamieson
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent food served by attentive staff in a pleasant setting in Punta Gorda, Florida. It can be a little difficult to find but well worth the search! We have never had a bad dish at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the best in Southwest Fl.
    RIBlaqVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I eat here about once a month. The food, the bar, the service are consistent and top-of-the-list. We have been to many of the fine restaurants that Southwest Florida has to offer and the Perfect Caper is the best. They have a great attention to detail and are very educated in gluten and other allergy issues. My only wish is that they served a gluten free bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little Bang For The Buck
    foodiesfromFlorida
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While the Perfect Caper was a great meeting place between Sarasota and Naples, Florida, none of us were overly impressed with our food choices. We were all in the mood for a light menu, so we decided upon two appetizers apiece. The butternut squash soup was tasty; the other four dishes: tuna taco; shrimp salad; goat cheese caponata plate, were mediocre. We felt that the price was not commensurate with the quality and quantity of the cuisine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing like always
    SAW4113
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Another wonderful evening at the Perfect Caper. Food, service, wine, and everything else was wonderful. Thanks!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    PandT
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Good food and the buy one get one free lunch makes it reasonably priced. Staff is excellent. You should have a reservation even for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Life
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    YOUR PRESENTATION OF THE PREPARED DISHES WERE IMPRESSIVE, BESIDE, THE MEALS WERE GREAT.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    MJTJ
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Pricy with small portions. But the only (semi) fine dining restaurant in Punta Gorda Florida. Food=very good. Presentation=very good. Service=very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generous Lunch Plates to Share
    2bigeatersVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a perfect lunch sharing two of the fun lunch plates...Pork belly sandwich and chicken flauta. Great service, reeasonable wine, a warm welcome from the owner and two for one! What could be better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaches
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Love the "fine" dining experience for lunch. Not tried dinner but certainly intend to. It's a definite 10 in my book and have already recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A top restaurant in Punta Gorda
    Willworkforfood
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Nice quaint atmosphere with very good food and a nice wine list. Service was also great. You will probably need advanced reservations during season and maybe even during off season. I would go back next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or just a great dinner. Excellent food, service. First visit but will definitely not be the last.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had great food...again
    PGFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We like to enjoy a great meal, especially on special occasions...birthdays and anniversaries in particular. The Perfect Caper was the perfect place for our recent anniversary dinner,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an enjoyable experience.
    drb549
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Whenever I am questioned on the best dinning experience in Punta Gorda, I reply without hesitation: The Perfect Caper. The menu predictably balances an eclectic fare that pleases palates from unadventurous to self-proclaimed foodie. I do prefer dining in the lounge; however, the entire facility is warm and inviting. Service is always top notch and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • psincess
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was quite slow, which is unusual or this restaurant, especially since they weren't crowded. The food was good as always. However, $12. for a glass of average wine a bit too steep for this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best in the area
    Dinneroutgal1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have not found a better place for dining in the area. Always, a "perfect" evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect is right!
    Dixie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Outstanding restaurant in any community. Food, service and ambiance cannot be beat. Do try the calamari or mussels. Prices not out of line, especially for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always great
    Heidi
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We always know we will have a great experience at the Caper. The food is fresh, served in a professional manner and the staff, under the current management, is always eager to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Luvithere
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a hard time We had trouble finding it but it was worth the search! Menu interesting and good divine. Service was very professional. This is not the normal dining experience in our town. Fine dining at its best. Expect to pay for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    2love2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seared scallops were small, tasteless and overdone, wine selection by glass was poor. the pinot noir from Oregon was flat and acidic, the "dark chocolate mousse" was not dark at all and the strawberries served with it were wilted. The Rosemary bread was excellent - the best of the food served. My husband liked the Crabby Scallops. We both liked his black rice, my risotto was too soupy and not flavorful at all. I ordered a different wine and waited a very long time to receive it. The pate plate was very good. Coffee was not robust.
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  • Continued excellent food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Easily the best food in Punta Gorda and Noelle is an excellent waitress!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Perfect!
    natasha0417
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was a first date, and everything was perfect. We will definitely return to try more dishes. The Steamed Pei Muscles were buttery and delicious. The Moroccan Spiced Lamb was tender and succulent. The Scallops in brown butter sauce was heavenly. The wine, and cheesecake dessert was decadent. Service was well-timed, and our server, Noel, was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. The hostess, Amy, was friendly, and helpful. Although, not a venue for a private, romantic venue, every effort was made to accommodate my special request. The décor provided a calm and peaceful mood for an intimate as possible dining experience. This was a very unique, and pleasantly surprising experience. What a gem! 5-Star experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had picked this restaurant from on line reviews then Fred from our hotel bar said best restaurant in Punta Gorda! Absolutely right ! My husband loves Duck the best he had! I had seafood awesome But I have to say the appetizer rocked! The goat! Best appitizer I think ever! We will be back and our service was wonderful! Absolutely fabulous restaurant! Our waitress wAs awesome it I am so terrible at names brunette very very friendly !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best restaurant in SW Florida
    RIBlaqVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been here three times in 5 weeks and have enjoyed each experience. The wait staff is superb and the food is the best we have had in this state. The restaurant staff is very educated in food allergies and effortlessly accommodate our needs. I have to be gluten free and their dishes are easily modified. Their menu has a great variety of dishes and I can actually eat a tasty meal without having to rely on bland grilled food. Also, martini drinkers can be very particular in their concoctions and their bartenders are very good at their craft.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sgmret87
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have eaten at the Perfect Caper several times. Of all the restaurants in Punta Gorda I consider this to be a very high class restaurant. I would even say it is on the level of upper class restaurants in New York City. I love everything about this restaurant. The atmosphere is excellent. The food is delicious and always served in a timely manner. The wait staff is very attentive, and they do not rush you during the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodcriticks14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our first time there and enjoyed it very much. We are looking to our next visit. Just one specific comment: lentil soup was delicious but just a little salty for my taste. Appreciated the "buy one get one free" offer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peeps
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The Perfect Caper is perfect for any occasion. The best in SW Florida.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but Good
    Bking
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Perfect Caper...I don't want to over review them but I do want to say that the chef is good. My wife had the Duck, which was great. I had the Filet la Saison. The Filet was cooked a little too long. It was on the medium end of Medium-Rare. That said, it was tasty and the sides were well prepared.I have had better for less. Expensive wine list but good choices, most you could pick up at a store. The location itself is funny, off the strip and in what looks like a dentists office. When you walk in you feel like your walking into a haunted house with the curtains and what not hanging around you. The "textured" walls of dark paint and dark carpet make it feel, I can not find the word...Dark. Over all it was good. We will go again, maybe.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night at the Caper!
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went for a special occasion-a birthday. We had a variety of appetizers/small plates that were all really good. Our server seemed to be spread thin in the dining room. Service was not up to the usual Perfect Caper standards. Notably, she made no mention of the birthday at our table, which was communicated to the restaurant during the reservation process.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Savory Duck
    stellydineVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had the most enjoyable meal hear recently. The duck is outstanding. There is a crispy serving of leg and thigh and a breast as well. The sauce could compete with the best French restaurants. The flavors were complex and paired perfectly. The side was delicious lentils with sautéed spinach. The Calamari is the worlds best in my opinion. It is cooked perfectly and the Asian sauce is amazing. The Morroccan spiced lamb was delicious. Cooked just the way we asked for it. The Filet was fantastic as was the lobster Mac n cheese. The service was exceptional as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.