The Perfect Caper
The Perfect Caper

The Perfect Caper

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theperfectcaper.com/
  • Phone: 9415059009
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Perfect Caper reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)fit for foodies (51)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (29)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (14)good for groups (12)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Elegant
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Elegant and well appointed. Food amazing. Try the amazing Nonna's chicken it will melt in your mouth. Moist and delicious. Good selection of wine and drink specials. Service was excellent and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special ocassion
    Dolly
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I treated my son and his wife for their 29th wedding anniversary. Even though they don't live in Punta Gorda they are willing to make the 40 mile trip because of the great food, service, and atmosphere. The daughter in law is vegetarian and can always find an item on the menu that meets her needs. There have been times that Chef Jeanie will modify a menu item to meet vegetarian standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently fantastic.
    Floridafoodie4469
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food here is always great. They do a great job of mixing up the menu for frequent visitors as well as keeping the high quality old favorites always available. The duck is always a standout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in SouthWest Florida
    RIBlaqVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am gluten free (not by choice) and find education on the issue is lacking here. The Perfect Caper was the best find in years. The Chef and staff are well educated on the gluten issue. We were able to have a sophisticated meal with sublime tastes and textures that we had not found in restaurants from Port Charlotte to Marco Island. The best calamari ever with its crispy outside yet very tender inside and the sweet and savory sauce was impeccable. Loved the Crabby Scallops a marvelous experience. And desert ... it was amazing that I could have desert. It was special for the night which was a hazelnut pie with almond flour crust and it was very tasty. If they offered a gluten bread, that would be perfect. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This time was "Perfect"
    Onlyeatgr8restaurants
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Gave our favorite go to a second chance after a bad experience last visit and we were very happy! Lamb and duck were cooked perfectly and app special was delish! Service was great too! Yaay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cali1234
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have been to the Perfect Caper several times and everything from the service to the food has always been excellent. One of my favorite places to dine. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with style....
    Eunee
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spilled Water
    Hydedines33
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    stellydineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food is always good but the delivery of our entree was slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Town
    2bigeatersVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THANK YOU!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ParticularOne
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
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  • they have not lost their edge!
    FourFabFoodies
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
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  • Fathers Day Gift
    RobertJ
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate