Twisted Vine Bistro
Twisted Vine Bistro

Twisted Vine Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://twistedvinebistro.com/
  • Phone: 2392261687
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday: Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
    Monday-Sunday: Dinner 4:30pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian McCarley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: All catering events will feature a customized menu based on clients budget. We can do it all! For inquiries please contact Denise Hollister at 262.880.8717.
  • Private Party Facilities: Twisted Vine Bistro is our vision to gather people, who share the appreciation of specialty foods, good company, and live music.
  • Private Party Contact: Denise Hollister 2392261687
  • Entertainment: Every Friday evening Patrick Jerome performance starting at 6:30pm.
  • Special Events: Art Walk: First Friday of every month.
    Music Walk: Third Saturday of every month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hendry
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You may park in the Harbor Side Convention Center, located just across the street. There is also street parking, and a parking garage right down the block!
A word from Twisted Vine Bistro
Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic river district, prides itself in an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with over thirty wines by the glass, and Twisted Vine Bistro even grows herbs and spices in our courtyard garden!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Twisted Vine Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)notable wine list (20)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (17)romantic (11)good for groups (7)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great fresh food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    They grow their own herbs and only buy fresh organic whenever possible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of Towners
    GregVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This is our second visit to Ft Myers and to Twisted Vine and 3 years apart. Both meals were great, the place is fun, the food is very good, the wine list very nice and the service friendly. We shared 4 or 5 small plates all had great flavors ! Two bottles of very nice wine and it didnt break the bank ! We will be back and hopefully sooner !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night with Friends
    FunLovingGal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Restaurant was moderately busy, jazz musician playing which was pleasant. Bar service fair, table service good. Surroundings and décor in line with a bistro atmosphere. Food good, some portions on the smaller side. Restaurant added 20% tip to bill which always leaves a bad taste in my mouth as I believe the tip to be a your discretion and not that of the restaurant, we were not a large party (6 people)! Unlikely to rush back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food,fair service,hokey music
    IKnowWhatImTalkingAbout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good. The waiter was a little short on patience and manners. The music...sax player with computerized rhythm section was just hokey...actually worse than elevator music. Either have a whole live group (which is hip) or go with good jazz CDs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First rate Saturday evening
    foodandwine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always have a memorable time at the Twisted Vine. Hosted another couple who were visiting and they were equally impressed. Generally have seafood... but had the fillet this time and it was one of the most delectable fillets I've ever had. The 'super Tuscan' was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Value, Good Food!
    SharonBVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had been to Barrett's twice for lunch and suggested that my husband and I should try it for dinner. A nice surprise, Thursday night is half price wine night, and the wine list is quite extensive. My husband had a strip steak and I had Chilean sea bass. Added bonus: live music! The preparation, presentation, and service were lovely. This is a great find--a good value for good food with nice ambiance. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointments
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was disappointed as I thought this was an upscale restaurant which I was prepared to enjoy. When I saw the TV's I was shocked and felt if I had wanted to go to a sports bar type restaurant then that is what I would have gone to and certainly paid less. My husbands food was delicious as was the appetizer, but I had the special which was pistachio encrusted red snapper. It was served with a lot of oil on the plate and the black wild rice literally had no flavor. The waiter was very nice and spoke pleasantly with us. It was our anniversary and we always try to dine at a different restaurant for special occasions and this one was a disappointment. Sorry for the negative review but you requested it and I had to be honest.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food for friends
    FreddyeFabulousFoods
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When dining at the Twisted Vine, you find yourself in a comfortable setting amongst a vast crowd, fabulous food, notable wine selection, and a meal to talk about.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday lunch
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good selection for noon time meal. Everything tasted delicious. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Hyphens
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food is always amazing and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in downtown Ft. Myers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had to spend three evenings in Ft. Myers on business. I ended up eating here three nights in a row...the food was so good and reliable. Nice bar. Very good by the glass wine selection. Great service. I highly recommend Twisted Vine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Floridagal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The menu is interesting without being snobby. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have visited the Twisted Vine several times and always have a great meal. We always request Quinn as our waiter he takes awesome care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Night is a big hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We learned of your Ladies Night through word of mouth. My friends and I have attended twice now and plan on coming back for more. We were impressed with the great hors d'oeuvres, the extensive wine selection, the great giveaways and the overall upscale look of the restaurant. If we have any complaint at all, it's that this event has become so popular that the place becomes so packed you can barely squeeze between the tables. And the noise level when you gather that many women together is quite high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not quite there...
    TKO1VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Server spilled a fish dish on the table, my purse and my phone. He barely apologized and never brought out a complimentary dish or took anything off the bill. Every dish needed seasoning. Will NOT go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Value
    DaveC
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The Cheese Plate was amazing. The ribeye was delicious. The duck didnt meet my expectations. Good atmosphere. A little noisy. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite restaurant
    FrancesVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Twisted Vine Bistro has become our favorite restaurant in downtown Ft. Myers Highly recommend the Duck entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvtoeat
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was disappointed in The Twisted Vine. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed the TVs and decided right then that this must be a "bar" place, rather than a fine dining place. Our food was good, but uninspiring -- mashed potatoes, asparagus and grilled salmon -- nothing that set it apart from any home cook. Even though we dined early, the noise level was very loud -- and there weren't that many people in the restaurant yet. I can not recommend this restaurant, and would not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barb
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We live in Naples and with all the good restaurants there, we find we love to go to Fort Myers just to have dinner at the Twisted Vine. Food is always excellent and service is extremely good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fun spot with good food
    chicajillVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were up in Fort Myers for an art show. Twisted Vine has the best food in the downtown area. Very Good!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A dissapointment
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Have been here before with a five star rating but as of last Friday, a three star at best. Noisy, food was just ok, Scallops, Rib Eye and for what was presented and the quality, well over priced. Would not return. Heard that they possibly changed chefs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Twisted Vine Bistro reviews archive.
  • Delicious.
    Delicious
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Four of us had dinner before the Florida Rep performance. Everyone's first time. Thoroughly enjoyed the service, ambiance & most of all the food. We'll be back! Especially as we have a subscription at the Rep every season & hope to enjoy many meals at the vine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very nice place. Will return for sure. We had six people and everyone had a great time and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Little Courtyard
    ftmyersfoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I love this little downtown restaurant. Their outdoor courtyard is quaint and the food and service is always wonderful. There is also a nice wine list and outstanding tapas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gave it another chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This used to be an excellent restaurant. Last time we went the food was way below par. Thought we would give it another go. The bread was cold and not very tasty. The filet was less than tender and lacked any flavor. The wife's salmon I tried. First off it was farmed. You can tell by the cooked color. And it was not very good. It's a shame the food has degraded here. We used to frequent it iften
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fine ft myers dining
    goodnreasonable
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    great food, pricey but wonderful service, good in all areas, a little noisey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outdoor ambiance
    1fish2fish
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner on the patio. It was quiet and charming sitting outside on a lovely night. Food was great as usual. It remains favorite restaurant of ours.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Luvitalianfood
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Two of us ordered their special for the evening, short ribs. They came out medium rare, we couldn't cut through them with a regular knife, the waiter brought out a steak knife, we cut them and then couldn't chew them. The waiter brought them back to the kitchen and waiter came back and said they weren't braised enough. We ordered burgers because we had play tickets and had a time issue. Burgers were very good but not what we wanted for the evening. Waiter did a very good job in spite of the issue. Restaurant didn't offer us anything for our disappointment. Never saw a manager.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service/Great staff
    dwtlc
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went there for dinner to celebrate my wife's and my 30 year anniversary. Sat outdoors in the courtyard for dinner with great service, great atmosphere, great food, and great wine. Asked if we could sit inside for dessert and subsequently enjoyed a lava chocolate cake and additional glasses of red wine. The décor was very warm and comfortable. When we got our bill we were informed that our dessert was for free and we were presented with an anniversary card with signatures from the staff. Very classy and felt like we were family. Very nice touch to an evening. Thank you to the staff of Twisted Vine!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food was very mediocre and overpriced for the quality. I had the duck breast on the risotto. The flavor of the risotto contrasted with rather than complemented the sauce on the duck breast. The bread tasted stale. No vegetarian choices on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Twisted Experience.
    FMdiner
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The Twisted Vine is expensive with entrees in the high $30's plus. As a result, one would expect good food, prepared correctly and served hot. What a let down. I will not return and I would not recommend this place. The food was marginal at best and the service was slow and amateurish. All in all, it was an expensive evening ($250 for four) for very little value. I mean, really, how do you screw-up a Filet Mignon? There are a number of very good restaurants in Fort Myers. Spare the disappointment and avoid the Twisted Vine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place!
    LoriFtMyers
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I have been here for Christmas parties, quiet dinners with the husband, lively dinners for four with friends. Never disappointed with the food or service. I love to go here for any reason. Really great entrees, salads, or appetizers. It's my "downtown" choice!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was our 50yr anniversary and it could not have been more enjoyable the food and service were great. We especially liked the calamari
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome experience
    Jimbo
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The meal, the service{Tim} was all just great. We look forward to returning and trying the rest of the menu. The presentation of the meal was well done. The twisted Vine was a pleasant surprise. May be our new favourite restaurant in Ft. Myers. We just purchased in the area. I enjoyed not being rushed to get more tables per night. We go out lots and can see this happening more and more like your neighbour Fireside. Special mention to Tim again. Jim and Sherry
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find for Sunday brunch
    Ijustwant2travel
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Found the Twisted Vine Bistro searching online since we don't know the area. They have a great website which details their offerings and gives the best visual of the dining area. Two of us had the eggs Benedict and the other two had the omelet. All dishes were great. We will definitely return when traveling in the area or meeting family as we did on this occasion.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visiting with friends
    Deac
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great place to share a great night with your wife and a few friends. The food was outstanding. I had the Grouper special which was as good as I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening!
    JangleterreVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Although the stone walls and high ceilings made it not. quiet evening, the food and the service was great. Fine martini served with an skim of ice on top, and four meals (trout, duck, shrimp & grits, and short rib) were all excellent. Will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Dreadful and rude service. Awful food. Do not go to this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for group gathering!
    FirstTimerAtTwistedBistro
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Tasty appetizers, great drinks, and good service! I came with a party of 8, one of which was a small child, and we all had a great time. The dinner food is rather pricy (starting at $20 a plate), but the appetizers were sufficient to fill our bellies and much more reasonable in cost. We had drinks, shared our apps, the cheese plate and flatbread apps are great! On a Sunday afternoon we were not crowded and the atmosphere was very nice. The server was attentive, almost too attentive as he tried taking some unfinished meals away that were still being eaten. Would I come back? Sure! Overall, I had a great time and my group did as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant in a Desert
    KilCor53
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Twisted Vine is a good restaurant with generally good food. If you can eat outside in the Courtyard area it is a very pleasant night. Inside it is a very loud restaurant and then with live music it is very difficult to have a conversation. However our downtown has very few quality restaurants, we seem to be a haven for Sports Bar type dining venues and one owner is becoming prevalent. Maybe that's what works but it would be nice to have some more good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.