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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Southwest Florida

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Southwest Florida? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Harold's - Fort Myers restaurant
4.9 (282)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Harold's is synonymous with Ft. Myers. Chef Harold Balink has been feeding folks in the area for 30 years. This latest venture is farm to table with eclectic American cuisine. Complete made from scratch kitchen with influences from around the globe and a full display pastry station. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday it is the place too dine, celebrate, explore, imbibe or just have fun. Full service, full liquor, extensive global wine list with exceptional service staff. You are treated like family. Best New Restaurant, Golden Spoon, James Beard recognition, Top Tripadvisor are some of many accolades.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Harold's is always a solid pick for dinner and a couple of cocktails. The food is consistently good and the staff is great - we visit every couple of months or so.
A photo of El Basque restaurant
4.9 (240)
$31 to $50
Bonita Springs
About the restaurant
From the Latiknow Hospitality Group who first opened Bodega Ole ( No longer affiliated ) We now bring you the cuisine from the Basque Region of Spain and France... El Basque!
Located Steps away from the Prado Cinebistro in the Prado Mall.
Address is 25245 Chamber of Commerce Drive. Bonita Springs Fl 34135
An intimate setting with local art adorning the walls, makes El Basque the perfect date and intimate setting for your next special event and celebration.

We offer Catering | Private Cheffing

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Always a pleasure eating at El Basque. John is always making sure you are happy.
A photo of The Perfect Caper restaurant
4.9 (3353)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Punta Gorda
About the restaurant
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 & craft cocktails....Globally inspired cuisine, locally sourced!

We feel the Caper is an extension of your home and that you and your family will feel welcomed at our table. Enjoy life...Eat Good Food!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was great! Hope to get there again. Great White Russian
A photo of Chez Boet restaurant
4.9 (2385)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Following Hurricane, we will reopen on Friday, October 7th 2022. Please call us (239) 643-6177 for more details.
A chic Parisian-style bistro, Chez Boët serves authentic, market-inspired French classics such as Kobe boeuf bourguignon, bouillabaisse, orange duck, locally-sourced seafood, and cheese Fondue. Our menu is now 90% gluten-free and features Kobe beef, organic spices, and healthy French sea salt. The country-French cuisine is inspired by classic recipes of fresh seasonal ingredients handed down through generations of French home cooks. Mixologist Philippe recommends French aperitifs, his classic cocktails, digestifs or scotchs from the full bar. Warm service and designer decor create a welcoming ambiance perfect for an intimate dinner or for entertaining friends. An outdoor covered terrace has views of the waterfront village of Crayton Cove. Since 2003, Parisian imports Lisa and Philippe Boët have been organizing private parties for groups and celebrations.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We love Chez Boet. Every time we take friends with us, they love it too! Fabulous French meal!!
A photo of FOREVER FIORE TEA LOUNGE restaurant
4.9 (47)
$50 and over
About the restaurant

Top review
Dined on May 23, 2024
Beautiful setting - personalized service - lovely
A photo of The Melting Pot - Ft Myers restaurant
4.9 (1101)
$31 to $50
Fort Myers
About the restaurant
There's just something about a fondue pot that invites conversation. Invites laughter. Invites coming together.

At The Melting Pot Restaurant, we offer a dining experience like no other. A unique, interactive dining experience creating memorable moments with family and friends. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped and the last piece of dessert is savored, you'll be graced with the time to discover new things about people you thought you knew. And, those you're getting to know.

We are the premier fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. It's up to you. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Had an awesome dinner as usual. Bre was great! We’ll be back soon.
A photo of Cafe Normandie restaurant
4.8 (501)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Visit Cafe Normandie, ideally-located on 41, affordable authentic French cuisine prepared by his real French Chef Owner Anthony served in a cosy and casual atmosphere. This small Bistro offers an array of lunch delights such as quiche Lorraine, salade Niçoise, Croque-Monsieur, soupe á l’oignon, croissants sandwiches, savory & sweet crepes and freshly-baked baguette sandwiches. Delicious dinner selections include Escargots de Bourgogne, foie gras, Paté, Beef Bourguignon, Rotisserie Chicken, Branzino, Rack of Lamb, Red Snapper and Canard a l'orange. Also offers a nice selection of French and domestic wines // domestic and imported beers for your dining enjoyment. Highest-quality ingredients, a casually elegant atmosphere plus a friendly wait staff are sure to make Cafe Normandie your new French favorite. Togo orders available by phone as well as catering orders or special events.
Celebrating 3 Years of Ownership & Enjoyment Since Dec. 2020
Top review
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
A little jewel with authentic southern french cuisine.
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A photo of Next Door restaurant
4.8 (124)
$31 to $50
Cape Coral
About the restaurant
Welcome to Next Door.

Fresh pasta restaurant in Cape Coral, that combines authentic traditional recipes with a modern twist.

Using only the best ingredients and importing the most popular products, our chefs prepare fresh dishes direct to your table daily.

Papardelle, ravioli, gnocchi, and other typical pasta dishes are all made in our open kitchen.

Wines from the old world regions are available as well as delicious craft cocktails.

Besides dining in, Next Door has a market where foodies can pick up their favorite ingredients, and handmade pastas to cook in the comfort of their homes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Unbelievable combination of food. Perfect for the palate.
A photo of bha! bha! Persian Bistro restaurant
4.8 (4823)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Welcome to bha! bha! persian bistro is a fine dining Persian Bistro on Fifth Avenue South, Naples FL.
Michael Mir's award winning classic and innovative restaurant. Wholesome fresh and healthy dishes made daily by a great culinary team is brought to you nightly. Aromas of delicate fragrant spices, sweetness in the air of simmering fruits, scent of sizzling kabobs and the perfume of fresh mint and basil will seduce you. Bold flavors from fresh meats, poultry and fish embrace the palate and soothe it with delicate strokes of the perfect union of flavors. This experience will take you to a place where warm desert moonlight glows upon the sands, creates a mystical illusion in faraway dunes and magically gives life to every jewel in its path. Silk fabrics entice the touch. World music is heard in the background. A fantastic wine list, so kindly refrain from brining your own wine. This will be a calm dining experience, so also kindly refrain from bringing toddlers or strollers.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Our dining experience was fabulous from start to finish! Bha Bha’s Persian Bistro is the best restaurant in all of Naples hands down!!
A photo of Nosh on Naples Bay restaurant
4.8 (1495)
$31 to $50
Global, International
About the restaurant
Welcome to Nosh on Naples Bay, an upscale, modern waterfront and open kitchen dining experience at Naples Bay Resort created by award-winning Chef Todd Johnson. By sourcing only the finest ingredients and flavors, Nosh on Naples Bay delivers the best of global cuisine, craft cocktail and incredible wine list. We invite you to enjoy our small plates to your hearts content! At Nosh on Naples Bay, you can explore many types of global cuisine. Whether its Wagyu beef flown in from Japan and Australia or freshly caught seafood and home-grown produce, each delicious plate features only the purest ingredients and flavors. In addition to small plates, we offer traditional entrees and large shareable dishes. Thanks to its prime waterfront location and an open-kitchen concept Nosh on Naples Bay offers both indoor & outdoor dining with spectacular views Chef Todd and his team are ready to provide you with most excellent experience from start to finish! $40 corkage 1 btl limit. No cakes or balloons
Top review
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
We had a great dinner at Nosh. Everything we tasted from the noshes to our entrees was excellent. Kat was a great server. Very knowledgeable and passionate about food and the menu. She gave us great recommendations snd we throughly enjoyed our meal.
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