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About Bayfront Bistro

Bayfront Bistro is an American seafood restaurant located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida that features ocean views. The restaurant offers refined, yet casual dining with white tablecloths and a simple décor.

Bayfront Bistro serves brunch, lunch and dinner and features a daily happy hour. Brunch at the restaurant features French toast, huevos rancheros, omelets, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and more. Lunch and dinner fare at Bayfront Bistro features a variety of soups, salads, appetizers, entrées, sides and desserts. Featured entrées on the menu include diver scallops, green tea pasta, teriyaki salmon, chicken marsala, stout braised short ribs and lobster scampi tortellini.

4761 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 463-3663

Website:
http://www.bayfrontbistro.com/

Entertainment:
From every seat in the house you will be entertained by the passing scene of dolphins playing and other wildlife including Ibis, Eagles, and Manatee.

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking on site. Covered available as well.

Public Transit:
Beach Trolley stop is on the road next to the entrance.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Colvin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bayfront Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (1181)
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Romantic (694)
Notable Wine List (622)
Fit for Foodies (590)
Neighborhood Gem (472)
Good for Groups (346)
Great for Lunch (221)
Hot Spot (178)
Vibrant Bar Scene (160)
Great for Brunch (93)
Late-night Find (79)
Kid-friendly (63)
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 29, 2014

You allowed us to make a reservation on a night they were closed. Embarrassing moment when your with a client.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 24, 2014

We find ourselves in Ft Myers for a week each year, and one of the highlights of that visit is dinner at Bayfront Bistro. The quality and consistency of the service, food, and atmosphere does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 14, 2014

Staff was very friendly and Victor our server was just awesome. He was very attentive. Bayfront Bistro was well worth the prices!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 14, 2014

The ambiance was nice and the service was ok but both our meals were terrible! Try another restaurant.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 14, 2014

My expensive filet was chewy and had fatty pieces that I couldn't eat. I was very disappointed in the food. But the view is great and our server was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2014

A hidden gem that sits neatly on the water with terrific views all around. The Butterfish was superb. Bountiful parking nearby.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 13, 2014

My wife and I needed a romantic night out. We decided to try Bayfront Bistro. The views, food and service were absolutely amazing. We usually go to a different place for our occasional night out, but we found our new favorite restaurant. Thank you for a great dinner and impeccable service.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 12, 2014

This outstanding restaurant is not to be missed. The food, the service, the ambiance, the view are all spectacular! Each member of our table of 7 was thoroughly impressed. Even with orders from rare to well-done for the salmon dish, the chef prepared the salmon perfectly to each person's taste. The same can be said for the steak. Dolphins leaping in the air just outside our window view added to the joy of being there. The servers anticipated our every need. The waiter was professional, charming and unobtrusively efficient. We cannot say enough about how fabulous this restaurant is. Definitely go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 31, 2014

Server had a very limited knowledge of the menu! Grouper Udon was very bitter, Hot Sword Fish served with ice cold crab salad on top. When we asked the server about the cold crab, she said "oh no it should be hot", she took it back to the kitchen, then brought it back and said no it is supposed to be cold. Coffee drink was also served lukewarm at best.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Dinner was excellent. The views are outstanding and the overall experience was wonderful. We have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to frequent it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 14, 2014

My wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary at the Bayfront,we were welcomed by hostess who wished us a happy anniversary,seated at a great table overlooking marina. Waiter very pleasant, wine menu terrific although we didn't order wine that evening. Clam chowder excellent, salad very fresh and well prepared. My wife ordered Seminole Beef and I had wrapped Filet both dishes were prepared as we ordered risotto and potato's as well as the vegetables were fresh and well prepared.Deserts were very tasty.overall experience was a 9 out of 10

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 14, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful time. Great food and wine. Attentive service. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 12, 2014

We have eaten here numerous times before and always enjoyed the food, but this time we were told that the wine was 1/2 price but when bill came we were charged full price $15 for a glass of chianta is very high. When I asked waiter about bill he said that was only for a bottle of wine and told him thats not what he told us, he pretty much brushed us off. We normally do not complain but I think this time we had a right not to be happy.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 9, 2014

We were visiting the Pink Shell Resort and the spa personnel recommended Bayfront Bistro. It is available via the Lee trolley if you have them stop at the Publix stop between stop 3 & 4 on the route heading southbound. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the ambience is excellent. You can go casual but you will feel that you are in an upscale dining establishment. Prices are moderate. We split a Caesar salad and it was ample portion size for both. I had the cioppino and would recommend. My husband was disappointed in the quality (size) of the mussels. We would go back. Our server was very attentive and nice.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2014

The view was Amazing and we had great food! The fish was succulent , it was a great dinner!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2014

Has a great view but was very disappointed with the food. The bread and olive oil was the best part of the meal so we thought we were in for a real treat. The pork chops were on special and were clearly the wrong thing to order. They were fatty and really thin. Not what you would expect for $30. The shrimp pasta dish we ordered was good and flavorful. Had a good kick but not too spicey. If you go I would stick to seafood dishes and get plenty of bread!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 20, 2014

Food was delicious and the chocolate bourban bread pudding was to die for!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 15, 2014

We had a great dinner with excellent service. We all had fish which was tasty. They were very accommodating about switching out side dishes.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 12, 2014

Such a wonderful place -- great view, great staff, spotless restrooms, very good food. Only complaint is the blender at the bar. When a table ordered 2 drinks requiring such the blender noise took over the whole dining room at one recent lunch. It was horrific....

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 6, 2014

Went for Sunday brunch. Selection was good...food was good. Service could have been better. Waitress did not tell us about the drink special and charged us full price for bloody mary's. Came home saw an ad for unlimited during brunch for less. Called, and the credited our credit card...shouldn't have happened. Also waitress was covering more than one area. She'd disappear...

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 5, 2014

I have not had a bad meal at Bayfront Bistro. The staff is great and the food is outstanding. On my last visit I had the beef with peppercorn sauce and it was fabulous. It's a long drive for us but well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 28, 2014

My husband and I were in the area for one night and were delighted to have found such a fantastic place. I read about it on line. My fish was soooo good (baked and stuffed with lobster). My husband had a steak and said it was greet also. We will go again when in the area.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2014

On the bay with great water views matched by a terrific menu and food that was truly enjoyable. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 19, 2014

We enjoyed sitting outside for a delightful dining experience. It was a quiet evening and we enjoyed the sunset. They have daily specials and I enjoyed the salmon special. Our meals were alright. It wasn't a spectacular dining experience in terms of the food but the environment makes up for it. It also had the marina so you can come via boat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on June 8, 2014

The snapper was steamed perfectly! Polenta was tasty as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 6, 2014

You really have to look for the Bayfront Bistro, but it's worth it! The staff was friendly and our server made great recommendations. We ordered the Lobster tortellini and the Mahi in banana leaves. Very delicious. The outside seating had a wonderful view and the inside atmosphere was welcoming. Nice wine list too! Prices are a little high, but overall we enjoyed our meal and dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 1, 2014

The food was good, but very over-priced. I won't be racing to go back given the price.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2014

Great good! Staff excellent and friendly. Price is pretty high so take your Visa.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 19, 2014

I was a little disappointed that we were not informed of the special offered of three entries for $28.99. We had friends that would have loved to go but thought it was a little pricey. Nothing was mentioned to us we saw the brochure when leaving.

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 (Naples)·Dined on May 18, 2014

Dined (dinner) here several times and generally very happy with the food. This most recent visit, not so much. Cioppino was tasteless with small, barely bite size, pieces of fish, a few mussels, and no shrimp. It was $34...expect much better at that price. Atmosphere and view are terrific, service was just fine.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 18, 2014

Lovely lunch location! Great for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend an outdoor table. Great omelette.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 2, 2014

This restaurant is deceptive from the outside but once inside and into the 2nd floor restaurant, the venue is lovely. The large dining space sitting directly on the bay is gorgeous and waterview tables are the best.
Our appetizers were good, however, the Asian-style calamari was somewhat "soppy" and abit too sweet. Unfortunately two of our 4 mains had problems. The Cioppino was inedible. While smothered in a red sauce, it was tasteless and the fish contents were either old or well frozen for too long also and had no flavor. The Grouper Udon was tastey, however, the udon noodles were not udon! They were wheat pasta noodles that appeared very similar to linguine. Manager adjusted our bill for price of the cioppino.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 2, 2014

Had a great evening on the patio. 15 minutes of rain then a nice cool down

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2014

Lunch & dinner (before dark) is always so enjoyable with the spectacular bay view......try for a window or verandah table....booths are also good but can be noisy at dinner hour with the bar behind you.......

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 26, 2014

The restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed the service and food. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 26, 2014

I loved looking at the water and the boats docked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 23, 2014

The view from the upper outdoor seating is great! The soup was served lukewarm, The entrees were only average, especially
for the price. The seafood pasta I could have better at home, and the grouper tasted like it had soy sauce poured over it.
For the money I'd rather go to the Bay House or Pazzo. And our server acted as if he would have rather been anywhere else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2014

Hubby & I showed up for an early dinner at 4:00, so we pretty much had our choice of tables. Beautiful views, excellent service, awesome food. Pricey, but worth it if you plan for it. Lunch might be a better choice budget-wise. We have no complaints whatsoever. Will go there again...Maybe lunch next time, and we'll bring some friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 22, 2014

Visiting from PA, decided to eat at the Bayfront Bistro for a special treat. The view is gorgeous! Not a bad seat for viewing the bay while eating. Matt was our server and he was wonderful. Very knowledgable about the menu and made perfect suggestions. The food was delicious. The clam chowder was excellent and the butterfish was a tasty treat. My boyfriend had the filet, and Matt made sure it was cooked perfect. (He likes it still mooing) It was very tender and some of the better beef I've had. All together it was a wonderful night out and dolphins were even in the bay while we were eating dinner. All the staff seemed great, but I would request Matt again when going back. He was very attentive and made sure things were perfect.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 21, 2014

The food was good quality, well-prepared and well presented, which is why we went twice. The bartenders were...odd/quirky with lapses in service - we sat at the bar both times.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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