Island View at the Lani Kai Island Resort

4.3
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A hidden gem in Fort Myers Beach, Fla, situated on the sixth floor of the Lani Kai Island Resort, the award-winning Island View is high above the sand and sea. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views, enjoy a completely reworked top-notch menu boasting fresh seafood entrees with Italian elegance, and a half-a-million dollar renovation. For a "casually upscale" fine dining experience that still offers award-winning taste and affordability, come up to the award-winning Island View and enjoy the food as much as the view! Daily Happy Hour and Chef's Specials, live jazz and blues music, this is a place that's sure to be visited while on the island!

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Experiences

  • Two for $30 Pasta Night Sundays

    Multiple dates available

    Come enjoy some of our award-winning Island View's most popular pasta dishes for just Two-for-$30 every Sunday evening, from 5 to 9 p.m. This weekly special includes a house salad or cup of soup for each plate, and fresh-baked, homemade cream-cheese-stuffed dinner rolls. Available 5 to 9 p.m. each Sunday. Dine-in only. Call 239-463-5550 to place your reservation, or visit IslandViewFMB.com/RSVP.
  • Dine on a Dime Night Wednesdays – 10% OFF Entrées

    Multiple dates available

    Come take a Tour through Tuscany as you adventure through our Island View's authentic Italian menu during Dine on a Dime Night, hosted every Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a 10% DISCOUNT OFF any of our fabulous entrees that evening – this is the perfect opportunity to really explore the menu of spectacular Mediterranean dishes and try new things. To RSVP, call 239-463-5550 or visit IslandViewFMB.com.
  • Jazz Night Thursdays (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

    Multiple dates available

    Join us every Thursday evening for Jazz Night, featuring talented songstress Angela Hicks, performing some of the best jazz songs from the genre that spans over several eras and generations. From Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Tony Bennett to Diana Krall, Lena Horne and Nora Jones, this is one evening you don't want to miss. Angela will perform on our Island View stage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pair with our fabulous Signature Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and you have the perfect evening lined up, in the award-winning Island View restaurant. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome, 239-463-5550.
  • Jazz Night Tuesdays (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

    Multiple dates available

    Join us every Tuesday evening for Jazz Night, featuring talented songstress Angela Hicks, performing some of the best jazz songs from the genre that spans over several eras and generations. From Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Tony Bennett to Diana Krall, Lena Horne and Nora Jones, this is one evening you certainly don't want to miss. Angela will perform on our Island View stage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pair with our fabulous Signature Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and you have the perfect evening lined up, in the award-winning Island View restaurant. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome, 239-463-5550; IslandViewFMB.com/RSVP.

Offers

  • DAILY Signature Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Enjoy a daily Signature Happy Hour in our award-winning Island View, featuring fabulous hand-crafted cocktails and wood-fired appetizers, from 3 to 6 p.m. every day. Some of the crowd favorites include our Swamp Aqua, Jaws, Coronita Margarita, Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Flatbread, Shrimp Ceviché, Eggplant Rotolo and hand-tossed pizza. Visit IslandViewFMB.com/HappyHour for the full menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 34 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaryC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great!night
Loved the food and martinis
Would definitely would go back

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SheilaP
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The area outside the hotel was a little rundown so not a good first impression, and we just didn't care for the entrees we ordered. The bread was great, and so was the service. Very friendly waitress.

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RoeK
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience1

This place needs to come into the 21 century...dusty fake flowers all over plus curtains for no reason. If it was cleaned up it could be ok. Huge portions of food. Some good, some bad but the waitress was a doll.
This was the first time I was fooled by the 4.4 stars and the first time I’m writing a poor review.

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awosha
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view

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brianr
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good,food was outstanding, good prices.

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salB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst 2 hour experience ever. Waiter came to our table 3 times in the 2 hours we were there. Felt we were prisoners with no food or drink. So load we could not have a conversation with our friends. Finally food came ,besides having one meal missing the food was bad.

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Cherylw
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We felt the food was average at best. The service was not good. We arrived at 7:00pm which was just after a big rush evidently. We were a table of 6 and we noticed our waitress attending smaller tables around us but she ignored us much of the time. She also brought the wrong re-order of a drink. She also took an extremely long time to come with drinks and food while smaller tables around us that arrived shortly before or after us were long gone by the time we finally got our food. The noise in the restaurant was much too loud for a restaurant. You may think I say that because I’m older but we had our 4 kids ages 28 to 31 with us and they felt the same. It was live entertainment. Overall, I can’t say I’d recommend. Sorry we wanted to like it but it really fell short.

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BlakeS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Live music was very loud and difficult to hear other table members due to this.

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kenneysa
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Band was loud but got tolerable when they left with the background taped music. cooking just like Momma's

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AmyW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The bottle of white wine I ordered was served warm and not chilled. Food was pretty good, but the service was not an upscale experience.

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BeckyL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly, had an excellent view of the sunset and wait staff were very attentive. We loved the atmosphere and food was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves the beach and good food

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JimC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Half of my calamari was fresh, other half was waaaay too “chewy”.
Never received my mushrooms side dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Seafood was over cooked.

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EdwardB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entering noted that the restaurant was very neat, orderly and nicely decorated. Hostess was very pleasant and welcomed us and seated us in a booth with and excellent view. Waitress was terrific, although new had a pleasant nature and knew the menu and specialty items and provided prompt service. Food was excellent. Would definitely recommend and eat here again and again. All items were price right.

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vipBrittanyS
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour specials. The view of the beach and gulf was amazing. The service was great and the food was delicious!

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Kato7
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for my birthday (which we put on reservation) and nothing was done for it(a piece of cake, drink, something!) Oysters were great! Good appetizers. Daughter had chicken linguini and they drowned it in sauce. I had penne arabiatta which had good spice, but sauce was a bit too sweet. Service was so-so. I would try it again.

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delish. The lanai Kai resort is geared for a younger crowd but the island view rearaurant is up on the 6th floor and very quiet. Service was good and the view of the sunset is beautiful.

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PaulD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The crab cakes were a little under cooked but tasted fine. The lobster bisque would have been better out of a can, way too sweet. Ribeye steak was a pretty good cut but really not seasoned well as it was not that flavorful. The New York cheese cake was excellent for desert and the service was pretty good for New Years eve.

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KaySpirits
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year’s Eve. They had a fixed menu with four courses for $65. It was an extensive offering and delicious!

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Yummy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Had to pay $10 to park at hotel, hotel seemed like a lot of young people partying and drunk, elevator to get to restaurant on the sixth floor was broken.

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Bionica
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to this lovely restaurant resulted in a wonderful dining experience. The food was plentiful and flavorful. Since it was Christmas Day, it was important that we find a nice eatery serving turkey or ham. Island View served both on one platter; enough to take leftovers home for sandwiches the next day! And their creamed cheese filled warm rolls are exquisite! Nice pianist playing gave the atmosphere a light romantic feeling.

I do have a suggestion for the web manager: the photos online do not show the romantic upscale atmosphere where we sat, under the soft fabric “canopies” with fabric "room" dividers and pearls draped over individual chandeliers. This was a huge and welcomed difference from what we expected (sitting at plain wood tables, as shown in the photo).

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Connie
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The early time and spaced apart seating made us feel comfortable. The views of the beach and the music soothing. The food is always a cut above. My steak cooked to perfection and the vegetable...asparagus were delicious. Also plenty of parking made for a pleasurable dining experience.

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Tbazer
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas lunch with family. We had the Turkey/ham traditional dinner that was all amazing. One of our guests had a prime rib that was so good it was gone in a heartbeat, the rolls had cream cheese in them & were warm! Staff was attentive & kind. We will go back for one of their weekly specials.

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Gemma
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service terrific. Adriana our waitress was friendly and wonderful. she is an asset to your staff.
The food was very good.

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mabras
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special treat going to the the Island Grill. Food, service, ambiance and view are outstanding!

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TammiM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experiance was wonderful. The manager (Amanda) was awesome. She was funny and extremely inviting and made us feel at home. The piano player was quite talented. Our server was great. It is now our favorite restaurant to come to while on vacation. 2 👍👍up

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Scott
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Great Service, Live Piano music. Will return on our next trip to Fort Myers Beach!

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mabras
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island View is our favorite place to eat and for entertainment. We were there for Jazz night. Outstanding! Can't beat the view!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Thanksgiving dinner.
Step one, get hassled by weird nightclub style security staff upon pulling into tacky lani Kai resort. (I can only imagine what goes on here...)
Step two, take the tacky glass elevator to the 6th floor to take in the sunset from their amazing view.
Step three, be very disappointed upon arrival when they seat you far away from the few windows they have so no sunset for us.
It’s all a blur from here, but this is probably the worst service I’ve ever experienced. Food was alright, nothing to rave about.
Our server ignored us, never returned to remove empty plates or refill drinks. When our salads were brought out they forgot one persons, the server told us we were wrong, but soon realized her mistake and brought the salad.
My kid spilt a drink. Usually someone would come by and offer up some more napkins, maybe a replacement drink. Here? Absolutely nothing. I don’t even think they looked our way. It was bonkers.
I really had a bad feeling about the place when we pulled in and I apologized in advance to my party for what may transpire, whether it be bad food or poor service. Fortunately I think it was really only the service that failed today. Had it not been thanksgiving I probably would have left before we even ordered and went somewhere else.
When we had finished our meal and waited for at least 10 minutes for any follow up from anyone we concluded we weren’t getting desert. Tried to wave down our server who ignored every attempt to get her attention. My wife basically had to step in front of her to ask for a check, which was delivered 5 minutes later.
Waitress ripped the bill out from under the persons arm who was paying it and then got upset with a poor tip.
I don’t recommend island view at the lani Kai. This place is whack and they’re bankrolling on their subpar view and central location. Go anywhere except this place. Maybe a hurricane will come and wipe it off the map

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

We made a reservation in advance for 4 and wanted tall top. When they called to confirm I asked if we could have y’all top by water and they said yes they all were. We got there and they wanted to sit us at a table for 6 or 8 in the middle of the floor. I told her we had reservations and talk top water and she said sorry they were all taken but yet all the window booths were empty and the tall tops in the bsr were also open. She said sorry they had reservations. I would think you would seat the people who were there now we had to take the large round table and it ended up only 3 of us came and it was horrible sitting at that large table when in fact the whole time we were there all the window water view booths remained open. Horrible experience and we love lanai kai we come there every holiday. Food was awesome and service was ok , the girl had to go ask someone everything we asked her. I would always recommend lanai kai but this experience was really disappointing.

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WayneT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving meal was great. The meat (turkey & ham) was perfectly cooked. The cocktails were delightful. The waitress was non-intrusive, yet perfectly attentive.
Having stuffing/dressing would have been a nice traditional component addition to the meal.
The view was great. The staff was kind.
We were quite satisfied.

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MariaO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time going and certainly won’t be my last.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was awesome, the view was absolutely beautiful, and my two kids loved the build your own pizza! I will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service and Ambiance was nice. Food was lacking freshness. Fish was over seasoned and not edible. Crab Cakes tasted freezer burn and had the consistency of a veggie patty, very little crab. Ordered two glasses of champagne and they only had one each of the two types available. This is not an upscale restaurant.

Island View at the Lani Kai Island Resort
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting our Island View and for taking the time to share your concern. We do apologize to hear you were not satisfied with some of your menu selections. Our restaurant just reopened that week after being closed through eight months of the pandemic, so our all-new staff was still getting the hang of our recipes and systems. We do hope you give us another chance as we continue to grow upon reopening, and thank you again for your visit.

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FAQs

Island View at the Lani Kai Island Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (239) 463-5550.

Island View at the Lani Kai Island Resort is rated 4.3 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

Island View at the Lani Kai Island Resort does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://lanikaiislandresort.com/shop/holiday-gift-card/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.