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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Southwest Florida

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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 FOREVER FIORE TEA LOUNGE restaurant
4.9
4.9 (47)
$50 and over
European
Naples
About the restaurant
FOREVER FIORE
“SPILL YOUR TEA AND DRINK IT TOO”

FLOWERS. BREAKFAST. LUNCH. AFTERNOON TEA. SOIRÉES ADORE

Top review
JulieHvip
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful setting - personalized service - lovely
A photo of Harold's - Fort Myers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (262)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Villas
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
Firenz
Dined 5 days ago
Some of the very best food and service we’ve had in SW Florida.
A photo of bha! bha! Persian Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4803)
$31 to $50
Persian
Naples
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
marymvip
Dined 4 days ago
The food was amazing as always. I loved the lamb eggplant napoleon. It is perfect for 2 to share as an appetizer. The lemongrass saffron martini is my favorite drink anywhere.
A photo of Ember Korean Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1246)
$31 to $50
Korean
Fort Myers
About the restaurant
All Reservations are for our KBBQ Grill tables, all bar seating is first come first serve.

An exciting restaurant, bar and lounge experience featuring a contemporary approach to traditional Korean BBQ, sushi, and craft cocktails.


Please call 239-771-8818 or email us at pdr@emberfortmyers.com for large party reservations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Dennis was an excellent server and provided great recommendations since this was our first Korean BBQ experience! The steaks and accompanying sides weee tasty and melts in our mouths good!
A photo of Nosh on Naples Bay restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1489)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Naples
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
sharong
Dined 2 days ago
Our waitress was so sweet , every question we had about each dish she explained and made each one sounds so delicious. She was attentive. All of our meals were so tasty. Presentation perfect.. Beautiful night sitting outside watching all the lovely boats coming in. A perfect dining night!
A photo of Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples restaurant
4.7
4.7 (325)
$30 and under
Sushi
Naples
About the restaurant
DUSK, one of the most sophisticated sushi restaurants located in The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, is a modern twist on the classic Florida boardwalk hideaway. The bar is designed to bring the atmosphere of the beach at twilight indoors with its innovative cocktail menu and sleek décor.

Enjoy the sushi prepared by a world recognized sushi chef and take small plates outside onto the terrace where lounge sofas and fire pits await overlooking the Gulf.

Located on the lobby level of the beach resort, the newly designed bar brings the atmosphere of the beach at twilight indoors. The sophisticated design features soft colors, oversized lanterns, flexible seating perfect for gathering with friends and a spectacular outdoor patio that provides scenic Gulf of Mexico and preserve views.

Nightly music and a selection of creative cocktails exclusively designed for DUSK are the ideal complement to this stylish adult’s only setting.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Really nice wait staff and sushi is great. However, lots of babies and toddlers in the restaurant which while they are sweet, somewhat diminished the experience.
A photo of Hyde N Chic Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (468)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Naples
About the restaurant
Hyde N Chic Restaurant is a locally owned and operated fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Naples, FL, offering a wide variety of delicious dishes to suit every taste. Our menu features modern cuisines, all made with the freshest ingredients and prepared with care by our talented team of chefs. At Hyde N Chic Restaurant, we believe that dining out should be an experience, which is why we have created a warm and inviting atmosphere for you to enjoy. Our friendly staff is here to ensure you have a memorable meal, whether you're joining us for a quick bite or having a meal with your family or friends.
Top review
Brenda
Dined on May 16, 2024
This was a culinary experience. Great value for the tasting menu, the creativity and work that went into each dish was extraordinary. The beautiful couple running the place do an amazing job!
A photo of Gather - Cape Coral restaurant
4.7
4.7 (90)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Cape Coral
About the restaurant
Located in Tarpon Point Marina, Gather Waterfront dining combines a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, designed for you to forget where you are and travel with your senses. We blend traditional and Mediterranean flavors with classic dishes to create an international twist. Alongside a carefully selected menu, each meal can be combined with a craft cocktail or an amazing wine from our unique list.
Top review
KellyC
Dined on May 19, 2024
Wonderful restarting! The food was outstanding and there was live music, very fun would highly recommend!
A photo of Fuse Global Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (745)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Naples
About the restaurant
Chef and bartender owned and operated award-winning venue that offers eclectic global fusion, traditional American BBQ, craft cocktails and extensive whiskey list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
The food was excellent as was the service. Very interesting drinks, including some made with real woodsmoke - would definitely go back and try some additional entrées. 
A photo of Tanglewood - Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa restaurant
3.8
3.8 (355)
$30 and under
Country kitchen
Bonita Springs
About the restaurant
Savor your favorite dishes, artfully updated with exotic flavors and interesting ingredients, all day long at Tanglewood restaurant. In our newly renovated dining room and expanded kitchen, international cuisine takes center stage, as our Executive Chef consistently delivers "comfortable food with an exciting twist." Join us for our Breakfast Buffet, Lunch or Dinner served daily.
Top review
jfist
Dined on May 17, 2024
The food, service, and overall experience at Tanglewood exceeded all expectations.
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