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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Southwest Florida

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion 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 The Melting Pot - Ft Myers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1073)
$31 to $50
Fondue
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
SusanT
Dined 6 days ago
Celebrating my granddaughter’s 21st BD and everyone was outstanding. Keith, our server, was extremely helpful, and had a wonderful disposition and personality making us all feel comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you for a special evening!
A photo of Sails Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3612)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Naples
About the restaurant
Steps from Gulf Coast sunsets, Sails recalls the finest coastal flavors of France, Italy and Greece in each bite. Pairing the freshest food with exceptional five-star service amid beachy-chic décor, relaxed sophistication prevails at Sails, with a nod to the gracious manners of traditional fine dining, ever-so-slightly modernized. A display of whole fish delicacies from deep-azure seas are hand selected by each guest, then prepared to personalized perfection via wood-grilling or searing a la plancha. Sip craft cocktails or Sancerre while savoring just-shucked oysters at the sail-shaped hand-carved marble bar. Watch chefs in the open kitchen prepare tantalizing seafood towers. The menu encourages multitude courses in true European style starting with raw bar, crudo and tartares followed by luscious lobster or seared Kobé over just-picked organic produce. Elevated homemade pasta preludes composed seafood selections plus mouthwatering superior cuts of beef, redefining refined indulgence.
Top review
BobCvip
Dined 2 days ago
We chose the bar seating option and could choose from all their menus. We chose three course meal and all the courses were delicious. The service was impeccable and the ambiance was fun. It was our anniversary and the staff made the evening special.
A photo of Harold's - Fort Myers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (210)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Just a phenomenal experience. Great food and over the top service. I hardly ever write reviews, but this place stands out. I would highly recommend visiting Harold’s when you’re in the Fort Myers area.
A photo of Angelina's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5356)
$31 to $50
Italian
Bonita Springs
About the restaurant
Benvenuti Angelina’s! Thank you for choosing Angelina’s. We serve only the finest products available, from Wagyu steaks to our hand-made pastas and rustic house-baked bread. Our Chef utilizes the freshest ingredients to create a culinary experience unlike any other. For table requests and special event reservations, please call 239-390-3187. We do not take reservations for Happy Hour, we seat Happy Hour on a first come, first serve basis.

Consistently awarded Wine Spectator Magazine's 2-glass and Best of Award of Excellence, and our wine menu was developed to complement and enhance your menu choices. Our highly-qualified staff and Sommelier can assist you in choosing that perfect bottle of wine.

Our dress code is Business Casual, no casual shorts and no open-toed shoes for men. Dressy denim with a dressy top is acceptable, but please always dress to impress when you choose Angelina's.

Top review
Scooter
Dined 6 days ago
Katerina was most professional as she served up our libations and three courses of fabulous food. She made it a lovely evening for my husband and I. We shall be back again!
A photo of Ocean Prime - Naples restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6585)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Naples
About the restaurant
Located on Naples' icon Fifth Avenue South, Ocean Prime is a nationally acclaimed, dynamic seafood & steakhouse from the award-winning Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Ocean Prime delivers an elevated experience with exceptional ambiance, a chef-curated menu, signature handcrafted cocktails, Wine Spectator honored wine list and genuine hospitality. Reservations are recommended.

Ocean Prime strives to provide an elegant, fine dining atmosphere. Our associates’ priority is to ensure your experience is memorable. We ask that our guests choose attire that is both polished and suited to our restaurant.
THANK YOU FOR NOT WEARING:
Clothing emitting excessive marijuana odor
Excessively revealing clothing or exposed undergarments
Clothing with offensive language or graphics
Admittance to Ocean Prime is at the discretion of management who reserves the right to refuse service to patrons who are inappropriately dressed.

Top review
DebraMvip
Dined 5 days ago
We had an awesome time at Ocean Prime! The food and service were amazing. We will definitely be back😊
A photo of FOREVER FIORE TEA LOUNGE restaurant
4.8
4.8 (39)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 19, 2024
Great experience! Kids loved the set up and ambience but food could be more kid friendly! Tea is delicious; menu order much more delicious and cost effective than tiered tea tray! Very friendly staff; great with kids!
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Naples restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2803)
$31 to $50
Steak
Naples
About the restaurant
Discover Fleming's in Naples, located in the Pavilion Shopping Center on the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Tamiami Trail North (Rt. 41), minutes from the Ritz Carlton and a short drive from I-75, where you'll find exceptional USDA Prime steaks, storied wines and stellar service. Whether you're marking a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply savoring a night out, our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio provide a memorable setting. Explore our Dinner Menu with seven different steak cuts, best-in-class seafood and innovative vegetarian options. Join us for our Social Hour Menu Sunday through Thursday 4PM to 6PM with shareable bar bites and $9 handcrafted cocktails.

Planning an event? Explore our Events & Catering Menu for a variety of options, both in our restaurant and off-site.

Top review
MikeG
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service was fantastic as usual. Went for a birthday with my wife and the server gave us complimentary champagne. Also took a picture of us and even printed the picture and gave it to us afterward. First class service and experience!
A photo of The Veranda-Ft Myers restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1694)
$50 and over
Southern
Fort Myers
About the restaurant
FOR PARTIES OF 12 GUESTS OR MORE PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS.

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Fort Myers. The Veranda will take you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a bygone era of Antebellum charm.

The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-the-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in Southwest Florida.

Exceptional since 1978, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area.

Join us and experience the romance, the history and the charm that is the Veranda!

Top review
Kayla333
Dined 3 days ago
First time visitor. Everything was fantastic. Will definitely return soon
A photo of Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht restaurant
4.7
4.7 (169)
$50 and over
Dinner Cruise
Sanibel
About the restaurant
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa is pleased to offer a unique dinner experience, aboard our elegant Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht. This luxury cruise ship features delicious cuisine, coupled with magnificent views of Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast.

Set sail with our wonderful experienced crew! Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa invites you to join us on a unique dining adventure aboard the Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht. Depart for a sunset dinner cruise from our dock at Fort Myers.

You also have a choice of settings from which to take in the view — the outdoor rear observation deck or two indoor, air-conditioned salons.

Buffet Style Dining is Back!
$90.00* Per Person (Tax not included, Holidays extra). Included in that is water, tea, and coffee. However soda, juice, or alcohol are available at our two bars for an additional fee.

Check in time is 30 minutes prior to departure in Charley Cabana Bar

Top review
DevW
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Super friendly staff. Really convenient when staying at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort.
About the restaurant
COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING!

The Catch of the Pelican celebrates the vibrant flavor of the Gulf Coast in a relaxed-yet-sophisticated setting. Crafted with locally grown produce, The Catch of the Pelican specializes in premium steaks and local seafood. Our artisanal coastal concept offers a unique, regional taste that is truly Floridian.

Top review
GeorgeSvip
Dined 3 days ago
What a great Naples secret! This place was amazing even to the waiter Hensen! He was incredibly kind, thoughtful and service oriented! We loved the filets and will be back!
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