Chapel Grill was one of our favorite finds when it first opened here in Naples. The setting was unique, the wait staff friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was excellent.
Unfortunately, I think that the owners made the mistake of sitting too long upon their laurels, depending on the word of mouth generated from their initial offering to the market to carry them on rather than investing in their staff and menu.
I'm sure the fact that they close for the summer plays no small part in the restaurant's decline, as I can't imagine how they keep their best staff when they're only open for half the year.
We've given the Chapel Grill a good three tries after mediocre experiences at each. This last experience, though not a travesty by any stretch, was likely the last time we'll be going there.
The wait staff, while earnest, were not of the caliber that is required to compete against similarly priced restaurants in the area. The food was, in a similar fashion, good, but not great, and does not live up to the price point that the establishment has chosen.
Our last dinner there was uninspired, with typical offerings found in any number of other restaurants. My food was particularly salty, right down to the horseradish sauce that accompanied my prime rib.
Again, Chapel Grill is a "good" restaurant, but in the environment of Naples, and taken alongside literally hundreds of of other offerings, there is far better out there at a far better price point. I sincerely hope the owners take note of their declining clientele and make the changes they need to bring the place back to its initial glory.