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The Perfect Caper

4.9
4.9
2702 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
The Perfect Caper is Southwest Florida's premier dining destination. Located in Punta Gorda, halfway between Sarasota and Naples, on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Caper is a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant, with something for EVERYONE! The Caper offers a truly unique dining experience as well as superior service and atmosphere & craft cocktails....Globally inspired cuisine, locally sourced!

We feel the Caper is an extension of your home and that you and your family will feel welcomed at our table. Enjoy life...Eat Good Food!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, French American, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 505-9009

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist

  • Private party facilities

    We are always available for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    James Roland: (941) 505-9009

  • Neighborhood

    Punta Gorda

  • Cross street

    Nesbit St.

  • Parking details

    We offer parking in the private lot that is adjacent to the building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,702 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Southwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Southwest Florida

    Best Food

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  1. LH

    LuellenH

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Punta Gorda. Service and food are exceptional. My only disappointment is that we only went once while during our stay.
  2. W

    Winnie

    Naples

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable.
  3. b

    bobm

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. A true gem! I would recommend this to everyone
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of food and service makes this the best restaurant in southwest florida.
  5. e

    eatoutking

    West Palm Beach

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite place for Thanks giving dinner. The food and service are always great.
  6. G

    Grammanancy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious our server Linda was excellent we had a lovely holiday feast.We will definitely be back.
  7. JS

    JamesS

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful evening for our Anniversary. Great new choices. Nice way they recognized us for our special evening.
  8. H

    Howard

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner and environment for an anniversary.
  9. MG

    MariaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food prepared perfectly! Our server made the experience even better!! Our favorite place!!
  10. RC

    RichC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always dependable for an outstanding menu and great daily specials. Perfect for a special occasion. Never disappoints.
  11. FF

    FaithF

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated a birthday.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary, and no less then Five different employees wished us a happy anniversary.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service ~ Zack was incredible!
  14. C

    Customer

    Naples

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding service, food, and menu on Thursday for lunch, 11/17/2022! As usual, food was exceptional as was the service! I think the "wall" of booths with high backs has split the dining room into two small sections and makes the space feel very tight. Thiat is unfortunate as it is a small space to begin with, and now it feels even smaller.
  15. SA

    SAW4113

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing like always! Gabe and his team make everyone feel special. Cheers!
  16. FF

    FloFlo

    Naples

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always it was a superb dining experience. Our waiter, Victor, was very knowledgeable about the dishes and attentive but not overly. Thank you again and again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a nice find. Met friends for dinner and everyone was impressed with the quality, service and ambiance. Our server, Noel was excellent along with everyone that assisted. Steak, scallops, burger, pork belly, truffle fries, all were cooked perfectly and delicious. Looking forward to going back!
  18. FL

    FinzLeft

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was, as always, perfect and the service matched.
  19. NC

    NataliaC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance. Amazing food. Excellent service.
  20. OM

    OwenM

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In addition to the food being superlative and the drink selection very interesting, I was also very impressed with our waiter's knowledge of the menu. He spoke very knowledgeably of the ingredients and seemed genuinely interested in making sure that we had the information we needed to best place our order.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to spot for any special occasion... Their food and service is outstanding.. Wait staff is very friendly and attentive. Well worth the cost.
  22. JH

    JudithH

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant for 20 years. We have followed Jeanie and James Roland since their beginnings in the Orange House so many year ago. You will never be disappointed with the marvelous food or the attentive service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for my wife’s birthday, we had reservations for 530. They treated us at the door and had a our table ready right away. The food was amazing the noise level was to a minimum. We will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is top quality and prepared to perfection! Our waiter, Zach, is very knowledgeable about each item on the menu and was very helpful in our meal selection from appetizers to desert. The entire service team is well trained and made the whole evening a memorable experience for us and our friends. We will definitely be returning soon!
  25. C

    Cynthia

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our friend’s birthday lunch celebration exceeded our expectations by a very wide margin! It’s the best meal we’ve had in a very long time. Our server was attentive, and knowledgeable. We can’t wait to go back.
  26. EO

    ElaineO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and service! It was our first visit, but we will soon be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Four of my table mates got salads and two were just okay and two were very poor. The hamburgers ordered by other two were good. This is another bad experience at the Caper
  28. M

    Marilyn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was the best. Presentation was very good. Our waiter was very attentive.
  29. S

    Steve

    Naples

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service at ThePerfect Caper !
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening!! From the warm and friendly greeting, through a delicious dinner and great service! We were there celebrating my husbands birthday and we wanted to go somewhere we knew that the food would be special and it did not disappoint! The calamari appetizer was fabulous, scallops, snapper and shrimp and grits were other delicious choices ! It was a memorable evening and we look forward to going back!
  32. LS

    LindaS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in town Celebrated our last 3 anniversaries there
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a birthday with a group of close friends Can’t say enough good things about the food and Service. It was fantastic !
  34. A

    Anon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Service was SO SLOW. It took 2 hours for lunch. Lunch should NOT take that long. Tables who arrived after us were served their food first.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding as well as the service, will definitely be going back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time. Amazing service and food. Linda, our server, was the best! Never miss a time to go here. A gem.
  37. GB

    GaryB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were fantastic. Hidden gem, a must try. Best resturant in the area!
  38. LH

    LaurieH

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    This is the first time In probably 100 visits over the years that I was so disappointed The service seemed disorganized. The drinks were appallingly weak. After waiting 15 minutes for our cocktails The bar tender got offended when I asked where our drinks were. I was asked when I made the reservations if it was a special occasion, it was my friend’s birthday… it was nice to have a note on the table… but a bit surprised no dessert , no candle…. You probably should not have asked You are asking if I would recommend The Perfect Caper… up until yesterday I always recommend you! But after last night I’m wondering what has changed.
  39. S

    Suze

    Naples

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in the area for good service and quiet dining. Quality of food ranges from average to excellent. On our last visit, the strip steak was just average, veal chop was a little undercooked, but the pork chop (pig & fig) was sensational as always. Crispy shrimp appetizer and lobster ravioli appetizer were perfect. Worth a visit for interesting menu choices and comfortable surroundings.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic experience! Such great quality of food. It’s so nice to have a restaurant that is well educated in the culinary world. Keep up the great work!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Perfect Caper offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 505-9009.

The Perfect Caper is rated 4.9 stars by 2702 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for The Perfect Caper

121 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Nesbit St.

  • Neighborhood

    Punta Gorda

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, French American, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer parking in the private lot that is adjacent to the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 505-9009

  • Private party facilities

    We are always available for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    James Roland: (941) 505-9009

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