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The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL
The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL
The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL
The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL
The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL

The Perfect Caper

4.9
4.9
3293 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 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 3,293 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Southwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Southwest Florida

    Best Food

3,294 Reviews
  1. KarenL

    New York City

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to have dinner at Perfect Caper! Great dinner with our friends! I had the veal chop special and it was delicious and cooked perfectly. Also, we had the filet mignon with lobster mac and cheese! So good too! We also have their special desserts and cappuccino!

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  2. Julie

    Naples

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Perfect Caper never disappoints!! Their specials this time were the best we have ever had!! We are impressed with everything every time!! It seems like they get better each time we go & we can’t wait until the next one!!

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  3. JPM67

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, service and timing. Shawna is an excellent server.

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  4. BSK1234

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu and food at the Caper is always amazing. Best restaraunt in Punta Gorda.

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  5. PatriciaM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salads were good. The Scallops with black rice and bok choy were amazing! The Pig and Fig dish was delish! The Lamb was very good but I would have preferred a change up from the fingerlings and green beens to something more interesting to go with the Morracan Spices. The Chocolate Cake dessert is over the top fabulous. The Carrot cake was the best ever. Knowing we were celebrating a special # birthday and Anniversary, I was surprised there was no extra acknowledgement. A simple suggestion would be writing a decorative good wish on the dessert plate. Golden touches like that, at no cost to the restaurant, go a long way!

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  6. JoshZ

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fourth time at the Perfect Caper and this was a birthday dinner for my friends. The food was great, had mussels, venison, duck and filet. All were outstanding, Second time having calamari, not as good as last time but still good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t think you can go wrong with the Perfect Caper. I’ve been a few times for lunch. It’s a wonderful experience and delicious food. Service and atmosphere is excellent.

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  8. Chacha

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stacy served us very well, and the four of us enjoyed the birthday celebration. Our dinners were perfect and the calamari was spectacular. We had the shrimp, flounder, duck, and salmon, all delicious. Crème brule and chocolate cake added to the finish.

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  9. goody

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant ambiance. Service was good. However food is mediocre. A lobster Mac and cheese should taste of lobster. In this case it was just cheesy no real lobster meat for $16. The pork belly tacos appetizers was the best dish. The burger was average nothing special for such a high profile restaurant. Other entrees such as the buttermilk chicken were poor, the chicken was dried out. Would not recommend the restaurant.

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  10. Maggie

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I met a friend on 4/5/24 for lunch! I’ve always love the Perfect Caper and I was not disappointed. I ordered a chicken Salad scoop over a chopped salad! It was Amazing! I will be returning soon!

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  11. Slfitz

    Naples

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great first experience at A Perfect Caper. The food presentation was impressive and all of our choices were delicious: pork belly tacos, Flounder, Pork chop and Tempura Shrimp. We visited many restaurants in Punta Gorda and this was the absolute best.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. However, did not appreciate having to wait more than an hour for our dinner. The guest who arrived after us were done eating before we received our dinner. Two hours is too long for me to seat in a wooden chair. Two weeks ago, Jodi waited on us and the service was excellent. Tonight was just a bad experience.

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  13. MidnightC

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect afternoon of three ladies getting together. We are locals who have waited too long for this delicious lunch. We ordered lots of food and our waiter, Eric was incredibly patient with us. We delighted in pork belly tacos, pâté, potato and leek soup, calamari, muscles, martinis and desserts. So very good for so many years.

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  14. CarolD

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful anniversary lunch. We were seated in a quiet booth as requested and greeted by a server who took our drink order. The house Chardonnay was very nice. We were given time to relax and enjoy our wine with no feeling of being rushed. The food, as usual, was exactly as ordered and delicious. I had the lobster Mac and cheese and it was full of large chunks of lobster and I could taste the lobster throughout. I could only eat part of it because it was so rich but the leftover portion was still good reheated the next day. My husband ordered the burger of the day and said it was one of the best.

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  15. RayE

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always,highly recommend.Ellie our server was great.Will definitely return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our birthday dinner at Perfect Caper was delicious. The Pig and Fig had fig jam braised strawberries and was mouth watering.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place, great atmosphere, excellent food, exemplary service, thank you Shauna.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. JeanM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit based on recommendation of friends and we will be back. Extensive menu and a much appreciated policy of allowing orders at lunchtime from the dinner menu! All sampled dishes were delicious and perfectly executed. Two disappointments: Several menu items included grits, but they were unavailable the day of our visit. Substitutions were fine. Bread is an item to be ordered, so we ordered both kinds: Olive foccacia and French bread. Both were warm and delicious, but there were very small fragments of olive in the focaccia, almost non-existent, which was surprising.

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  19. joelr

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is perfect for the small town of Punta Gorda. Fine dining but casual. The food is heads above any thing else near by. The service is prompt and friendly while adding to the ambiance. Specific dishes I would recommend are the calamari, duck confetti, veal chop and the Berkshire pork chop. We are looking forward to many more wonderful evenings at Perfect Caper.

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  20. PamM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true find tucked away at the back of the building across from the post office. The service was outstanding and the food was definitely the best in I’ve found anywhere around SW Florida. The menu is a wonderful mix with something for even the most picky of eaters. Delightfully prepared and beautifully presented

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  21. DevynB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pig and fig was delicious and so was the duck and fries and one of the best bread puddings

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  22. Hilltop83

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our annual visit to The Perfect Caper to visit a friend while in Florida. As always, service was great. Cocktails A-1. Food was not quite as great as in the past, but still very good. Disappointed in the foie gras appetizer-the foie gras was overpowered by the other flavors in the dish. The steamed mussels were excellent. Duck a Deux was very good. Strip steak had way too many fries (from a person who would eat fries at every meal). House Chop salad was bland. Good wine options. We will definitely return, but will probably order differently next time.

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  23. Wiscguy

    Milwaukee

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and great friendly service from our male server!

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  24. FlyingCrownMary

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another fantastic dinner at Perfect Caper! All six of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals, including the G.A.R. Snapper special and the amazing Moroccan Spiced Lamb. The Bullet Train drink special, calamari, gazpacho w/crab and avocado, and desserts were also delicious. Zach was a terrific server, keeping a sense of humor on an extremely busy night. Without question, all six of us will be back here again and again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had lunch and it was wonderful. Our server Amanda was professional and very Knowledgeable of the menu. We can for sure recommend the Penne and Goat. The lobster Mac and Cheese. Wonderful

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a step above the rest dining experience at The Perfect Caper.

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  27. RobinK

    Fort Lauderdale

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! We had drinks(lovely), wine ( great options), the duck a deux, the pork chop, the scallops, and the crab cakes, and each was fantastic , with service to match . All 4 of us loved the entire experience.

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  28. AmyW

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very nice dinner with friends here while visiting the area. The food was amazing! Although our service started out slow, it was quickly remedied. Would definitely recommend!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered a selection of appetizers to share - warm goat and calamari. Both items were delicious. Entrees were excellent, hot and beautifully presented. Service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with her suggestions. Look forward to a return visit.

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  30. MaryW

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a birthday with friends and our meals were fabulous. Excellent service too!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Incredible food and service. Great wines. Server was incredibly knowledgeable and his timing was perfect. This place is doing it right. Even the simple things like the Focacia bread or asparagus were upscaled and full of flavor. We’ll be back and soon. We eat out a lot and my wife is a great cook but we rarely find food out with this level of flavor/value.

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  32. LisaD

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of food and presentation is always on point. Our go to for celebrations.

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  33. BobK

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place to go. Always good. High quality service and the food is the best in Florida

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  34. Marys

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful… as always. “Perfect” place for a girlfriend luncheon!!

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  35. AbbeyS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot wait to go again! The food was incredible, our wait was awesome, and everything was just outstanding! Can’t wait to come back for years to come

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  36. MidnightC

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Perfect Caper is a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions. It is the only place in town to get a truly special meal. The crispy duck is my favorite. It was cooked to perfection as was the Berkshire pork. The service is always excellent.

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  37. JohnV

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An outstanding restaurant hidden away in PUNTA GORDA, but well worth searching for. An intriguing and diverse menu, outstanding service, and of course, everything was delicious. From appetizers to desserts we were never disappointed. It's a bit pricey but, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for!

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  38. LorraineS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely experience! The outside decor could use updating! Our server was excellent very accommodating! Food was nicely presented!!

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  39. kathkwilts

    Naples

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was excellent, as was our food. There is a very nice neighborhood atmosphere. There is a full bar with excellent drinks and a full winelist. We enjoyed our meal very much.

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  40. Annie

    Naples

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a new restaurant for us and we left absolutely pleased with our selections. The creativity of the menu, the freshness of the food, the presentation on the plate; all was top notched. Our server was informative and pleasant, especially when our dinner mate was late due to traffic. We definitely recommend this unique restaurant who appreciates good food. Only suggestion: We walked from our hotel and you are hard to find. You need a sign on the street to direct you to the rear of the building where you are located.

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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 3293 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 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Perfect Caper

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

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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