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About The Perfect Caper

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!

121 E. Marion Ave.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, French American, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10pm
Sunday-4-9pm

Cross Street:
Nesbit St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 505-9009

Website:
http://www.theperfectcaper.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist-2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Perfect Caper Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (20)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (15)
Local Ingredients (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Business Meals (7)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Waitress spoiled the evening...service not nearly on a par with when the owners were on premise...I ordered three bottles of wine...one white and two reds that I asked to be opened and decanted for our main...waitress brought the white and then announced she could only get four pours out of one bottle...my first thought was to ask her which two of my guests she didn’t intend to pour for...I have been a sommelier for many years and have never come across such a blatant and uncalled for up sell attempt...she then took our orders without any attempt at having the women at our table order first...she took all the orders but mine...even though the others were my guests it was never my intention not to eat with them...the restaurant indicates that an 18% surcharge will be added to all bills where there are parties of six or more...while standing in the parking lot our waitress rushed out to tell everyone I left no tip when I paid...when I told her I believed I had already left 18% as indicated on their website she announced that not all waitstaff follow the owners policy and she had ‘t added it....( my guess is she thought that 18% was not enough) and hoped for more...I have been to this restaurant several times in the past and went because the food is presently with care and the ingredients are excellent but mostly because I don’t mind paying for good service...good service is what makes my dining experience a special event..sadly, the quality of service since the owners have opened other restaurants and are no longer there to train staff, has deteriorated...too bad because it used to be an icon in the area...was not worth the $600 plus dining room experience any longer...

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·Dined 5 days ago

I was very pleasantly surprised dining at this restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and very comfortable. The service was very good and the food was delicious. The staff was very friendly. I will definitely go back and bring friends with me to share and enjoy. This was the best restaurant I have eaten at in a long time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent as always. Our server, Jim, always gives attentive service. Food was top notch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food at the Perfect Caper was above excellent! The appetizers as well as our entrees were delicious. The meals are a bit expensive but worth it. I wish they would extend their wine list and offer more wines, the wines are expensive. Overall I would recommend the Perfect Caper.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 2017

PERFECT CAPER WAS AN EXCELLENT LUNCH EXPERIENCE - AND WE APPARENTLY ARE NOT UNIQUE SINCE THE RESTUARANT WAS CROWDED! MENU WAS DIVERSE WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD. PRICE POINTS WERE SURPRISINGLY LOW. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT??

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 5, 2017

One of the best restaurants ever! Great food and great service. First class all the way. It is a MUST! Do not miss it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We love the Caper! It was a bit noisy and we were seated in an area we didn’t like. One of had to look into the bar and one sat on a chair, not a booth seat. Would have preferred different seating. Dinner was wonderful. It was my gift to my husband for his 82nd birthday.

Tags: Disabled Access, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My favourite spot in Punta Gorda/Fort Myers. The duck 2 ways is the best.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

A wonderful restaurant and they never disappoint! It quickly became our favorite restaurant. Food, staff, drinks and atmosphere all fabulous and consistently so. Fun to eat in the bar as well for a more casual experience. Highly recommend this restaurant for dining out whether a special occasion or not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We are used to Michelin star food in London and it wasn't quite at that level. Confit duck was great but although I asked for med rare breast it was almost raw and inedible, my husband had the scallops with crab and that was great. Service was excellent.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Cocktails in the bar were very done (selection is limited but do carry some premium). Enjoyed the chicken pate. The chop salad was delicious as in the past. Won’t order the steak with lobster mac & cheese again. Twice it has been served with mush for macaroni and rubber inedible lobster. Huge disappointment. The filet was well prepared but side veggies were also mush. A lamb dish was mild flavored and tender. The sausage pasta dish was basic and well prepared. The shrimp and grits were good. Will go back to filet with fingerling potatoes.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

On Special occasions we Always have the warm goat appetizer and petite filet on the Prix Fixe Specials with 2 glasses of wine otherwise it is too pricey for our budget.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent experience. Our waitress Mandi was very attentive but gave us space to enjoy our meal. The food was excellent. We had salmon and a filet. We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We always choose Perfect Caper for special occasions, you can always count on an excellent meal. However this sitting was extremely noisy. We were seated beside a very loud group of 6 diners and felt like we were shouting to hear our conversations. Next time I may ask for another table.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Anniversary Dinner
Ordered 2 glasses of wine to accompany the main entrees and never received them.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We live in PG and this restaurant has been an up and down experience for us. What disappoints is the staff doesn't seem able to deal with problems in the kitchen. Once we were offered cobia as a special, which turned to be inedible. We sent it back to the kitchen, and when the waiter, not a novice, presented the bill he pointedly announced that we had not been charged for the fish. On our most recent visit, we were with a wine expert who was unfamiliar with offerings on the wine list. The waitress and bar manager were more than willing to accommodate her tasting a number of offerings until she decided. On the other hand, the waitress was barely able to speak above a whisper, and the ordering process was difficult because we needed to ask repeatedly about the menu items. The noise level was not excessive. In previous visits we noticed that the wait staff tended to be more experienced (older). We often recognized a waiter from a previous visit. Now the wait staff appear to be inexperienced which makes it difficult to leave a normal tip, upwards of $30, for a meal for two or three. If you want to experience a restaurant in PG that has excellent food , go to the Perfect Caper. Be prepared for an exceptional experience or one that leaves you hoping for more.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner. As usual ot was an excellent dining experience. This is our go to special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Get to Punta Gorda every few years and always libe to hit this place. It is the only cozy creative hi end menu I know of.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, the food was superb. Service seemed a little slow - perhaps not enough wait staff it being so close to Thanksgiving? Still our favorite restaurant in the area!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We live in Naples FL and have many friends in Sarasota. This is the place we meet for dinner because the food and service is consistently very good and can please everyone who driven 50 miles to see each other. The last time was a Sunday evening early, and the restaurant was not jam backed and was quiet enough for easy conversation. We recommend the lamb chop and the chocolate dessert - but everything is very good. Since this is a special restaurant in Punta Gorda, you should make reservations.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is one of our special occasion places. It's also a place we use to turn an ordinary out-to- dinner night into a special occasion.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent as always, tried the warm goat appetizer for the first time it was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our first time at the Perfect Caper. We were with friends celebrating my 64th birthday. The food, wine and service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food creatively presented. Ample portion size and very nice service staff. We have met friends at the Perfect Caper and find you can chat and enjoy each other without being rushed.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love eating at the perfect caper always a favorite. Delicious food 😀

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bartenders very friendly and fixed wonderful cocktails. Comfortable ambiance. The food was presented well and tasted amazing. Would definitely go again and bring friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Upscale place with imaginative menu.Very expensive. Personally, I do not appreciate the food enough to justify the cost of dining there

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great atomsphere! Amazing food the steak melted right off my fork m... amazing service over all A+ !! Will def be back !

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Disappointed the table cloths are no more. The food has French flare and is very good mostly. I wish they offered some good sour dough rolls or baguette instead of dried out focascia. I suggested they put lime or lemon juice on guacamole served with lobster tacos so it does not turn brown. Those were only 2 negatives. The crab on scallops was very good as was the fish special. My husband enjoyed the mushroom pate (I prefer the chicken based). The house chop salad is good. We enjoyed sharing the gingerbread ice cream sandwich for dessert with excellent coffee. We look forward to hosting a holiday dinner there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been going to the Caper for quite a few years. I have eaten at both the bar and and inside the dining room. The staff is competent and friendly. Went for our anniversary this time and can't say it was the best I have had there. We used to be regulars at the bar for drinks and dinner. Things change not as I remembered. Pricy for a weekly stop.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We like the Monday - Thursday 2 for $25 or w/ wine 2 for $35 dinners. Between the appetizer and entree it's a full meal for both my wife and myself. We think it is a very good value.
We have gone on the weekends and while the entrees have been excellent we always end up taking food home because the portions are so large.
The Caper has to be the classiest restaurant in Punta Gorda.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food, good service. Wasn't easy to find, but worth it!! Delicious meal and lovely ambience.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Noise level was only negative. All was great.
The waiter was excellent and the food could not have been better!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I recommend the fois gras and the crabby scallops.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

My only single complaint is the parking lot. We went for lunch and I imagine night time would be really be a challenge.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Nice ambiance, delicious food, excellent service! We always very much enjoy our meals at The Perfect Caper! We are never disappointed and already can't wait to make another reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda, also ate there for dinner the following night. Always delicious, never dissapointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We always look forward to dining here on our visits to Punta Gorda. Hidden away, it is discovered more each time we dine here. So happy that they began lunch a while back. The service is great, and the food is phenominal-fresh, creative, and lovely presentations. We are more heavier luncheon diners, but the luncheon selections are as abundant as when we’ve dinner dined there. The calamari appetizer is the best we’ve ever encountered, and the Tempura prawns are huge. On this visit, I politely asked if the Tempura asparagus with the prawns could be substituted with another Tempura veggie, or skipped; it was no problem to substitute Tempura green beans, for which I was grateful. We wish Jeanne and Staff were up in our area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

As usual, a great lunch and service at the Perfect Caper. The Cracker Jack chicken was wonderful and a unique taste. Lobster Mac n' cheese great but a little sharp compared to what I'd expected; in fact, on reflection I like it more than the fare I've had in New Orleans. A great meal, though I miss the two-for-one lunch special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It's surrounded by weird tenants and bad parking, so the location is undesirable personally. Very expensive for the area. Prices prohibit my return despite the food being good.

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