The Perfect Caper

4.7
1857 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, French American, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Tuesday-Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm-9:00pm
Friday: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00-9:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 505-9009
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist-2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nesbit St.
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Parking details
We offer parking in the private lot that is adjacent to the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1857 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Inventive menu items. Nice wine list. Great service.

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Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ausgeteichnetes Essen. Wir waren noch nie enttaeuscht.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was loud due to a large birthday party going on when we were there.

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RU
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New Calamari sauce was outstanding
My Fish was delicate broke with a fork and flavor superb

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't have had a better filet mignon; my wife's lamb chops were spectacular.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. The service was less than attentive and we missed the quieter more intimate environment that we were used to in the dining room

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect Caper is a wonderful place for a reliably great dinner. The staff is well trained and the owner visits your table. You art made to feel very welcomed and respected. We love the Caper!

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SF
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect caper never disappoints. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Fresh ingredients and creative entrees abound in this casually elegant restaurant. Chef Roland's most amazing special during this visit was the Wild Hog with Cocoa Fettuccini. The staff truly made our birthday celebration a pleasant one.

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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Favorite restaurant in PG!

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BH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal - greater waiter

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TR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday as well as her friend. The meal and the service were excellent. We have been to the restaurant several times but her friend had not. She and her husband loved the place and said that they will return. Thank you for a very pleasant experience.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always fabulous

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Miami
66 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fifth year in a row we have dined for Thanksgiving. The food and service are always great. My wife had the turkey dinner and I had the duck. We are planning to return next year.

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MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving was FABULOUS !! Food was great, as expected. Shawna and her colleagues provided wonderful service . The four of us enjoyed a leisurely paced dinner and savored the last bite of pumpkin pie . Could not have been a nicer evening.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good, prffesional and friendly service

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TR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday meal was sensational. Our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. The food was, as always, GREAT.

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M
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great place to eat. We have been going there for years and we have NEVER had a bad experience!

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BC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This fine dining restaurant has a certain ambiance which you don't find anywhere else in Charlotte County. From the very friendly and professional wait staff, to linen napkins on the table, it's a wonderful place with a very unique cuisine. The Chef actually beat Bobby Flay (Iron chef), on his television program. The quality of food and service is remembered long after the price is forgotten. This a true gem in the heart of downtown Punta Gorda.

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LF
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

I will continue to think of you as the best restaurant around but I wish you would bring back tablecloths.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was polite and efficient. Appetizers and dinners alike had a wonderful presentation. Waiter told us how long it would be for our dinner entree at the beginning of our dining experience. We told him we were not in a hurry and had a few cocktails. The tequila margarita type drink was exceptional. I opted to forego a glass of wine for another cocktail. Parking was good.

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I frequent Ella’s in Westerly RI and love it so when we are in Florida, we like to go to The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda . It never disappoints. While it is a bit of a distance, it’s worth it. We had s delicious lunch the other day. Wonderful salads; my husband had the special and I had the Cobb. Both outstanding. Our waitress was pleasant and efficient and the added bonus was that Chef Jeanie was there . We had a nice chat with her. She is a phenomenal chef and pleasant too. We definitely give this restaurant a # 10. If you’re ever in Westerly, be sure to try Ella’s.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice, however, used plates need to be picked up earlier and Not left for guests to look at once they are finished eating. This was is not the first time this has happened.
Seems like they forgot you. Sorry. It’s about the TRAINING.

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RA
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the meal and the ambiance and the simplicity of it.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The salads were very disappointing. The main courses were okay, but not worth the price that we paid.
The short ribs were mushy, and the grilled shrimp was overcooked.

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CN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful meal with great service. Jim was the perfect waiter.

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Naples
49 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the most intriguing menus is SW Florida! The choices are endless and each has an accompaniment of starch and vegetables create,a unique taste which is very pleasing. Likewise the service is excellent with several people seeing to your needs.

Given a lengthy drive we haven’t been here in 2 years and were surprised that by 6PM on a Tuesday it was packed!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. I think it’s pricey for the area but non the less I will be back.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and service in Southwest Fla. Hands down!

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was ok but nothing spectacular and with that....overpriced. Had to ask for bread and water to be refilled multiple times. Our waitress was unfriendly and seemed unhappy to be there. Kitchen was super slow getting food out and was about to cancel appetizers as they were brought to table. Will not return

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Naples
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience! Brought foodie friends from a big city to dine at the Caper and they raved about it.

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Naples
162 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at The Perfect Caper is outstanding. The food was presented beautifully and was absolutely delicious. Our server was great and took good care of us. The evening was fabulous.

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Naples
51 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant just keeps on delivering. Both the salads (beet tower and brussel sprout salad) were excellent and our entrees (triple tail and crab cake) were spectacular. Service is always attentive.

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RK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh ingredients prepared in a unique manner. The taste is excellent. Ample portions and pleasant atmosphere. We make the drive (50 minutes) several times a season and have never been disappointed.

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Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, as usual! We love to go to the Perfect Caper! Always great food, nice ambiance, excellent service,
comfortable seating!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine dining must for all you foodies out there!
Great cocktails, nice wine selection, fabulous service! Must have the calamari appetizer ! Below picture of lamb chops made to order and to perfection.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very well prepared tasty meal a lot of attention to details.

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here. Loved it! Food was amazing. Loved the goat cheese appetizer. Scallops were done perfect! Husband had sausag pasta dish & loved it too. Great service. Will be back!

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we had heard so many wonderful things about it and thought we would enjoy it and it was all and more than we expected

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Selkirkshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda never disappoints. We have enjoyed every lunch and dinner savored there. Gabe, the host, is very welcoming, and the waitstaff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Although the word is spreading about The Perfect Caper (something that we have helped along), we like that it remains a bit of a hidden gem.

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