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The Perfect Caper

4.9
4.9
2619 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

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 2,619 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Southwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Southwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Southwest Florida

    Special Occasion

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  1. C

    Carol117

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far the best restaurant in Punta Gorda and the entire region. The food was awesome as was the service. We loved the spacious booth and the attentiveness of the entire staff. We’ll be back. Loved it!
  2. V

    Ventana

    Naples

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had to have the Crabby Scallops again. They are divine — with the coconut black forbidden rice. We had excellent service in the bar and in the dining room. Love the dark cozy ambiance and not noisy at all.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, portions a little small but tastes wonderful
  4. NJ

    NancyJ

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another excellent meal at The Perfect Caper! Our server Dani was friendly and helpful, explaining the specials they were offering that night. We had a crab tower appetizer which was light and refreshing. The salad special had arugula, pecans and goat cheese and was sized to split for two. The dinner special was grilled grouper over lightly whipped potatoes with sautéed spinach and a burre blanc sauce. So good! We love that they actually care about quality food and wonderful presentation. We think it’s the best upscale restaurant in town! Absolutely will be back numerous times!
  5. KS

    KelleyS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our special anniversary dinner was perfect! We had been to Perfect Caper before and it was just as delicious but wished we could have talked to our favorite chef again. She was understandably doing her magic away. But we will always come back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another great evening with excellent food and service. Have sampled many different items from the menu, but the duck a deux facons is always the star of the show. As before, Zack also did a great job with suggesting wine pairings. Keep up the good work!
  7. L

    Linda

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant, period. The food is always special and service is exceptional
  8. DJ

    DavidJ

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, an excellent meal. Food quality and service were high. Nice to see it was busy despite being summer.
  9. CK

    CraigK

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual.
  10. D

    Dawn

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Caper! May try to visit Jeannie Roland at her Rhody restaurant in August.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacationing in Punta Gorda for our anniversary. Saw on Google and easily made a reservation for same day. When I highlighted it was my anniversary they put a cute little card on our reserved table thanking us for choosing to eat their on our anniversary. Food was wonderful, service was great, and the drinks are strong!
  12. g

    golfer

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the mussels that beat Bobby Flat (awesome) and calamari ( also awesome). Then we had the lamb, definitely enough to share fantastic.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zach was excellent. Food was outstanding and a staff that knows the proper way to pour wine. Great evening
  14. SO

    SherryO

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinners were outstanding. The service staff for unobtrusive and yet we were attended to. The perfect caper is a dining experience that we love. We will be back.
  15. s

    skygrl

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as always, the food was terrific & our server (linda) was outstanding...one of the best i've had in a very long time. all in all, a terrific evening!
  16. DU

    DiannU

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy this restaurant
  17. BM

    BetsyM

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch celebrating a friend's birthday! As always, food was great!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to go for California cuisine
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lucky to have such a gem in little old Punta Gorda! Having eaten in some of the best restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Paris and more, we've been here several times and never disappointed. Our favorite "date night" place!
  20. TT

    TedT

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant between Naples and Sarasota. The cuisine is fresh, innovative and prepared perfectly. The service is attentive but not intrusive. I highly recommend The Perfect Caper for a memorable dining experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If i could give this place more stars i would! Seriously one of the best meals of my life! From start to finish everything was incredible
  22. NJ

    NancyJ

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Another great meal at The Perfect Caper! Excellent drinks, food and service. Reservation was for our actual anniversary and they were kind enough to recognize it with a table card and our waitress mentioned it as well. Would like to see little more of a privacy setting for a romantic dinner, but still lovely!
  23. B

    Bobs

    Naples

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb was great Dean our server did great job. Food was prepared well
  24. k

    kenc

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was done well… Six happy patrons
  25. DS

    DebS

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zach took great care of us last night. Everything was consistent and delicious as usual. Brought a friend who hadn’t dined there in over 8 years. He said he will definitely be back. Thanks for doing what you do so well!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The absolute best service and dinner experience!! Excellent food made even more enjoyable by the perfect server, Zachary! Thank you!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for lunch. Have been there several times for dinner. The best restaurant in Punta Gorda and surrounding area. Food service and presentation exceeds all. Highly recommend for an evening out or date lunch.
  28. L

    Localfoodie

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took some out of town guest for dinner. Everything was perfect. Outstanding food, service and ambiance.
  29. f

    floridagolfer

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Filet Mignon was perfect!!! Baby green salad was great. Shrimp and grits were difficult to eat because shrimp had tail and little room in the serving bowl to manage the grooming chore. Service was excellent.
  30. JZ

    JoelZ

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food ..so delicious ! Service…waitress was very busy. We hardly saw her.
  31. MW

    MaryW

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always, our food ordered was professionally presented and delicious. Our server was not as attentive as we have had other servers over past many times for dinner.
  32. p

    pauls

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I’ve eaten here many times and always had a lovely experience however this time food was over cooked, greens were yellow on the verge of mouldy. I frankly feel ripped off. I spoke to the server about it who just said I’ll let the kitchen know. I emailed the restaurant who said the manager came to our table twice to check everything was ok, this did not happen. I’ve just been robbed in plain sight. I do not leave negative reviews about restaurants as long as I feel they have taken my feedback seriously but unfortunately they have not. Will NEVER eat here again
  33. SN

    SuperNaturalMom

    Naples

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was hands down the best dining experience I've had in the Gulf Coast area of Florida. I spent the last 30 years in the SF Bay Area and loved the food there. This is comparable if not superior.
  34. NH

    NancyH

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moved to PGI two years ago and finally had the opportunity to enjoy an incredible dinner here. All of our friends said it was the best and we agree! Food, service, wine were all amazing.
  35. MS

    MaryS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Perfect Caper is the best in fine dining in the area. We celebrated my Birthday and the staff was great and the food was outstanding. Lovely evening!
  36. RT

    RickT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There was an out of control child there. I have kids. I get it. BUT - these parents should have been asked to take the child out. It was ridiculous.
  37. CM

    CathleenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I went for our birthday dinner and what a fabulous choice it was. The dining room is lovely, warm, quiet, comfortable. The service was OUTSTANDING, friendly and non-intrusive. The food? My tastebuds are still singing!
  38. B

    Biggie

    Naples

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Many interesting items on the menu and we have had most of them and all have been amazing. Specials are normally inviting and most desserts are to die for. Been dining at The Perfect Caper for over ten years and have never had a bad meal.
  39. f

    franjo

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The menu is full of fantastic choices.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , service and ambiance. Is truly our favorite restaurant!

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 2619 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
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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