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The Perfect Caper

4.9
4.9
2661 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


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 2,661 people are saying

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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. DH

    DonnaH

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were exceptional. We will go back!
  2. CB

    CalvinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service from our Waiter Kelvin. He was very knowledgeable and attentive. Answered all our questions and made excellent recommendations. Server assistants and food runners were also on point. Food is amazing as always, that is a given. I wish the wine list showed which wines were served by the glass.
  3. TD

    TonyaD

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Zach was amazing! A friend recommended this restaurant, and it did not disappoint. The food and service were great. We will definitely dine here again. The mushroom appetizer, crabby scallops and crab cake dinner were all top notch!
  4. LT

    LisaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best food in SWF. We had a party of 7, everyone ordered different entrees and each dish was cooked to perfection, my NY Strip was on of the best steaks I’ve had. Highly recommend The Caper for a high end dinner.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience celebrating a special birthday!!
  6. J

    Jack

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have to say this is absolutely the best restaurant in Punta Gorda. The menu is incredible and the attention to detail in the preparation is outstanding. So many unique options to choose from that the decision is difficult. And service for us was superior to other restaurants in the area. Not inexpensive but we’ll worth the extra. Don’t miss this restaurant.
  7. SL

    ScottL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic food
  9. C

    Chuck

    Orlando

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinners were amazing, starting off with the calamari best we've ever had and gluten free. The chopped salad was delicious and enough for two. My Berkshire bone in Pork Chop was topped with Bruleed strawberries and a fig jam wine reduction, amazing. Pan seared Scallops were a hit as well, with sauteed spinach. This was a great dinning experience on all levels. Server was spot on with the timing of our courses. Going back !!!!!!
  10. H

    Hillman

    Naples

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservation handled perfectly — special request etc. From the moment we arrived to when we left everything was perfect. It was a little noisy but one has to accept that since they were quite busy. Victor, our server did an outstanding job, ready to answer our questions, make suggestions to help enhance our evening etc. We have always enjoyed our visits to the Perfect Caper due to it’s staff and professional chefs.
  11. KC

    KathleenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner here last night and the food was amazing as always. Our server, Victor did an awesome job. This is by far the best restaurant in Punta Gorda.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Servicer Victor was wonderful. It was his first day and we would not have know that. He did great. Food was spectacular as always !! The mussels were Delicious! Tried the Black Coconut rice was amazing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our time at perfect caper. One of our favorite places to eat. The food is top notch and prepared perfectly. I highly recommend eating here.
  14. N

    Nick

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is worth the price, highly recommend. Our server Zack was incredible and helped to make the night special
  15. T

    Tommy

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service outstanding
  16. DM

    DocM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great, as was service, prices are high, but nice place for a date night or special occassion
  17. GC

    GinnieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food well prepared and excellent presentation. The service was excellent and knowledgeable of the menu. We had the halibut special and the taste was fantastic. We celebrated our anniversary and we’re surprised by the nice card on our table with anniversary well wishes. We felt welcomed from the time we entered. Excellent experience!
  18. OM

    OwenM

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the service was excellent and the food was impeccably prepared and presented. This truly is one of the finest (if not THE finest) restaurant in Florida.
  19. NH

    NancyH

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and beautiful, delicious food and wine.
  20. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was perfect! The service was perfect! Our waiter Dean was perfect! We are building a house in punta Gorda. Every time we come down to punta Gorda we come to the perfect caper. A+ for everything
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, our favorite place!
  22. DF

    DwightF

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Dani was excellent! The four of us enjoyed the jumbo shrimp appetizer and we added the pork belly as an appetizer as well. If you enjoy bread order the french bread - hot and crispy! I added the potato & leek soup and a tomato and mozzarella salad.We had the crabby scallops, filet and grouper as entree's. All were excellent. Too full for desert.....
  23. BH

    BobH

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Took forever to get our food . The pricing far exceeded the value of the meal.
  24. CM

    ChristinaM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy to hear about this little gem! A bartender at our hotel recommended it and we couldn't have been more pleased! Menu was amazing and staff made our dinner very special.
  25. HD

    HolliceD

    Naples

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent waitress & excellent food!
  26. SS

    SandyS

    Naples

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for special occasions. They will make your day great.
  27. PR

    PaulR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent food and service. A bit pricey but worth it. Not sure why they don't put prices on their specials, awkward having to ask.
  28. TW

    TerryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Probably the most professional and knowledgeable waitstaff in Punta Gorda. Excellent menu with excellent meat and seafood entrees. Delicious desserts.
  29. GL

    GeorgeL

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food quality and preparation is excellent. The service was slow and was non-existent by the time our meal was completed.
  30. F

    Francis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best upscale restaurant in Punta Gorda. Recommend the scallops.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding presentation and delicious!
  32. RC

    RoxanneC

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second evening dining at the Perfect Caper and I loved it just as much as the first time…extremely attentive service…food is absolutely delicious..will return again on my next visit to the area….
  33. FR

    FrancesR

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, we had a fabulous time. Food was delicious. I will highly recommend, the crabby scallops with black rice.
  34. SH

    SeanH

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant and each time I return I am reminded why
  35. BV

    BonnieV

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a special dinner. I love introducing my friends and neighbors to it. It always becomes their new favorite restaurant, as it is mine. The menu is very diverse. I have loved everything that I've tried on it. It's hard to single out a favorite, but the lamb chops are the best I've ever had! Would highly recommend this restaurant and their wonderful staff!!!!!
  36. b

    barryonthecape

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The food was sub-par for what we expected on our first visit. Thai curry mussels had very little Thai or curry seasoning and the Hen of the Woods mushroom had very little flavor. Debbie's duck confit was excellent however the breast was tough. My pork chop was so tough I could barely cut it with the serrated knife that was provided. Returned more than half of it. I must say that when our waitperson alerted the manager to our disappointment , he went above and beyond apologizing for the food. He even asked if they could prepare something else for me. He ended up buying both of us delicious deserts! That saved the experience! We may try again...
  37. BW

    BrianW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dining experience! Service & food both amazing.
  38. MA

    MaryAnn

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The wait staff was pleasant but very slow. Some of the food was excellent, but a couple of the entrees weren’t terrific. E.g. The tuna poke bowl!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great as usual
  40. DF

    DeborahF

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    One of our favorite restaurants

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 2661 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


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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