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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!
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Contemporary French / American, French American, Asian
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer parking in the private lot that is adjacent to the building.
Jeanie Roland-James Beard Semifinalist-2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
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
One of the best restaurants that we frequent. Service is terrific, even on busy nights. Food is exquisite with delightful presentation. We have had many items on the menu and have thoroughly enjoyed every appetizer, salad, and entree that we have ever had. Highly recommended, and we have to many people. As always, thank you for the enjoyable evening
Fine dining but in a casual environment. Not stuffy at all, but unfortunately a little too loud for table conversation. Maybe a remodel, enclosing the bar area with glass walls, would reduce noise for restaurant area. We were celebrating my wife's birthday 2/13/18, so we started with champagne (a very nice selection is available). Staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable about the menu. We both ordered appetizers, my wife had jumbo prawns crusted with phyllo dough on a bed of avocado salad - when she sliced into the prawn it was too firm (almost hard) and too chewy to swallow! She told our server, and they sent out another plate which were perfectly prepared and delicious. I had the Calamari and they were great. We then shared a plate of heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto. It was outstanding!
We were ready for a little break before our entree, and without asking, our server (Dean) gave us enough time to talk and enjoy sipping our wine.
Our entrees were also very tasty. I had the Braised Lamb with Gnocci, and my wife had MORE SHRIMP! This time it was Tempura with a meyer lemon dipping sauce over a salad base. It also had tempura-coated asparagus spears that were the best she ever tasted. She was too full for dessert, but not me! I ordered the fresh baked mini-donuts with cinnamon sugar coating and we both enjoyed coffee.
We enjoy this restaurant and have never been disappointed. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.
They restaurant was accommodating in calling back to say we could come earlier than the time we booked on OpenTable. The filet was rare and not medium. The calamari was dry and tasted as tho it was warmed up from the night
Before. The tempura shrimp was the best. The pasta with meat sauce was huge and tasty.
The staff was nice and informative. The price for prix fixe was inexpensive. The 2 glasses of wine for $10 was a bargain Overall, the evening was nice and they did a fantastic job.
This is probably one of my two favorite eateries in Florida. I will occasionally drive one hour to get there. Last week I ordered a pasta dish for lunch. I viewed the portion as small, and frankly the sauce was too salty. I would not recommend this dish. The first time we had lunch there last year, I ordered a hamburger topped with sautéed onion and blue cheese (imagine that!), and I don't think I've ever had a better hamburger anywhere else.
Yum Yum and more yum! Impeccable service as always additionally,Jeanie the owner/chef was there and she greeted every table and helped bring food to tables and explained some of the specials to those that had ordered them. Another great evening at the Perfect Caper!
Decided to try this restaurant for the first time with a recommendation from a friend that joined us. We were a party of 4 ladies. We were given menus upon our arrival and seating. Three of the ladies in our party (myself included) found the entrees quite pricey, as well as the appetizers. The 4th lady in our party requested the Prix Fixe menu, that we were unaware was available. The Prix Fixe was $25.00 per person and included the appetizer and the dinner. The food was delicious. The cocktails were quite pricey. Two ladies ordered Sangrias, and one lady ordered two Dewars martini. The cocktails were $11.00 each. We did not know this until the bill arrived.
For a party of 4, our bill was over $200.00. We were NOT expecting such an expensive check. I know that this restaurant is quite fancy, but I would consider this high end. Unless you have a special, SPECIAL occasion, and are willing to spend a great deal on a meal and upscale ambiance, I would think twice about considering this restaurant for a date night or normal weekday night out.
My husband and I, accompanied by another couple, went with high expectations and we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by friendly staff in a warm and cozy environment. Just after we were seated, Lisa introduced herself and drinks were decided on and quickly delivered.
We informed her that it was our first time there and we ask many questions to prove this point :) All of us chose to order from the prix fixe menu that is only available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I chose mussels and tempura shrimp, my husband chose butternut/pear soup and the petite filet. Our friends chose the pate and calamari as their appetizers and the petite filet and salmon as their entrees. They also chose the wine special, "...add 2 glasses of house Chardonnay or Cabernet wine (not to be shared) for $35 per person". (This was $10 more than without the wine). Dinner was absolutely superb with everything cooked to perfection. Every bite was phenomenal.
The restaurant had gotten busier and Lisa was busier as well. When Lisa finally stopped by the table to ask if we wanted to see the dessert menu, when we declined. She returned with the check.
Our friends had never been given their second glass of wine and the check showed an $8. charge each for the one they each had. When ask why, Lisa informed us that you pay $8. for the 1st glass and $2. for the 2nd glass, ("if you want it") on the wine special. They had all intention of having 2 glasses but the 2nd never arrived and Lisa said "you never ordered it." They did order it when they ordered their dinner. Maybe since we said this was our first visit, Lisa should have shared this hidden info. A manager came to the table and offered the glasses of wine, well after they should have been but offered no other fix.
In the end, what would have been a 5 star experience became 4 when we hit this bump in the road.
Will we be back?? Absolutely! We will know next time.
***We hope this info helps any future first-timers.
Service was spot on - the flow of our dinner was perfect. Our waiter was superb and gave great recommendations on the menu. And the food was delicious, and cooked perfectly. I split the Miso Salmon over Udon Noodles with shiitake mushrooms & Bok choy with my husband ... and I would highly recommend this entree if those ingredients appeal to you! (Pictured is the half portion)
The best dining experience I’ve had in a long time!
The Perfect Caper is just perfect! The food was delicious and the service was excellent as always. They are very educated in my Celiac Disease and I feel very comfortable eating there. My only suggestion is to keep some gluten free bread on hand for us celiacs, otherwise the total experience was wonderful!
The Caper is one of my favourite restaurants, not just in Punta Gorda, but SW Florida as a whole. The food and wines are always excellent and the staff courteous. I would recommend it to even the most "gourmet" of my friends. It is a wonderful gem in Punta Gorda.
Perfect Caper scores again! We were celebrating the closing of our house and once again we were not disappointed. The mahi mahi special entree was spectacular and the lamb and gnocchi was different and mouthwatering. The wine list is small, but we found a pinot that was excellent. And service is impeccable. Keep it up.
Always enjoy The Perfect Caper. Food is usually very good, service is excellent, and ambiance is classy. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who doesn’t mind paying for upscale dining. On this occasion I had the Trigger Fish which was very good but my husband had the venison which he said was “very chewy”. He wished he had gotten something else, like my fish.
Our second time here. Maybe we were distracted by drinking more last time but we sat at 6:30 and didn't eat til after 8. There was a large party in the back room and our order came out right after theirs.
Otherwise no complaints. Food is pretty and delicious.
We like to think that we know good food. We travel quite often. This restaurant had the best food we have had in a while.
We ordered the Heirloom and Motz salad... unbelievably delicious!!! For our entree, we shared the Duck a Deux facons. The flavor was exceptional.
We can’t say enough good things about this restaurant. Will definitely go back when we’re in the area.
This used to be a fabulous place, but has really gone downhill! The atmosphere is no longer fine dining at all. Bright lights, zero ambience and staff behaviour is not at all befitting of an upscale dining experience. You can do far better elsewhere in Punta Gorda.
I loved the experience but it was on the pricey side and the portions were small, especially the veggies. Our server was not that attentive but the young bus boys were excellent and very helpful. We were charged $.50 for a n extra stuffed olive. I think that was very petty since we paid $175. For dinner for 2!! My husband does not want to come back.
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with wine and dinner. Dean our server was very attentive to us and provided some great recommendations. We really enjoyed the occasion especially since we were not over crowded by another table or noise. We will definitely go back.
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