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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

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for a Date (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Romantic (30)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Cozy (21)
Authentic (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Business Meals (9)
Healthy (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 7 days ago

I absolutely love this place. Have been several times, never disappointed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

It was our second time there. We we're set up in the bar area. Great food and service. This is probably one of the nicest places we have been in Punta Gorda to eat. We had small plates and main course dinners in our group. Just a great experience.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Best restaurant in Punta Gorda

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

food delicious, service excellent, our waitress Mattie was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We have been twice. The food and service are excellent. Our only complaint is that the wines seem a bit overpriced. They need a few on the menu more reasonablely priced.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I made reservations for dinner on New Years Eve. We wanted to do something a little special without the "New Year's Eve" party theme of a lot of the other restaurants in the area. Our meal was, as usual, wonderful as was the service and ambiance of the restaurant. We really enjoy going to the Perfect Caper.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed the evening and food. Immediate seating with reservation a plus!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have been many times and always excellent.

As good as everything always is for 2018 my recommendation to see a menu change up on the entrees.

Keep up the excellent work.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dine here often. Food is always good. Specials offer a variety.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have visited the restaurant several times, the food, staff and venue are great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Was expecting more with all the hype. Was not impressed with the food and the service was pretty typical of any restaurant. Definitely no worth the prices paid.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We eat at the Perfect Caper every time we are in SWFL and it never disappoints!

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent meal! Great menu options and friendly service! The only thing missing was music, would have added to the ambience. A++

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went for lunch to try something new in the fine dining area. Food was good. Sea scallops were tender and the dish was well complimented with vegetables. Husband had lump crab cake and said it was the best he has had in a very long time. He did not care for the pollenta. Wine selection was limited, but adequate.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Have always enjoyed our lunches and dinners. Food and service have been excellent. Will be returning in the future and recommending to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It is a challenge for restaurants to satisfy 8 people at one table. Everyone was well satisfied with a variety of dishes. The house pate is a nice way to start. The calamari preoaration is notable. We had one child experience duck for the first time and he enjoyed it. My spouse enjoyed the crabby scallops for the 3rd time and they are exceptional (no shell!). Two orderd filet with fingerling after my warning that the lobster mac is over baked - awful shame (more than once in past when told that’s how they make it!) . My grouper was good. Leave strip steaks for steak houses. It was the only miss in 8 entrees. Wine choices are limited but adequate. Same with liquor and cocktails.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Upscale and on the pricey side but probably one of the best restaurants in Punta Garda. Very good for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food is interesting and good. Seems to change on a regular basis but they leave my favorites on the menu.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Dean took very good care of us. Special time and really enjoyed the evening with our friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our dinner was excellent as usual and the service was too. This is our favorite restaurant, however, this time my husband’s Manhattan was not as good. Always before, it was made with Early Times bourbon and he liked it so much he asked for the brand name and started buying it for our home. When we received the check, we noticed the price of this drink was $14 when he had only asked for a Manhattan, not specifying any particular brand. We asked Lisa, our server, who sent over Noelle. She said that Early Times well drinks had recently been changed to Jim Beam. She did credit our gift certificate for the difference in price but my husband is still disappointed that he will no longer be able to get an Early Times Manhattan.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

This was 2nd experience. 1st terrific. 2 nd was noisy because seated in booth next to large party of people. Server very inexperienced. Didn’t get drinks until food served. Food very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were treated by our boss for a Christmas lunch for the girls. Besides the fact, he
preordered Champagne to surprise us......the service was excellent, the food was
very delicious. The whole experience left us all perfectley delighted.
Thank you to all at the PERFECT Caper.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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...

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening. This was our Christmas dinner for my Mom. Her first time to your restaurant. Lisa was wonderful to us and so pleasant. See you Tuesday with our other friends. I have already scheduled! Thank you very much. Bonnie

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (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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