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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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
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Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (13)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food creatively presented. Ample portion size and very nice service staff. We have met friends at the Perfect Caper and find you can chat and enjoy each other without being rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

We love eating at the perfect caper always a favorite. Delicious food 😀

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bartenders very friendly and fixed wonderful cocktails. Comfortable ambiance. The food was presented well and tasted amazing. Would definitely go again and bring friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Upscale place with imaginative menu.Very expensive. Personally, I do not appreciate the food enough to justify the cost of dining there

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great atomsphere! Amazing food the steak melted right off my fork m... amazing service over all A+ !! Will def be back !

Tags: Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Disappointed the table cloths are no more. The food has French flare and is very good mostly. I wish they offered some good sour dough rolls or baguette instead of dried out focascia. I suggested they put lime or lemon juice on guacamole served with lobster tacos so it does not turn brown. Those were only 2 negatives. The crab on scallops was very good as was the fish special. My husband enjoyed the mushroom pate (I prefer the chicken based). The house chop salad is good. We enjoyed sharing the gingerbread ice cream sandwich for dessert with excellent coffee. We look forward to hosting a holiday dinner there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been going to the Caper for quite a few years. I have eaten at both the bar and and inside the dining room. The staff is competent and friendly. Went for our anniversary this time and can't say it was the best I have had there. We used to be regulars at the bar for drinks and dinner. Things change not as I remembered. Pricy for a weekly stop.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We like the Monday - Thursday 2 for $25 or w/ wine 2 for $35 dinners. Between the appetizer and entree it's a full meal for both my wife and myself. We think it is a very good value.
We have gone on the weekends and while the entrees have been excellent we always end up taking food home because the portions are so large.
The Caper has to be the classiest restaurant in Punta Gorda.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food, good service. Wasn't easy to find, but worth it!! Delicious meal and lovely ambience.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Noise level was only negative. All was great.
The waiter was excellent and the food could not have been better!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I recommend the fois gras and the crabby scallops.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

My only single complaint is the parking lot. We went for lunch and I imagine night time would be really be a challenge.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Nice ambiance, delicious food, excellent service! We always very much enjoy our meals at The Perfect Caper! We are never disappointed and already can't wait to make another reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda, also ate there for dinner the following night. Always delicious, never dissapointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We always look forward to dining here on our visits to Punta Gorda. Hidden away, it is discovered more each time we dine here. So happy that they began lunch a while back. The service is great, and the food is phenominal-fresh, creative, and lovely presentations. We are more heavier luncheon diners, but the luncheon selections are as abundant as when we’ve dinner dined there. The calamari appetizer is the best we’ve ever encountered, and the Tempura prawns are huge. On this visit, I politely asked if the Tempura asparagus with the prawns could be substituted with another Tempura veggie, or skipped; it was no problem to substitute Tempura green beans, for which I was grateful. We wish Jeanne and Staff were up in our area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

As usual, a great lunch and service at the Perfect Caper. The Cracker Jack chicken was wonderful and a unique taste. Lobster Mac n' cheese great but a little sharp compared to what I'd expected; in fact, on reflection I like it more than the fare I've had in New Orleans. A great meal, though I miss the two-for-one lunch special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It's surrounded by weird tenants and bad parking, so the location is undesirable personally. Very expensive for the area. Prices prohibit my return despite the food being good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, this restaurant is outstanding. Impeccable service, and perfect food! Never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service and food. Don't let the outside of the building dissuade. It's very nice inside, although a bit loud and tough to have a conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were with good friends and had a great night. friendly staff, good service, good food. expensive wine list and after spending 390 $ on a meal for four not even a good night sir or an after meal drink or snapps on the house...however I am from Spain and perhaps customers are better respected in Europe?

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This is our favorite place to enjoy wonderful food. We have never been disappointed in the food or service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

This was the fourth time I have been to this fine restaurant. Each time has been exceptional. The cocktails are creative and yummy, the service impeccable ( our waitress every time was Noel), and the food more than amazing! 😉👌. I’ll go back again and again!! Susie

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We always have a good dinner at the Perfect Caper!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 28, 2017

First time at this restaurant and will definitely return! Wonderful food and service. Not inexpensive but worth every penny!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Excellent restaurant celebrated my birthday
Highly worth it !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The Perfect Caper is a wonderful place to eat. The food, service and drinks are all good. We highly recommend it for a nice dinner or to celebrate something, anything. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

My family and I enjoyed the food, service and ambience.
The service was very good. We were all very satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Best meal I have ever ate. Went on Wed for a business dinner and had to take my wife on Friday. Amazing!!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent experience. Two for 1 lunch specials with lots of tempting options plus five dollar glasses of wine. Nice!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The entire exp was 5star all the way. Food and service were great. Would go back anytime

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It would be nice if the waiter who was excellent (G) would equally fill the wine glasses. Please do not fill my husbands an inch higher than mine and continue pouring all the wine in his glass with an occasional splash in mine - it was weird.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful meal once again, fantastic food, impeccable service (Gabe), great wine and excellent cocktails!
Would just ask that the temperature not be quite so cold.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The Thai mussels were excellent for an appetizer.The squid ink pasta had the perfect spiced sauce with some heat.The special was a burger which had a top layer of macaroni and cheese instead of the top bun. Creative and cooked perfectly medium rare.Dessert was palate cleansing , which was a lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce and garnished with fresh strawberries.Alexandra, our server was attentive, friendly,and welcoming.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Very enjoyable evening, We had the Prix Fixe menu as we do not have big appetites. The portions were good and provided excellent value for money.
We will make a point of returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

We like the quality of the food. Some items appear to be over-priced until you actually enjoy them. Be prepred to spend a little more...in our case, $100 and change which included two rounds of drinks and several apps. We also left a nice tip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I have never had a bad meal or bad service at the Caper. The food is always exceptional and the service is attentive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

One member of our party ordered a cocktail which she has ordered hundreds of times in hundred of restaurants--not available here, didn't have a key ingredient. Indifferent and overpriced wine list. All starters including prawns and salads were excellent. Noise level high and got worse. All entrees were excellent except the tenderloin/truffled potatoes. Tenderloin was mushy--perhaps tenderized, and potatoes were flavorless. The presentations varied from OK to really good. Desserts were out of this world. Go for the food--it's well worth it, but not for the ambience unless you like it almost too noisy to talk, nor for the wine. Service was erratic--first rushed, then slow; had to ask twice for bread and then it was one piece along with the starters, with no olive oil, tapenade, or butter. Same with water--one glass, late, and not refreshed. Will come back, and more than once.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Both the food and the service were excellent. It was a special treat.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Some dishes are good but not all. The lamb and gnocchi was horrible in every aspect: taste, feel, presentation.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

First time dining at the Perfect Caper. Outstanding food quality and presentation. Service was good and solid. Limited wine list not sufficient for my taste. Will return soon and will recommend to friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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