2220 West First St Ft. Myers, FL 33901 +1 239 334 2727
Shooters Waterfront Café USA is one of the most popular restaurants in Fort Myers. Located right on the water, you can watch the sunset as you try seafood, steak or prime rib. There are also a few vegetarian options and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet daily. If you are in town on Sunday, do not miss the brunch buffet, which includes coffee, tea, sodas, Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Lunch or early dinner are the times to savor the food, because evenings are when Shooters comes alive with live music and drink specials.
2122 Second St Ft. Myers, FL 33901 +1 239 334 8634
The Veranda is considered by most to be one of the best restaurants in Fort Myers. Originally built as two homes in 1902, they were joined by a kitchen and a tropical courtyard and re-opened in 1978 as The Veranda. Dining in the courtyard is relaxing and romantic, surrounded by lush foliage, a waterfall and a goldfish pond. Reservations are highly recommended, and dress is business casual.
Downtown Fort Myers offers a treat for theater lovers at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The evening starts with an expansive buffet topped with lavish desserts. The menu matches the ambience of the show. The main theater stages traditional musicals, while the children's theatre treats the kids to fairy tales, preceded by hamburgers or pizza. The Off Broadway Palm Theatre offers newer shows in an intimate general admission setting. Reservations are recommended, and no shorts or T-shirts are allowed. Call ahead for show times.
2301 Del Prado Boulevard Ft. Myers, FL 33990 +1 239 458 2543
When surrounded by toasty beaches, it is hard to imagine how one would break away for a movie date. But this cinema in Cape Coral, seven miles from Fort Myers, manages to coax patrons into its cool interiors despite the lure of the great outdoors. Part of the Marquee Cinemas chain, it offers the latest productions that sizzle out of Hollywood on each of its 10 screens. Stadium seating and Digital Dolby Sound will take you into the plot and hold your attention for the whole duration of the film. Access for those with special needs is a big plus, making the venue all-inclusive. Call to ask about discounts and concessions, and book your tickets in advance-it's always better to tan on the beach than on a sidewalk!
26831 South Bay Drive Bonita Bay Promenade Ft. Myers, FL 34134 +1 239 498 7697
Roy Yamaguchi's eatery serves delicious seafood that is the result of fresh ingredients blended sinfully with Hawaiian recipes. Try some of the classic items like Roy's Canoe Appetizer, Yellow Fin Ahi Poketini, and Original Hawaiian Blackened Island Ahi. While relishing your food, do yourself a favor and remember to leave room for the Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé-it's simply divine! The wine list is equally impressive, with a huge variety of sparkling wines, white wines, chardonnays, and merlots to choose from. Call to know the open hours.
1244 Periwinkle Way Ft. Myers, FL 33957 +1 239 472 5555
Dolce Vita is a little bit of Europe right on Sanibel Island. They offer European cuisine and a unique, exciting atmosphere. Be entertained by dueling pianos every night in the Dolce Notte bar and lounge, or enjoy a drink from the International Champagne Bar. The doors are made of heavy wood, and they have a wooden dance floor. Reservations are recommended. Valet parking is available. They specialize in private parties. Attire is upscale casual. The lounge is open until 12:30a.
For drinking, dancing and crab races, head to The Crow's Nest. There is live music Tuesday through Sunday starting at 9pm. Monday nights are for the crab races, called Nascrab. For dinner, the light menu includes soups, salads, pizza and sandwiches, or you can try oysters Rockefeller, pepper steak or fettuccini Alfredo. The Crow's Nest is located at 'Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island. Dinner is served from 5:30pm-10pm nightly. The lounge opens at 4pm. Attire is casual, and there is a children's menu.
The Bungalow has nine big-screen televisions, so you can watch your favorite team. The sports bar also has darts, karaoke on Wednesday nights, a jukebox, a raw bar, and the only public pool tables on Sanibel Island. A full menu with seafood, chicken, burgers and wings are offered. The restaurant is located next to The Island House restaurant and anything on their menu can be ordered.
2240 Periwinkle Way Ft. Myers, FL 33957 +1 239 395 1919
For a Seattle-style latte or some handmade ice cream, head to The Bean, located on Sanibel Island. It offers coffee drinks, bagels, ice cream, sandwiches and wine. Try a fresh baked scone for breakfast and a bagel sandwich or a grilled Italian Pannini sandwich for lunch. And for dessert, Key Lime coconut ice cream. They also have frozen Chai, a tea drink with nutmeg and allspice. The iced coffee drinks have a "spoon" that is also a cookie. Reservations are not necessary, and you can dine outside.
Beaches Bar & Grill is a casual, laid-back restaurant and bar serving light fare. It is located at the Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island but you do not have to be a guest to enjoy the food or the bar. The bar looks out over the gulf and has live "island" entertainment Tuesday through Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Try the Beach Burger or fresh-baked pizza for lunch or dinner. There are nightly dinner specials from 4pm to 7pm.
On Fort Myers Beach, the nightly party is at the
bar at the Lani Kai Beach Resort. If you want to dance by the ocean, this open air bar is the place to go; Lani Kai translates to Heaven ...