Florida is rich in sunshine and people who have a lot of time and want to enjoy the time: tourists and retirees. And where can you enjoy your life more relaxed than with a good meal? Of course you can have a good night on the terrace of your luxury villa with a barbecue. The steaks and hamburger patties in the local supermarkets are excellent.
But – let’s be honest – on vacation you would like to be pampered all around. Of course, the owners of the numerous restaurants in and around Cape Coral know that too. They compete for the favor of their customers. The results of this unofficial competition can be seen and tasted. Many restaurants offer first-class quality and a service that leaves nothing to be desired. A real experience is a visit to one of the many waterfront restaurants, which – as the name implies – offers great food, a breathtaking view of the water and – if you choose the right time for your table reservation – an unforgettable sunset.
Reasons to visit a restaurant in Cape Coral
- Incredible variety of dishes
- Delicious food from all over the world
- Fantastic view while you are eating
- Consummate service
- The reasonable prices
In southwest Florida there is something for every palate
Tourists who rent a villa or a vacation home in Cape Coral these days are spoiled for choice. The question of whether one should simply prepare something in the cozy vacation home or to enjoy their time with relatives and friends in the restaurant is a dilemma you don’t mind having. In Cape Coral or in nearby Fort Myers you will find almost every trendy kitchen.
From the pizzeria of your favorite Italian restaurant, to the Caribbean or Mediterranean cuisine to Mexican and Creole influences, there is everything here to please the palate of a hungry tourist. Anyone who gets homesick for the German cuisine in between, has no problems finding a Jaegerschnitzel or even a Sauerbraten. The Cajun spices rarely used in Germany are often used in fish dishes in Florida and they give them an unmistakable aroma. Even the mangos and pineapples growing around the corner on huge plantations have their place in Florida’s diverse cuisine. Enjoy classic Italian food at the Olive Garden, which you will find at the Coral Walk Shopping Center.
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.La Rochefoucauld
From the pizzeria of your favorite Italian restaurant, to the Caribbean or Mediterranean cuisine to Mexican and Creole influences, there is everything here to please the palate of a hungry tourist.
German or first-class cuisine: something for everyone
Anyone who gets homesick for the German cuisine in between, has no problems finding a Jaegerschnitzel or even a Sauerbraten. The Cajun spices rarely used in Germany are often used in fish dishes in Florida and they give them an unmistakable aroma. Even the mangos and pineapples growing around the corner on huge plantations have their place in Florida’s diverse cuisine. Enjoy classic Italian food at the Olive Garden, which you will find at the Coral Walk Shopping Center.
The figure-conscious can even watch the calorie intake here. That can be seen on the menu for each dish. Do you need a little refreshment after shopping? Some Chicken Giardino or some Parmesan Zucchini Bites will hit the spot. The are delicious and each have only about 600 or 500 kcal. Okay, with Marinara you will consume another 45 calories. But hey, you are on vacation! However, this great variety has not always been here.
It was not so long ago that the typical fast-food chains dominated the picture in Cape Coral as well. But in the meantime even gourmets get their money’s worth. First-class restaurants and diners are cooking their way into the hearts of the tourists. And for the most part at very reasonable prices.
Hip or rather sedate? Here is a small selection of top restaurants in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the surrounding area
Taste is always a matter of opinion. What inspires one, may make others shudder. Nevertheless, there are some important factors that can be used to measure the appeal of a restaurant. At the top, of course, is the traffic. Permanently well-filled locations – regardless of their own tastes – have to have something that appeals to their customers. The delicious food, the atmosphere, the service or the view must be right. If it’s possible even all three things at the same time. Because this is rare, we deliberately chose restaurants whose demands concerning the ambience are quite different. What they all have in common is the excellent cuisine. But decide for yourself. Enjoy your meal!
Do you want your restaurant visit to Cape Coral to become an event? Then do not miss a visit to the Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro
Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, you can even find exclusive specialties in the proper fish restaurants, which need no comparison internationally. That goes for the Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro in many ways. Here the quality of the food and the entertainment factor are equal. To be clear: It can not be any fresher. Just ask the waiter for the “fish of the day” or indulge in six delicious sautéed jalapeno shrimp with crostinis à la carte. The absolute highlight is the Lady Seafood Tower Appetizer, a plate for several people, with Lobster, Scandinavian Crab, Surimi Salad and other delicacies. Those who prefer a size smaller, are in good hands at the sushi bar. How about a wakame-seaweed salad?
By the way, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there are also entertaining live performances with changing show acts for food and first-class wines. Of course there is a fly in the pointment in such a trendy location: Hungry and enterprising customers have to stand in line at the Lobster Lady. To make a reservation here is always a good idea. https://www.lobsterladyseafood.com
Do you prefer something more romantic?
Then enjoy with your spouse or in the company of good friends a relaxing evening at the Rumrunners with the delicious Jumbo Gulf Shrimp. Thanks to Ralph Centalonza, one of the three owners of the restaurant, these killer shrimp have become quite famous. If you can not get used to the idea of a fish dish, you will also find an excellent Rumrunner rib eye on the menu.
But the atmosphere here is not based solely on the cooking skills of the employees. The view here is simply breathtaking. Rumrunners has more than earned the name “Waterfront Restaurant“. You can almost dangle your feet in the water between two bites. No wonder the restaurant is constantly booked for parties or weddings.
Of course, this success story is not a coincidence. Jeff Gately and chefs Todd Johnson and Ralph Centalonza, owners of the Rumrunners, know the restaurant scene in this part of Florida like the back of their hand. They also own other places popular with tourists and locals alike. These include Bistro 41 in Fort Myers and the Aqua Grill in Naples. These three people know what makes customer hearts beat faster. Rumrunners is open 7 days a week. http://rumrunnersrestaurant.com
You should absolutely try these dishes during your vacation in Cape Coral or Fort Myers:
- Chocolate Chunkin’ Pumpkin Cheesecake (Olive Garden im „Coral Walk Shopping Center“, 1910 Pine Island Road NE)
- House Special Pancakes (House of Omelets, 900 SW Pine Island Rd. #122)
- DAVID’S SURF & TURF HOAGIE (Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro, 1715 Cape Coral Pkwy)
- Cajun Gumbo, (Slate´s, 4820 CANDIA ST, CAPE CORAL)
- Lehne BBQ Nachos (1232 Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral)
- Bavarian Plate (Heidi´s Island Bistro, 2943 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach)
- Ultimate Edelweiss Burger (Edelweiss Burger, 1365 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach)
- Burro Senor Tequila`s (Senor Tequila´s, 13731 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers)
How can this incredible restaurant boom in Cape Coral be explained?
How can the rapid change be explained? It is the history of this place. Cape Coral is remarkably young, despite its incredible appeal to tourists from all over the world.
The city develops with all the pulsating power of a growing organism. The first houses were built just 60 years ago. Before that, the land on which Cape Coral stands today was the purest wasteland. Nobody wanted to go there voluntarily. Especially not to spend his well-deserved vacation here. There was no indication that this place would once have a magical attraction for tourists.
The Rose Brothers who are responsible for this upswing would probably never even have dreamed of the breathtaking pace at which “their city” would become a magnet for tourists and international cuisine. But that’s a different story. A story that shows how few people can influence the development of an entire region. If you want to learn more about the exciting making of Cape Coral or the vision of Leonard and Jack Rosen – and what television has to do with it – you should definitely follow this link:
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