Frozen or on the rocks, with or without salt, traditional, fruity, or even topped with a small bottle of beer turned upside-down in the glass—they are all versions of the deliciously refreshing, margarita! Like most legends, there are many versions of the origin of this tequila cocktail, but there is only one original recipe that still stands strong today: tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.
This icy cold, drink that is the perfect blend of sweet and sour, pairs perfectly with the warm Paradise Coast climates. Though a staple in restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine, it has become adopted by American culture and is found in virtually every establishment that serves cocktails.
With a variety of dining styles and options in Naples, there isn’t a shortage of restaurants and bars that offer their own take on this classic. We have compiled our list of favorite places to enjoy this delightful drink that tastes like summer.
Tacos and Tequila Cantina
Davis Blvd South – 4834 Davis Blvd
Pavilion (North) – 8971 Tamiami Trail N
When the word “tequila” is in the name of the restaurant, it’s not just a coincidence that this would be a favorite place for margaritas. With three levels of tequila, based on the aging process and length (Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo), and 17 different margaritas on the menu, it’s easy to see why guests visit this restaurant for their great selection of margaritas, as well as their delicious Mexican dishes. Stop by with a friend for 2 for 1 House Margaritas every Tuesday and Sunday all day long.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant | Bar | Store
Third Street South – 1220 3rd St S
Our vote for the “Most Unexpected Restaurant for Great Margaritas” is the Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar inside their retail store on Third Street South. Not only can you find tropical-themed fashions for your family and home, but you can also find a great choice of tropical drinks here. Along with a menu of regionally-inspired dishes, they also serve a selection of margaritas, including a Mango Habanero Margarita, which is sure to go well with virtually any meal they serve.
Rocco’s Tacos And Tequila Bar
The Mercato Shops – 9123 Strada PL #7135
For the best margaritas from a chain restaurant, try the recently-opened Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar at The Mercato. With locations all over Florida, and one in Brooklyn, NY, you know the place that carries George Clooney’s Casamigostm Tequila on tap must be good! They offer 11 different margarita options, including traditional and fruit-muddled variations. They even have a version for those health-conscious drinkers—an Antioxidant Margarita made with an acai liqueur. There is something for everyone at Rocco’s!
Riverwalk at Tin City
Tin City Waterfront Shops – 1200 5th Avenue South
Eat (and drink) like a local at one of Naples historic, waterfront dining establishments, Riverwalk at the eclectic Tin City Waterfront Shops. Built in the 1940s as a clam factory, this casual-dining restaurant features a covered, outdoor deck where diners can enjoy fresh Gulf Coast seafood with a view of the Gordon River—was once known as the heart of Naples’ fishing industry. Riverwalk offers three featured margaritas to complement the regional flavors served here. It’s a great place to enjoy a cold drink and great food for lunch or dinner.
The Mercato Shops – 9114 Strada Pl, #12105
For a lively night of live music, dancing, and refreshing margaritas, tell your friends to meet you at Blue Martini at The Mercato. Yes, they do have a wonderful selection of martinis, but for tequila-lovers, the Peach Raspberry Margarita is an excellent choice while listening to live entertainment, or enjoying conversations with your besties on the outdoor patio—and with a generous daily Happy Hour from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, you will definitely have time for both!
M Waterfront Grille
4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N
For special-occasion dining with a view, and a tasty Margaritas, make a reservation for M Waterfront Grille at the tony, Village Shops on Venetian Bay. Not only will you enjoy a fabulous meal with a fantastic view of Venetian Bay from three open-air dining rooms, but their Margaritas are smooth, cold, and the perfect drink to toast to a memorable evening with friends and family.