The beautiful sugar-sand beaches adjacent to sparkling turquoise water is one of the top reasons to visit Naples, Florida, but would you believe it is also because of the fantastic cuisine offered by the area’s array of restaurants? And, the top culinary reason to come to Naples according to Visit The USA is our standout seafood!
In the last few years, Naples’ reputation as a destination for foodies has been growing by leaps and bounds. The dining scene on the Paradise Coast includes James Beard Award winners and Michelin Star chefs who create edible masterpieces, made from the freshest ingredients. Being situated on the Gulf Coast of Mexico creates the perfect opportunity for sea-to-table dining experiences. When the fresh catch includes local favorites such as grouper and snapper, plus Gulf shrimp, oysters, Florida’s spiny lobster, and the Floridian fruit of the sea, the rich and delicious stone crab claws, you know you are in for a memorable meal.
There are many excellent seafood restaurants in Naples to try during your next stay in Naples. Here are some of our favorites:
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House
698 4th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
If you love crab, make sure to visit between October and May during stone crab claw season. Stone crab claws offer an abundance of sweet meat and is a dish that brings visitors to Florida to enjoy. Truluck’s has its own fleet of crabbers who sustainably capture the crab from local areas, which allows them to get the crab from the sea to your table in 24 hours. Try it served pre-cracked and chilled on ice with a tantalizing mustard dip as an appetizer or order it as an entree—if you don’t want to share (wink wink). Either way, it’s a great way to experience this delicious, seasonal dish.
Captain & Krewe Seafood Market and Raw Bar
629 8th St S, Naples, FL 34102
This local favorite can be found on the tops of many “Best of” lists in Naples. As would be expected from the name of the restaurant, their oysters bring locals back time after time. Take a seat at the bar and order a variety of fresh oysters served here. Which oyster is your favorite? You should try them all! Located off 5th Avenue, this restaurant boasts a “laid back atmosphere,” which is perfect whether diners are coming from the beach or a day of high-end shopping.
USS Nemo Restaurant
3745 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103
For a unique, upscale dining experience, USS Nemo’s is a must! The restaurant’s submarine theme—complete with porthole windows and periscope—creates an atmosphere that is all about seafood. Still, it’s their preparation of fresh fishes that make this establishment a go-to for seafoodies. From their signature dish, a miso broiled salmon, to the blackened tandoori fish, to the grouper à la Niçoise, the preparation of their seafood dishes is even more distinctive than the motif! Both create a dinner you will tell your friends about long after your trip to Naples has ended.
The Dock at Crayton Cove
845 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
Let’s be honest, any view of the sparking Naples’ water is a great view, so it’s hard to choose just one. We love The Dock at Crayton Cove as it captures the best of Florida living— superb waterfront views and delicious Florida-style cuisine. Located on Naples Bay in the “Original Old Naples,” The Dock is a great restaurant to enjoy a meal before boarding a tour boat or taking a stroll through the galleries and boutiques. Since 1976 The Dock has been serving a full surf and turf menu that appeals to seafood lovers and landlubbers alike!
Dilly’s Seafood Truck at Celebration Park
2880 Becca Ave, Naples, FL 34112
“You know it’s fresh, because I caught it!” That’s the motto of Dilly’s Seafood Truck, located at Celebration Park, the waterfront food truck park in the heart of Naples. This little quick-serve establishment creates big flavors from fresh seafood. On any day, this food truck offers delicious selections such as seafood stuffed avocado tapas, Jamaican jerk grouper, and chimichurri fish and shrimp bowls. On their menu, you might also find the sensationally buttery and rich-tasting hogfish—a delicacy of the sea that eats shrimp and lobster and is found in the Atlantic and Gulf waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Make sure to follow their Facebook page to find information on their changing menus and catch of the day!