Beach Vacation Blog - A blog about vacations in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs along with things to do and places to stay in Southwest Florida.

Beach Vacation Blog

A blog about vacations in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs along with things to do and places to stay in Southwest Florida.

Wylds Café

Posted by Barb On January 6th

Wylds Café offers an elegant take on modern American cuisine in a casual atmosphere that still manages to feel refined.

Wylds Cafe restaurant - Bonita Springs, Florida

Wylds is merely a 5 minute drive from our beachfront condos in Bonita Springs.

The walls are covered by works from local artists, and the low-lighting and earth tones lend a rich, intimate vibe.

Some of the restaurant’s best-known menu items include pan seared scallops, parmesan-encrusted walleye pike, and cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs, plus a good selection of fresh fish and steaks as well as vegetarian options. We especially love the kumomoto oysters on the half shell with horseradish crème fraîche and American caviar.

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Figs Grille

Posted by Barb On December 19th

Figs Grille in Bonita Springs offers an exceptional dining experience with menu items pulled from Continental and Mediterranean cuisines.

Figs Grille - Bonita Springs

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Appetizers include baba ganoush; pan-fried goat cheese served with arugula, figs in port wine, and a lingonberry reduction; and a mezze platter served with hummus, vegetarian spreads, and homemade yogurt mixed with fresh cucumbers and mint.

For your main course, try the braised lamb shank and orzo or the roasted duck with fig chutney and pistachios in a port wine sauce. For diners with food sensitivities, the menu clearly labels which items are gluten free, and there are several options specifically for vegetarians — a meat-free moussaka and a vegetable tagine. There are even dishes that cater to children, like cheese ravioli and chicken parmesan. Figs Grille has an extensive wine list that includes both American and international varietals.

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A Table Apart

Posted by Barb On December 10th
A Table Apart, Bar

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A Table Apart offers a unique, global menu in a fine dining setting that is not stuffy or formal. Chef Jeff Acol is originally from Hawaii, and he brings an appreciation for a wide variety of foods and a commitment to sustainable ingredients. In fact you may come to find out that the seafood you eat, he caught himself!

He only serves seafood that is not considered overfished, and his natural meats and poultry come from farm-to-table programs. His menu items reflect his global tastes, like the appetizers Madeira-infused chicken liver pate and Mediterranean eggplant caviar. His entrees include heirloom pork chops, free range chicken, whole snapper, and organic salmon.

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The Fish House Restaurants of Southwest Florida

Posted by Barb On November 26th
The Fish House Restaurant Logo

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The Fish House Restaurant has long been a go-to destination for locals and visitors. The casual island vibe makes it the perfect vacation lunch or dinner destination. Known for its fresh fish, the restaurant offers a variety of classic and signature seafood dishes. Try the stuffed grouper, the lobster tacos, or the seared ahi tuna. Have someone in your group who doesn’t like seafood? No problem! The Fish House also offers great burgers, pastas, and salads. Don’t forget to order the mud pie for dessert!

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Bayfront Bistro

Posted by Barb On November 12th

Bayfront Bistro is one of the premier dining destinations on Fort Myers Beach.

Bayfront Bistro dining room

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The restaurant faces the back bay and offers unparalleled views of the water. Each night around sunset, a flock of white ibises flies overhead, and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the single scarlet ibis among them.

This is just one of the many elements that makes a night at Bayfront Bistro so unforgettable. To start, try the sweet fire shrimp – fresh gulf shrimp in a spicy aioli served in a crispy wonton bowl – or one of the bistro’s salads.

We especially love their signature salad, with baby field greens, gorgonzola cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and walnuts.

For entrees, the bistro does both steak and seafood well. Try the Mahi-Mahi wrapped in a banana leaf with fresh herbs or the classic New York strip.

They also offer an award-winning pot roast that has a cult following in the county.

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Flippers on the Bay

Posted by Barb On October 28th
Flippers on the Bay - Ft Myers Beach, FL

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One visit to this open-air restaurant and tiki bar and you’ll know why it was voted the #1 Best Waterfront Dining Restaurant in Fort Myers in 2014. Flipper’s on the Bay offers outdoor seating and a spectacular panorama of the blue waters of Estero Bay where you can watch dolphins play as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The restaurant is located on Black Island at Lovers Key Resort, a five minute drive south of Fort Myers Beach on Estero Boulevard, adjacent to Lovers Key State Park. If you decide to come by water, Flipper’s is at Channel Marker 4, Lat: 26.406.255 Long : 81.876. There are plenty of mooring anchors for you to tie up to, and the restaurant’s casual atmosphere means you’ll fit right in in your boating attire.

Flipper’s can get busy, especially during season. Although they don’t take reservations, they do offer call ahead seating. Just give them a call before you leave, and if there’s a wait they’ll place your name on the list. When you arrive, check in at the host stand and they’ll let you know how much time is left before your table is ready.

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The Sandbar & Grille

Posted by Barb On October 14th
Sandbar and Grille, Ft Myers Beach

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Voted best sports bar on the island three years in a row, the Sandbar & Grille is a great place to grab a few cold ones after a day at the beach!

The restaurant has a full liquor bar, serves 15 beers on draft, and has a menu that includes all your sports bar favorites — chicken wings, nachos, hamburgers. They also have salads, pastas, fajitas, and other entree items, and they’re famous for their pizza. Try the Sandbar Supreme, which comes with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, black olives, and green peppers, or keep it simple and go with a pepperoni pizza.

The Sandbar also has a good kid’s menu with classics like grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and spaghetti and meatballs.

The Sandbar is a true sports bar, with 26 high-quality HD TV’s mounted on every wall, and there’s a monitor at most tables. This is definitely the place to watch your favorite game on one of their 26 TVs. There’s a free shuffleboard, and on some nights the restaurant offers karaoke or live music.

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South Beach Grille

Posted by Barb On September 30th
South Beach Grille, Fort Myers Beach, FL

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A Fort Myers Beach diamond!

South Beach Grille offers exquisite menu items in a beautiful Art Deco setting. Saltwater fish tanks glow with icy neon lights and the rich, warm atmosphere feels very chic. This is a restaurant for a special night out.

Tucked into a small storefront in the Santini Marina Plaza, South Beach Grille is easy to miss. But don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. This beach restaurant is a powerhouse of upscale dining.

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The Beached Whale

Posted by Barb On September 4th
The Beached Whale, Ft Myers Beach, FL

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The most rockin’ place on Fort Myers Beach! If you like live music, then you have to stop by the Beached Whale where bands play seven nights a week starting at 10:00 p.m. Check their website for an updated schedule of who’s playing. Soapy Tuna is a local fan favorite.

In addition to the live music downstairs, the Beached Whale has one of the best rooftop decks on the island. Open-air with a good view of the Gulf of Mexico, the Look Out Lounge is a fantastic place to see the sun set.

It’s also the perfect spot to people watch as tourists and locals come and go through the heart of Fort Myers Beach. The Beached Whale offers a full menu that includes favorites like crab legs and and shrimp scampi flatbread, and also has a raw bar with oysters and peel n’ eat shrimp. They’re known for their barbecue — be sure and try a rack of their fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs.

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Charley’s Boathouse Grill

Posted by Barb On August 20th
Charleys Boathouse Grill Dining Room

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For nearly 40 years, Charley’s Boathouse has been a Fort Myers Beach institution. It’s traditional, stately atmosphere has long made it a special-occasion destination. The restaurant specializes in both steaks and seafood. The steaks are certified Angus beef, hand-cut on the premises, and aged in-house to ensure the highest quality. The seafood is fresh and locally caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

What’s more, Charley’s is perhaps best known for its expansive salad bar. With over 50 items, there’s something for every taste. This is a classic salad bar the way the best restaurants used to offer them — with a mix of crisp greens, savory toppings like croutons and grated cheddar, and small dishes like pasta salad and cottage cheese.

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