7 Unique Dining Experiences to Try in Naples This Year

Marcia Hawken


Naples, Fla., is a world-renowned destination for luxury real estate. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is known for its white sand beaches, championship golf courses, and upscale shopping and dining. In recent years, Naples has become increasingly popular with homebuyers from around the world. Thanks to its year-round warm weather and laid-back lifestyle, Naples is a truly heavenly place to call home. Luxury buyers are always looking for beachfront estates, and the city’s natural beauty makes it one of the world's most sought-after places to live.

And if that wasn't enough to convince you, Naples is also a foodie paradise, boasting an impressive selection of restaurants that are sure to please any palate. In this blog post, the Marcia Hawken real estate team has curated a few of the best restaurants in Naples, highlighting each one's unique cuisine and atmosphere. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two or a fun night out with friends, you'll find everything you need right here. So sit back, relax, and let us take you on a culinary tour of Naples' best eateries. Bon appetit!

21 Spices

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Under the culinary leadership of Chef Asif Syed, 21 Spices has become one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Naples. Recognized as the "Curry King" in international competitions, Chef Asif has also been featured on Food Network's Guy Fieri's Grocery Games and Alton Brown's Cutthroat Kitchen. Serving a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine, 21 Spices is a must-visit for any foodie in town. The restaurant also offers various immersive culinary opportunities, including cooking classes and themed events. While you're there, be sure to try the legendary coconut curry.

The Claw Bar

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Boasting a sophisticated atmosphere and a renowned cold shellfish bar, The Claw Bar is the perfect for an elegant evening out. The ambiance is upscale yet inviting, making it the ideal place to enjoy a delicious meal with family or friends. With an outdoor terrace and poolside patio in addition to its moody dining room, The Claw Bar offers various dining experiences. The menu features a variety of seafood-centric dishes, all of which are expertly prepared using the freshest ingredients. Highlights include the seafood tower, St. Augustine Stew, and beignets for dessert. Wash it all down with a refreshing margarita or one of Bar Manager Luke's other inventive cocktails.

D’Amicos The Continental

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Known for its unique 1920s Parisian bistro setting, The Continental is the perfect spot for a casual yet elegant meal. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant offers a variety of dining experiences to choose from. The menu features both seafood and steak dishes, all of which are expertly prepared using the freshest ingredients. Boasting a variety of prime steaks hand cut by a fifth-generation butcher, The Continental is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious steak dinner. The restaurant also features a 30-seat craft cocktail bar, where you can enjoy a wide selection of craft cocktails and live entertainment seven days a week.


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The latest in a series of successful restaurants opened by the Aielli family, Dorona is a modern Italian steakhouse that offers the finest cuts of beef from select farms and signature dishes reminiscent of the Aiellis' homeland. While the menu features a variety of steaks, it also includes a number of other protein options, like chicken, lamb, and fish. And for those who want to go the vegetarian route, a few pasta and vegetable-based dishes are also available. The meatball appetizer is a must-try, and the restaurant offers an impressive wine list. Dorona is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended.

The French Brasseries Rustique

Famous for serving the “best trout amandine in the U.S.,” The French is a casual yet elegant restaurant reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century Parisian brasserie. The menu features classic French country and coastal dishes, focusing on fresh, local ingredients — many of which are sourced from family-owned farms. The third restaurant from award-winning chef Vincenzo Betulia, The French is beloved for its romantic sidewalk ambiance and authentic European sensibility. Chef Vincenzo's passion is especially palpable in the Escargot de Bourgogne, Poulet Rôti Forestière, and more. Additionally, the mouth-watering pastries and pasta are made in-house from scratch. An extensive wine list complements the food with a focus on French and domestic wines.


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Offering jaw-dropping views of the Gulf, BALEEN is a sophisticated seafood-focused restaurant situated within LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. The menu consists of fresh, sustainably caught seafood, much locally sourced. Dishes are artfully presented, and the restaurant boasts an indoor "epicurean enclave" and a stunning multi-level terrace. The blackened Gulf grouper is renowned for its succulent flavor, and other popular plates include the cold water oysters and the lobster Bucatini. Paired with one of the excellent wines on their extensive list, a meal at BALEEN Naples is truly an unforgettable experience.

The Turtle Club

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One of the only beachfront eateries in Naples, The Turtle Club represents the epitome of waterfront dining in Naples, FL. As you enjoy the fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico with your feet in the sand, try some of their seafood specialties like the oyster turtlefeller, roasted lobster tail, or petite filet. And don't forget to save room for dessert with their key lime pie or wild berry tart. Whether you're stopping in for a quick bite or staying for a leisurely meal, The Turtle Club is sure to please.

Thank you for reading our blog post about the best restaurants in Naples. We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the area's finest dining establishments. If you're considering moving to Naples, we invite you to contact Marcie Hawken real estate. We specialize in luxury properties and would be happy to help you find the perfect home. Thank you again for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon.

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