The Foodie’s Guide to Bay Colony: A Culinary Tour of the Area’s Best Restaurants

Marcia Hawken


Nestled within the beautiful seaside city of Naples is Bay Colony, FL, a stunning beachfront community bordering the azure southwestern coast of Florida. Bay Colony residents have the best of both worlds, with privacy in the community and easy access to the swanky city of Naples, where they can find an array of enjoyable shops, galleries, and of course, fantastic restaurants to enjoy.

Known for clear waters and white sand beaches, water sports, beautiful golf courses, and breathtaking views, there's no better place to be than Bay Colony and the restaurants that surround it. So, if you’re interested in Bay Colony real estate or the Naples area, check out the region's top dining destinations.

21 Spices by Chef Asif

4270 Tamiami Trail E #21, Naples, FL 34112

Chef Asif, an award-winning chef, serves up delightful Indian cuisine with a twist in his warm, thoughtfully decorated restaurant. Adorned with silks and hanging lanterns, the intimate feeling of the restaurant echoes through the thoughtfully crafted dishes. The menu includes a distinct flair on favorite Indian dishes, such as chicken Tikka Masala and Biryani. Soups, appetizers, and an extensive wine list are all available as a warm-up to the main entrees.

There is a diverse menu at 21 Spices that offers a variety of dishes from pork, seafood, and poultry to vegan options. The restaurant's service is flawless, and recommended wine pairings are provided for every dish. Leave some room for dessert, too — nothing beats the handmade chai at 21 Spices, paired with rice pudding or Gulab Jamun (Indian donuts).

Campiello Ristorante & Bar

1177 3rd St S, Naples, FL 34102

In the Naples Mercantile Building sits Campiello, an award-winning, remarkable Italian restaurant offering a contemporary version of classic Tuscan rustic cuisine. As long as one isn't a stickler for tradition, Campiello is the perfect place for a truly delightful Italian meal, exemplifying quality food and top service in a high-end location.

With monthly menu changes to highlight the regional differences in Italian cuisine, Campiello is the kind of restaurant you have to visit more than once to truly understand what they're capable of cooking up. Located in the heart of Naples, Campiello is never busier than in high season, so it never hurts to make a reservation. Campiello is also conveniently located near the Naples Pier and waterfront for a sighting of the sunset on a clear night.

Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

865 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

Anyone who has never tried Persian cuisine is in for a special experience at Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro. This fabulous restaurant is Chef Michael Mir's way of taking you on a journey through food and a sublime dining experience, with relaxing music from all parts of the world playing in this beautiful boutique restaurant as one dines.

Entire sections of the menu are dedicated to the restaurant’s signature Kebabs and Khoreshes, with side plates, salads, and a wonderful drink menu available. For the curious diner, the Innovative Persian section of the menu features dishes like Ginger Apricot Shrimp and Roasted Quail.

The Bevy

360 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

A youngster on the restaurant scene, The Bevy is a playful restaurant in Naples that serves delicious American cuisine paired with a fully-stocked bar featuring a stellar wine and beer list and craft cocktails yet to be seen anywhere else. With a late-night kitchen and happy hour specials every day, The Bevy is the perfect spot for after-work drinks or a night on the town, exuding an air of youthful joy with bright decorations, a layout designed for socializing, and beautiful vertical gardens decorating the patio. Don't miss brunch at The Bevy, either; the breakfast cocktails are just as good as the late-night cocktails, and the Almond French Toast is a dream come true.

Chops City Grill

837 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

Based on a model of affordable luxury, Chops City Grill offers an opulent dining experience with some of the lowest prices on certified Wagyu beef in the country. While Chops focuses on the steakhouse dining experience, even offering butcher cuts, they also provide diners with a vegetarian menu, seafood, and sushi options, excelling in their craft while going beyond with the innovative recipes they put on their menu. 

The choices don't stop at the food, either; Chops’ customers have over 350 wines and over 100 whiskey choices, a point of pride for Chops City Grill. This customer-focused steakhouse is a one-of-a-kind marriage between the best of food, drink, and dining experiences, making Chops City Grill a truly unique spot that’s well worth visiting.

Bleu Provence

1234 8th St S, Naples, FL 34102

Straight from the heart of Provence, France, comes Bleu Provence. Founded by owners Lysielle and Jacques Cariot, Bleu Provence is their effort to bring their home to Naples. Every dish is locally sourced and has a suggested wine pairing — or one will be made by Jacques, who frequently travels around the world sampling wines.  The menu features a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, seafood, slow-cooked meat, and red meat inspired by French cuisine, as seen in dishes like Filet Mignon and Escargot. Zagat-rated "Extraordinary to Perfection,” this restaurant truly is one of a kind.

Sea Salt

1186 3rd St S, Naples, FL 34102

Chef Aielli crafts a menu rooted in the basics yet bursting with fresh flavors. Using only the finest ingredients, he creates daily dishes that are as visually stunning as they are delectable. In an intimate space warmed by natural woods and cheerful staff, Sea Salt delivers an unforgettable culinary adventure showcasing the region’s bounty in creative, unexpected ways. Here, every sensory delight fosters an experience to be savored again and again. Serving both dinner and lunch, the menu features selections of cold and hot starters, salads, pasta dishes, and meat dishes from land to sea. Favorites include Kurobuta pork chop and pan-roasted red snapper.

M Waterfront Grille

4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL 34103

Previously known as Maxwell's on the Bay, M Waterfront Grille opened in 2008 after a renovation and complete rebranding of what would become M Waterfront Grille. The once-famous Maxwell's on the Bay is now a spacious yet inviting restaurant with views of the Venetian Bay. Diners can sit outdoors year-round, with outdoor heating and cooling options on the veranda and terrace. M Waterfront Grille serves brunch, lunch, and dinner and has a thoughtfully curated menu full of exquisite appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees from chicken Milanese to Scottish salmon, drawing on the nearness of the water for inspiration in the menu.

Enjoy life at Bay Colony

For those seeking the grand experience of Naples living and dining, along with a desire for privacy and luxurious amenities, Bay Colony real estate is the perfect opportunity. With a variety of gorgeous real estate options, a beachfront pool and tennis club, and an unparalleled golf club, this prestigious community offers all of the peace and luxury of Florida living within a short distance of some of the best restaurants in the area.

If you're looking into the Bay Colony housing market, contact expert Realtor® Marcia Hawken for trusted advice and guidance. Thanks to her exceptional customer service and focus on success, Marcia will get you where you want to be.

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