Do you have a desire for American, seafood, Italian or French food? Or maybe just a cocktail and an appetizer and watch the sunset at a table near the beach? Or possibly just relax and listen to some live music and share a dessert? A few miles north of Naples and off the coast of Fort Myers, the island of Captiva is a tropical escape with unparalleled beaches and lively restaurants to suit a wide variety of palettes.
There are several popular restaurants on Captiva that you may want to sample. The charming, historic award-winning Old Captiva House in the ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort is the only fine dining on Captiva Island to offer a Gulf-front view of America’s most romantic Gulf of Mexico sunset. The picturesque walls of white French doors and hardwood floors sets a splendid ambiance for the restaurant that specializes in a “New Florida” menu of tropical seafoods, classic meats and daily fresh-baked breads. For a more casual and friendly experience, try the Crow’s Nest in the same Inn for live music and nightly happy hours. The Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive along Captiva’s Gold Coast.
The Bubble Room, at 15001 Captiva Drive, is a full service bar with specialty drinks like the Pink Flamingo and Captiva Cooler. The famous multi-theme restaurant has a toy collection dating back to the 1930s and 1940s, and photographs adorn the walls combining old idols and Hollywood scenes. It’s compared to Hollywood, Christmas and a toy store all rolled into one restaurant. The Bubble Room was the first on the island to introduce bright and cheerful pastel colors now found throughout the island. It’s open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is casual with soups, salads and sandwiches. Dinner features fresh seafood and steaks.
The award-winning Key Lime Bistro at 11509 Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva Village serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7 days a week, the restaurant hosts a full bar and live entertainment. Dining both inside and out. Another popular restaurant, the Mucky Duck, is located in the heart of downtown Captiva on the west end of Andy Rosse Lane. Mucky Duck is well known for its fresh seafood and breathtaking sunsets. Lastly, be sure to try Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, now open for lunch and dinner. Doc Ford’s is the place to go for mojito cocktails, seafood and beautiful sunsets. Located at the entrance of South Seas Island Resort on the North End of Captiva Island at 5400 South Seas Plantation Road, Doc Ford’s features live entertainment on the weekends.