Top 10 restaurants in North Captiva Island, United States

April 14, 2018 Roger Rusk

Discover the best restaurant in North Captiva Island, United States including Barnacle Restaurant, Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant, Island Seafood Market, Great Licks Ice Cream, Saltwater Smokehouse, Cabbage Key, El Pollo Rico, Over the Waterfront, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant, Blue Dog Bar & Grill
Things to do in North Captiva Island

1. Barnacle Restaurant

4401 Point House Trail, North Captiva Island, FL 33924 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 239-472-1200
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 372 reviews

Barnacle Restaurant

Barnacle's restaurant has a variety of dishes from seafood, burgers, pasta and our famous black beans and rice to our home made key lime pie. Our Ice cream shop carries only the best, Queenie's Ice Cream, home made ice cream made fresh with locally grown ingredients. If you're staying on the island for a while and want to bring your own boat, no problem. We offer dock rentals. Pine Island Sound has some of the best fishing in the world. Varieties you can look forward to include Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, and Shark. People come from all over the world to fish our waters and the best fishing guides in Florida call it their home. We will help you arrange a charter either inshore or offshore during your vacation. Spend a half day or full day with one of our experienced guides. Our area is also the Tarpon Capital of the world. Barnacle's Kayak Rentals offer you access to the Caloosa Blueway and an up close in personal experience of local wildlife, including dolphins and manatees, in their natural, undisturbed habitat. Visit the secluded Florida state park beaches that are only accessible by boat. This island wildlife preservation is home to rare bobcats, Bald Eagles, sea turtles, gofer tortoises and many more creatures. North Captiva offers you an exclusive opportunity to explore these undeveloped state park beaches.

Reviewed By Roo08 - Switzerland

We had to wait quite some time until we could order drinks and food but that did not really bother us as the place is so calm and relaxing. After the wait, the service was very good and the food was good, too. This was the 3rd or 4th time for us at BP and we will go back.

2. Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant

Intercoastal Channel Marker 60, Pineland, FL 33945 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 239-283-2278
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 739 reviews

Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant

Cabbage Key is a 100 acre island located five miles off of Pine Island, FL in the Pine Island Sound. The Inn, built in the 1940's by the family of Mary Roberts Rinehart, now houses our famous Restaurant & Dollar Bill Bar and 6 guest rooms. The rooms in the Inn are all different with old Florida charm - they do not have TVs, phones, or refrigerators. We have 8 cottages on the island, ranging from a 1 bedroom/1 bath cottage to 3 bedroom/3 bath waterfront units. All cottages have refrigerators, televisions (no cable) and coffee makers, some units have full kitchens. Our restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. Reservations are accepted for dinner only. Our hours of operation for our restaurant are listed on our website within our "Dining" section, as well as our full menus for each meal. If you want to relax on a beach...we do not have one here. But, Cayo Costa is a close kayak or boat ride away. This is a great retreat to discover "Old Florida", grab a burger for lunch, relax with a book, & watch the boats go by.

Reviewed By TheBopMan - Waukesha, Wisconsin

Always a favorite place to go each winter when we're in the Ft. Myers area. It's a unique experience with thousands of signed dollar bills hanging all over the ceiling and walls which guests have posted. Typically most people including myself go there fro lunch. Last night went there for the first time for dinner which is a completely different menu. Pleasantly surprised with their offering on the dinner menu. Tripletail was the fish of the day. Super delicious as was the sugared carrots which we served crisp and tasty. Our server, Samantha, was a pleasure to work with. Very conscientious, returning to the table multiple times asking if everything was okay or if we needed anything. Restaurant is reported to be the place where Jimmy Buffett wrote the the song "Cheeseburger In Paradise". Many eat burgers when they come to Cabbage Key for that reason. The burgers are very good. It's said that there are over 70,000 bills hanging on the walls which the owners donate a portion of them every year to charities. There are boats from various parts of FL which take people to the island to eat very day.

3. Island Seafood Market

4330 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, Matlacha, FL 33993-9726 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Healthy, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 239-283-2525
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Island Seafood Market

We are a locally owned and family operated retail seafood market that specializes in fresh, local, wild caught, Florida seafood. At Island Seafood Market we offer our customers the freshest fish and seafood available in our clean, boutique style market. In addition, we carry a variety of specialty spices, homemade sauces, homemade dips and products to compliment your seafood. If you ever want something that we don't have in stock, just let us know and we can make it happen. In most cases, we can get it to you the next day.

Reviewed By Tripping9900 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We have gone to lunch here and both times the sandwiches have been very good. First time we got the grouper sandwich and it was cooked perfectly and we agreed it was our favorite grouper sandwich so far.

Recently, we tried the mangrove snapper sandwich and it was delicious. They put lettuce, tomato and onion on top and even the bun is good. The sandwich comes with a bag of chips, side of tartar sauce and a small container of coleslaw (that has a nice citrus vinegar dressing).

The food takes a while but if you sit outside on the picnic table (there are two tables) you can watch the birds or fishing boats go by. There are a few tables inside (it is a small place) and one or two tables outside by the entrance.

Sandwiches are approximately $15 and the quality is worth it. Can't wait to go back and try something else. You can also buy fresh fish to go, seafood items out of the glass cases or seasonings that are on the shelves.

If coming from Cape Coral onto Pine Island, the restaurant will be on the right side, immediately before you get to the drawbridge. The parking lot is small (similar case for many places on Pine Island Rd).

4. Great Licks Ice Cream

4643 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993-9782 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible +1 239-282-2802
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 reviews

Great Licks Ice Cream

Reviewed By Shannon L - Fort Myers, Florida

This was our first but not our last time visiting here. I ice cream is homemade and excellent. The owner was serving us that day and he was very informative about the ice cream and just a pleasant gentleman to talk too. The ice cream store is attached to a very nice and unique gift shop. There were tables and chairs inside that we sat at and enjoyed the ice cream, gift shop offerings and nice environment. Will be hard to drive past this place ever again.

5. Saltwater Smokehouse

10251 Stringfellow Rd, Saint James City, FL 33956-3205 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 31 +1 239-282-8811
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Saltwater Smokehouse

Reviewed By X-flight29 - Bardstown, Kentucky

Picked up brisket to go......absolutely awesome. Thin sliced, great smoke flavor, and horseradish sauce is to kill for. Their gumbo is excellent as well as the smoked wings. Keep up the good work!Thank you for the kind review. So glad to hear you enjoyed everything, we promise to keep up the good work.

6. Cabbage Key

Lee, FL Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 239-283-2278
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Cabbage Key

Reviewed By quieroaguadecoco - Basel, Switzerland

We are usually go have the burgers, Beans, Mami, Schimpfte - Crabs at Cabbage key. And there are great!! they still are great.

But the service was terrible! they must be overwhelmed by the visitors..and they don't want to have more visitors.... they treat you so bad!

And on the second visit the same week, the Pie was burned...... if it was for free - I wouldn't have had a problem. But if I have to pay.....I want a god piece. Unfortunately it was on the take away and we noticed that at home....

We'll have to think about it twice now if we really want to spend our time at a place with those values.

7. El Pollo Rico

5508 Avenue a, Bokeelia, FL 33922-3206 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 239-558-4046
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

El Pollo Rico

Reviewed By FrankJ50 - Saint James City, Florida

Being a full time island resident I am embarrassed to admit this was my first visit to EPR. Certainly my loss.
Tuesday dinner with a friend included HOUSE MADE sausage and the roast chicken pot pie. The sausage platter included two long and hefty “links” of densely meaty filling with no noted filler and a perfect touch of heat. The black beans were cooked perfectly.
Chicken pot pie was large, full of tasty chicken with a great fluffy crust.
The homemade sangria was very refreshing.
Barbara, our server, was perfect in every way.

8. Over the Waterfront

4470 Escondido Lane, North Captiva Island, FL 33924 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff American, Seafood Dinner, Lunch +1 239-472-4762
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Over the Waterfront

Reviewed By Derek B

We enjoyed dinner here the night before leaving North Captiva. Cozy space, but pretty neat sitting above the water. Be sure to make reservations. There is some outdoor seating, but those folks outside were all bundled up since it was a chilly night. Chef was very accommodating for the vegan in our party, making grilled vegetables and pasta. I had the crab stuffed snapper, which was tasty and very filling. It's a BYOB establishment, which we found out when making our reservations in person a few days prior, so we brought our bottles of wine purchased at Boats and Fun. As were were leaving, the waitress had us stop and watch her feed our leftover scraps to the dozens of swarming catfish waiting below. Fun place.

9. Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

13771 Waterfront Dr, Pineland, FL 33922-3521 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 239-283-3999
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 299 reviews

Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Reviewed By GROFREE - Littleton, MA

We did not have a reservation but showed up as a large party was wrapping up. The host told us to come back in 15 minutes, so we walked the grounds and upon return got a delightful table in the screened in outdoor area. The menu had lots of great choices and the wait staff was excellent. I would recommend it as a great meal on Pine Island.

10. Blue Dog Bar & Grill

4597 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993-9782 Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gastropub, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 239-558-4970
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 715 reviews

Blue Dog Bar & Grill

The goal of Blue Dog was to open a small, neighborhood restaurant in Matlacha, Florida the town we love. Our focus is on the small things that belong in a neighborhood restaurant. Being genuinely friendly, knowing the names of our guests and serving fresh local food at reasonable prices. Our hope is that the neighborhood grows to trust us and makes us an extension of their homes. The white boots (locally called 'Pine Island Reeboks') that 'Blue' wears on our logo are a nod to the rich past and current fishing history of Pine Island and Matlacha. These boots are worn by commercial fishermen all along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida. From our family, we'd like to give our thanks to every crabber, fisherman, shrimper, oysterman, and all the commercial fishermen on the entire Gulf Coast but particularly Matlacha and Pine Island, for the sacrifices you have made to carry on the traditions of your fathers. It's one of the things that makes us proud to call Matlacha and Pine Island home. This is a great community. We have weathered storms...together. We work hard...together. We play hard...together and when the day is done...those white boots are put out to dry. Come, eat well, have a brew and sit with us for a while...and the dog is happy.

Reviewed By Deborah C - Rotonda West, Florida

We stopped in to try the great mullet we had heard about. To my surprise I had 5 pieces of mullet (I chose fried) on my plate with ample fresh cut fries and coleslaw. It can be ordered grilled or blackened also with other sides. My husband ordered red grouper grilled with fries and coleslaw. Both good choices and everything tasted very good. Our waitress was quick and friendly. The place was very busy. I noticed all the plates of food going past our table were loaded...the portions are large. Quaint place. They do have parking & lucky for us a car was leaving. Looking forward to our next visit.

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