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The dining in the area covers the entire range from all the expected family favourites to haute cuisine.  Just drive down any big road & you'll find an IHOP, Ruby Tuesday, McDonalds, Burger King, etc.  We especially love the local seafood. 

Here are just a few places we particularly enjoy, and some of the more unique local restaurants:

Our most recent find is Three Fishermen, situated in the Best Western Hotel on the north side of the Caloosahatchee river looking back across the water to Fort Myers.  Nice quality food, and it has a lovely outdoor terrace where if you're lucky you will see dolphins chasing fish, looking for their dinner whilst you eat yours. 

2 of our long-standing favourite places are Fishmonger and Big Hickory Seafood Grille.  Both are pretty unprepossessing from the outside, but their food is really good.  Big Hickory is on the waterfront in Bonita Springs, after the bridge beyond Lovers Key, on the left.  Fishmonger is on the right just before you get to the bridge over onto Fort Myers Beach.  It's not just fish, and it's a fun place to eat with wall to wall fish tanks.

Prawnbroker on McGregor Boulevard is part of a small group of local restaurants, and we enjoy them all.  It's a really nice place to go, for tourists and residents alike, and for the car spotters amongst you, there's always plenty of automobile real estate in the car park.  Their sister restaurant University Grille is just 5 minutes from the house, nice food and very pleasant atmosphere.

Matzaluna's on Sanibel is also part of this group, and is especially good for kids and anyone else who likes to draw whilst they eat - wax crayons are available for all guests!  The food is good, Italian mostly, but the service can be a bit up and down. 

We also like Jacaranda (which has a pretty outdoor terrace) and Greenhouse Grill on Sanibel, these are more adult places.  Joe's Crab Shack in downtown Fort Myers majors on seafood, and has a great view over the water across the Caloosahatchee river.  We really like it - good food, very relaxed, and a good atmosphere. 

Pincher's Crab Shack on the way to Fort Myers Beach is great for a buzzy atmosphere, great for kids & adults alike, and we have lots of guests who like it.

A couple of other nice places are Parrot Key - 'parrot' is the clue, Caribbean theme, indoor / outdoor, lots of fun and very popular, so has long lines at busy times.  It's right by Salty Sam's Marina, so you can link your visit to a boat trip if you want. 

Bahama Breeze also has an island theme, is just 5 minutes from the house, and has cocktails ladies love!

If you want a lively beach bar and some night time action, Junkanoo on Fort Myers Beach is a beach bar & dance club that comes highly recommended.  Upstairs from Junkanoo is Fresh Catch Bistro - smarter and (we're told) a great place to eat & watch the sun go down.  It definitely has a wonderful view.

And last but definitely not least, the Mucky Duck at the end of Andy Rosse Lane on Captiva, which has the best sunset view of any restaurant we know in the area.  Not easy to park, but worth it.   Also good if you're on the local beach at lunchtime.