10 Marco Island Restaurants You Need to Visit
Florida is famous for the beach, seafood, and key lime pie. Find out which 10 Marco Island restaurants you have to try during vacation!
Every year, thousands of tourists descend on Marco Island for their Florida vacations.
They come for the long sandy beaches, gorgeous marinas, inland waterways and unique attractions. They lap up the island style life on golf courses and aboard kayaks and paddle boards.
About 70% of these travelers emerge from their Naples beachfront homes on Marco Island to dine out at local restaurants come mealtimes.
That’s what the statistics say anyway, but it’s easy to believe when you consider the delicious options available.
The finest ribs and steak, fluffy key lime pie and succulent seafood even more varied than the reasons to book a vacation on Marco Island.
Without further ado, here's a list of the top ten Marco Island restaurants you should visit during your vacation in Naples.
Put these Marco Island Restaurants on your to-do list
Let’s face it, you haven’t really visited Naples until you’ve been to a chickee bar. One of the longest standing Marco Island restaurants, Snook Inn is perfect for a laid-back lunch or dinner straight off the water.
Start your meal with one of their icy cocktails and settle in overlooking the fantastic views of the river. Try the freshly-caught snapper, grouper and shrimp or even steak and sandwiches on home-baked bread.
Make sure you visit the huge salad bar which is super cheap and bottomless!
Sale e Pepe
Fancy a bit of Italian? Fancy is the word for this upmarket Italian bistro with gorgeous views over the Gulf of Mexico from its second-story location.
Sale e Pepe is perfect for intimate indoor dining or a scenic terrace meal. Prepare to be blown away by authentic dishes prepared just like ‘mamma’ does, using the freshest Florida ingredients. Some of the classics include real Italian pizza, pan-seared swordfish and gnocchi with creamy cheese fondue.
The sunset is to die for too!
If it’s seafood you want, it’s seafood you’ll get, at one of the newest and most popular Marco Island restaurants.
While you could chew on a pork chop or slice into a steak, the fish is what draws the crowds to this charming restaurant.
Clams, grouper, spiny lobster, coconut shrimp or crab cakes, followed by delectable white chocolate bread pudding or traditional key lime pie – it’s all fresh and fantastic at Fin Bistro.
Nobody’s complaining about the service either.
The good times have been rolling at this aptly named bar for over 30 years in Goodland fishing village.
Grab a table outside if you can, the twinkling night lights on the water are a great backdrop. The inside can get busy, especially when the jazz bands start up.
Stone crab claws are the most popular thing to chow down on at Little Bar but the soft shell crab sandwiches are delicious, the steaks are tender and the prime rib is grilled to perfection.
Try their great lunch specials and don’t miss happy hour if you can.
Unjustly more famous for its hand-crafted martini’s and craft beers, CHOP239 packs a powerful punch when it comes to saucy steaks and succulent seafood.
Try the lobster, fresh off the plane from Maine, crisp salads from the island’s best gardens and steaks that you’ll dream about for days.
Get there after 7 to avoid the festive happy hour crowd, or before, if you are up for a good time.
Verdi's American Bistro
This Marco Island restaurant has been dishing up the good stuff since 1998.
Specializing in home-style American cooking with a difference, Verdi’s meals look just as good as they taste.
Sample mac and cheese like you’ve never had it before – with shrimp, or tuck into the duck pot stickers, scallops, sea bass or chicken in phyllo.
You’ll find so many new favorites at this intimate dinner in Collier Boulevard.
Marco’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
Another new kid on the block, Marco’s is one of the chicest Marco Island restaurants around.
The vibe is chilled and welcoming though and the variety is something else.
You choose your main dish from the a la carte menu and then add on as many side dishes as you like. While steak is the star of the show at Marco’s, the familiar comforts of French onion soup and super-creamy spinach are also up for grabs.
The outdoor seating area is wonderful in summer, especially if you get a table near the fountain.
This off-the-beaten-track dinner is one of the Marco Island restaurants where locals go for breakfast – all day long.
Try the generous helping of French toast, fat pancakes and thick slices of bacon with farm-fresh eggs.
Scrumptious quiches of every kind (including lobster) or healthy salads are added to the menu at lunch time.
Start your day the right way, any time of the day, at the Red Rooster.
Marco Island Princess
It’s all about the water when you vacation on Marco Island and if you just can’t get enough, hop aboard the Marco Island Princess for a rib-sticking meal out on the Gulf.
Simple food prepared perfectly, generous portions and spectacular views are what's up for grabs on board one of the only floating restaurants around Marco Island.
You can look forward to roast meats, mashed potatoes, a dessert trolley laden with goodies, and banana split cocktails from the cash bar.
The Italian Deli & Market
In a hurry? One of the top-rated restaurants in San Marco is the Italian Deli and Market Restaurant.
Here you can linger at one of the sidewalk tables for your meal, or grab and go from their amazing selection of do-it-yourself meals.
The pizzas are a hit, the gourmet sandwiches are great and the almond tiramisu will totally tickle your fancy.
Pick up a few items from here for a slap up meal in your Naples vacation home after a fun day at the beach.
Have we missed your favorite? Where do you love to eat while vacationing on Marco Island? Leave a comment below!