The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Marco Island, Florida

If you’re planning a trip to Marco Island, Florida, get ready to indulge in a culinary adventure like no other. Our island is home to a delightful array of restaurants that cater to every palate. From tantalizing key lime pancakes to mouthwatering crab-stuffed Grouper, you’re in for a treat. And let’s not forget the stunning ocean views that accompany these culinary delights. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the best restaurants on Marco Island, guaranteeing an unforgettable dining experience.

The Best Restaurants on Marco Island: A local’s list

Where Sea Meets Shore (Waterfront Restaurants):

Sunset Grille (Right on our Apollo property!)
Located at 900 Collier Blvd, this beachfront restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy ocean views while savoring delicious drinks and crab cakes. Ambassadeur Hotel invites you to this easy breezy island paradise.

Sunset Grille Tiki Bar

CJ’s on the Bay (Located in the Esplanade, 3 miles)
With its scenic Smokehouse Bay views, CJ’s on the Bay is the perfect spot for happy hour. Every Thursday evening, you can groove to the tunes of the featured DJ while enjoying their famous lobster fries. A visit to CJ’s is a must for any food lover.

CJs On The Bay, Marco Island Florida

Snook Inn (4.4 miles)
Head over to 1215 Bald Eagle Dr. and experience live entertainment daily at the chickee bar. Don’t miss the blackened red snapper and mahi-mahi, and make sure to try their impressive salad bar.

Stilts Bar and Grille (Located in the Marriott Vacation Club, 10-minute beachside stroll!)
For a delicious grouper sandwich, happy hour specials, and a breathtaking beachfront view, visit Stilts Bar and Grille at 600 S Collier Blvd. This is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss.

Upscale Dining:

Sale e Pepe (less than 1 mile, waterfront dining)
Located at Ambassadeur Hotel, Sale e Pepe offers an elegant dining experience. Their refined Southern Italian fare and extensive wine selection make for a truly unforgettable meal. Indulge in freshly made pasta while admiring the shimmering Gulf sunset.

Fin Bistro (11-minute walk)
Looking for an adventure? Head over to 657 South Collier Blvd and try Fin Bistro’s spiny lobster or crab cakes. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with their delectable bread pudding or key lime flan.

Marco Prime (Located in the Marco Walk Plaza, 13-minute walk)
When you crave a juicy porterhouse or ribeye after a day of swimming and water sports, Marco Prime is the place to be. And don’t leave without trying their heavenly house-made chocolate soufflé. Just make sure to order this dessert well ahead of time—it takes 20-30 minutes to prepare.

DaVinci Restaurant Italiano (Located in the Marco Walk Plaza, 13-minute walk)
For Italian cuisine at its finest, visit DaVinci Restaurant Italiano at 599 S Collier Blvd. Indulge in their delicious lobster ravioli, linguini with clams, or authentic pizza. The flavors will transport you straight to Italy.

Island Casual:

Michelbob’s Championship Ribs & Steaks (3.1 miles – Take-out only)
Located at 915 N Collier Blvd, Michelbob’s is a BBQ lover’s paradise. Their menu favorites include mouthwatering ribs, chicken, and fresh sides. Prepare for a finger-licking experience like no other.

Lee Be Fish Company (4.6 miles)
When you’re in the mood for fresh catch, make your way to 350 Royal Palm Dr. Lee Be Fish Company is your go-to spot for delicious grouper served with a side of rice and beans.

Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill (3.7 miles)
A hidden gem on Marco Island, Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill serves up incredible frozen concoctions like Rum Runners. Pair your drink with their tasty pulled pork sandwiches or crab towers. Located at the marina, this bar is the perfect choice for a fantastic night out.

Joeys pizzeria | Marco Island Beach Getaway

Joeys Pizza and Pasta (2.3 miles)
Craving pizza? Look no further than Joeys Pizza and Pasta, situated at 257 North Collier Blvd. With a wide variety of toppings and options for thick or thin crusts, you can create your perfect pie. Don’t miss their extensive selection of salads and pasta dishes. Ambassadeur Hotel highly recommends their gluten-free options.

Marco Island Brewery Marco Town Center Mall (3.3 miles)
For a casual and relaxed dining experience, head to 1089 N Collier Blvd. Marco Island Brewery offers a large selection of beers on tap, 40 flat-screen TVs, and creative pub grub. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring the island.

Breakfast Fare:

Doreen’s Cup of Joe (2.3 miles) Located next door to Joeys.
Fuel up on coffee, freshly squeezed Florida orange juice, and breakfast nachos at Doreen’s Cup of Joe. This delightful morning meal spot, situated at 267 N Collier Blvd, is known for its famous key lime pancakes. It’s the perfect way to start your day on Marco Island.

Red Rooster (2.9 miles)
Looking for a no-nonsense breakfast? Look no further than Red Rooster at 1821 San Marco Rd. Their sausages are a breakfast staple on the island, and they won’t disappoint.

NeNe’s Kitchen (2.2 miles)
Crunchy French Toast and awesome Eggs Benedict are just some of the mouthwatering dishes you’ll find at NeNe’s Kitchen. Located at 297 N Collier Blvd, this charming restaurant is a breakfast lover’s dream come true.

Looking for more breakfast fare suggestions? Check out our breakfast blog.

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Plan your dream vacation on Marco Island and experience the best restaurants it has to offer. Book your stay at Ambassadeur Hotel and enjoy the ultimate culinary adventure.