Looking for the best date night restaurants in Naples, FL? You’re going to want to eat where the locals eat in Naples.  Whether you’re planning a trip to the Paradise Coast or you’re a local who has no clue where to eat, we’ve got you covered with this list of local Naples restaurants that are perfect for date night.

Crab cake from Ridgway Bar and Grill Best place for Date night in Naples
The crab cake from Ridgway Bar and Grill is perfect for date night in Naples.

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Best date night spots in Naples, FL, local approved

When we first moved to Naples we were overwhelmed by the many restaurants on 5th Avenue and 3rd Street South. There are so many restaurant options in town and we quickly found that it’s either hit or miss, not much in the middle, and most will be high priced. To be honest, there are a lot of tourist traps here, and if you aren’t careful, you will find yourself with an overpriced yet subpar meal.

Here’s the deal, we don’t mind paying a lot for a meal, but it better be a damn good meal.

Not only have I personally eaten at all the restaurants on this list, I’ve also crowd sourced recommendations of where the locals eat in Naples, FL. I asked a group of locals on a foodie Facebook group, Where to Eat 239, and these were the favorites.

There are a ton of other great restaurants here in Naples. We have great brunch spots, hip bars, food trucks, and even a few hole in the walls. This is the list of restaurants that are priced a little higher for date night, but definitely worth the money. No tourist traps on this list!

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Best Restaurants in Naples, FL | Date Night Edition

I’ve broken this down into different areas of town:

The Bay House

Located on the bay, The Bay House is not only a great date night spot, it’s an amazing place for Sunday brunch. Head there for seafood and cocktails with a delightfully southern spin.

The Turtle Club

Ask anyone in Naples for a beach front fine dining recommendation and they will say The Turtle Club. While there are several laid back beach front dining options in Naples, The Turtle Club is the only fine dining on the beach. Go for the atmosphere, but return back for the delicious seafood that is reasonably priced.

Del Mar

This new addition to Naples has quickly become the hottest spot to eat on 5th Avenue South. Del Mar is a Mediterranean coastal restaurant with a from-scratch kitchen. The vibe and street views of 5th rival the menu due to the second story seating that has every foodie in Naples trying to reserve an outdoor patio seat.

Truluck’s

Head to Truluck’s if you are in the mood for steak or seafood. Make sure to try the stone crab claws when they are in season from October through May.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt is absolutely a must try for date night in Naples. When we first moved here, it was the number one recommended spot by all of our friends. Chef Fabrizio Aielli puts his Venetian touch on Florida’s freshest seafood and produce, using organic, sustainable ingredients from local famers and day boat fishermen. His menus change daily which make it a fun surprise.

Bar Tulia | Osteria Tulia

Located next to each other on 5th Avenue South, both Bar Tulia and Osteria Tulia are great options for date night. Osteria Tulia, Naples, Florida’s first osteria, serves exquisitely prepared rustic Italian cuisine in the ambiance of a convivial, lovingly restored Italian farmhouse. Head next door to Bar Tulia for a similar, yet more laid back menu. The Mercato location for Bar Tulia is perfect if you are on the North side of town.

21 Spices

This is another great place to visit for ethnic cuisine. 21 Spices is one of only a few Indian restaurants in town, and hands down the fanciest for date night. Instead of serving a typical Indian buffet, the menu is elevated to a higher lever and served with a “distinctive progressive twist”.

Ridgway Bar and Grill

Tony Ridgway has been serving Naples since 1971. When you ask long time residents to name their favorite restaurant, many of them will say Ridgway’s because it is Naples hometown bar and grill. When you walk in, you can actually feel the hometown hospitality. The food is just as great as the atmosphere.  Tony loves to travel and pick up new inspiration for recipes to include in his American cuisine based menu.

The Bevy

Go for the delicious food, but stay for the hand crafted cocktails! The Bevy is trendy when it comes to foodie flavor combinations without being over the top. Chef Renninghoff’s dishes are classic combos with a foodie twist, such as the hot and crunchy trout with a kimchi pork belly fried rice. If you like trying new things, The Bevy is the date night spot for you.

Campiello

In the mood for Italian? You’ll love the innovative and award winning cuisine at Campiello. The atmosphere on 3rd street south is impressive too.

Continental Naples

When you walk by The Continental on 3rd Street, you almost feel drawn in. There are always people on the patio having a good time and enjoying the American steakhouse and craft bar. The restaurant also serves seafood and often has live music. It’s a must try if you like a night out on the town.

Bleu Provence

Owned by a family from Provence, France, Bleu Provence is a quaint yet award winning French restaurant with a spectacular wine list.

Bicyclette Cookshop 

Naples is finally luring young, adventurous chefs to open restaurants and try new things in this town. We are lucky to have Kayla Pfeiffer, chef, partner, and culinary badass at one of the newest hotspots in town, Bicyclette Cookshop. Not only is she bringing joy to the people of Naples, she’s a recent winner on Chopped! Bicyclette Cookshop opened late in 2023 and was quickly names one of the best new restaurants in town due to Kayla’s eclectic spin on New American classics.

Bar Tulia in Mercato

The Mercato location for Bar Tulia is perfect if you are on the North side of town in Mercato. Osteria Tulia located on 5th street was Naples, Florida’s first osteria. The Mercato location serves just as many exquisitely prepared rustic Italian cuisine as the original location, but with a few fun differences. It’s worth it to go to both locations!

USS Nemo

Nemo’s is known for a wide variety of seafood, including 4 different prime tuna entrees.

Dorona

Dorona, in my opinion, serves the best quality steaks in Naples. Prices have gone up since my initial posting ($29 for a 5 oz filet to $45), however I still think that the meat quality is worth the price, especially for date night.  A lot of the meat served is local to Florida too. This modern Italian steakhouse is my top pick for date night in Naples.

The Hampton Social

The Hampton Social Naples opened in the popular Mercato Shopping Center in North Naples in December 2018. The brand’s first location to open outside of the Chicagoland area, the lifestyle concept (owned, operated and designed by restaurateur Brad Parker) is a dining hotspot that evokes East Coast living in every aspect – from the white-washed, nautical walls to the signature seafood fare. Make sure to get the frosé- frozen rosé! Check out my Instagram adventures there.

LaMoraga

In the mood for traditional Spanish tapas and classic dishes with an international twist? You’ll love LaMorago. Lamoraga is a culinary concept that seeks the highest level of quality and taste, in order to offer its cuisine as a convenient luxury.

FUSE Global Cuisine

It’s probably no surprise to find that Naples isn’t heavy on global cuisine. We have a lot of steakhouses, Italian restaurants, and sushi places. Naples is just now started to get more international food influence. When it comes to finding a good marriage of ethnic flavors, FUSE is the place to go. You can find Cuban, Asian, and even some downright strange protein like wild kangaroo!

Komoon Thai Sushi and Ceviche

There are a lot of sushi places to choose from in Naples, but Komoon is definitely the one to try first. Komoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche Restaurant serves a unique and savory selection of some of the finest cuisines from the magical lands of Thailand, Japan, and Peru.

What didn’t make the list

There are so many other amazing date night restaurants in Naples. While I’d love to include every restaurant, I think this list is the perfect place to start if you have money saved up for date night but feel overwhelmed by all the options.

What are your favorite date night spots in Naples?

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