Waterfront Dining in Your Monterey - Florida's West Coast

Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 12:00AM

Prepare a landing party! The next location in our Waterfront Dining series is the west coast of ever-eclectic Florida, and there are plenty of delectable choices, all with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. So get your Monterey ready, gather the crew, check your map and make a reservation for a great time!

Naturally, amazing sunsets are included.

Naples has so many waterfront restaurants, we are simply going to list their names: Turtle Club, CJ's on the Bay-Marco Island, M Waterfront Grille, Village Pub, The Boathouse, Dining in Naples, HB's on the Gulf, & Sunset Beach Bar & Grill.  Visit this site for more details on each.

The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key and offers “Dockside Dining with a Taste of Old Florida.” Originally built in 1912, the restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key, overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.  Just look for Intracoastal Mile Marker #39.

Cabbage Key is an island only accessible by boat (perfect!). You'll arrive on 100 acres of tropical vegetation surrounding the historic restaurant, where a panoramic view of Pine Island Sound can be enjoyed from the front porch. There are no cars here, not even a paved road. Cabbage Key restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 365 days a year. The Cabbage Key bar has been serving up drinks to boaters for more than 60 years, including its famous Cabbage Creeper.

Whatever your mood, whatever your taste, Cape Harbour has you covered. Fresh fish and fabulous steaks at Rumrunners; stone fired pizzetas made from scratch at The Joint; gourmet coffee, pastries and gelato made fresh daily at Run Agrounds; and perfect cocktails at Longboards Cabana Bar. Cape Harbour is in Southwest Cape Coral, and boasts award-winning waterfront views. Coming by Monterey, turn North off Marker 92 from the Caloosahatchee River and head towards the lock.

The Gulf Coast's Waterfront Restaurant on Anna Maria Island also invites you to escape to a simpler time - to tropical, laid-back Florida. Enjoy an outstanding dining experience where the “Best of Both Worlds” awaits. Waterfront Restaurant, a local favorite sought out by savvy travelers, offers casual dockside dining, inside or outdoors, on the southern end of Pine Island.

Located on a beautiful secluded Florida inlet along Boca Ceiga Bay in famous Madeira Beach, Latitudes is a friendly waterfront restaurant serving the best food available along the beaches. Join neighbors and guests at a great location.

Circles Waterfront Dining in Apollo Beach offers superb cuisine with another fantastic view. Circles is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Their culinary staff is pleased to provide a delectable variety of dinner entrees, salads and appetizers along with imaginative lunch menus.

Although there are close to 30 listings on the Tampa Bay Waterfront Restaurant Dining Guide, we're going to highlight Middle Grounds Grill in Treasure Island, voted one of the “20 Best New Restaurants” in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. Middle Grounds Grill specializes in the freshest local fare available.

Everyone knows that food always tastes better served outdoors, or with a fantastic view, and that getting there is half the fun. So explore and enjoy!

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