Best Seafood Restaurants in Cape Coral

July 20th, 2021 by

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When you’re craving fresh, local seafood in the Cape Coral, Florida, area, you’re in luck. Surrounded by canals, tidal waters, and close to the Gulf of Mexico’s waters, Cape Coral has access to some of the best seafood in all of Florida. Whether you’re looking to take someone special out for date night, the family out for Sunday brunch, or want some fresh oysters or peel-and-eat shrimp to go with a cocktail, check out these five restaurants in Cape Coral that serve up fantastic seafood.

This list was compiled from our local staff’s suggestions on their favorite places to eat in Cape Coral. We asked our team to gather the best restaurant recommendations from their friends and families. This list isn’t complete, but we hope our “Best of” Cape Coral restaurants will help you find a new favorite. If there’s a restaurant you’d like to see included on this list, please reach out and let us know! We’ll be happy to give them a boost!

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When three longtime south Florida friends and business partners decided to open up a waterfront seafood restaurant in Cape Coral, they came up with Rumrunner’s offering exceptional seafood and steak dishes. When you arrive at Rumrunner’s, have a seat and savor the views of the canals and boats with a frozen cocktail such as Honeydew Melon Colada or Mint Lemonade made with Smirnoff No. 21 vodka. Share an appetizer with offerings such as crispy hand-breaded oysters, Bahamian cracked conch fritters, or lump crab cakes.

From the raw bar, taste Gulf oysters’ sweet, salty flavors on the half shell, tuna poke, or a shrimp cocktail. For an entrée, order a plate of Caribbean diver scallops with a key lime beurre blanc sauce or seafood pasta covered with Gulf Coast shrimp, scallops, and mussels in a rich tomato sauce. Stop by Rumrunner’s every day from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day for happy hour drinks and snacks. Enjoy dining at Rumrunner’s, located at 5848 Cape Harbour Dr.

Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro

For fresh seafood served in a casual atmosphere, head over to Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find something tasty at Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro. Breakfast items range from shrimp and grits to lobster meat omelets. Bring friends or someone special for lunch or dinner, and start your meal with a spicy bloody mary made with clamato juice and a lobster tail or a glass of wine or beer. Share an appetizer such as conch fritters, crispy wonton tuna tacos, or Old Bay peel-and-eat shrimp.

Dip warm bread into a fish dip made with mahi-mahi, smoked trout, or lobster, or try a sushi roll made with a variety of fresh fish and sushi ingredients. The raw bar offers delectable oysters and clams, or you can order from the baked oyster menu. Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro serves crab with drawn butter, sea bass with a pumpkin seed sauce, or grilled lobster. You can find Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro at 1715 Cape Coral Pkwy.

Fins Seafood & Dive Bar

Experience the laid-back vibe of Cape Coral when you stop by Fins Seafood & Dive Bar at 3422 Del Prado Blvd S. This funky little shack set on the waterfront has live music, or you can hang out with your friends sipping your favorite beverage, eating seafood snacks, and watching sports on the big screen television. Share starters like coconut shrimp, seared ahi tuna, or seafood ceviche filled with lime and fresh pieces of seafood. You can also have peel-and-eat shrimp, a bucket of steamed clams or mussels, or fresh-cut calamari.

Sandwiches and wraps have fillings such as jumbo lump crab, blackened catch of the day fish, or have an Angus beef burger. Fins Seafood & Dive Bar serves a variety of soups and salads you can enjoy before your entree. House specialties include:

  • Lump crab baked into a luscious casserole
  • Stuffed flounder
  • Grilled shrimp skewers
  • Seafood enchiladas
  • Savory seafood paella

Save room for dessert for tasty treats such as pineapple upside-down cake, caramel sea salt cheesecake, or Key lime pops.

Fish Tale Grill

You can enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner at the Fish Tale Grill for an upscale seafood restaurant. The restaurant is owned by Merrick Seafood Co., one of Florida’s premier suppliers of fresh seafood. With that, you know you’ll have only the best and freshest seafood when you dine at Fish Tale Grill.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s, you can stop by for brunch with offerings such as lobster Benedicts, breakfast tacos, a lobster brie omelet, or smoked salmon egg scramble. Enjoy brunch with a bloody mary or a mimosa. Make lunch a casual and relaxing affair by sharing a dozen oysters on the half shell, a seafood Cobb salad, or bacon-wrapped shrimp.

You can’t go wrong with lobster rolls made with fresh Maine lobster or mahi-mahi tacos for a light meal. Sandwiches include favorites like the tuna melt or the fried oyster sandwich. Have New England-style fish & chips or the steamed clam platter. Savor the Fish Tale Grill’s signature dishes like the miso-marinated Chilean sea bass, blackened mahi-mahi, or pistachio-crusted salmon. Fish Tale Grill is located at 1229 SE. 47th Terrace.

The New England Moorings

Enjoy the southern Florida casual lifestyle when you have a meal at The New England Moorings, located at 1326 SE. 16th Plaza in Cape Coral. The atmosphere is light and breezy, and you can enjoy a fun time with friends or family. Order your favorite beer, a glass of wine, or cocktail and have it with starters such as seafood chowder made with a red sauce, a basket of calamari basket, or golden-fried shrimp. Savor seafood pasta dishes, grilled seafood plates, or a baked casserole filled with shrimp, salmon, cod, and scallops.

Order a bucket of seafood cioppino or the all-you-can-eat fish fry for family night. House specials include crab cakes, soft-shell crab, and golden-fried fisherman’s platter filled with all of your favorite seafood. Order fried zucchini, fried green tomatoes, or go for the gusto with the combo veggie plate that includes onion rings and fried okra for side dishes.

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There you have our list of the top five seafood restaurants in the Cape Coral area. Which one is your favorite? What’s the best seafood dish you’ve tried? If you have a unique seafood restaurant that you can recommend, feel free to let us know, and we’ll gladly add it to our list. We appreciate all of our local businesses in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. To read more about our favorites in SW Florida, check out other lists on our blog.

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