There are some fun, casual spots to eat in Matlacha. Sunday is a good time to visit. Though crowded, many of the spots have live music. I found the following:
Olde Fish House Marina: I thoroughly enjoyed this casual restaurant overlooking the water. I thought the grouper Reuben was really outstanding and was worth the trip!! 4530 Pine Island Rd. NW.
Blue Dog Bar & Grill at 4597 Pine Island Rd. NW: They have a large number of starters including crab cakes and conch fritters, salads, fish and shrimp tacos, sandwiches, burgers plus fish, chicken and fish entrees that can be customized to your liking with various toppings and preparation.
Bert’s Bar & Grill was packed with people listening to music both inside and outside on the patio. They feature appetizers like coconut shrimp, baskets of fish and chips, shrimp and chips or fried oysters and chips, plus shrimp and fish tacos. There are sandwiches, burgers, fish or shrimp platters, and key lime pie. 4271 Pine Island Rd.
The Island Seafood Market, at 4330 Pine Island Rd. NW, features fresh seafood and lunch daily. There is also The island Cafe on the Bay at 4200 Pine Island Rd. NW.