High on my list of the top restaurants in Boca Grande are:
The Temptation: At 350 Park Ave., this is “Old Florida” at its best. This restaurant with a supper club feel, has a lovely dining room, bar, a second bar dining room and a rear dining room called the Caribbean Room. I would ask for the main, front dining room when you make your reservation. I loved my grilled pompano entree with sweet potato and tomato topped with cheese. Make sure to meet chef/owner Kevin Stockdale who is fun to visit with.
The Inn Bakery, 384 E. Railroad Ave.: Owned by The Gasparilla Inn & Club, this is a good spot for coffee and a pastry. For breakfast you can get a fresh daily quiche. They have a more extensive lunch menu with soup, salads and sandwiches.
The Outlet Restaurant: Located at the Innlet Resort, this is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. 1251 12th East in Boca Grande.
South Beach Bar & Grille: This is the perfect spot for lunch or to see the sunset on the beach. I loved my salad with scallops which was perfect for a lighter meal!! 760 Gulf Blvd.
Hudson’s Grocery: Located downtown, here you can buy groceries if you are renting a house or if your hotel room has a kitchenette. 441 N. Park. Newlin’s Gourmet also has takeout entrees. They are known for their lobster rolls and key lime pie. 446 4th St.
The Pink Pony is a fun spot for ice cream. 421 Park Ave.
The Main Dining Room at The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a must for dinner. This elegant, fine-dining experience is definitely classic “Old Florida”. Jackets are required in the evening for men. I enjoyed a lovely meal on Saturday night. You can go early or stay after dinner to have a drink the bar.
The Pink Elephant, part of The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a fun two level restaurant along the bay. 491 Bayou Ave. Open for lunch and dinner, it has an upstairs restaurant plus a downstairs pub and patio.
3rd Street Cafe, at 310 E. Railroad, is a fun spot for lunch, dinner and breakfast/brunch on Saturday and Sunday. I enjoyed a lump crab cake benedict entree with fruit for breakfast.
Eagle Grille/Miller’s Dockside Bar & Grill: Located at 220 Harbor Drive, this is a restaurant overlooking the Boca Grande Marina. Miller’s Dockside on the first level features lunch and dinner, while the Eagle Grill is more of a fine dining experience on the second level open for dinner.
I have read that Scarpa’s Coastal is a great spot for Italian food. 321 Park Ave. and The Loose Caboose is a fun casual spot downtown for breakfast and lunch. 433 W. 4th St.