Punta Gorda Restaurants

Angela's Cafe Italiano 258 West Marion Ave. Downtown Punta Gorda (941) 639-0900. Italian. Pasta, Seafood, Pizza in modern tratorria setting.  

Amimoto's   2705 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. (941) 505-1515. Japanese.

Japanese cuisine in tiny local spot in Towles Shopping Plaza. Sushi, Japanese chef/owner imports from Miami. Cooked food choices from Tempura to Japanese favorites.

Burnt Store Grill in Burnt Store Isles Plaza, Madrid and 41. (941-575-2757) Diner-Café.  
Good, local, dependable breakfast place, with reasonably priced diner-style lunch and dinner fare. Daily breakfast specials are an unbelievable value. 

Callaloo 5500 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda. (941) 639-2633 Caribbean, Seafood.
Worth the turn off US 41 down Rio Villa. Restaurant sits on Alligator Creek where from tables with water view you can watch the boats heading back and forth from Burnt Store Isles and other areas off the creek to Charlotte Harbor.  Outstanding Caribbean Food and Bar with water views.  See Full Article. 

Captain's Table In Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda. (941) 637-1177. Seafood. Fine Dining. Lounge.

Waterfront dining setting with seafood and other specialties. Outdoor seating overlooking the harbor is available as well as window views from the restaurant and lounge. View is to die for. Outside terrace. Go for drinks at sunset and consider staying for dinner or having an appetizer dinner at the bar.  Good choice for luncheon place to take friends or family from out of town.

Carmelo's  209 West Olympia  (941) 621-4091 Menu  Italian

In the former Presellers space, this new Italian ristorante is bringing in good reviews from those who have visited.  Selection of traditional pastas, antipasti, chicken, veal, and seafood, plus signature dishes.  

Cass Cay at Burnt Store Marina. (941) 639-3650 Bar-Restaurant.

Waterfront steak and seafood restaurant with in and outside dining, upscale bar setting. Lots of dockage so definitely a-go-by-boat opportunity. Good food.

Celtic Ray 145 East Marion Ave (941) 505-9219 Irish. Bar-Restaurant

Authentic Irish pub, serves Irish pub food including fish and chips, some Indian dishes and imported beers. Features live Irish music.

Cilantros  2705 Tamiami TrailTowles PlazaPunta GordaFL 33950.  941-833-3474.  Latin.  Lunch and Dinner.
Empanadas to die for, the typical chicken and beef, but the not-so-typical spinach and cheese, guava, and more.  Pork, Beef and Chicken platters, Puerto Rican, Cuban or South American style, mofongos and more.   

Dean's South of the Border 130 Tamiami Trail. Punta Gorda. (941)575-6100 Tex-Mexican. Bar-Restaurant.

Good little place with outdoor bar and tables. Mostly Tex-Mex reasonably priced. Catch specials like 49 cent Wings. Mexican specialties are best. Brenda serving great breakfasts here daily from 6:30 a.m.  


Dockside at the Sheraton Four Points  33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Breakfast through dinner at this Island Style Hotel dining room that gets great reviews from locals.  

Elena's 615 Cross Street off Rt. 41. in Punta Gorda. (941) 575-1888 Diner-Cafe.

Large, scrumptious portions. A favorite for breakfast. Elena's serves reasonably priced dinners. Specials is what it's all about - early bird, breakfast twofers etc.  Great wait staff, dependable.

F.M. Don's  210 West Marion Ave. (941) 637-8800.  Lunch and Dinner. Bar-Restaurant.

Bright "Barista" feel with window bar spilling onto main street --Marion Ave.   Chef Keith Meyer (formerly Trabue) introduces new dishes and salads along with some great standards including good hamburgers, flatbread pizzas. Serves lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch.  

La Fiorentino 10361 Tamiami Trl Punta Gorda (941) 639-6500 Italian Steakhouse.

Harpoon Harry’s in Fisherman’s Village. (941) 637-1177 Bar-Restaurant.

Great place to take visitors for waterfront experience and incredible harbor views. Very casual sports bar atmosphere with burgers, fish baskets and the like, as well as some very good salads. Fun place with entertainment many nights.

Hurricane Charley's 300 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. (941) 639-9695.  Bar-Restaurant.

New entrant in 2014 on the Punta Gorda restaurant scene.  Extensive deck overlooking the harbor with massive inside rooms (the old Benedettos revamped).  Seafood, southern, and other pub-grub delivered by Dean (of Dean's South of the Border).  Great place for drinks, entertainment and good food.  

Ice House Pub 407 Tamiami Trail North (941) 515-0866 Bar-Restaurant.

English-style Pub in old Punta Gorda Ice House building with massive ceilings, gorgeous handcrafted bar and nice pub feel. Long list of beer selections. Try the beer flite and play darts or billiards in the backroom. Good pub grub including cheese/meat bar plate, cheesesteaks, burgers, and some traditional English fare. 

Italia at River City 127 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4412. (941) 639-7655. Bar- Restaurant. Italian.
New trattoria in familar space next to River City Grill.  Lively atmosphere with southern Italian comfort food all fresh ingredients.  Cool Bar separated from the Restaurant with Italian style appetizers.   See Full Article

John Ski's House of Breakfast  502 King St.  Breakfast and Lunch.  Huge breakfasts served all day, including crab cake benedict. Lunches include freshly made soups and famous crab cake sandwich.  

Laishley's Crab House  150 Laishley Court. Punta Gorda.   Lunch and Dinner. Bar-Restaurant.

Seafood Restaurant right on the Peace River with outstanding views, solidly good food, excellent sushi. Large outside bar for sunset watching.

Leroy's  West Marion Ave, Downtown Punta Gorda. (941) 575-2352  Southern.

Manatees Pizza 408 Tamiami Trail. Punta Gorda  Ice House Building (941)639-4400 Italian.

Good pizza and Italian sandwiches. Great for fast meal or take–out.

Old Monty's Pizzeria 2515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Italian.  
Monty's returns to old location in a new high-ceilinged space with cool round bar that rolls around to an outdoor patio.  Very good pizza and typcial Italian dishes.

Orange House Wine Bar 320 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda. (941) 505-8233 Wine Bar.
Nice hang-out for superior glasses of wine and a light meal.  This is for one of those nights when you just want a small plate to nibble on as you sip and listen to some jazz or meet with a friend in a cozy, sophisticated atmosphere.  Frequently have events, check.  

Peace River Seafood Market and Restaurant 5337 Duncan Rd. Punta Gorda. 941-505-8440 Lunch (in season) and Dinner.

Authentic old Florida fish house.  Many of the crabs eaten in Maryland crab houses come right out of this area in Florida and this little place up on Route 17 serves them just they way they do in Maryland--and lots of them.  Watch for specials.  Many fresh fish selections, all good.

PERCH 360 101 East Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Phone: (941) 639-7700

The newly designed  rooftop spot at the Wyvern Hotel. It is the perfect place to relax with friends around fire-pits, indulge in the 600 Calorie or less lunch menu and tapas-style dinner menu or sip on  craft cocktails while watching the sunset.

Perfect Caper 121 E Marion Ave Downtown Punta Gorda. (941) 205-2272 Eurasian. Lunch and Dinner. Fine Dining.  Menu

Award-winning chef delivers intriguing mix of American/European fare with Asian touches. Excellent wines by the glass and bar appetizers. Upscale atmosphere.  

Phil's 41 1975 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. (941) 575-7575.  Italian. American.

In the old Mamma Nuncia's, Phil has infused this casual dining spot (lot’s of southern Italian dishes) with large sumptuous food portions in a comfortable family, taverna atmosphere with  good quality and  good value. Great sandwiches, burgers, salads and more at lunch. Phil is omnipresent in the traditional restaurant host role, welcoming newcomers and chatting up regulars. 

Piccolo Restaurant  5354 Duncan Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33982  941-621-220  Italian
Small Italian out Route 17 receiving rave reviews for authentic home-style Italian with large portions.
Expect to wait but told it's worth it.

River City Grill 131 West Marion, Downtown Punta Gorda. (941) 639-9080. Bar-Restaurant.

City-style bar and grill with good steaks, chops and fish. Watch for specials, happy hour.

Sky View Cafe at Charlotte Country Airport, Punta Gorda. (941637-6004) Breakfast, Lunch, Friday Night Dinner. Café.

For a change of pace, this restaurant at Charlotte County Airport is a winner. Dependable eggs and pancakes, french toast which has been coated with Oatmeal (sounds weird, but believe me this is terrific), and they serve in my opinion the best hash browns with scrambled eggs and toast.  Friday night fish-fry. Windows to watch the planes come and go.  At a recent visit, their pancakes were the best we've had in Punta Gorda. 

Smoky’s Smoke House  415 Cooper St., Punta Gorda. (941) 639-2000 Breakfast and Lunch.

Good Florida-style home-cooking especially their sausage and I'm told their biscuits and gravy.

Sandra’s  111 W. Olympia Ave., Downtown Punta Gorda.(941) 575-0177 German. European. Lunch and Dinner.

Get ready for some great schnitzel, goulash, bratwurst and more at this German-European bistro across from the City Center parking garage (where Spago’s used to be.) In addition, to outstanding German dishes, the restaurant serves delectable pastas and other European dishes.  Not to miss are the flammkuchens (a Alsace-Lorraine style pizza) and the apfelstrufel.  

TT Tiki Bar at the Sheraton Four Points  33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Right on Charlotte Harbor with Sunset Views and Island Style Menu with Burgers, Jerk, Shrimp Dishes and a range of bar bytes.

The Torch Bistro 2113 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda.(941) 575-3505 Bar-Restaurant.

City-style restaurant with reasonable prices for excellent cuisine -- especially duck, chicken pot pie. Sushi also offered.  Watch for the Torch Lady.  

Turtle Club  139 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Newly reopened.  Lovely restaurant/bar with somewhat casual menu featuring oyster bar and great hamburgers.

Village Fish Market Fisherman’s Village. (941) 639-7959 Seafood. Bar-Restaurant.

Recently renovated with new bar. Solidly good and reliable fish sandwiches and platters at reasonable prices. Harbor views and outside tables off Center Court in the Village. 

Wood Street Grill 225 Wood Street (941) 575-1188 Lunch place (and caterer) with sandwiches and daily specials.  

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