Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Bonita Springs Restaurants Map

If you’re planning a vacation to Bonita Springs, there’s a good chance you’re drawn here by the gorgeous, sparkling beaches, the wealth of outdoor opportunities, and the relaxed island atmosphere.

While you’re in town, though, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the best of the best when it comes to Southwest Florida cuisine. Bonita Springs restaurants offer everything from island-style seafood and Costa Rican fare to Peruvian food and sushi bars.

At Southwest Florida Traveler, it’s our goal to help you have the best Southwest Florida experience possible whether you’re traveling with your family, your significant other, or on your own. We’ve put together this Bonita Springs restaurant map to ensure that you never go hungry while you’re bopping around in paradise!

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For more information about each of the restaurants in Bonita Springs, Florida, simply click on the red pins on the map.

Petar’s Restaurant

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in Bonita Springs, consider checking out Petar’s in the Center of Bonita Springs. Here you can enjoy exquisite food made from carefully selected ingredients and turned into works of art by Chef Petar and his team.

Some favorites from the menu here include the angus beef short ribs, the homemade lasagna, and the crab cakes.

Enjoy you food at Petar’s Restaurant
Enjoy you food at Petar’s Restaurant

Iguana Mia Mexican of Bonita Springs

If you’re searching for traditional Mexican food, you’ll definitely want to check out Iguana Mia in Bonita Springs, Florida. The atmosphere here is so vibrant and lively that you’ll find it hard to have a bad time! Be sure to try out one of their famous margaritas (or two) along with your meal.

Molinos Italian Ristorante

If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, consider making a reservation at Molinos Restaurant in Bonita Springs. Known to have excellent food and service as well as a stellar atmosphere, it’s hard to go wrong with this traditional Italian eatery.

People enjoying their night while eating food at Molinos Italian Ristorante
People enjoying their night while eating food at Molinos Italian Ristorante

The Other Side Bistro

Chef Brian McCarley and Barbara McCarley own and operate the charming eatery known as The Other Side Bistro. Open seven days a week, this globally inspired new American cuisine restaurant is an awesome option for meat lovers but there are also items on the menu for vegetarians and vegans. If you stop by here for lunch, make sure you try out their famous apple and vanilla French toast!

Doug’s Seafood

Though this fish market specializes in New England seafood. At Dougs Seafood in Bonita Springs you can also find other types of fish here including grouper, swordfish, and salmon. 

While you’re here, consider trying the Maine-style lobster roll (I’ve been to the coast of Maine and these rolls will take you back!) or the Connecticut-style lobster roll. This small, family-owned and operated location is a great place to get a little taste of the New England coast down here in Bonita Springs. Fish & Chips anyone?  Dougs Seafood Market is also onsite, so if cooking some fresh seafood at home is your thing, Dougs will take care of you!

Vikingos Restaurant

Known for their Coastal Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, this is a great place to experience a bit of Mexico you don’t normally associate with great Mexican food, the coastal regions!  The prices here are very reasonable and the service is fast. Small but busy, this is a no-frills location that is less on the beaten path.  Vikingos in Bonita Springs is a must see, when you are looking for a little variety. 


Pinchers is a well-known seafood-shack in Bonita Springs where you can get fried fish, crab dishes, and more. Whether you stop by to take advantage of their happy hour or you’re more interested in trying out their stone crab, this place is a Bonita Springs staple that you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy beautiful view of beach while eating at Pinchers
Enjoy beautiful view of beach while eating at Pinchers

The Fish House Restaurant

Looking for a place to eat and drink where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the water? Check out The Fish House, which has been a popular restaurant with beach goers and boaters alike since they opened way back in 1994. The Bonita location (they’ve also opened one on Sanibel Island) are pet friendly, so your four legged friend can also enjoy the gorgeous Southwest Florida sunset.

The Fish House Restaurant in Bonita Springs is a great place for seafood lovers to get their fill. Consider trying one of their grouper baskets while you hang out with your loved ones (pups included!) Dockside seating is often available and this is a must when the weather cools for our warm winter nights!

Enzo’s Italian Restaurant

This cozy restaurant with a full bar is a wonderful place to eat some brick-oven pizzas in a low-lit environment. The menu here is full of interpretations of the cuisine of the small Italian towns of Puglia, Calabria, and Tuscany. 

Here you’ll find fresh and local seafood, authentic pasta dishes, interesting antipasti, and imported Italian cakes and gelatos. Enzo’s Restaurant in Bonita has been a TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award winner!  Note this fine dining restaurant is only open for supper from 4pm to 10 pm. Reservations are recommended, 239-992-5555.

Ristorante Enrico

Located in Bonita Bay Plaza, Ristorante Enrico is a restaurant that offers a warm atmosphere in which to enjoy traditional Italian fare and wines. Well known in Bonita Springs owner Enrico Costagliola is from the Napoli area of Italy and treats his customers like family.  Enrico’s is a great place to go if you’re looking for more of an experience than just a meal.

The Seaside Bar

Something of a hidden gem in Bonita Springs, the Seaside Bar has an eclectic, modern, and progressive vibe. This spacious restaurant with outdoor seating for live music is a great place to grab a meal or to hang out for the evening.  Spent an afternoon for a long business lunch recently. The food was good wait staff was attentive and they had no problem with us lingering. Parking is tight but worth stopping.

Located just off of Tamiami Trail across from Pelican Landing, The Seaside Bar of Bonita Springs has it all. With a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable bartenders, you might just find you hang out here longer than you initially planned.

Big Hickory Waterfront Grille

Located right on the water at Big Hickory Pass, you can pull right up and tie off your boat after a day on the water. Big Hickory in Bonita Springs has great views and the service is friendly and casual. Offering a delicious menu including crowd favorites like the grouper sandwich, fish tacos, and the key lime pie, Big Hickory Waterfront Grille is a safe bet for a good meal and a good time.

British Open Pub

Looking for something a little different while you’re in Bonita Springs? Consider checking out this English-themed locale where you can enjoy British pub fare in a warm atmosphere. Some favorites from the menu here include the prime rib “sand wedge”, the Cornish pasties, and the cottage pie. British Open Pub is open 11:30 am to 10 pm every day.  The Nabbs family even has a Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm Monday-Friday. 

Cheers you drinks at British Open Pub
Cheers you drinks at British Open Pub

If you’re growing a bit tired of island eats and Italian food, consider checking out some of the grub from America’s mother country. If you are looking for a British Pub in Bonita Springs look no further.  A classic meal here is none other than Fish and Chips with a Guinness Beer!

LaFontanella Restaurant

Located in Pelican Landing, this semi-formal restaurant offers traditional Italian eats. Known for its excellent service and delicious food, you’ll find the atmosphere here is cozy and comfortable. The wine list is extensive and the staff is quite knowledgeable, so you can find the perfect glass to pair with your osso bucco or veal.

LaFontanella Italian Restaurant in Bonita Springs is a delight and worth your visit.

Mel’s Diner

Mel’s Diner is actually a local chain that serves classic American food in a ‘50s-themed restaurant. Known for being a great bang for your buck, you can expect to order affordable menu options and receive generous portions. If you’re feeling nostalgic for simpler times or simply just have a hankering for a milkshake, Mel’s Diner in Bonita Springs is the place for you.

Lapa’s Costa Rican Bistro

This Bay Crossings restaurant is a nice little family-owned spot. Offering authentic Costa Rican food in Bonita Springs and awesome service, you can expect the meals here to be both fresh and delicious.

While Lapas restaurant is located in a rather humble setting, don’t let it scare you off. Inside you’ll find traditional Costa Rican food in this off the beaten path restaurant.  How good is the food at Lapa’s Costa Rican Bistro?  Their website lists multiple TripAdvisor awards.  Year after year they rank among the best Costa Rican food in Southwest Florida!

Komoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche Bonita Springs

Is Komoon a Thai restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, or a Peruvian restaurant? Offering a little bit of everything, this is an awesome spot whether you are looking for sushi, ceviche, pad thai, or some combination of these. Consider checking out their happy hour specials if you’re looking for a great deal!

Komoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche in Bonita Springs is one of three locations owned by Saifon Sombun.  The other locations are in Naples.  You won’t find another fuzion restaurant in Bonita Springs like this.   

Aji Limon Taste of Peru

If you’re looking for something a little bit different while you’re dining in Bonita Springs, FL, consider checking out Aji Limon, a restaurant that offers an authentic Peruvian experience. When you eat here, you’ll find that you’ve been transported to the infinitely flat state of Florida to the mountainous and rainforest laden land of Peru.

Known for offering a beautiful atmosphere as well as delicious food, this taste of Peru is one you won’t forget. If you aren’t quite sure where to start, consider trying the Lomo Saltado and the Ceviche de Pescado.  Taking its name from the aji chili pepper, Aji Limon in Bonita Springs is considered by some as the best Peruvian food in Southwest Florida. 

Old 41 Restaurant

If you’ve been busy sampling Costa Rican, Peruvian, and even British food at establishments around Bonita Springs, you might be ready for some casual American classics. At Old 41 in Bonita Springs, you can grab traditional American fare including burgers and waffles.

Interior look of Old 41 Restaurant
Interior look of Old 41 Restaurant

A great place for either breakfast or lunch, consider trying the eggs benedict for the former and the philly cheesesteak for the latter.

Buffalo Chips Restaurant

Buffalo Chips in Bonita is a fun, ranch-style hangout that is decorated wall-to-ceiling with interesting memorabilia. The menu is full of southern-inspired dishes, including ribs, baked beans, fish fry, and green tomatoes. The atmosphere here is perhaps best described as an upscale dive bar, this is a great spot if you’re feeling a little tired of being a tourist and looking for a local experience.

Oh and lest we forget, how many restaurants have a motel too?  Well Buffalo Chips Restaurant has the Ranch House Motel for those nights when eating the best buffalo wings in Southwest Florida hits the tipping point… 

Cirella’s Italian Bistro & Sushi Bar

Offering an odd mix of Italian food and sushi, Cirella’s in Bonita Springs is a stylish eatery that’s located in Prado at Spring Creek. With an airy outdoor space as well as a traditional dining area, this is a nice spot for a unique dining experience.

Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar

Offering various Greek dishes and wines in a warm taverna, Zorba’s is the place to go if you’re looking for some Mediterranean flair. With dishes including grilled octopus, gyros, moussaka, and more, Zorba’s in Bonita Springs is also known for having generous happy hour prices. Depending on which night you go, you also might luck out and get to catch a live belly dancing show, too!

Sushi Thai Too

One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter Sushi Thai Too is how beautifully the space is decorated in an Asian theme. The menu here is filled with incredible Japanese and Thai dishes to choose from.

Some favorites from the Japanese options include the crazy roll, the vegetable yakisoba, and the chicken teriyaki. From the Thai menu, consider trying the mussels in garlic sauce or the deep-fried snapper.

Survey Cafe

The Survey Cafe in Bonita Springs, Florida, is named after the historic name of this Gulf Coast town. Located in an old cottage with tons of charm and featuring a super cozy patio, this is a lovely spot for breakfast or lunch in downtown Bonita Springs.

If you’re stopping by the Survey Cafe for breakfast, consider trying their freshly baked buttermilk biscuit with sausage, egg, and cheddar cheese.

Muji Tahi Country & Sushi

Offering both Thai food and sushi, this is an awesome spot for great food at reasonable prices. While it’s a tiny place that doesn’t look particularly fancy, the food is always on-point.

Mayan Cafe

This Guatemalan restaurant in Bonita Springs is basically the definition of a hidden gem. A popular local spot, the Mayan Cafe is an incredible find with central American eats here at very reasonable prices.

Interior look of Mayan Cafe
Interior look of Mayan Cafe

Doc’s Beach House

Offering sunset views and simple American food in a no-frills environment, Doc’s Beach House is a classic tourist destination in Bonita Springs. This is a fool-proof spot to grab a local beer or a bite to eat while watching the sunset. Always busy and always a great atmosphere, this beachside restaurant in Bonita Springs is a must see.

One word of warning, though: Doc’s doesn’t take credit cards. However, they offer an ATM onsite to ensure that you can still enjoy their delicious Chicago-style pizza, shrimp tacos, and more.

Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille

Looking for a tiki bar in Bonita Springs? Look no further than Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille. With famous coconut shrimp and other seafood-focused menu items, this casual waterfront bar has just about everything you could expect from a Southwest Florida waterfront restaurant island locale and bar.

Looking for a unique trip while in Bonita Springs?

Check out Clear Kayak Tours in Bonita Springs!  This tour out of Big Hickory Island offers the chance to see manatees, dolphins and the mangrove tunnels that make this area so beautiful.  Book your group’s event today!

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