Punta Gorda is a paradise for beachgoers, boaters, fisherman and anyone looking for some small town charm in Florida. This beautiful destination boasts great shopping and phenomenal local restaurants. It also has gorgeous nature preserves and lots of sunshine. What more could you want on a vacation?

We found some of the best restaurants in Punta Gorda that you will want to try after a long day on the water. These spots are great for lunch or dinner. In our book they are top notch! We selected them based on reviews, menus and our own personal experiences. Trust us, you will want to add them to your bucket list!

Top 7 Restaurants in Punta Gorda

Captain’s Table

This favorite local spot is not only historic, but also right on the water! It overlooks Charlotte Harbor and has some of the freshest seafood around. If you are a seafood lover you will want to try the lobster ravioli and Captain’s platter to name a few. They also have options that are not the seafood variety if that is not your thing. You will not want to miss the gem!

Laishley Crab House

This popular waterfront restaurant is located right on the Peace River. They have incredibly fresh seafood and are especially known for their crab. The oyster bar and grouper are also must-trys!

Carmelos Italian Ristorante

If you are looking for authentic Italian fare this is your spot! Carmelos has some of the best Italian cuisine in Punta Gorda. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming and all the food is handmade and freshly prepared. You will not be disappointed!

Celtic Ray Irish Pub

This Irish bar is a fun spot for a drink and some great pub fare. The classic fish and chips are fantastic, the staff is super friendly and efficient and the drinks are plenty. They are also open late-night for those looking for a nightcap.

The Perfect Caper

This upscale restaurant offers fine dining in Punta Gorda and they do everything right! The plating is beautiful, the service is impeccable and the food is well incredible. You will want to try any of their duck dishes – trust us!

River City Grill

This eclectic restaurant has a globally inspired menu and a welcoming vibe. The inside of the restaurant is charming with cozy booths or you can sit outside on the patio. The food is fantastic with a wide variety of locally fresh options.

The Ice House Pub

This low key fun spot offers bar games like darts and pool with a traditional English style menu. You will want to try the signature Ice House Club. The drinks are also strong and delicious! 


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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