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Fort Myers is quickly becoming a hot spot for those who enjoy excellent cuisine. From fast casual to fine dining, the city has something to offer every taste and preference. The hip River District neighborhood offers some of the best restaurants in town as well as many that will deliver right to your door.

Here are ten of our favorite places to dine in Fort Myers near the River District:

1) First Street Restaurant

First Street Restaurant is a Mediterranean and Spanish-inspired restaurant. First Street offers outdoor dining, an extensive wine list, specialty cocktails, craft beers, and a menu that changes regularly to ensure freshness.

2) United Ale House

United Ale House is your local sports bar and grill. This family-owned and operated spot offers a prime view of any game you’d like to watch as well as specials throughout the week, karaoke, and live entertainment. They also offer catering for parties large and small.

3) Pepper Burrito Company

Pepper Burrito Company is a fast casual spot that offers fresh, flavorful Mexican cuisine. Pepper’s menu includes burritos, bowls, salads, quesadillas, and nachos that can all be customized to suit your taste. If you’re watching the calories or carbs, taco salad bowls are also an option.

4) Cabos Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar

Cabos Cantina is a lively Mexican restaurant. The dishes are inspired by the coastal regions of Mexico, including the Baja Peninsula. Cabo’s has happy hour specials that are hard to beat and an extensive tequila bar to go with it.

5) Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza

Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza is a locally-owned Italian restaurant. This spot offers classic dishes like chicken parmesan, linguini carbonara, and filet mignon wrapped in applewood smoked bacon. Capone’s also serves brick oven flat breads, salads, desserts, beer on draft, wines by the glass or bottle, and more.

6) United Cafe Bar and Bistro

United Cafe Bar and Bistro is a casual fine dining experience. This bistro offers an extensive wine list, delicious entrees like lobster mac and cheese, braised short ribs, and pan seared scallops, as well as signature cocktails and dessert options.

7) Wild About Popcorn

Wild About Popcorn is a sweet and savory spot. The menu includes gourmet caramel, cheese, and flavored popcorn as well as baked goods and other snacks. The place is also known for its amazing ice cream.

8) Scoops on First

Scoops on First is a spot for ice cream lovers. The menu includes soft serve, sundaes, shakes, malts, and floats. Scoops offers more than 20 different flavors of ice cream as well as dozens of topping choices.

9) Sidecar Treats

Sidecar Treats is an ice cream shop and sweet spot. Sidecar packs its ice cream in pints to go or you can enjoy it right on the spot with an extensive list of mix-ins for your scoop.

10) Downtown Social House

Downtown Social House is a classy and casual restaurant located in the heart of downtown Fort Myers. Downtown Social House offers fresh seafood, delicious steaks, salads, and more. They also offer catering for special events.


If you’re hungry and in the mood to explore your neighborhood or try something new, check out one of these Fort Myers River District restaurants. You’ll definitely discover your new favorite place to dine!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have fun visiting Fort Myers! Have a great day!