With its oceanfront location, it is probably no surprise that fresh seafood falls near the top of Cape Coral’s dining scene. But Cape Coral has much more to offer on the culinary front, with a variety of restaurants offering everything from southern favorites to worldwide cuisine. And thanks to the casual coastal vibe that is inherent in Cape Coral, there’s no need to pack anything but casual wear for your meal out. Whether you’re fueling up before heading out for a day on the water or just wrapping up a day enjoying the top Cape Coral attractions, be sure to set aside some time to try these top casual restaurants in Cape Coral!
Enjoy some of Cape Coral’s best seafood at the Twisted Lobster. This unpretentious eatery is reminiscent of a boathouse, with a large canoe that hangs from the ceiling and cozy booths tucked along the windows. With rotating daily deals, there are always budget-friendly options for the top seafood dishes at Twisted Lobster. For lunch they offer an abbreviated menu with eight options, each for $8.99. There’s a good mix here even for those who aren’t seafood lovers, including a burger, chicken basket, and Caesar salad. Start your dinner out with a bowl of creamy clam chowder before selecting among mains such as tacos, sandwiches, and seafood plates. The butter-baked haddock is a favorite, crusted with panko and parmesan and baked with squeezed lemon. Wash it all down with a cold brew or your choice of wine by the glass or bottle.
The Dek Bar is the place to dine when you’re craving that quintessential bar food in a laid-back, friendly environment. A true local hangout, the Dek Bar is as casual as it gets. Their wings are finger-licking good and come in orders of 10 or 20 with hot, mild, medium, garlic, parmesan, BBQ, teriyaki, honey mustard, or atomic sauce. Dek Bar is the epitome of budget-friendly, with 50 cent wings on Wednesdays and 50 cent hot dogs on Thursdays. But inexpensive eats can still go hand-in-hand with good quality, and this is the case at Dek Bar. Their 10- and 16-inch pizzas and large baskets of hand-cut fries with toppings of your choice are great for sharing. Wash it all down with a cold beer as you chat with old friends or make new ones at the Dek Bar!
New England Moorings
Snag a table indoors or on the open-air patio for your meal at Moorings. Play a game of cornhole as you wait for your meal to arrive at this eatery, which is known for their grilled seafood dishes. Start your meal off with their Key West or Rhode Island seafood chowdah before diving into your main entrée. For mains, you’ll find a variety of grilled and fried seafood dishes, pork medallions, steak, grilled chicken, and a handful of vegetarian options. Their shrimp scampi is a favorite, with the option of steamed or grilled shrimp. The menu at Moorings is flexible, with the option of making up your own seafood platter as you go. Be sure to save room for an order of the Irish cannoli, which comes free with any appetizer order.
House of Omelets Restaurant
Before heading out for a day on the water, make time for the most important meal of the day at House of Omelets Restaurant. With a daily opening hour of 7 am, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast here before the day’s activities begin. Or if you’re a late riser, enjoy breakfast or lunch until 3 pm daily. As the name suggests, House of Omelets Restaurant is known for its hearty omelets, although the variety offered on the menu means you don’t have to be an egg lover to appreciate a good meal here. House of Omelets prides itself on using fresh organic ingredients from hormone-free meat to organic vegetables. With over two dozen omelets plus the option of adding additional cheese, meats, and veggies of your choice, there truly is an omelet for every taste at the House of Omelets Restaurant. The lobster omelet, corned beef hash omelet, and Polish wonder are just a few of the unique combinations found here. Skillets, sandwiches, burritos, benedicts, and items from the griddle are also available for breakfast. The lunch menu is equally as extensive, filled with salads, wraps, and burger options. Order a pitcher of mimosas to share or a bottomless mimosa to accompany your brunch in Cape Coral.
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Picture this: You’ve planned for a beach getaway in the beautiful seaside town of Cape Coral. You’ve packed your swimsuits, flip flops, and sunscreen, expecting nothing but fun in the sun. You open the curtains on your first day in Cape Coral, ready to take on the sun and the surf, when you discover that it’s a rainy, gloomy day. Although an unexpected rainy day can dampen anyone’s spirits during an oceanside vacation, don’t be discouraged! Cape Coral is filled with tons of fun activities to enjoy until the clouds clear and the sun shines again. Keep reading to find out our favorite rainy day activities in Cape Coral.
Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
It’s no secret that the main attraction in Cape Coral is its beautiful beaches and numerous canals. However, when you can’t get out on the water due to inclement weather, there is no better place to be in Cape Coral than the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery! Wicked Dolphin is famous for its variety of small batch, handcrafted rum that is distilled from premium Florida cane sugar. Using local ingredients and the best methods, Wicked Dolphin is a must stop for any spirits lover! On a rainy day in Cape Coral, drown your sorrows with a rum tasting and tour here, offered on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, each hour on the hour. The approximately 35-minute tour will take you through their distilling process and give you great stories and insights into the history of the Wicked Dolphin Distillery. Best of all, both the tour and the tastings are completely free! This is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon, and while the tastings are reserved for those 21 and older, the tour itself is family friendly and open to everyone of all ages. If you like what you taste, you can pick up a bottle to take home as a souvenir, along with t-shirts, barbecue sauce, and other great items in their shop.
Harbour View Gallery
Although a rainy day may obscure your view of Cape Coral’s beautiful beaches, you can still take in lovely sites by browsing the work of local artists at the Harbour View Gallery. Open daily from 11am to 8pm and conveniently located between the shores and the downtown area of Cape Harbour, Harbour View Gallery is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Enjoy a variety of works from local artists, from paintings and sculpture to jewelry and crafts, there is something here for every taste and nearly every budget. Each month, the gallery features a 2-D artist and a 3-D artist, meaning that no matter how many times you travel to Cape Coral, there will always be something new to enjoy in the gallery. This is the only artist owned co-op gallery in Cape Coral, which ensures that the artists have a say in how their work is displayed and you can be sure that they directly receive commission from the sales of their works. Since its opening in the fall of 2007, Harbour View Gallery has displayed the works of over 300 local artists!
Cape Coral Historical Museum
What better opportunity to learn about the local history and culture of Cape Coral than on a rainy day! The Cape Coral Museum of History is a great destination for anyone interested in how this Florida town began. Although it has only been incorporated for just over 50 years, the rich history of the area dates back hundreds of years, and the museum is a fun place to explore the history and learn more about the people and landmarks of Cape Coral. The museum is open Wednesdays-Fridays from 11am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Admission is very reasonable, just $5 for adults and free for students with ID and children 17 & under. Usually, the museum allows you the option to browse the exhibits on your own or choose a tour, however due to current health restrictions they are open for museum tours only. Enjoy a guided tour, limited to eight guests plus the tour guide, making it feel like a private experience! Learn great tidbits about Cape Coral and its history. You may even want to return when the weather is nice to explore the gardens and take a free tour of the “Florida-Friendly Gardens” here!
The last thing anyone wants during their beach vacation is a day spoiled by rain. However, when you’re in Cape Coral, be sure to make the most of your rainy day by heading into town and exploring some of the many local destinations that are sure to delight! There is sure to be something to entertain the whole family during your rainy day adventures in Cape Coral. Book your Cape Coral vacation today!