From Fine Dining to Funky Fun, Bonita Springs Offers Something for Everyone
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
You may feel like you’re in Napa when you sip your cabernet at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in North Naples, from the extensive wine list to the sumptuous menu. Recipient of more than 200 wine awards, this upscale restaurant pairs a suggested bin number with each food item to guide you to the ideal wine selection to complement the experience.
Just a few miles south of Bonita Springs, Cooper’s Hawk features contemporary American fare with delectable flavors from around the world, serving diners a memorable lunch or dinner at reasonable prices.
Start with the popular Crispy Brussels Sprouts appetizer accented with sesame-sriracha aioli, followed by a mouth-watering, huge Bourbon Lacquered Barbecue Pork Chop. Cap off your evening with the decadent Cooper’s Hawk Chocolate Cake featuring Valrhona chocolate and Hazelnut Ganache. They even offer a wine club for significant savings for select wines by the bottle.
Big flavors in a small space are what you’ll find at Olde Florida Chop House, the perfect spot for a romantic date night or special dinner with close friends. Enjoy prime steaks and fresh, Florida-style seafood entrees as you watch the sunset over the lake, with expert wine pairing recommendations from their extensive list suggested by an exceptional staff.
The lobster bisque is a smooth and velvety way to begin, followed by a perfectly prepared New York Strip or Filet Mignon. Seafood lovers will find the large, tender Sea Scallops a delight. Quaint and cozy, you can enjoy a truly unique dining experience indoors or outdoors on the lakeside patio.
A culinary experience unlike any other awaits at Angelina’s, one of Bonita Springs’ most popular dining destinations. From their scratch-made pastas to the rustic bread made in-house, Angelina’s leaves no detail unattended in providing the ultimate special dining experience.
The outstanding Pork Osso Bucco is a popular favorite, tender and tantalizing, and the Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli stuffed with mascarpone will melt in your mouth. Upscale in style and ambience, their knowledgeable wine steward and caring staff will make sure to help you discover the perfect wine to accompany your selections, backed by a long history of Wine Spectator Magazine awards. When a special night out is in your plans, Angelina’s Ristorante will never disappoint.
Angelina’s – 24041 S Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs
Doug’s Seafood Restaurant & Market
If you’re craving authentic New England seafood classics and don’t want to change from your shorts and t-shirt, Doug’s needs to be on top of your list. Silky chowders, bisques and gumbos, overstuffed lobster rolls with either a touch of mayo or warm, drawn butter and steamed whole lobster are just a few of the flavorful specialties here.
After your meal, you can stop into the fresh seafood market to take home some authentic, creamy New England Clam Chowder and some jumbo Gulf of Mexico shrimp for tomorrow’s meal. Other fresh market specialties include triple tail and snapper, sole, flounder, swordfish, salmon and much more. Real seafood lovers come here for a taste of New England, and it’s perfect for a casual lunch or dinner on the way home from a day on Bonita Beach.
If wings are your thing, you won’t find any better or more authentic than those offered at Buffalo Chips in beautiful downtown Bonita. The owners here are straight from Buffalo, New York, and they know what they’re doing when it comes to wings, having operated this fun and funky place since 1982. Perfectly plump and meaty, crisped with an outer crunch and slathered in an authentic Buffalo hot sauce, these wonderful wings draw locals and visitors to the point that in season you’ll likely need to park in the adjacent overflow parling lot.
If you want an upscale atmosphere with your food, you may want to keep looking – Buffalo Chips is a super-casual, bar-like spot with kitschy wall signs, hundreds of historic old photos of Bonita and wooden picnic tables – perfect for a fun time with good food.
If you want to try another Buffalo classic, get the piled-high Beef on Weck sandwich, or you can create your own gourmet burger with dozens of flavorful options. The sweet smell from the giant smoker out back let’s you know that pulled pork and savory ribs are also on the menu. Leave your pretenses at the door and roll up your sleeves for what just may be the best wings south of New York.
Kelly Madden has spent his career as an advertising, marketing and creative consultant. He spent 20 years as the marketing director for Florida's largest residential real estate brokerage firm, and more recently as the marketing director for a Fort Myers personal injury law firm.
Kelly holds a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He is an accomplished graphic designer, blogger and website content writer, and also does original illustrations.
Kelly has lived in Southwest Florida for over 50 years, and now resides in Cape Coral with his wife, Sandra, where he operates a freelance marketing and creative business.