Enjoy bottomless bubbles and endless seafood spreads at these Naples restaurants that make brunch a full-weekend affair.Less
Located a few blocks from the Naples Pier, the 180-seat gastropub may be known for serving up some of the area’s freshest cocktails. Brunch is an event at this stylish, lushly decorated space. Indulge in American classics like the homemade banana pancakes and lobster benedict. Or, take a brunch trip around the world, with the Mexican huevos rancheros, Cuban molletes or Italian chicken milanese. Top it all off with $5 mimosas and bloody marys.
Inspired by the owner’s time living in the French Riviera and Alps, Cafe Gourmand’s crepes, pastries and croissants are nearly as authentic as what you’d find in France. Organic ingredients are imported from France and Italy, and fruit and vegetables are sourced from local farmers. Opt between savory or sweet crepes filled with brie and bacon or topped with sugar and butter. Order a stuffed croissant topped with bechamel sauce for something even more indulgent.
The Catch of the Pelican’s Sunday Brunch A La Kitchen features a seasonal menu that rotates weekly with an all-you-can-eat locally sourced seafood and raw bar, salads and homemade soups, bakery selections, and sweet treats for $49 per person. Beyond the carving station, there are cast-iron waffles, French-style omelets, towers of chilled seafood and a selection of small plates, like butter-braised scallops and broiled New Zealand lamb chops.
The Claw Bar gets its name from its centerpiece raw bar lined with crab and lobster. Brunch is daily and decadent—think seafood towers, buttermilk pancakes, crispy fried oysters, and beignets with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce. Sandwiches range from classic club to Buffalo Muffalata, and in addition to the signature chilled seafood spread, you’ll find breakfast favorites like lump crab eggs Benedict.
Although the food is casual, The Dock at Crayton Cove gets fancy with its build-your-own bloody mary spread (whose secret recipe dates back to the Dock’s early days in 1976). Pricing is determined by which of the 10 vodkas you pick, and then it’s up to you to design a hair-of-the-dog to your liking, with mixers, marinated vegetables, and even cheese and andouille sausage. Pair your handcrafted cocktail with one of the seafood-centric plates like crab eggs benedict.
Some of Naples’ best sidewalk restaurants line Fifth Avenue South, including chef Vincenzo Betulia’s The French. On the patio, white lights are strung from the trees and pink bougainvillea climb white marble columns. The interior takes a cue from traditional Parisian bistros with white and black mosaic tiles and red-leather banquettes. Brunch dishes range from hearty French fare like chicken paillard and Emmental cheese-topped burgers to seafood platters and Niçoise-style tuna tartare.
With tables lining the lush patio off one of Naples’ busiest pedestrian areas, breakfast and people-watching are de rigueur until doors close at 4 p.m. There are Bellinis with cocktail umbrellas, burritos and breakfast sandwiches galore, and a weekend special of thick slices of challah French toast covered in creamy vanilla and confectioner’s sugar and stuffed with various fruit fillings. For something on the health-conscious side, opt for steel-cut oatmeal or smashed avocado gluten-free toast.
Lake Park Diner brings together all the best of what the team of Chef Michael Voorhis and developer Adam Smith created at The Bevy in downtown Naples, and later at Smith Organics food truck, in an upscale diner and garden setting. Grab a wood-slat table on the covered patio wrapped in podocarpus yews and other greenery and order from the weekend brunch menu’s farm-to-table fare like cage-free quinoa scramble and house-baked buttermilk biscuits with buttermilk fried chicken.
This Naples farm- and sea-to-table restaurant champions local farmers, ranchers, sea mongers, artisans and brewers. Chef-owner Jeff Mitchell sources seasonally and sustainably to create his Florida-inspired fare. The team makes everything in-house, from the sourdough for pizzas to the ricotta cheese and cured meats. Brunch is a mix of vegan vanilla chia seed pudding, superfood hash, and avocado almond “cheese” toast, as well as classics like buttermilk pancakes and breakfast burritos.
In Naples, M Waterfront Grille on Venetian Bay has live music on Sundays—along with bottomless mimosas. Expect organic meat, seafood and produce served in the main dining room with bay views, plus a full bar and front terrace. Brunch features bottomless bubbles and a selection of beautifully arranged salads, plus twists on traditional breakfast fare, like eggs Florentine flatbread and fried chicken and French toast drizzled with Calvados syrup and topped with spiced roasted apples.