I’ve lived and worked in Estero for nearly 20 years, so this list is coming to you from experience. But rather than pick my favorites, I’ve decided to keep it impartial. I’ve turned to the reviewers of Yelp for the best restaurants in Estero.

Estero has grown tremendously over the past 20 years. Many of the places on this list didn’t even exist back then. For those of you new to town, back then our only mall was Miromar Outlets, FGCU was just getting started, and when you drove past Bella Terra on Corkscrew Road that was the end of civilization. I remember when our only fast food option was Arby’s, and it closed early. Once you drove south on 41 past Corkscrew there wasn’t much of anything until you got to Bonita Beach Road. Except for a liquor store. I remember there being a liquor store. All this has happened in less than 20 years.

We’ve done quite a few of these lists, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples. But this is the first time I’ve done Estero, except for the time I wrote about the taco place at the gas station. I’m telling you, those are some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. That place, along with several others are too new to make this list, so if your favorite isn’t on here – sorry. Once they stack up enough reviews they may make the cut. So, no, Cheesecake Factory isn’t on here. Let’s get started.

The Best Restaurants in Estero according to Yelp

Most of these places are either located in or near malls. But the two that aren’t, are absolutely amazing. Let’s begin at Coconut Point.

  • 10. South Fork Grille

    Great food and a great staff, SFG in the Coconut Point Mall comes in at number 10. They’ve got a fantastic Early Bird special and a pretty solid menu. The “Buddha bowl” gets mentioned quite often in reviews. A fair amount of gluten free options, too. If you’re going for dinner, in season, I’d definitely recommend making a reservation.

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    Lobster 🦞 Rolls at South Fork Grill at Coconut Point in Estero Florida.

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  • 9. Angelina's Ristorante

    Located just south of Coconut Point Mall. Angelina’s has been a staple since 2008. They’re only open for dinner and don’t even think about rolling in fresh off the beach. Dress nice. This is going to be some of the best Italian food you’ve had. And the decor and ambiance is just as impressive as the food. Super classy. They have won so many awards. When I’m there I always think “this place is too nice for me to be here.”

    Angelina's Ristorante | Fine Italian Dining | Bonita Springs, FL

    Award winning Angelina's Ristorante, located in Bonita Springs, Florida just one mile south of Coconut Point Mall. World Class Italian Restaurant.

  • 8. Amfora Mediterranean Restaurant

    Another entry from Coconut Point. Mediterranean. House made pasta and seafood are specialties. Also lobster ravioli. I love large wood fired ovens and often wonder what it takes to keep that place cool inside.

    Amfora Mediterranean Restaurant - Estero, FL

    AMFORA MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT, 8076 Mediterranean Dr, Ste 107, Estero, FL 33928, 166 Photos, Mon - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Tue - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Wed - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Thu - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Fri - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sat - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sun - 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  • 7. The Llama’s House

    This funky place serves up Peruvian cuisine in Miromar Outlets. Try the ceviche, yuca bites, and tostones bruschetta. Pair it up with a spicy margarita. The food is fun, and the drink prices are amazing. 

  • 6. El Gaucho Inca Estero

    Argentine and Peruvian food across the street from the Coconut Point Mall. Try the Meat Lovers Poseidon Parrillada. And go on Wednesday.

  • 5. 9 Thai Sushi

    This one is away from the malls, but is one of my favorites. Good sushi, great Pad Thai. But be careful if you ask for it spicy – you better be ready. It’s hot. The service is absolutely amazing, and save some room for the mango with sticky rice desert. And an often overlooked thing, their website ordering is one of the best setups I’ve ever seen.

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    We are dedicated to serving excellence to people who want simple, delicious cuisine. We strive to give our customers the best culinary experience possible. Using only the freshest ingredients and serving them in a warm, comfortable atmosphere, each meal spent in the company of our friendly staff will always be a pleasurable experience.

  • 4. Ford's Garage Estero

    Back over to Miromar Outlets for Ford’s Garage. Sure, it’s a chain, but if you want a great burger and an amazing selection of drinks – this is your spot. When you go, enter the mall from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Much easier.

    @miromaroutlets

    Visit Fords Garage for a mac and cheese menu like no other! From the comfort food classic to more daring twists like buffalo chicken and shrimp mac and cheese there’s a dish to delight all our cheese lovers! 🧀🫶 #miromaroutlets #esterofl #fordsgaragerestaurant

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  • 3. Tommy Bahama | Marlin Bar & Store - Coconut Point

    The Tommy Bahama at Coconut Point is not hard to find. Just follow the crowd. Not kidding, the rest of the mall could be relatively empty and this place is still packed. There’s usually live entertainment and seating outside.

    @jjoseaddlyj

    Tommy bahama restaurant and bar 🦐🍹 #fyp #restaurant

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  • 2. Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar

    This makes quite a choice when you go to Miromar Outlets. To the right is Ford’s Garage, to the left is Naples Flatbread. The food is amazing, but you’re coming for the  self-service tap wall. 54 craft beers, wine, hard seltzer, hard cider, spiked kombucha, mead wine, nitro cold brew coffee, as well as a house-made Moscow mule with Tito’s vodka. A couple of drinks in and you’re ready for a flatbread pizza.

    @miromaroutlets

    Hoppy NationalBeerDay! 🍻 Visit the state of the art self service tap wall at Naples Flatbread to create your own flight! Find your favorite brew then pour yourself a few 😉! #miromaroutlet #swflfoodies #swfl

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  • 1. Divieto Ristorante

    This Italian restaurant in the Coconut Point Mall is voted number one in Estero by Yelp reviewers. A great atmosphere and great Italian food. A roaring twenties Miami feel. A perfect pairing of atmosphere and food.

    @rogeliourbinaofficial

    Just had an incredible meal at Divieto! @divietoristorante The food was absolutely amazing and the service was top-notch. Highly recommend this restaurant for a night to remember 💯 #Divieto #RestaurantReview #AmazingFood #AmazingService #dinewithclass #divietoristorante #naplesrealestate #keybiscayne #naplesfl #fortmyers #lehighacres #leecounty #swfl #swflfoodies #swflorida

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