Although our hotel suite at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort had a kitchen, we ate all of our lunches and dinners at restaurants or on the beach. I had a difficult time finding information about family- friendly Marco Island restaurants, so I spent quite a bit of time asking for recommendations on Twitter and using the Yelp app (we also got lots of great information from the staff at the resort). Here are my favorite of the Marco Island restaurants that we ate at.
The Snook Inn
One of the valets at the Snook Inn recommended that we eat at the Snook Inn, which is located right on the waterfront. We arrived shortly after the happy hour from 4-6pm, and had to wait a few minutes for an outdoor table. This restaurant is very casual, but the view can’t be beat. The food was good – not great, but the drinks and the atmosphere makes it a worthwhile stop. They don’t take reservations, so arrive early if you don’t want to wait.
This nondescript restaurant in a mini mall is a hidden gem. Filled with locals who know how good it is, this place fills up early. The menu includes sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads, along with kids’ options. I found it on Yelp, and would have passed right by it if I didn’t read all of the great reviews.
The Crazy Flamingo
A friend on Twitter recommended the Crazy Flamingo, which is tucked away in the back of a mini mall anchored by Publix. This place is super casual and self-service. The bar, which was crowded even at an early hour, serves only beer and wine. This was the best food that we had on our entire trip, however, and I wish we’d gone back on our last night.
Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar
Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar, which doubles as an evening comedy club, was just a short walk from our hotel. The service was pretty average, but the food and drinks were definitely above average. There was a pretty large bridal shower going on in the corner of the restaurant, so that may have affected the service. I’d definitely return – the food was definitely worth it.
We traveled off the island for one meal (which was not worth it!), and ate most of our lunches at the beach. I hope to return to Marco Island next year, and would eat at all of these places again.
Get Our 7 Travel Tips
Subscribe to get 7 essential family travel tips and our weekly newsletter filled with tips, tricks, and info for family travelers.