Cap­tiva

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CANTINA CAP­TIVA

Na­cho Madre’s Mex­i­can. En­joy lunch and din­ner in the gar­den or in­side, where bright ser­ape col­ors, piñatas, terra-tiled floors and adobe-style walls sub­tly sug­gest that we’ve gone south of the bor­der. LD

14970 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-0248, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

CAP­TIVA HOUSE

Old Florida/New Amer­i­can. Chef Ja­son Miller’s al­ways-chang­ing menu cen­ters on the bounty of the sea­son with plenty of fresh fish. Wines from an eclec­tic list com­ple­ment the pre­sen­ta­tions, and the view from the Sun­set Room takes the breath away. BD

15951 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-5161 ext. 4, tween­wa­ters.com

DOC FORD’S CAP­TIVA RUM BAR & GRILLE

The Story Con­tin­ues. Build­ing on con­tin­ued suc­cess, this pop­u­lar chain based on nov­el­ist Randy Wayne White’s fic­tional char­ac­ter brings its unique menu to the doors of South Seas Is­land Re­sort. Start with Doc’s Beach Bread while you con­sider en­trees like Ori­en­tal panko crusted grouper and dry-rubbed rib­eye. LD

5400 South Seas Plan­ta­tion Road, Cap­tiva, 239-312-4275, doc­ford­scap­tiva.com

KEYLIME BISTRO

Changes in Food­i­tude. A white picket fence and cheery blue canopies give this place an is­land set­ting, while daily out­door live mu­sic pro­vides a Jimmy Buf­fett beat. The eclec­tic menu in­cludes

wal­nut-crusted snap­per, sausage and pep­pers and es­car­gots baked with blue cheese and tomato. BLD

11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-395-4000, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

LATTE DA COF­FEE AND ICE CREAM SHOP

Once Upon a Time ... Find a wide range of cof­fees, in­clud­ing the ex­tra-strong Red Eye Cof­fee, cap­puc­ci­nos and lat­tes at this cozy spot. Those with a sweet tooth in­dulge in scoops of Quee­nie’s lo­cally made ice cream, milk­shakes and sun­daes. BLD 11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-472-0234, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

THE MUCKY DUCK

Quack Up. Start at the bar with a fresh pint from a long list of beers brewed “on the other side of the pond.” The menu is a com­bi­na­tion of Florida cui­sine and English pub grub. Visit the great out­door beachside pa­tio for live mu­sic and sun­set gaz­ing. LD

11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-472-3434, muck­y­duck.com

RC OT­TER’S

Ot­terly Beach Amer­i­can. The mul­ti­tude of menu choices may be daunt­ing. Steamed clams, fish bas­kets, que­sadil­las or even meat­loaf are sure to sat­isfy your crav­ings. Diners en­joy live mu­sic out­side seven days a week dur­ing lunch and din­ner. BLD

11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-395-1142, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

SUN­SHINE SEAFOOD CAFÉ AND WINE BAR

In­spired Bistro. This charm­ing, small café of­fers a menu with a Euro­pean touch. Diners can en­joy the wood- grilled rack of lamb or black­ened salmon, or per­haps a pecan­crusted goat cheese salad. Out­door seat­ing is avail­able. LD

14900 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-6200, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

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