As the holidays approach, so too does peak visitors’ season in Southwest Florida.
Despite the pandemic and its many uncertainties, restaurants continue to open. Many have their proverbial fingers crossed that the area’s seasonal residents will return to their winter nests, and will still be comfortable going out to eat, be it for takeout or seated service.
Here’s a look at two recently launched restaurants in Fort Myers and Marco Island.
Silver King Ocean Brasserie opens in Fort Myers
Downtown Fort Myers’ newest restaurant opened last week inside the new Luminary Hotel at 2200 Edwards Drive.
Silver King Ocean Brasserie joins Ella Mae’s Diner and Beacon Social Drinkery on the hotel property, which debuted in September. Silver King is the hotel’s signature restaurant, led by Luminary’s executive chef Kiel Lombardo, chef de cuisine Matthew Mohler and general manager Anthony Sambrato Jr.
The team has crafted a menu filled with seafood and sophisticated ingredients. Its dishes are made with “simple preparations using classic techniques for a modern palate,” according to a news release.
“The Silver King makes the most of our access to fabulously fresh Florida seafood to showcase modern dishes that are approachable but far from common,” Luminary Hotel general manager Bob Megazzini said. “We’ve created a unique, high-end dining experience that is still comfortably casual for locals and visitors alike.”
The 60-seat indoor dining room centers on Silver King’s open kitchen, with 40 more seats available outdoors. Photos of the space show sleek wood accents, marble tile-work and cushy chairs upholstered in velvet.
The bulk of Silver King’s dishes are sorted into beginning and middle sections, as well as a list of desserts. The former include: jamon Iberico with tomato jam; marinated snapper with fresh passion fruit; stone crab claws with horseradish cream; and a “Potato & Caviar” appetizer finished with chives, sour cream, porcini mushrooms and Osetra caviar. Entrees include seared cobia with turmeric cream; a dry-aged USDA Prime NY strip with uni butter; and angel-hair pasta with Key West shrimp and guanciale.
Silver King also offers whole fish, as well as premium A5 Japanese beef sold for $16 per ounce. Menu prices range from $11 to $18 for starters, and $22 to $49 for mains. The restaurant features an extensive wine list.
The space is also home to The Florida Room, a private dining space that seats 14 guests. Silver King Ocean Brasserie is open 5-10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, with plans to offer brunch in the near future. Reservations are recommended and can be made via Yelp. Visit luminaryhotel.com/taste for more.
Deep Lagoon opens on Marco Island
The area’s newest Deep Lagoon Seafood opened Oct. 21 on Marco Island.
It’s the third location for the local chain, with additional restaurants in Naples and Fort Myers. The new Deep Lagoon occupies The Esplanade Shoppes, in the space that formerly housed Tara Steak & Lobster House.
The menu will be the same as other Deep Lagoon restaurants, featuring seafood caught by the chain’s fleet of local fishing boats, as well as a raw bar, mussels, lobster, pastas, salads and a few land-based options.
Deep Lagoon is part of Phelan Family Brands, the restaurant group that also includes Pinchers and Texas Tony’s Rib & Brew House. Find the new Deep Lagoon at 760 North Collier Blvd. No. 105, Marco Island. Call 239-235-7497 or visit deeplagoon.com for more.
Palace Pub & Wine Bar in Cape Coral is hosting “Death by Brunch” Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will feature a Shift Coffee bar, a specially chosen list of sparkling pet-nat wines and a brunch menu crafted by Death by Taco cook/owner Skyler Denison. Palace is at 1317 Cape Coral Parkway E. Call 239-691-6500 or visit palacepubandwine.com for more.
The Bevy will offer a four-course regional Italian wine dinner. The event will feature guidance from a “resident Winebow representative.” Courses feature items such as gnocchi primavera and wagyu beef tagliata. $80 per person. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 360 12th Ave. S., Naples. For full menu and information, call 239-228-4220 or visit naplesbevy.com.
Naples Fine Wine will host a “festive evening of Champagne and lobster” featuring Cousins Maine Lobster rolls. The tasting will include six Champagnes and a variety of lobster-centric dishes such as a Maine or Connecticut lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, lobster bisque and more. The event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at 6210 Shirley Street No. 110, Naples. Price is $30 for the Champagne tasting, $50 for a Champagne tasting with lobster roll and chips. For RSVP and information, call 239-598-1155 or naplesfinewine.com.