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“Overall a great evening!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Veranda

The Veranda
2122 2nd St, At Broadway, Fort Myers, FL 33901-3013
+1 239-332-2065
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Ranked #10 of 649 restaurants in Fort Myers
Price range: $0 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Maine
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98 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Overall a great evening!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had a great meal at the Veranda on a warm evening out on the patio. The service was excellent overall and while some have said that it was stuffy, I have not felt that way. For some reason, we did not get served the bread, but when we mentioned it, it came immediately. The corn muffins with the jelly were particularly tasty. The salads which came with the meal had a bit different elements such as the black beans which made them interesting.

A couple of things resulted in not giving a 5 star rating. When we got there it seemed that they did not remember our reservation although we were seated quickly since there were not many people sitting outside. This restaurant also allows smoking outside and while that was not a problem while we were there, there was a table next to ours that had a cigar and cigarettes in the ash tray. Outside seating is prime in Florida and I feel strongly that restaurants should ban it or at a minimum limit it to one space away from other diners with good ventilation.

While the servers were great in fixing up a box for us to take home, I feel strongly that restaurants which care about our environment should use something biodegradable and not styrofoam.

Finally when we left and tried to get our car which had been valet parked there was no valet to be found even though we walked around a bit and my husband went back inside to try to find out what was going on. i eventually found the valet out talking to someone parked in front of the restaurant. He said he was telling her that she would get towed if she parked there although it looked later to us that it was a valid parking space.

With all these small things, the overall experience was very good.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ft. myers
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“great setting, average food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Love the courtyard seating. The place itself is nice, but the menu never impressed us so much. There's a difference between traditional and tired and they seemed close to that line. Others may love the food, though, and I confess to not having been there in awhile, there being so many good alternatives. Give them a try, though, at least for the 1st-rate atmosphere.

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Colorado
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60 restaurant reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Ambiance is unbeatable, service a bit rushed and food good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Went with a group of eight expecting greatness and got prettygoodness. The ambiance of the home and gorgeous garden and decor coupled with waiters in tuxes was amazing. Loved the corn mini muffins and red pepper jelly, but had to ask for more, never got more iced tea, and our caesar salad was off-way too much hot mustard powder that wasn't mixed in well in places and the waiter didn't really care and was quite defensive and aloof even.
Loved the spicy house dressing with pepperoncini that someone else had. Food was good, but expected something a bit more inspired on the veggies w/the chateaubriand besides hunks of grilled peppers and tomatoes w/cheese on top. Chocolate pate was rich and perfect & creme brulee was not overcooked which is often the case.
All in all, would for sure go again for a special occasion. It is on the pricey side, but not at all outrageously expensive considering entrees include salads and the place itself is heavenly. Wish for better service, the waiter was running around all over, but needed an assistant or someone to stop in occasionally to refill water and bread and check in.
Definitely worth another visit soon.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A little pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Had reservations for our 20th Anniversary.We're seated in the garden outside. [no wait]A gust of wind knocked the wine list into my Wife's water gobblet spilling water all over her lap.[not a good start]Ordered Veal Piccatta and Grilled Fillet.Everything was prepared to our likeing.Great food.Very helpful Waiter.Just a little over-priced.I think you pay for the ambiance.I would reccommend.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Worth every penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Excellent atmosphere, excellent service, excellent food. A high price to match, but worth it. Wonderful for any special occasion,

Visited October 2012
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