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“Ambiance is unbeatable, service a bit rushed and food good.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Veranda
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Ranked #9 of 824 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Fort Myers. The Veranda will take you away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life to a bygone era of Antebellum charm. The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-the-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in Southwest Florida. Celebrating our 35th year in business, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area. Join us and experience the romance, the history and the charm that is the Veranda!
Colorado
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205 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Ambiance is unbeatable, service a bit rushed and food good.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A little pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Don-Judi S
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Fort Myers, Florida
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth every penny”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank eiffelnut
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delightful dining in a tropical garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Veranda. We especially enjoyed the outdoor garden. Service was wonderful & the food was well prepared & presented.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bjmfield
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Cape coral
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Sure not "upscale"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

This place is a hood. You need reservation and love it.., if you like..
To wait for your table, despite reservation
Extremely snobbish host, don't complain waiting for your table as you get lectured how this is customary in fine restaurants, and, you are welcome to go to McD if you don't like it..
Service and food quality not what one expects from a fine restaurant!,
Totally over priced for what they deliver
(Sea) food either over or under cooked and in a tasteless heap of something
Careless service
Very crowded, small tables cramped in an overall small setting.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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