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Peace River Seafood Market & Restaurant
 Peace River Seafood Market & Restaurant

The dining scene in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is an eclectic mix of seafood shacks, sidewalk cafes, waterfront eateries, fine dining and sweet spots. Primary dining districts include downtown Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village and Englewood’s Dearborn Street. Familiar chain restaurants are bountiful, too.

Notable culinary experiences include dinner at Golden Spoon recipient The Perfect Caper, headed by three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef in the South, Jeanie Roland, and lunch at the table actor Denzel Washington sat at while filming "Out of Time” (2003) at The Fishery Restaurant in the fishing community of Placida.

Learn to make a new meal with the Pies & Plates Culinary Academy, then hop the pond without a passport to enjoy traditional fish and chips with mushy peas at the Ice House Pub. The pub is housed in the former Punta Gorda Ice Plant, which was built in the 1890s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Authentic Irish fare is enjoyed at the Celtic Ray Public House, which is owned and managed by Dublin native Kevin Doyle. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine fused with traditional Southern flavor at Farlow’s on the Water. Herbs used in menu items are grown on site, and guests are invited to tour the garden.

Farlow's on the Water
 Farlow's on the Water
Anglers can enjoy their fresh catch and let someone else do the cooking. The Village Fish Market Restaurant & Lounge at Fishermen’s Village will prepare a fishermen’s cleaned fish any delicious way they’d like.

Late fall through mid-spring, see and taste what certified organic Worden Farm is growing. They offer culinary workshops and farm tours on select dates. Purchase their fresh vegetables, along with fresh seafood from local fishermen, at the Fishermen’s Village Farmer’s Market each Wednesday late fall through mid-spring. Year-round farmers markets provide fresh veggies, meats and crafts Saturday mornings in downtown Punta Gorda and at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Friday mornings, visit Englewood Farmers’ Market for more Florida fresh produce.

Whatever the craving and occasion, there’s a restaurant satisfying every tastebud. Following is a sampling of the area’s tasty dining options.

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