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The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers five restaurants for guests visiting the Florida Gulf Coast hotel. You’ll find classic American cuisine in the Inn’s Dining Room, which is decorated with fresh orchids and bamboo-caned furniture patterned with ferns. Breakfast and four-course dinners are served daily throughout the social season (December through March) in this Wine Spectator Award-winning restaurant. In addition to top-notch wine, expect entrées such as potato-crusted grouper, Black Angus beef tenderloin, traditional Dover sole with seasonal vegetables and mushroom Wellington for vegetarians.
For a casual, chic atmosphere, try The Pink Elephant (locally known as The Pink). It also was a proud recipient of the coveted Wine Spectator Award in 2012, and it features a diverse, creative seafood menu with dishes such as pretzel-crusted snapper as well as lobster and shrimp with braised bacon, truffle cream and Parmesan dumplings. Grab light poolside lunches at The Beach Club and The Gasparilla Golf Club Gazebo. Kick off a lively happy hour or top off the day with a mojito or the planter’s punch at BZ’s, a charming bar located on the main floor of the luxury hotel. Its new Inn Bakery is located offsite in the heart of Boca Grande village, but it’s an easy three-minute walk. The café serves up artisan French pastries (such as chocolate éclairs), coffees and light lunches (signatures include blackened tuna niçoise and spicy shrimp salad) in a relaxed setting near all of the town shops.
Don’t miss breakfast or lunch at The Outlet at the Innlet. While you nosh on banana pancakes or biscuits and gravy in the diner’s patio, you’ll be about 10 feet from the bayou and can watch the manatees and dolphins swimming by.