The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

When a day at the beach, round of golf or conference comes to an end, savvy Floridians and VIP visitors head to The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The  resort’s flagship restaurant is incredibly popular with the well-heeled crowd — and with good reason, as diners get a dose of upscale steakhouse cuisine, inventive cocktails and a warm, clubby atmosphere.

The dark interior of the restaurant, which features wood-paneled walls and original artwork, is a no-attitude place to enjoy a tender dry-aged steak and fresh seafood, along with succulent chops and Colorado rack of lamb. A few notable chilled appetizers include house-smoked salmon and foie gras torchon, while warm favorites include wild mushroom risotto and perfectly seared scallops.

The nightly live piano music and roaring fireplace add to the elegant, romantic vibe. Be sure to visit the bar for unique cocktails such as a grilled pear margarita and the bacon-smoked bloody Mary.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Visitors to the resort and Naples residents alike often plan a night at the restaurant to enjoy live piano entertainment and its cozy fireplace — though the latter is unnecessary in the warm Florida weather, it cast a warm, enchanting glow over the room.

• Dining here is an event itself, with pre-meal cocktails in the lounge, appetizers, entrees, dessert and post-dinner drinks lasting up to several hours — the entertaining experience is enough to fill an entire evening.

• The Grill is also popular with visiting VIPs, and you’ll likely see those celebrating a work victory or feteing a birthday. The room is large enough to accommodate both groups and couples, and the vibe is refined (but never stuffy) luxury.
Things to Know
• The dress code at The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is upscale resort casual. Jackets are not required for men, but the restaurant is not so informal that it allows beachwear such as flip-flops or shorts — khakis and golf shirts are fine for men, while ladies will be comfortable in sundresses or pantsuits.

• This town isn’t known for its late-night revelry, and like most of the restaurants in Naples, The Grill is not open late. Those who want to continue a festive evening night out can head to the elegant lobby lounge, which serves cocktails until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

• The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples welcomes guests seven nights a week. The restaurant serves only dinner, which begins at 6 and ends at 10 p.m. nightly.

• The best way to get a reservation at The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is to call the restaurant at 239-598-6644 or to book online at Reservations at the restaurant are advised throughout the year, though keep in mind Naples is a seasonal destination — the busiest months are December through May.
The Food
• The Naples restaurant accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions—vegetarian, gluten-free and even vegan menus are available here upon request.

• Elegant appetizers provide the perfect prelude to a succulent steak. Dive into selections such as La Belle Farm seared fois gras, beef tartar or chilled lobster with a cucumber mango slaw.

• Prime, dry-aged steaks are the specialty at The Grill. Top your ravishing rib eye with a luxurious accompaniment like Reyes blue cheese or crab Oscar.

• A small selection of sauces provide the perfect finishing touch to a prime cut—think green peppercorn sauce or mint jus options.

• Those who aren’t in the mood for steak are in luck—other savory mains include seafood (Dover sole, Atlantic salmon and John Dory) and other carnivorous selections (Hudson Valley duck breast, organic chicken and a succulent veal chop).
Getting There
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, Florida 34108
The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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