The Dock at Crayton Cove has been around Naples for more than 30 years and has long since established itself as a mainstay in the community. It’s a family business that has developed a regular clientele of locals and repeat visitors.
As you’d hope for from an open-air Floridian restaurant on the water, they have a list of tropical drinks and frozen concoctions to begin with before your meal. Next, we’ve had good luck with the New England Clam Chowder, the conch fritters and the oysters Rockefeller. Also, they have oysters, mussels, crab, shrimp and clams from the raw bar. You’ll find grilled chicken, a N.Y. strip steak and ribs buried at the bottom of the dinner menu but, you are going to The Dock for the fish and seafood. In addition to the their regular menu preparations, you can order one of half a dozen other fishes cooked in other styles including grilled and bamboo steamed. Typically, they will have available salmon, mahi mahi, grouper, tuna, tilapia and sea bass.
The Dock does accept reservations and we would advise calling well in advance, especially during the busy season from Thanksgiving to Easter. The restaurant overlooks City Dock marina and there is water access for boaters wanting to tie up. This place gets busy and if you hope for a table next to the water, then most definitely call for a reservation and be prepared to wait a little bit for that table with a view. (Once you are seated, throw a few bread crumbs in the water to attract the fish.)
In May, there is an annual event that The Dock sponsors which you should take in while you’re in town. It’s the Great Dock Canoe Race and the atmosphere is “Florida” and definitely fun.
The Dock at Crayton Cove
845 12th Avenue, South
Naples, Florida 34102