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Cheap eats: Summer dining specials in Naples


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The roads are clear. The beaches are no longer crammed with umbrellas and beach chairs. The restaurants have lulled to a quiet hum.

Season is over.

And to celebrate, several Naples restaurants have introduced summer dining specials friendly to the local budget. Time to break out the stretchy pants.

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Barbatella announced its summer specials, including three daily deals:

  • $11.95 lunch at the bar, including a glass of house red or white wine, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Happy hour at the bar, including two-for-one cocktails, beer and wine by the glass, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • $28.50 sunset menu, including appetizer, entree and dessert from 5 p.m. to close

Other specials include:

  • Monday: Buy one, get one pizza (regular pizza menu only)
  • Tuesday: Lasagna Bolognese and a glass of red or white wine for $16.95
  • Wednesday: Half-priced bottles of wine under $100 (no corkage fees)

Barbatella, 1290 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-263-1955.

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Bleu Provence

Bleu Provence is offering an early dining special from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays this summer. Three courses — an appetizer, entrée and dessert — are $32.99. The special is not available on major holidays and reservations must be made for no later than 6:45 p.m. 

Entrée choices are Florida pompano, sautéed wild pink Argentinian shrimp, Mediterranean sea bass, duck leg confit and pork shank.

Bleu Provence also has an $8.99 special for Quiche Lorraine and a glass of featured wine from 5 to 7 p.m. daily at the Bar at Bleu. The special coincides with the daily happy hour at the bar when patrons can purchase $5 drinks, featured glasses of wine and small bites. Receive a complimentary glass of featured wine with the purchase of any entrée at the bar from 5 p.m. to close Sundays and Mondays.

Bleu Provence, 1234 Eighth St. S., Naples; 239-261-8239.

The Continental

The Continental rolled out its summer lunch specials menu, offering a choice of pick-two items for $14, or a pick-two for $18. First course options include: Continental salad, tomato, cucumber and ricotta salata; escarole Caesar, Parmigiano, brioche croutons; and soup of the day.

Second course options include: six-ounce Continental burger with bacon, cheese, tomato and Mac sauce; half-pastrami sandwich, caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese; herb-roasted salmon, potatoes, egg, roasted onions, mustard vinaigrette and watercress; half meatloaf sandwich, aged cheddar cheese, house pickles and horseradish mayonnaise; and half filet mignon sandwich, caramelized onions, tomato and horseradish aioli.

The pick-two for $18 option also includes choice of two steak cuts or fish of the day.

The bar at The Continental also introduced a summer happy hour program, featuring 10, Prohibition-era cocktails for $7 each, four wines for $5 each, more than 20 beers and hard ciders for $5 each and small plates for $7 each. Happy hour is available from 3 to 6 p.m. daily

Other daily specials include:

  • Sunday: $50, three-course dinner for two, plus $25 wine bottle options
  • Wednesday: All-day steak and lobster for $29.95
  • Thursday: Half off all wine bottles under $200

D’Amicos The Continental, 1205 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-659-0007.

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D’Amico Sons

New daily specials were introduced for the summer at D’Amico Sons:

  • Monday through Saturday: Pick two for $12 lunch menu
  • Monday: Mussels appetizer for $8.99 or mussel pasta dish $17.99
  • Tuesday: Half-priced wine bottles
  • Wednesday: Ravioli night
  • Sunday: Date night menu, $50 three-course dinner for two

D’Amico Sons, 4691 Ninth St., Naples, 239-430-0955.

The French

A new lunch special kicked off Monday at The French. Offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, the two-course, casual brasserie lunch will feature Chef Vincenzo Betulia’s twist on the most beloved classic French dishes.

First course options include: petite French onion soup; tomato gazpacho, cucumber and Espellete; deviled farm eggs and caviar; petite market green salad; and steak tartare baguette and cornichons.

Second course options include garganelli, serrano ham, peas and cream; steamed mussels and vadouvan curry; Croque Madame, sauce mornay and fried farm egg; chicken salad croissant, apple and tarragon; duck leg confit, potato lyonnaise and mustard; and bacon and onion tart, crème fraiche and chive.

The French Brasserie Rustique, 365 Fifth Ave. S., downtown Naples; 239-315-4019.

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Lamoraga introduced a new summer dinner menu from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The seven entrée options ($19 to $25) include Piri-Piri swordfish over soft polenta and sautéed arugula, beef short ribs with homemade mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day, truffle fettuccine, grilled pork with a cucumber salad, sautéed Gulf snapper over polenta, grilled chicken rigatoni, and a four-ounce filet mignon.

Lamoraga, 3936 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 239-331-3669.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt announced its summer specials, including three daily deals:

  • $12.95 lunch at the bar, including a glass of house red or white wine, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Happy hour at the bar, including half-priced cocktails, beer and wine by the glass, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • $34 chef’s sunset menu, including appetizer, entree and dessert, from 5 p.m. to close

Other specials include:

  • Monday: Half-priced bottles of wine less than $100 (no corkage fees)
  • Sunday: $2 oysters and $5 mimosas or bloody mary
  • Thursday through Sunday night: Live music

Sea Salt, 1186 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-434-7258.

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A budget menu will be available weekdays from June 1 through Sept. 30 (except holidays) at all Southwest Florida Skillets restaurants. Children younger than 10 eat free on Tuesdays with one adult meal. 

Budget breakfast options cost $8.95. Those options are:

  • Noreen’s breakfast with steamed spinach, grilled tomato slices, avocado slices, poached egg, wheat toast and fruit cup
  • Breakfast skillet: two eggs your way over potatoes; includes bacon or sausage, toast, fruit cup
  • Skillet omelet with bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese topped with potatoes; toast and fruit cup
  • PanEgger includes one buttermilk or whole wheat pancake, two eggs your way, bacon or pork sausage and a fruit cup

Budget lunches cost $8.95. Those options are:

  • Grilled chicken cheese quesadilla with roasted peppers, salsa and ranchero sauce with a small house salad
  • Mediterranean wrap with romaine lettuce, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato and Greek dressing (add $1 for chicken), with a bowl of fruit
  • BLT sandwich with chips
  • Ham and cheese panini on a croissant with chips

Skillets, 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333; 5628 Strand Blvd., North Naples, 239-596-8202; 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; 7711 Collier Blvd., Lely, 239-732-9786; 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; 847 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples, 239-330-2515; 10950 Eagle Village Drive, Suite 330C, Fort Myers, 239-471-0553;


Due to the overwhelming popularity of its National Grilled Cheese Day special, Timeless is contuining its special through the summer. Every Tuesday, indulge in Chef David Nelson’s three previously sold-out grilled cheese creations: fried green tomato and bacon on sourdough bread for $14; smoked brisket and cheddar on caraway rye for $16; and the Timeless signature top-selling lunch dish, French Onion Grilled Cheese featuring caramelized onions, gruyere, cheese curds and rosemary butter.

Timeless: An MHK Eatery, 90 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 239-331-4325.

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ZAZA Kitchen

ZAZA Kitchen announced its daily summer specials. Each day it offers fajitas for two with a bottle of wine or pitcher of sangria or ZAZARITA for $34.95; or a free glass of wine with any chef special featuring meals of filet mignon, fresh salmon, carne asada, chicken Parmigiana and pasta.

Other daily specials are:

  • Sunday: Two-for-one sangria
  • Monday: Two-for-one ZAZARITA and children younger than 12 eat free
  • Tuesday: Happy hour all day and $2 tacos (ground beef)
  • Wednesday: Two-for-one wine
  • Thursday: $4 sangria and ZAZARITA and children younger than 12 eat free
  • Friday: Children younger than 12 eat free; chicken fajitas for $9.99

ZAZA Kitchen, 1095 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, 239-970-5205.

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