Port Charlotte Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Port Charlotte

April 15, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. The population was 54,392 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Port Charlotte

1. Pioneers Pizza

4560 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-2918 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 941-235-2424
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Pioneers Pizza

Reviewed By Lvnnparadise - Port Charlotte, Florida

We have been to Pioneer Pizza twice. Both times the pizza was yum (even though we are from "out West", we like their pizza. One must arrive early, bc they get packed out pretty quick even though they recently expanded. They have a nice menu from Stromboli, salads, sandwiches and pizza. Their staff harmoniously work together and compliment one another. I have not seen one person standing around, and all are courteous and well trained. It is pretty impressive. Well worth the wait.

2. Visani Restaurant and Theater

2400 Kings Hwy, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-5714 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 35 +1 941-629-9191
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 554 reviews

Visani Restaurant and Theater

Dining at Visani is not your typical restaurant experience. Visani believes that dinner is something which should be enjoyed. You now have a choice when planning a special evening out. You can enjoy a great meal and then go home (that’s how it used to be) or you can enjoy a great meal and then follow it with some great entertainment. Visani is proud to offer a daily chef selection menu for your dining pleasure. All of our family recipes are freshly prepared. Start off with our delicious appetizers (The Prelude), then follow it up with a delicious dinner entrée (The Main Attraction)Ask our servers about our in house fresh made from scratch pasta. And most important, don’t forget dessert (The Finale) All of our desserts are homemade in our kitchens! Visani is also available for parties and corporate special events.

Reviewed By Brdbunch

First time going to Visani so can't compare to previous owners but there is definitely room for improvement. Headliner comedian was great, opening comedian not so good.
The tables are a little to close and your constantly getting banged into by servers trying to squeeze by. Our food came out pretty fast and server was very attentive all night. The food was ok but most of our entrees were not very hot. The ziti noodles were very mushy and not that good.We also ordered 3 sundaes for desert to share and nobody liked them. ( i don't know how you can ruin a sundae ) . Also a turn off is no salad with your meal. Extra charge. Also bring a flashlight to check your,bill we were charged an up charge for homemade pasta which nobody ordered. Overall a fun night out and Ok food just needs some improvements.


3. Bella Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant

1938 Kings Hwy, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-4214 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 941-764-8000
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Bella Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant

Bella Napoli Pizzeria takes pride in providing quality ingredients for its finest customers. What makes Bella Napoli Pizzeria different is that we try to stay true to what we have learned over the years. You will find the same original family recipes every time you come into our establishment. Bella Napoli Pizzeria commits to using the highest quality ingredients for all its recipes. It is the pizza and ambiance that will bring you back to when you had first tried Bella Napoli. Bella Napoli strives for the greatest consumer experience not only when you dine-in our restaurant, but on all levels of your experience. Only the best possible staff who embody our mission and values joins the Bella Napoli family!

Reviewed By Thomas S - Port Charlotte, Florida

We had family down to visit from New England, and needed a nice dinner to welcome them in. Having been to Bella Napoli many times, we decided to take our guests there. Arriving after 8:00pm, we only had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated, and ordered our drinks. My wife, daughter and son In law decided on pizza, and ordered an extra large with pepperoni, sausage, and ricotta cheese. I ordered the linguini with white clam sauce. This size pizza is huge, even for 3 people. It arrived timely and hot. My linguini was served with clams in the shell, which is new to me, but delicious none the less. Long story short, everyone enjoyed their meal, and we ended up staying well past closing time having a great family reunion. This restaurant is a true gem in Port Charlotte, so if you are looking for a great meal with a nice family atmosphere and reasonable prices, you will enjoy your visit immensely.

4. Donato's Pasta Plus Italian

1900 Tamiami Trl Unit 116, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-2164 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 941-764-1600
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 491 reviews

Donato's Pasta Plus Italian

Reviewed By JhonB - Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida

The theme of the restaurant is the New York Subway, they have subway signs, subway noise in the bathrooms, and subway artifacts throughout. They have a small bar in the back where you can get drinks if your table is not ready or if you just want to sit at the bar. We have been here two times in the past two weeks both times there were four of us and it twas on a Saturday night at about 7:00 PM. There was less than a 15 minute wait. Not bad for the time of year here in SW Florida.
The services and the food is both abundant and excellent. Eight meals in two weeks and all eight were great. This in now my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. (Sorry Bella Napoli). The food is served hot and the plates are full. The prices are very reasonable. One of the outstanding things about the food is the Italian bread they serve. I know it does not come from around here because the bread in SW Florida is horrible. They must make their own. The wait staff is attentive and they are not overworked with too many tables. In you need your waiter or waitress they are always available.
I highly recommend this place for great Italian food.

5. JD's Bistro & Grille

1951 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-2112 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 941-255-0994
Excellent
68%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 401 reviews

JD's Bistro & Grille

For an Evening of Premiere Jazz and Fine Dining, visit JD's Bistro & Grille in Port Charlotte. Currently Open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour and Early Dining Specials from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Live Jazz delights our guests starting at 6 pm nightly. The Impressive Menu created by Chef Cortes will ignite your culinary imagination as the Award-Winning Wine list awakens your inner sommelier. Our servers will provide a memorable dining experience with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need. Reservations are recommended especially on weekends. Walk-ins are always welcome. Our extensive martini list and bar menu are available for a more casual dining experience. Private room available ! It's a must see before scheduling your next business meeting or small party! JDs is also available for catering, from office lunches to wedding receptions, contact Lori Laughridge.

Reviewed By judith g - Woodbine, New Jersey

I started making reservations two days ahead of time and changed our reservation three times as more people decided to join our party. The person taking reservations was gracious and assured me it was no trouble to rearrange our table assignment. We all enjoyed cocktails while listening to Buffo play jazz on guitar. Everyone ordered something different but it was unanimous that every meal was excellent. Three of us at the table who were celebrating birthdays were treated to complimentary desserts. We went for the crème brûlée served with berries and whipped cream. Delicioso! Make a res! With great food and great entertainment, this place can get very busy.

6. PRIME Serious Steak

19655 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-2043 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 941-627-8325
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 734 reviews

PRIME Serious Steak

Reviewed By vze32wha - Boston, Massachusetts

i ordered their ribeye steak, was about the thinnest steak i've seen, the prime rib my partner got was thick but awfully fatty. i'll wait to see what people say b4 i go back again, been there before 3x, totally shocked, hope there not riding a reputation to the ground

7. Sam's Subs

21320 Gertrude Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33952-5018 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 941-743-4649
Excellent
92%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 102 reviews

Sam's Subs

Sam's Subs is a great place to grab a quick lunch or dinner. Fast casual but made from scratch. We make every item to order! Fresh soups made in house daily. We specialize in cheesesteaks and craft burgers. We serve beer and wine. Eat In, Take Out or we offer FAST DELIVERY!

Reviewed By Erin2218 - Gainesville, Florida

This is a great, local, family owned business. The owners are fantastic people that take pride in their food. I have probably had 50 Greek salads with blackened chicken from there and never even once had a piece of lettuce that wasn't perfectly fresh. That...MoreThank you so much!!

8. Wally's Southern Style BBQ

3591 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33952-5528 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 941-613-0005
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 484 reviews

Wally's Southern Style BBQ

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Reviewed By SuncoastTravelers - Sarasota, Florida

Enjoyed a prime rib po boy and wife had half chicken platter. Way more than we could eat! Po boy was great. Chicken was good. Fries and onion pedals were delicious...Mac and cheese not so much. $23...not bad. We'll return. Lots of fun sauces!

9. The Crepe Chef

119 Tamiami Trl, Unit G, Port Charlotte, FL 33953-4555 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Delivery, Television, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 941-875-1917
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

The Crepe Chef

Our ACTUAL name is The Crepe Chef / Miami Crepes LLC And for the past 5 years this we keep telling them and every time we do, this website keeps telling us “NO! Thats not your name! ” OH YES IT IS! “We will tell you how to spell your name” NO, YOURE WRONG! crepes are giant wraps whereas the bread itself is made to order & filled w/ breakfast, entrees or desserts. There is no fresher bread on this Earth!

Reviewed By Scul2137ptor

It was like visiting a friend’s kitchen. The indoor portion of the restaurant is very small (2-4 fold-up tables, but there are several more in front of and alongside the entrance. As others have reviewed, the crepes available are quite varied, created with your individual...MoreThank you for a great commentary review!! We look forward to having you come back soon. Chef Kimberly

10. Bocca Lupo Coal Oven Pizza

1900 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-2180 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 941-206-9653
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 289 reviews

Bocca Lupo Coal Oven Pizza

Has the largest coal oven on the market, everything homemade, pizza flippers front and center, full bar, dessert pizzas, owner trained by World Pizza Champ Tony Gemignani

Reviewed By gumgardener - London, Canada

A group of 6 were seated right away...service was very good . As a couple we ordered a medium pizza with 3toppings including chorizo. Our previous experiences have been that chorizo is spicier than pepperoni. The pizza arrived with literally bacon bit size pieces which one gets in a grocery store package,which probably amounted to 2-3slices of equivalent pepperoni slices. ...total waste of money and flavour Our other diners who happened to order pepperoni which were significant in the amount of full slices and quite spicy. I spoke to the manager about the issue ...pretty well lip service that the chorizo they are supplied is mild but no answer about the quantity....just shook my head and left.

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