At Gino's Olde Marco Trattoria, classic Italian assemblies populate the folds of a multifarious menu, alluring diners to topple pangs with aromatic pastas, veal, and thin-crust pizza crafted upon homemade dough. Mushrooms stuffed with spinach and sausage ($9) or family secrets jumpstart digestive engines while coated in a creamy cheese sauce. Veal cacciatore ($18.50), sautéed among onions and peppers, touts a creamy cloak of marinara, and pasta alla puttanesca ($14.50) slides across tongues atop rafts of olives and capers. Pizzas arrive decorated in specialty toppings, such as the pescatore ($20+), which whirls hunks of clam, shrimp, and calamari beneath a scented undertow of fresh garlic and oregano. To chase sizzling bites, diners can browse Gino's wine list, where vino by the glass volunteers to irrigate pipes or contribute piquant additions to tie-dyed shirts.
The colorful sailfish on the sign outside Capri Fish House Restaurant beckons diners into the restaurant, which rests on the shores of Johnson Bay between lanky palm trees. Inside the nautical-themed dining room, a large saltwater fish tank glows across rows of casual wooden tables, where servers place baskets of fresh fried fish while announcing updates about the daily catch. Outside, rows of rentable kayaks litter the white-sand beach, and a screened chickee hut equipped with a tiki bar encourages low-key meals with unobstructed views of the sunset, which occurs nearly every day. Owners Michael and Theresa Castellano center the Capri Fish House's focus on locally caught seafood—from Florida lobsters to fresh Gulf shrimp—seen on their extensive menu and across impressive spreads at the weekly Sunday buffet.
Outfitted with wireless speakers, the tables at Sand Bar prop up plates from the lunch and dinner menu, illuminated by the flickering glow of 40 TVs. Platefuls of fish and chips emerge from the kitchen either beer-battered or crunchy, with shallow depths of signature tartar sauce for dipping or rock skipping ($9.99). Additional seafood options include hand-breaded oysters ($9.99) or coconut shrimp served with house-made orange-honey sauce ($13.99), residing alongside a culinary crew of thin-crust pizzas, grilled burgers, and sandwiches. Diners can also haul in fresh fish that they have caught or lured out of the sea with trails of mini marshmallows for Sand Bar cooks to prepare with professional bravado ($7.99). Parched throats can sip the sauces off wings that come in increments of 10, 20, or 30 ($6.99–$19.99) or gurgle bottled or draft selections from the beer list. In addition to after-dark fare available until 2 a.m., Sand Bar keeps antemeridian hours, filled with the sounds of eggshells cracking open to help concoct selections from the breakfast menu, including omelets, egg sandwiches, and pancakes.
Crystalline waters lap at the powdery white sands of Tigertail Beach as guests lounge away, propped up on wooden foldout chairs acquired from Tigertail Beach Rentals. The business makes summertime fun its sole focus, renting watercraft as well as cabanas and other beach accessories. Aquatic explorers can jump into sea squirts and traipse through the gentle waves, spritzing family members or easily deterred merfolk with water cannons. Single or tandem kayaks leisurely glide through the lagoon, with riders enjoying close-up views of residents of the nearby wildlife habitat while maintaining a quiet atmosphere for those on the beach. Guests can recharge with breakfast or lunch offerings from the outdoor café, noshing on Angus burgers, grouper fingers, and kids' meals served in beach pails.
Though San Marco is near the water, Captain Brien still insists on having fresh fish flown in every day. That’s because Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar is an homage to his Massachusetts origins and New England's culinary traditions. Each day, the captain and his crew survey the fresh catches arriving from New England fishing fleets, hand selecting the lobster, snow crab, and scallops used to make their signature dishes.
5 Brothers specializes in gourmet and specialty pizzas alongside Italian-style subs, wraps, salads, and more. Unfold a menu and an order of garlic knots ($3.50 for six; $5.50 for a dozen) with your tongue to start off a meal. Pizza options range from a single slice (cheese, $2.25 each; combo, $3 each) to 18" pies. Sink your teeth into the gooey goodness of a five-cheese white pizza ($14.95–$18.75), a specialty buffalo chicken ($16.75–$20.75), or the immensely popular Sicilian Supreme ($16.75–$20.75). The stuffed pizza ($16.75–$20.75) comes crammed with mozzarella, spinach, red peppers, meatballs, pepperoni, and roasted garlic and is sprinkled with 5 Brothers' specialty blend of herbs and spices. For the greener eaters, 5 Brothers dishes up seven specialty salads, such as the beach salad, romaine lettuce tossed with turkey, tomatoes, onions, cranberries, and feta (small, $7.25).