At first, owner Jeff Gately was unsure about opening a restaurant directly by the water. Today, however, the Rumrunners ranks among the most popular dining options in Cape Coral. This should come as no surprise: Where else can you enjoy local and international specialties with such a splendid view of Cape Coral’s idyllic canals? Boaters in particular like to eat here, as the restaurant comes equipped with its own marina. 12 mooring spots make the Rumrunners a perfect stopover for skippers on their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Other guests come here to have a cold drink after their shopping trip to the boutiques and galleries of Cape Harbour.

The Rumrunners is not only known for spectacular vistas of the Caloosahatchee River, but also for its excellent service and the extensive menu: Seafood specialties are particularly popular here: Maine Lobster from colder regions is served with a sherry-wine-sauce, and fans of the Southern Cuisine will love the “New Orleans Style” littleneck clams with garlic, shallots and fresh herbs. For a taste of the Caribbean cuisine, try the Bahamian Conch Fritters. Delicacies like steamed mussels and coconut shrimps with homemade sauce make the seafood menu complete.

The restaurant chef is more than happy to prepare fish and seafood specialties just the way you want them. And if you like it extra fresh, ask for the catch of the day straight from Cape Coral’s coast. For those who prefer meat, the Rumrunners offers hearty burgers, tender chicken and high-quality steaks grilled to perfection. French Fries are a popular side for little guests, and vegetarians can choose from a wide range of healthy salads. The dessert menu is ripe with chocolaty delights almost too beautiful to eat. When it comes to drinks, many long-term customers recommend the Sam Adams beer from the tap. And if you are thirsting for a strong, but fruity cocktail, you should order the restaurant’s signature drink: a “Rumrunner” with white rum, lime juice and grenadine.

The food is served in a spacious, air-conditioned dining hall – perfect if you want to escape the South Florida heat. In the evening, the restaurant’s patio lends itself to romantic dinners, and those who want to enjoy oysters and shrimps with a discount will love the happy hour between 3 and 6:30 pm. In addition, there is a new special menu every day. With its delicious food and the fast, friendly service, the Rumrunners has conquered the hearts of visitors and locals alike. Therefore, you are well advised to make a reservation, especially on the weekend.


The Rumrunners Restaurant is located at the southern end of Cape Coral.