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Tarpon Lodge Restaurant among the 15 best waterfront restaurants in Florida, as chosen by USA TODAY Network writers

Posted on March 29, 2023
By USA Today
Dining, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Everybody loves a great waterfront restaurant with spectacular views and Florida has many of them.

These are the special occasion kind of places where you can dine while enjoying a spectacular sunset or sip on a margarita while watching dolphins frolic in the ocean.

Just in time for spring travelers, a team of USA TODAY Network contributors throughout the Sunshine State chose 15 waterfront restaurants that are perfect to visit any day of the year, especially during the cooler springtime.

The included restaurants reflect contributors’ favorite oceanfront restaurants and charming eateries which hug the Sunshine State’s beautiful bays and rivers.

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Destination restaurants: Pine Island’s Tarpon Lodge is an adventure

Posted on September 22, 2020
By Gina Birch, Special to The News-Press
Staycation, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant, Tarpon Lodge Reviews

Get away without going far. These Southwest Florida restaurants feel like a vacation. This week, Gina Birch takes us to Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island.

Part of the fun of destination dining is the journey, and whether you drive or boat to Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, it’s an adventure.

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Tarpon Lodge Restaurant voted Best of Pine Island

Posted on September 21, 2020
By Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant
Awards, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Pine Island Eagle winners voted Tarpon Lodge the Best Dinner AND Best Waterfront Dining.

We appreciate your support! Pine Island Eagle, Bokeelia, FL!

A Taste of Old Florida at Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Posted on January 23, 2020
By Gina Birch, GrandeurMagazine.com
Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

To experience the definition of old Florida, all you have to do is take a drive to dine at the Tarpon Lodge at the northwest tip of Pine Island. You’ll meander through a pocket of restaurants and galleries in Matlacha as the landscape transitions to more rural tropical foliage and native scrubs; an occasional glimpse of water in Pine Island Sound.

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Captain Rob Modys: Fishing with My Girl

Posted on August 8, 2019
By Karen Bartlett, Gulfshore Life
Fishing & Boating, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Golden sunset overlooking the dock at Tarpon Lodge

For ultimate relaxation, Tarpon Lodge offers sunset dinners, mangrove views, fishing and more.

How does ESPN’s popular host of Reel Talk Radio (99.3) and longtime fishing guide Capt. Rob Modys romance his bride of 22 years after her intense season promoting our destination worldwide? (JoNell Modys is the PR and communications manager of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB.) Why, he takes her fishing, of course!

“We’ll start with a relaxed sunset dinner at Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island,” he says, “and then retreat to the lodge’s most romantic accommodation, The Cottage, overlooking Pine Island Sound. We’ll have drinks (and, in my case, a cigar) on the front porch before turning in for the night. We’ll be on the water by first light, watching the sun rise over the mangroves. Sunrises are often more beautiful than sunsets, and the birds and dolphins are active and hunting for breakfast. We’ll fish till around 11, and then bring our catch back to the four-star chef to cook up for lunch before we head for home.”

Several excellent fishing guides work out of Tarpon Lodge, Modys says, and summer is an ideal time to practice your fly-fishing skills, “especially for redfish, tarpon and sea trout.”

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Nostalgic Tarpon Lodge is a Great Place to Visit

Posted on July 8, 2019
By Lazy Locations
Fishing, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

I recently had the opportunity to stay at Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island, Florida for a fishing tournament. The event was hosted by Maverick Boat Group; the manufacturer of my Hewes Redfisher as well as Pathfinder, Cobia and Maverick boats.  The lodge is a place I’ve always wanted to visit but for some reason, never found the time.  This time I didn’t pass it up!

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A Weekend at Tarpon Lodge & Cabbage Key

Posted on June 2, 2019
By Lauren Rossi, gulfshoreglam.com
Cabbage Key, Recreation, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Whew! Now that busy season in SWFL has ended, I’ve finally emerged from hibernation and took a much-needed staycation. A quick one-hour drive from Naples and we wound up at Tarpon Lodge and Restaurant in Pineland, FL. I can say with confidence that this trip was the most relaxing weekend I have had in MONTHS!
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Wines for Earth Day

Posted on April 12, 2019
By Gina Birch, GrandeurMagazine.com
Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant, Wine Tasting

Spring has sprung and as nature awakens and unfolds in all its glory, it makes perfect sense that Earth Day is recognized in April. There is a lot of talk about climate change, water quality and protecting our environment these days. Farming is a hot topic as well.

Ask almost any grape farmer, aka winemaker, and they will tell you the foundation for an exemplary bottle of wine is in the vineyard. That being said, not all winemakers take as much care as others when tending to their vines, using pesticides and even adding chemicals to the juice.


Guest columnist, food and beverage manager of Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island.

All the wines selected for this month’s Grand Case are produced in ways that are respectful to the earth, the planet, the grapes and vineyard employees. This means winemakers and owners employ some kind of farming and/or production method such as organic, sustainable, biodynamic, SIP, etc.

Environment is important to Shohreh Durkin, food and beverage manager of Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. She has a reputation for hosting entertaining wine dinners and tastings at the historic waterfront lodge and joins me in putting together this diverse case of wine.

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Sunsets, waterfront and Old Florida shine at Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island

Posted on March 10, 2019
By Artis Henderson, Special to The News-Press
Pine Island, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Tarpon Lodge’s almost 100-year-old Pine Island setting still stuns with its Old Florida charms, and with a local, seasonal menu that’s always fresh.

The genteel setting of Pine Island’s Tarpon Lodge calls to mind scenes of old Florida — gin and tonics on the porch, fresh fish on the menu, elegantly dressed diners looking up from their plates to catch the last rays of sunset.

Which is exactly how co-owner Rob Wells wants visitors to feel.

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My Happy Place – Chef Dennis Littley

Posted on January 14, 2019
By Chef Dennis
Cabbage Key, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Traveling has always been one of the great joys of life. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel and have visited 15 countries and 31 states so far.

I’ve seen spectacular vistas, breath taking mountain ranges, sugar sand beaches and turquoise waters. But when someone asks me where my happy place, I always tell them it’s Pine Island and Cabbage Key without any hesitation.

The dock at Tarpon Lodge at sunset.

Don’t get me wrong I love Florida and traveling the world but there’s something that always brings me back to Pine Island and Cabbage Key.

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