M Waterfront Grille (M) is a restaurant on Venetian Bay in Naples serving lunch and dinner. It is located in The Village Shops of Venetian Bay and was one of the first tenants opening as Maxwell’s on the Bay in 1988.
The restaurant is very pleasing aesthetically though somewhat old school, probably reflective of its most recent renovation in 2008. There are a number of dining options. There is indoor dining either in the main dining area or in an enclosed adjacent area that overlooks Venetian Bay. Similar options are available for dining al fresco, either on their covered front dining area or towards the back of the restaurant overlooking the bay.
My dining companion, (DC) and I went for Lunch. The menu, as the restaurant, is somewhat old school. Before ordering, we were brought a portion of freshly baked bread with Kalamata olive tapenade and butter sprinkled with coarse grain sea salt.
The chowder was very good, expected from
an establishment’s Rhode Island mothership in “clam country”. The chowder is made from quahogs, potatoes, clam stock, dill, thyme, a few other things and garnished with Littleneck clams. What is the difference between quahogs and Littleneck clams you may ask? Here is a Northeastern seaboard Clam Primer.
We followed with another seemingly old school item on the menu, the wedge salad.
For those that do not know, a wedge salad is a classic steakhouse menu item of iceberg lettuce, bacon crumbles, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing. The optional steak addition really brings this salad into classic status at M, especially with the use of prime meats. This salad was great and highly recommended. I am really a blue cheese aficionado and there was not enough dressing in the initial presentation. This was easily remedied by a request for more dressing from our server.
We finished with a fried cod sandwich. This was an extremely large portion of breaded,
fried cod which overlapped the molasses jerk spice bun on which it was served by about two inches on each side. The sandwich is served with onion, lettuce and tomato and topped with a cajun remoulade.
As DC and I split this, the only difficulty was keeping the sandwich together when eating. No matter, I would not even take the crumbs of this dish to task as it was so good.
M Waterfront Grille
4300 Gulf Shore Blvd.
Naples, FL 34103
M Waterfront Grille Website
Open Monday-Saturday, 1130AM-10PM, Sunday, 10AM-9PM; All major credit cards accepted; Complimentary valet parking after 5PM