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The Connection Bar and Grill - CLOSED

2282 1st St, Fort Myers River District, Fort Myers, FL 33901-2955
+1 239-332-4443
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
17 Apr 2016
“Enjoyable atmosphere, prompt service and appetizing food.”
27 Mar 2016
“Good Time, Nice Surprize”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, French, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2282 1st St, Fort Myers River District, Fort Myers, FL 33901-2955
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1 - 10 of 110 reviews

Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Have dined here twice, a lunch and dinner. Both meals were enjoyed outside. The ahi tuna was cooked / seared to perfection! Savored every bite. Reasonably priced, definitely will return.

Thank Number822
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Downtown Ft. Myers on a Friday or Saturday night is always fun and somewhat of a surprise. There is always something going on, such as an art walk, music fest or car show. As soon as we saw First St. closed off to vehicular traffic...More

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Understanding that their upcoming closing is beyond their control and totally pushed by the monopoly of Ford's Garage LLC, this restaurant is the most friendly and quality oriented, not to mention the oldest in downtown Fort Myers. It is sad that they are forced to...More

Thank Acevedostudio
Reviewed 24 March 2016

We ate dinner on the outside of this restaurant during the music walk festivities. The server was attentive and our food and drink orders were promptly filled. The outside tables were cleaned off by their attending servers so there was never a time where someone...More

Reviewed 18 March 2016

French Connection had a great corn beef and cabbage lunch. The beef was very tender and tasty. The French Onion soup was equally good.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 14 March 2016

We stopped here unexpectedly but glad we did. The food was great! My husband had the turkey melt sandwich and he liked it. I had the veggie quiche and it was really good! We also had dessert - key lime pie for him and a...More

Thank Diane123Diane
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Favorite for lunch. The best French Onion soup in Lee County! Wonderful daily fresh quiches and daily homemade soup specials. The staff here is the bomb! Order a High Five local Fort Myers beer and get a "High Five" from your server. We eat here...More

Thank Sanibel-Mel
Reviewed 20 February 2016

We live just 25 minutes north of Fort Myers but have no problem driving to downtown to eat here. The staff is always very friendly, especially Roger. She is a gem, always with a smile even when they are slammed. The food is good and...More

Thank CAMellon
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Any time you find yourself in downtown Ft Myers stop here for something to eat. You can sit at a table outside or inside and always get good service. My favorite is their quiche. Today I had seafood quiche with the freshest of seafood. It...More

Thank CapeSkan
Reviewed 10 February 2016

We were fortunate to get a table on a rainy Saturday and had the best lunch we have had downtown. The French Dip was amazing as was the spicy turkey sandwich. Very friendly and efficient service. So good that we returned the next day and...More

1  Thank tletz
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$7 - US$19
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2282 1st St, Fort Myers River District, Fort Myers, FL 33901-2955 (Formerly French Connection Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers
  • Phone Number: +1 239-332-4443
Located in the heart of the downtown River District, the French Connection has been a local mainstay since 1977. A casual atmosphere combined with a friendly staff and great American food make this a downtown favorite. Whether it's a quick lunch or casual dinner, you are sure to enjoy. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
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