The History of the Snook Inn

 SWFL Dining – Historic Restaurants Marco Island Florida

The Snook Inn Marco IslandJust before Hurricane Ian rocked Southwest Florida, the famous Marco Island restaurant known as “The Snook” or officially “The Snook Inn” was closed for renovation.

The new Snook Inn restaurant promises to be bigger and better than ever and will usher in a new standard for oceanfront dining on Marco Island.

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Snook Inn Construction Site 2023 Click to enlarge view

Snook Inn Construction Site 2023 Click to enlarge the view

The Snook Inn is a historic restaurant and bar located on the southern end of Marco Island, Florida. The establishment was founded in 1985 by brothers Richard and Joseph Ballo, who were drawn to the island’s natural beauty and fishing opportunities.

The Snook Inn was named after the popular game fish found in the waters surrounding Marco Island. The Ballo brothers renovated an existing building on the site, which had previously been used as a bait and tackle shop.

They transformed it into a restaurant and bar, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the scenic Marco River.

Over the years, The Snook Inn has become a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Its casual, waterfront atmosphere and delicious seafood dishes have made it a staple of the Marco Island dining scene.

The restaurant is particularly known for its fresh-caught seafood, and salad bar, as well as other local specialties like grouper and stone crab.

Snook Inn Marco Island Florida

The Snook Inn prior to reconstruction

In addition to its reputation as a dining destination, The Snook Inn is also known for its lively bar scene. It has become a popular spot for happy hour and live music, with both indoor and outdoor stages hosting a variety of local performers.

Throughout its history, The Snook Inn has weathered a number of storms and hurricanes. In 2017, the restaurant was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma, which devastated much of southwest Florida.

However, the Ballo family was determined to rebuild, and after a months-long renovation process. The Snook Inn reopened in early 2018.

The Snook Inn’s current renovations are being done by the Cavelli Restaurant Group the present owners of the Snook Inn.

The famous Snook Inn with its rich history and dedication to serving fresh, locally sourced seafood will once again become a focal point for casual dining and entertainment on Marco Island.

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A heart-warming, family ambiance offers you the best authentic Italian Cuisine. Each guest will feel at home while enjoying signature dishes and carefully selected wines. A private room is available for your special event. We offer one of the best Happy Hours in southwest Florida 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm daily. Classically Distinctive... Naturally Italian!
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Nacho Mamas Tex Mex American Food Drinks Fun Marco Island, FL
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Nacho Mama's is conveniently located at the heart of the Marco Walk Plaza. Nacho Mama's is a family owned restaurant serving Tex-Mex and American fare. Nacho Mama's is a recipient of the prestigious Platinum Plate Award for best Mexican Cuisine. Specialities include Sizzling Fajitas, Nachos Grande, Baja Fish tacos, fresh chicken sandwiches, crisp salads, and one of the best burgers on the island. Full liquor bar and ice cold Cerveza. 5 large screen TV's, Happy Hour Specials. World-famous Margaritas. Since 1998.
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Marco Island Princess Dinner Sunset Sightseeing Tours
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The Marco Island Princess is a 90' luxury yacht offering daily Sightseeing, Lunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises. All of our delicious meals are prepared fresh on board for your enjoyment. Our professional and friendly crew will attend to your every need. Two full service cash bars serving up all of your favorite drinks! Also available for Weddings and Private Charters. Marco Island's most unique dining experience!
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Mister Crab Cakes Marco Island Florida
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Little Bar and Restauant
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Paddy Murphys Irish Pub Restaurant
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Marco Island Hilton Hotel Resort Spa Dining
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New York Pizza and Pasta
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Food is our passion and we provide you with the highest quality food. Our fresh homemade dough is hand-tossed & stretched to create our highly popular New York-style pizza crust. Our very wide selection of authentic Italian dishes are created using family recipes, handed down for generations. Carry out and Delivery.
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The Snook Inn
1215 Bald Eagle Drive
Old Marco, Marco Island, FL 34145-2192
Ph: 239 394 3313

Snook Inn 2013

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