Naples chef Alexander Bernard announces that his landmark eponymous restaurant will reopen for dinner on Thursday, October 6, with the new name of Alexander’s Garden Restaurant.
The reopening follows the chef’s annual summer sabbatical in California’s Bay Area. The restaurant sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Ian and the October 6 reopening has been planned since spring. October 6 is also the 27th anniversary of the restaurant’s original opening in 1995 as Alexander's Restaurant.
Chef Alex comments, “The name change to Alexander’s Garden Restaurant best describes the attraction of our alfresco dining, which comprises more than 60% of our total seating. It’s a popular and romantic venue and highly requested.”
The expansive garden offers a secluded, tucked away ambiance in midtown Naples, yet is steps from U.S. 41. It accommodates single diners or larger groups. Surrounded by flowers and tropical foliage, diners are seated at tables placed under patio umbrellas and twinkle lights, with heaters and blankets offered when the weather is chilly. Tables are located on tiered levels leading to a charming, flower-bedecked gazebo for private groups of up to 10 people.
Indoors, the main dining room is an elegant, art-filled, intimate space for approximately 55 diners. Adjacent to the dining room is a clubby Bistro section consisting of a bar with seven seats plus 15 seats at tables and two outdoor hightops for two people each. The bar is a convivial hangout for those fortunate to secure a stool with a direct view of the kitchen, where Chef Alex works his culinary magic.
Joining Chef Alex in the kitchen is his long-time culinary team with 10-plus years of experience at the restaurant. The chef will debut new menus upon reopening that continue his tradition of sourcing the finest product available such as fresh fish daily, organic produce and grains. The menu is influenced by the chef's European training, with a Californian flair due to his culinary experiences in California’s Bay Area.
In addition to the regular menu, the chef will debut prix fixe theme nights, Monday thru Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m., priced at $38 to $40 per person. Monday is Italian night, Tuesday is French, Wednesday is date night, Thursday is American night, and Friday and Saturday nights are “Sizzle Nights,” featuring specials from the regular early dining menu, served 4:30-5:30. Dishes change each week according to the best product available. A happy hour from 4:30-5:30 offers half-price on house wines by the glass and well cocktails.
A highlight of Alexander’s Garden Restaurant’s front-of-the-house team is the chef’s well-known wife, Monika Bernard. “She has become the face of Alexander’s and is ever-present greeting guests and meeting their needs,” said Chef Alex. He notes that the restaurant’s clientele have been regulars for decades. “Monika and I are fortunate to enjoy strong relationships with our diners and we are privileged to understand their personal tastes and preferences,” he says.
Dinner hours are 4:30-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Lunch service will resume on October 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Alexander’s Garden Restaurant is located at 4077 Tamiami Trail. Ample parking is offered both in front and behind the building.
For reservations, visit AlexandersNaples.com. For information, call 239-262-4999.