The Gasparilla Inn and Pink Elephant Restaurant: Timeless Elegance in Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island/Lee County), Florida

The Gasparilla Inn and Pink Elephant Restaurant

The lovely, historic Gasparilla Inn and Pink Elephant Restaurant, located in Boca Grande on beautiful Gasparilla Island, where Charlotte Harbor meets the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Southwest Coast, a favorite spot for Tarpon fishing and where socialites who opted for something more quiet than Palm Beach have wintered for over a century, are Fred Bollaci Enterprises Preferred Destinations!

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a classic “old Florida” resort, boasting timeless elegance, numerous recreational amenities, exceptional service, in a luxurious, tropical setting. A Historic Hotel of America Landmark Inn serving discriminating guests since 1913, the resort offers 142 luxurious accommodations.

Among the resort’s most popular activities are the following:

The Gasparilla Golf Club, a Pete Dye Design 18-hole championship course, an expansive Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico with two swimming pools (comb the beach for seashells and shark’s teeth), Gasparilla Inn Adventures, Comprehensive Spa and Salon facilities, Fitness Center and Exercise Studio, A Full Service Marina Operation, Croquet Club, Tennis Club with Seven Har-Tru courts, Boating and Sport Fishing, and a full-service boutique. The Inn is a casually elegant family resort with activities sure to please everyone! Fred Bollaci looks for and prefers destinations that combine excellent service, numerous recreational opportunities, and excellent cuisine.

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club also is  an ideal destination for corporate and incentive group meetings and retreats, as well as for weddings, reunions and other special family occasions.

Owned by The Gasparilla Inn, and affectionately known as “The Pink,” Inn guests, island residents, and visitors enjoy dining at Boca Grande’s premier eating and drinking establishment, a charming and casual restaurant for great food, signature drinks and refined service, which has welcomed guests for over 60 years. Executive Chef/Manager Rob Plesh’s enticing lunch and dinner menus focus on innovative regional cuisine, seafood and steaks. Situated along the Boca Grande Bayou, the restaurant is located across the street from The Inn and features an upstairs dining room, downstairs pub and outdoor patio.

The Pink Elephant is open year round and serves lunch and dinner daily during winter season. In the fall and spring seasons, The Pink serves dinner nightly and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, only. Please inquire for more information on hours and availability during the fall, spring and summer seasons. The Pink is a recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

On a recent visit, the menu, which changes periodically featured some of the following favorites: Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Classic French Onion Soup with caramelized onions and Gruyere, Island Jerk Wings, Oysters on Ice with Citrus-Ginger Mignonette, The Pink’s House Salad with Baby Arugula, Mixed Greens, Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, Parmesan Cheese, Aged Balsamic Dressing, with the option to add Seared Rare Tuna, Grilled Chicken, or Garlic Shrimp, Asian Vegetable Cashew Salad with Asian Pear and Napa Cabbage, Bok Choy, Wasabi Peas, Carrots, Red Peppers, Cilantro, Spicy Cashew-Peanut Dressing, with the option of adding Seared Rare Tuna, Garlic Shrimp, or Seared Tofu, Traditional Caesar Salad, Harissa Spiced Black Grouper Tacos, Classic BLT, Burgers, a Lamb Burger, Tuna Sashimi with Ginger-Citrus Cumin Broth, and Pickled Mango Slaw, Mussel Pot of PEI Mussels, Roasted Baby Beets with Oregon “Smokey” Blue Cheese, Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Fisherman’s Stew with PEI Mussels, Shrimp, and Swordfish in a saffron-tomato broth, Roasted Ashley Farm’s Chicken with mashed potatoes and asparagus with Madeira Jus, Veal Schnitzel topped with salad, as well as steaks, and sandwiches.

The Dining Room at The Inn:

The Inn’s signature restaurant features classic, elegant fare in a timeless, tropical, elegant setting with white glove service, where ladies and gentlemen dress to dine in style.

The Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner, featuring fresh and natural ingredients, presented impeccably by a cordial and knowledgeable staff that is dedicated to make each and every dining experience memorable. Breakfast and dinner are served daily in The Inn’s Dining Room during the social (winter) season. During the fall and spring seasons, breakfast is served daily. Please check with dining reservations for weekly dinner availability in the Fall and Spring seasons.

Dinner is a four-course, traditional heritage experience dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required. The inn recently received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The Inn’s Dining Room is open to the public and our Inn guests for breakfast and dinner. Jackets are required for gentlemen at dinner during Season.

Breakfast include traditional favorites, as well as a buffet on select days (please inquire). A recent dinner menu featured the following: Maine Lobster Salad with avocado, mango, and coconut cream, Roasted local beets, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Oxtail Ravioli, Herb-Roasted Free Range Chicken, Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops, Grilled Veal Porterhouse, and Grilled Atlantic Swordfish, among other favorites.

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See you in Boca Grande, and please tell the folks at The Inn and The Pink Elephant that Fred Bollaci sent you!

The Gasparilla Inn & Club
500 Palm Ave.
Boca Grande, FL 33921
941.964.4500

The Pink Elephant Restaurant
491 Bayou St.
Boca Grande, FL 33921
941.964.0100

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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