If you are looking for a different kind of dining experience then you are going to want to try El Gaucho Inca. This is a very popular Argentinian/Peruvian restaurant located on Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers. It is tucked away in a strip plaza so you will not necessarily see it from the road.
The atmosphere is warm and cozy and as we walked in we were looking forward to a great experience. We had heard so many good things about this restaurant and even received a request that we review it. However, have you ever had the experience where you walk into a room and everyone stops talking and looks at you? Well that is what happened when we entered the restaurant. The host was at a table near the entrance speaking with some customers. When we entered we stood waiting to be seated. He turned and noticed us and he and the customers he was speaking to just stared at us for what seemed several minutes although I am sure it was just several seconds. It was an odd experience that we never had before. The host then walked over, asked us how many and took us to a table. We were told our waiter would be right with us. That turned out to be a bit of wait before he came over to take our drink orders.
Our waiter was friendly enough and took a great deal of time to answer any questions my dining companion had. It was a good thing that she had plenty of questions because I on the other hand was not asked if I had any questions. As if it was an afterthought, he did come back later and apologize for not asking if I had any questions.
There are 2 things that will make a restaurant great the food and the service. The food at El Gaucho Inca does make up for their service issues. We started our meal with Conchitas a la Parmesana (Broiled parmesan scallops au gratin with three chesses) which was simply delightful! My dining companion chose the Arroz con mariscos (Fried rice with saffron seafood) and I chose the Tallarin Verde( Green Spaghetti with pesto Flap Steak and Huancaina sample) and added a side of plantains. My steak was delish. The Huanciana (potato with a spicy cream sauce) was outstanding. I adore plantains and these did not disappoint and were the best I have had in this area. The green pasta with pesto was perhaps my least favorite of everything I ate. My dining companion was less than impressed with her meal. I tasted it and thought it was very good and the portion was large enough to feed two.
Overall, El Gaucho Inca is well worth trying if you are looking for something different. Everything is made fresh and cooked to order. Hopefully they have resolved their service issues and when they do this will be one outstanding dining experience!