Bistro 821 is located on the trendy and cosmopolitan Fifth Avenue South. The bistro was established in 1994 and is the longest running restaurant in the heart of Naples. Bistro 821 brings a taste of Miami’s South Beach to the Gulf Coast. Our décor is warm, colorful and sophisticated urban chic. With distinctive style we create a wide array of innovative entrees fusing Asian, European and American flavors.
We source the finest ingredients available from locally owned and operated vendors. Our menu offers a variety of
We are famously known for our miso-sake marinaded Chilean sea bass which Chef Jess created in 1997 as a special and has been on our menu since 2003. Don’t forget to try our prawns appetizer! Grilled prawns topped with our house-made Thai chili sauce, served on a crispy sushi rice cake. DELICIOUS!
Jess started working in a restaurant on Cape Cod in the mid 1980’s. He went on to attend Boston University to participate in their new Chef Program. While there, he worked with such chefs as Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Todd English & Marcella Hazan. After successfully completing BU’s Chef Program, he worked as Sous Chef at Spinazzola’s Restaurant, The Chanterelle and La Alouette.
Jess moved to Naples in the early 1990’s and got a job at Michael’s Café as sous chef. He then became the opening chef at Bistro 821 before also helping to open Bistro 41 in Ft. Myers and Zoë’s in Naples. Jess curated the incredible menu that we still use today.
Jess S. Housman