About

The Restaurant

Fine dining, authentic cuisine and an intimate ambiance. Enjoy fresh seafood and steaks, signature flatbreads, and a large wine selection. Dine indoors or outside on the patio and savor your favorite dish al fresco while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Caloosahatchee River, The Gulf of Mexico and Tarpon Point Marina.

Executive Chef Criss Menassa

Christiana “Criss” Menassa (born June 8, 1964 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American professional chef. She is the daughter of Alice (Othon) and Symeon Menassa. Her mother was of Greek descent and her father Lebanese and Egyptian. Both parents as well as her maternal grandmother Mary Othon were major influences on her cooking style, as was Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.

In 1984 she began her career at Rockingham Race Track in Salem New Hampshire as a line cook, absorbing all she could from the seasoned professionals working in and around the industry. Three years later, her talent for simple food done well took her all over the United States and across the sea into parts of Egypt, Turkey & Greece where she visited family and cooked alongside them and anyone willing to teach her about the local flavors, fresh produce and exotic spices. Back in the US, Criss landed a job in Miami’s Iconic Coconut Grove, where she remained for another three years working on her Florida and Caribbean influences; A brief return to New England and finally settling back in Florida in 1996 where the majority of her career was spent at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Where, as the executive sous-chef, she had the opportunity to spend several months on task force in St.Maarten at the Westin Dawn Hotel and casino delving deeper into Caribbean cuisine.

Chef Criss had the distinct pleasure of being the executive sous chef at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina as well as the executive sous chef at Heritage Palms golf & country club; she also spent some time in South Carolina at The Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms learning about Southern cuisine. When the call from the well-established Sundial beach resort & spa came, chef Criss was delighted to return to Florida to take over the reins where she spent several years elevating the dining scene on the property.

Chef Criss is proud and elated to become the new Executive chef for The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina village. She is excited to bring her culinary talents and expertise to this beautiful resort on the scenic Caloosahatchee River.