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Key West Restaurants

Delicious Dining in Key West

A&B Lobster House

700 Front Street
305-294-5880
www.aandblobsterhouse.com 

A&B Lobster House combines the best of Key West tradition with the latest in culinary innovation. Savor the elegant atmosphere and spectacular views of the Key West Bight, while enjoying an exceptional menu and large selection of boutique wines.

Try it: Enjoy the finest steaks, locally caught seafood and lobsters from Maine and Florida, prepared with a delicate fusion of classic and contemporary styles by renowned chefs.


Banana Café

1215 Duval
305-294-7227
www.bananacafekw.com  

A classical French Cafe that, for nearly 20 years, is still owned and managed by the original founders and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the best of France in relaxed indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking fantastic Duval Street.

Try it: Discover everything from regional crepes and onion soup au gratin, to luscious Caribbean salads and country hearty sandwiches. Here you will find the perfect Parisian steak/frites or rare traditional specialties such as coq au vin and bouillabaisse. 


Better Than Sex

926 Simonton Street
305-296-8102
www.betterthansexkeywest.com

When it comes to sophisticated elegance look no further than the desert dining room of Better Than Sex. With only 15 small tables amidst colors of red and gold, an ambiance of intimacy is created to bring a memorable dining experience to this dessert restaurant. Better Than Sex reflects the perfect harmony of sight and sound that make you want to touch.

Try it: Discover bliss with the Peanut Butter Perversion, a creamy peanut butter mousse on a chocolate cookie-dough crust. Or try the Banana Bazooka which includes layers of crepes with bananas, caramel, white chocolate ganache, and Heath Bar crunch.


Blue Heaven

729 Thomas Street
305-296-8666
www.blueheavenkw.com

The best option for breakfast or brunch is Blue Heaven. This quirky indoor/outdoor eatery is located in a unique pine structure that dates back 100 years and has an astounding ambiance. To really experience Blue Heaven, sit outside at a worn picnic table as chickens roam nearby. Make sure to ask about the restaurant's interesting history, which includes cock fighting, gambling and Friday night boxing matches refereed by Ernest Hemingway.

Try it: Enjoy the Cheesy Shrimp and Grits or the mouth watering Lobster Eggs Benedict-truely a little piece of Heaven.


B.O.'s Fish Wagon

801 Caroline Street
305-294-9272
www.bosfishwagon.com

For the perfect fish sandwich, head to B.O.'s Fish Wagon, an electric open-air shack that turns out fresh food to die for and has great live music on Friday nights. The owner, Buddy Owen, is a bit of a local legend, having started his operation more than 25 years ago out of a wagon on Duval Street. You'll know you've arrived when you see the rusted truck parked out front! Here, the motto is, "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" so expect a laid back, easygoing atmosphere.

Try it: Sink your teeth into the cracked conch sandwich with tiny strips of fried conch stuffed between fresh Cuban bread and a shot of Key Lime mayo.


El Meson de Pepe

410 Wall Street
305-295-2620
www.elmesondepepe.com

El Meson de Pepe's is a family owned and operated Cuban Restaurant in Key West and has been in business for over 20 years. Chef Pepe Diaz and family first opened in 1984, bringing locals and tourists alike delicious Cuban favorites. Many say that the ambiance is the best part about El Meson de Pepe, as it's located in the heart of Key West near Mallory Square with unique Cuban decor. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Try it: El Meson de Pepe is dedicated to great quality food and the preservation of Cuban-Conch Heritage in Key West. Try the Yellow Tail with Yellow Rice, Black Bean Soup, Seafood Chowder, Ropa Vieja, or Grouper. Wash it all down with a Pina Colada, Margarita, or Mojito.


El  Siboney

900 Catherine Street
305-296-4184
www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com 

This family-friendly, local favorite offers the best in authentic Cuban dishes at budget conscious prices and has been serving Key West since 1984. Expect a bare bones, no fuss environment and the best Cuban food around. It’s dining in Key West, made easy!

Try it: For dinner, devour the Roast Pork or the Siboney Steak. For lunch, get a taste of the Cuban Mix Sandwich. Don't forget to call 1 hour ahead to experience the mouthwatering Paella Valenciana and make sure to grab a cup of cafe Cubano on the way out.


Half Shell Raw Bar

231 Margaret Street
305-294-7496
www.halfshellrawbar.com

Laid back, friendly and casual, the Half Shell Raw Bar is the original Key West Seafood Restaurant—where you can indulge in seafood delights. While dining, gaze out at the pelicans gliding over the water, watch the boats arrive into the harbor and witness a world famous Key West sunset. This former shrimp-packing plant is located in Key West's historic Seaport.

Try it: If it’s oysters you’re after, you’ve come to the right place—order a dozen and watch as they’re shucked from the shell onto your plate. Enjoy such delights as the broiled garlic oysters, a basket of fish and chips, steamed middleneck clams, chilled Key West peel and eat shrimp, and the ultimate treat—Half Shell’s conch ceviche.


Hog Fish

6810 Front Street
305-293-4041
www.hogfishbar.com

The Hogfish Bar and Grill is a unique place where great food, fun people and a fine atmosphere make it a one-of-kind Key West experience. Hogfish is very popular local excursion, with its fun and rustic atmosphere, amazing food, and great drinks. It's just off the beaten path on Stock Island in a dockside setting.

Try it: Devour the One & Only World-Famous "KILLER" Hogfish Sandwich,  smothered with Swiss Cheese, Onions & Mushrooms, all on fresh Cuban Bread.


Louie's Backyard

700 Waddell Avenue
305-294-1061
www.louiesbackyard.com

Louie's is a gourmand's playground. This cafe-style restaurant has an oceanfront background setting and is a "must-see" experience which has become a Key West tradition. For more than four decades, Louie's tri-level backyard patio has welcomed diners with its savory seafood, spectacular sunsets and ocean views.

Try it: Louie's seafood influence includes local fish like grouper, hogfish, snapper, and swordfish. Their Key West “pinks” come from the local shrimp fleets, and at Louie’s, your Florida Keys lobster was caught yesterday. Louie’s also features fine steaks, heirloom pork, rack of lamb and free-range chicken.


Seven Fish

632 Olivia Street
305-296-2777
www.7fish.com

Seven Fish is the restaurant you’d love to call your own, with amazing seafood and a nice, quiet ambiance. Joining two old town streets, Seven Fish is Key West’s hometown bistro with indoor dining in a quiet residential neighborhood. The restaurant is small, so call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Try it: Enjoy the grouper, mahi-mahi, scallops, sashimi, meatloaf or steak. Indulge in the banana flambé or strawberry pie for dessert.


Santiago's Bodega

207 Petriona Street
305-296-7691
www.santiagosbodega.com

Choose among over thirty of our delectable tapas-style dishes, soups, and salads in a warm, comfortable atmosphere with cuisince from Spain, Greece, Italy, Latin America, the Middle East and more!

Try it: The menu is vegetarian friendly and includes an array of meaty tapas options as well. Try the blackened scallops, Roman meatballs, the short ribs, empanadas, roasted brussel sprouts, dates stuffed with goat cheese, along with the bacon and basil wrapped mushrooms. Don't forget the sangria!


Turtle Kraals

231 Margaret Street
305-294-2640
www.turtlekraals.com

Turtle Kraals is an icon in Key West, and well-loved by locals. The ownership changes recently and includes several improvements. Choose to dine in an air-conditioned dining room, or on the covered patio just steps away from the Gulf waters. Or try the Tower Bar which overlooks the Historic Seaport.

Try it: Enjoy some of the freshest seafood, direct from their own fish market. Try the conch ceviche, oysters, grilled shrimp, or something more casual like a burger and beer! The menu has expanded to include succulent meats (grilled or smoked) with a Southwestern flair.